Saturday, February 17, 2018

Homeward Bound

After two days in Havana, we were ready to head back home so, after a long clearing out process, we departed Marina Hemingway around 11 this morning. The breeze is on the nose again, but at least we have the gulf stream with us. We'll clear back into the US at Lauderdale then head for Charleston, SC, probably arriving Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

In all, this was a pretty cool adventure but logistically challenging. I'm glad I did it, despite the poor showing against Dragon, and learned a lot about making the boat go fast from Chris. His guidance on sail trim has been invaluable.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

In Florida Waters

We had a pretty quick ride until around 7pm last night when we bumped into the most insane lightening shower I'd ever seen. We were too close for comfort as strikes rained down very 3-5 seconds within a mile of us.

At first it looked like we were going to stay high of the center, then we had a massive wind shift and went below instead. As the wind began to die, we were happy to fire up the engine and put some distance between us. We could see the lightening off our stern for the next 5 hours in a spectacular show.

We brought out the sails again a couple hours ago and are ghosting along at around 6 knots in light air.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Off to Lauderdale

Chris and I are heading out for Lauderdale in advance of the Cuba race. Should be there in 2-3 days. You can track us at the Iridium tracker link to the right or on the InReach tracker, the addition of which is a race requirement:

I'll post some updates along the way.

Privateer Christmas Cheer 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Privateer Newport to Charleston Delivery

Brief clip from the Newport to Charleston delivery. John Keane and I sailed double handed, took about 4 days.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Update from Hatteras

Happy Thanksgiving! John and I are sorry not to be spending it with our families but we have one turkey sandwich left that we're going to split so we're trying to stay festive.

With the wind behind us for the next couple days, we decided to slog through the gulf stream or just to the west of it. We're pay for playing it safe in slightly deeper water as the current is 4-5 knots against us. I'm hopeful that by the time we get to Frying Pan Shoals, we'll be in much diminished current, but until then, it's a frustrating slog.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Slow Slog Last Night

We had some brutal upwind work last night, following by some light air sailing this morning but are finally back on track with 15-20 knots behind us. We are pretty tired from the sail but holding up well. I need some Advil.

While furling the solent last night, I tore a panel near the clew, no doubt from the violent flogging in 30 knots of breeze. Thankfully it was just the delivery sail but I'd like to get t repaired nonetheless.