Hindsight & Foresight

I love Atlantic Europe.  The people, the cultures, the food, everything.  The fact that these are all very old boating communities, ties them together even more than language, though all of them do have Celtic ties and culture. For a fascinating discussion of genetics and human migrations in Europe and western Asia for the lastContinue reading “Hindsight & Foresight”

2016 Retrospective

Looking for something else, I came across my 2015 Post Mortem of my First Atlantic Passage.  It’s fascinating.  Makes me feel I should write another one for this passage.  I will, but also think I would like to do a compare & contrast, a great teacher’s tool. But this is not that.  This is moreContinue reading “2016 Retrospective”

Q & A After the Atlantic Crossing

My Friend Alfa Mike asked the following, so I thought I would share with everyone: >Do they speak a lot of English Language in Martinique or is it all French? some English, once in a while, you need to know some basic French. > What have you seen & experienced there? This past weekend, we droveContinue reading “Q & A After the Atlantic Crossing”

What Happened to Me?

Yikes, looking at this Blog, I’m still in Rota, Spain. That seems like eons ago! So, while Micah and my friend Larry explore Morocco, I will take this opportunity get caught up. Maybe my lack of writing has been a function of the cruising conditions. Getting back to Dauntless after a month the sigh ofContinue reading “What Happened to Me?”

Getting My Head Back in the Game

is easier said than done.  These past three weeks has been a nice respite from the duty and responsibilities of Master and Commander of Dauntless. The last 10 days in Italy, at the house of my friends for 40 years, eating, drinking, sleeping, eating, drinking, sleeping, ad infinitum, lulls one in into a stupor sweeterContinue reading “Getting My Head Back in the Game”

Go West, Young Man, Go West

OK, I’m not so young anymore; well at least not physically. Yesterday, I decided to tackle the laundry basket of papers, books, magazines and miscellaneous stuff that should have been thrown away last year.  OK, actually two laundry baskets, plus a few smaller bins. My bicycle was also part of the melee, the last timeContinue reading “Go West, Young Man, Go West”

Cruising Costs for the First 112 Days

It’s the 112th day since our cruise started May 29th. Dauntless now sits easily in the Puerto Deportivo de Rota. Her new grey paint scheme fits in well being only a mile SE of the big naval base in Rota, Spain. We’ll be in this area, between Rota and Gibraltar for the next month, soContinue reading “Cruising Costs for the First 112 Days”

Vila Franca de Xira

Dauntless Finds a Real Town Portugal has been a mixed bag so far.  Wonderful, warm people, always trying to help, who sound like they are speaking Russian to my English ear. But the two largest cities, Lisbon and Porto, coupled with the location of the marinas in those cities has been a disappointment.  I knowContinue reading “Vila Franca de Xira”

Smoked Out; It’s Time to Get Out of Dodge

Summer weather in western Spain and Portugal has the large high pressure area centered west of the Iberian Peninsula over the Azores. It’s called the Azores High. The fair weather allows a lot of sun, heating up the interior of the peninsula and causing the formation of a so called “heat Low”. That is anContinue reading “Smoked Out; It’s Time to Get Out of Dodge”

A Change of Plans Redux

Eons ago, back in February, when we first visited Galicia, the plan was to stay the winter. Off the beaten track, inexpensive, cool in summer and winter: Ideal. Then, life happens and the best laid plans of mice and men go astray. So, plan B was formulated.  For those of you keeping score at home,Continue reading “A Change of Plans Redux”

Dauntless Cruise Plan 2016-17 Europe to Asia

Make the Plan, Do the Plan. So here is the plan.  The first four months show little change, but after I get back from the USA in mid-October it will be a lot of cruising. Previously I had decided to stay in Europe this coming year, but life happens and circumstances change. Therefore, In NovemberContinue reading “Dauntless Cruise Plan 2016-17 Europe to Asia”

Turning the Page

Tonight I turn the page; ending one long chapter and starting a new one. Spring in Ireland, getting Dauntless ready and her first significant haul out in the last 3 years and 15,000 miles.  In May, she’ll be back in the water, looking like she’s ready for business. That business will start in Scotland, doingContinue reading “Turning the Page”