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    The Monkeys

    We went out to see the monkeys in Gibraltar.   First we went to this other exhibit to eat lunch. And we got to see animals: a butterfly, fish, and a turtle.  When we were walking to the cable car, we saw a Fire Truck and […]

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    The Atlantic Crossing: Arrival in the Azores

    DAY NINE: Friday, May 13th The Weather Up until now, the weather has more-or-less cooperated with us.  OK, there were a few frightening electrical storms and we did have to run away from the water spouts, but once we were a day out of Bermuda, […]

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  • The Moist Atlantic Crossing

    The {moist} Atlantic Crossing

    DAY SEVEN: May 11th Everything is wet. It’s been raining, the wind has moved forward from south-west to south-east and we are now heading east and sailing into it. The waves have been crashing over the boat from starboard bow to port stern, (diagonally across […]

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  • Speed Records & Waterspouts

    It’s only the Atlantic Ocean, but I like it, like it, yes I do.

    DAY FIVE, May 9th: Waterspouts. Brett wakes me up in the morning.  There are low hanging thunder clouds in the sky everywhere. He had looked off the port stern and pointed to Steve and said.  “WHAT THE *$%! IS THAT?!”. Steve: “I think you’d better […]

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    Atlantic Crossing: The Calm & The (first) Storm

    DAY THREE, May 7th: The Calm before the Storm The engine is on all day today.  The weather is beautiful but there’s no wind. The UNO championship begins.  Brett manages to amass 300 points most of it in one hand.  Did I mention that the […]

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  • Day One

    The Atlantic Crossing: Departure

    DAY ONE: May 5th.   My Birthday. Cinco de Mayo.  The beginning of my 50th year on the planet.  I’m 49 years old today.   We get up at dawn to weigh anchor and head over to the Royal Navy Dockyard which is where all the cruise […]

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    Visiting Ondine

    Sitting here on Sunday night in Bermuda Airport, I’m pondering that it’s exactly 7 days and 839 nautical miles since I joined Ondine at Virgin Gorda. Exactly 7 days before that Grant first mentioned Ondine to me, standing outside the Highbury Barn pub in London […]

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    4 Days 4 Hours

    We made it to Bermuda in record time 4 days and 4 hours. It was fast  but the first 48 hours were rough. It was even too rough for the power of the mighty patch to combat.  Adding to the stomach churning nature of the […]

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    We’ve left the Caribbean…

    We have begun our 5,000+ sailing trip to Greece. And I’ve begun the trip I’ve wanted to complete since I was a little kid. Sail across the Atlantic Ocean as Captain of my own sailing vessel. I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. I […]

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  • This moment FI

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    {this moment} – A Friday ritual via soulemama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link […]

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