Roxy

 ROXY left on Saturday morning with the last group. Down wind jibes to the gulf crossing.  Following Chris Parker’s suggestions we followed the rum line after the crossing and made all haste getting south ahead of the high winds spinning off Bermuda. The next 2.5 days were in 25 to 35 true from the north.  Speed was 9 to 12 …

Willow

Blog # 7 – Perspective of a Neophyte Scaredy-cat Sailor Hi! This is Mary. I’ve been invited to write today’s blog. I am an offshore sailing neophyte. I am a scaredy cat. I am a diploma Le Cordon Blue Chef so I’ll start with the galley. I am learning to share the galley with our other on board chef, Andy. …

Onapua

Day 12 This last 100 miles has really knocked the gloss off this voyage. Motoring into headwinds is like riding a bucking bronco and I just had a squall to deal with. I have bruises all over my body from banging into things on this trip. My chin hurts, my left shoulder and in particular my hands from holding on …

Willow

Blog#6-It’s the Little Things With our destination only a couple of days ahead, it’s too easy to forget that part of the reason for this trip down to the Caribbean was the trip to the Caribbean. The journey really is as important as the destination. We who get to hang out here are luckier than those condemned to live ashore. …

Onapua

Day 11 Woke up after a short while to find it raining with the wind clocking and lightening so I did what any modern sailor does these days…raise the iron Genny. One of the first things I want to do when I get to the BVI’s is to go for a run. The problem with being on a sailboat, is …

Willow

Blog #5 – Life at Sea in The Bermuda Triangle Yesterday (Wednesday the 9th) was calm and settled, with very little wind.  We motorsailed all day, making nearly 170 miles again noon to noon for the fourth day in a row. So what do you do on a 46 foot sailboat 750 miles from land (in the Bermuda Triangle) when …

Onapua

Well I still have good winds for sailing despite the fact that they were supposed to clock and moderate. I have averaged 5.5 knots for the last 70 miles. I have several different places I can sleep on Onapua but the best one by far for motion is the quarter berth in the main cabin deep in the center of …

Willow

Blog #4 – Big Lazy Swells and a Fair Breeze After the bumpy weather and brisk winds earlier this week, Tuesday and tuesday night saw the wind drop down to 15-20 knots from the North, and WILLOW romped on a deep reach to the SE all day.  The waves turned to deep ocean swells, some of them 20 feet or …

Onapua

Day 9 It’s 3am and pitch black outside except for the twinkling stars. I feel the warm wind on my face and listen to the rushing water and thank God I am alive. I shook a reef out of the main because the wind had moderated somewhat. I’m still doing 6 knots and aiming north of the BVI knowing that …

Willow

Blog # 3 – The Deep Blue (and very rough) Sea Noon to Noon since Saturday we made 341 miles , and today we are on track for another good run.  We now sit at 30 49 N/070 38W, which puts us South of Bermuda, and well offshore (500+ miles from the East Coast.) The first thing to update you …

Onapua

Day 8 I just spent the last 2 hours slowing the boat down by pulling most of the sails down and heaving to. Chris Parker, the renowned weather guru sent me an email. He explained that by slowing right down, I should be able to sail to the BVI but if I kept going I will get stuck in Puerto …

Willow

Blog #2 – Monday 0830 November 7, 2016 “Tail of the Dawg” The title of this blog “Tail of the Dawg” comes from how we felt as one of the last boats to leave the dock Saturday, chasing the Salty Dawg Rally Fleet all Sunday afternoon and through the night last night.  With some good wind and a following sea …

Onapua

Day 7 If it was daylight, I would be adding canvas, but I am in no hurry and this way, the ride is smooth and the crew gets plenty of sleep. Will reconsider at dawn. Slept for 2 hours and woke up just in time for a squall. Lots of rain and wind and the windvane handled it with ease. …

Willow

WILLOW Log entry 1 – Sunday November 6, 2016  34 52N  74 40 W We left the dock at Bluewater Yachting Center Saturday morning at 1030, and believe we may have been the last if not one of the last boats to go!  We had smooth sailing out the mouth of the Bay, and as the wind died during the …

El Gato

A photo from El Gato while on passage! We celebrated our “1/2  way to Paradise” mile by donning our new El Gato shirts, pouring one round of Moscow Mules, and eating the tuna we caught. Finally the wind has caught up to us! We flew Tigger, our kite, and are on rhumbline to Prickly Pear.

Vanishing Point

David on Vanishing Point sent this great fishing photo. Super cool to get photos while they are still on passage!

Timing

Following Chris Parker’s webinar on Friday afternoon when he advised boats departing Hampton that the optimum window for crossing the Gulf Stream would be after sunset Saturday through midday on Sunday, we decided to leave with a favorable tide around 3am on Saturday.  The wind was on the nose initially so we waited to set the sails until after we …

Onapua

Day 6 The wind clocked around overnight and now it is blowing from the north at about 10 knots. The glassy seas that we had yesterday are now starting to chop up. I got lots of sleep last night from about 9pm until 5 pm in half a dozen one to two hour intervals. I figured I will not be …

Onapua

Day 5 I have Lee cloths for constraining me while sleeping but I never use them. I like to get up & look around the boat & get back to sleep with minimal interruption. A nice little breeze has sprung up. Is it the real deal or is it just a passing phase? Do I raise my sails and head …

Sapphire (Knowles)

Nov 3 Making great time with a non-issue Gulf Stream crossing. No fish as yet. Wind picked up mid-morning to 15 to 17 knots. Our SOG is 8 knots. Not much else, warm. Zoe been very good.

Onapua

I have been sleeping in the quarter berth so far on this trip. Normally if the boat is rocking a lot, I will put a cushion on the sole and sleep there. The wind lightened up considerably and started coming from my port stern quarter so I turned the engine on. I want to be as far SE away from …

Sapphire (Knowles)

Nov 2 Beef stew very good, all gone. Wind picked up to 10 / 11 knots and came abeam & now we have been doing 8.4 knots for four hours. Expect to hit Gulf Stream Waypoint @ 2:30 am, Then 45 miles to cross. Planning cornish hens, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts for dinner tomorrow. Water temp 82, light winds. Just …

Onapua

Having good sleep tonight unlike last night. I think that I am over the jittery nerves I had to begin with and now I am used to all the different noises. Easterlies around 10 knots. Am motor sailing and making 5.5 knots. Am officially clear of the Gulf Stream. Lots of shooting stars tonight. Beautiful starry night. Have you ever …

El Gato

After a supremely hectic week we are happily motoring our way to paradise. Currently El Gato is behind Flash and Slider and close to exiting the Gulf Stream. The weather is extremely mellow giving us time to catch our breath and relax. The fishing lines were out today but so far no luck. That’s ok because we have so much …

Onapua

At night I keep my power usage to a minimum. All lights are LED, I use a low wattage tablet that I turn on and off and instead of using my electronic autopilot. I use my monitor wind vane to steer the boat. The only other thing that uses power is my VHF radio and AIS and I set those …