Hindsight is Not Always 20-20

Despite my accomplishments this past year, another 2500 miles behind me, the Golden Gate in front of me, the Baja bash, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean, behind me, I wonder if I did not make some big mistake. For not the first time, I wondered about my sudden decision to flee northern Europe two yearsContinue reading “Hindsight is Not Always 20-20”

Envy

So, I was reading the adventures of M/Y Dirona as she crosses the North Atlantic. Check out Dirona’s Atlantic Passage It made me envious; I know, that’s ridiculous, but still. Dauntless spent two and a half years in Northern Europe because I knew we would like it. The weather, the people, the cultures all, theContinue reading “Envy”

Twenty-four Hours to Go

It’s been a terrifying two days, but knock wood, I have survived so far. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea was a piece of cake compared to driving on the left hand side of the road. Shifting with my left hand feels as weird as blowing my nose with my left hand, inContinue reading “Twenty-four Hours to Go”

Baltic Recap

I’ve written about many aspects of the Dauntless’ Summer Cruise 2015, the good, the bad and certainly the ugly.  How ugly I’ll find out next week.  But now, I thought I would share a few more mundane issues that I think will be of interest. Let me say up front, that if you have anyContinue reading “Baltic Recap”

Quest for the Real Danish

And to think it only cost $17,000! Well I suppose our Baltic Cruise did have other objectives, but let’s not minimize my fondness for morning baked goods, in particular Danish. Now, you all know the capital of the Danish; no, not Copenhagen, but New York.  And of course, we are talking about the morning pastry,Continue reading “Quest for the Real Danish”

Dauntless Summer 2015 Summary of Expenses & Fuel Consumption

This is the table for our Summer 2015 Baltic Sea Cruise on Dauntless OK.  Sorry about the black background, but I have spent too many hours today just f…ing with this “picture” imported from Excel via Word. Some of the things that jump out at me: While the Fuel cost was a third of totalContinue reading “Dauntless Summer 2015 Summary of Expenses & Fuel Consumption”

Coming Full Circle

30 September 2015, 13:10 hours, we passed the track off of Dunmore East that we had made leaving Ireland 4 months and 5 days earlier on the 25th of May. As I motored slowly up the River Suir, it is impossible to describe my feelings.  Much like crossing the Atlantic, this was another 4,000 nm,Continue reading “Coming Full Circle”

A Lock Too Far

Have you ever been unreasonably angry?  You know you have no cause to be angry, thus “unreasonable”, but you still can’t shake it. Maybe not angry; just f…ing irritated. So I’m sitting on the wrong side of the last locks before town and Neptune’s Staircase. Maybe because while I understood that I would not getContinue reading “A Lock Too Far”

Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself

Ain’t that the truth? It’s Thursday morning, cloudy, rainy, and of course windy, but Dauntless and I are sitting snug in the harbor of Egersund. Egersund is a medium fishing town and the little central area is just a minute away.  We are tied to the endo of the dock near the SAR boat.  TheContinue reading “Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself”

Preparing to Cross the North Sea

Its 22:00, I’m tired and my back hurts. I’ve spent much to the day preparing Dauntless to cross the North Sea in the next week.  Now you would think that there isn’t that much to do. When you consider that in the last 14 months, we have travelled over 8,000 nm and virtually all ofContinue reading “Preparing to Cross the North Sea”

And We Never Spoke of it Again

Just when you thought it safe to reenter the water… Waking up in the now Polish town of Swinoujscie, I had two problems to solve; one more vexing than the other. But first, let’s talk about Swinoujscie, gateway to the Baltic and until 1945, a German city, aka Swinemünde.  With the looks of an oldContinue reading “And We Never Spoke of it Again”

A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings

It’s been an eventful few days.  Now into Day 5 of our 8 day Cruising Association’s 2015 Baltic Rally, having all those sail boats around keeps you on your toes.  The winds had been howling since Wednesday.  Therefore it was decided to remain in Kröslin until Saturday morning. But I needed to be in Ueckermünde,Continue reading “A Gaggle of Greece and Two Ugly Ducklings”