sailing ondine Archive

  • Ondine going to Dry_Dock

    Now this is not the end

    It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Churchill was referring to the changing tide of the Second World War after vanquishing German troops in Egypt.   I’m using it because Ondine is on dry dock, […]

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    Swept Away

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:45 am I am woken up by the wind, it’s howling. Ondine is anchored off a beach called, Agios Prokopis, on the island of Naxos in Greece. Captain James is not on board, he’s  in New York.  My biggest fear when […]

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    Greek Drama

    Or as Emma-Kate said more accurately: rudderless in Zakynthos. After zooming 6,000 nautical miles to Greece, we finally arrived in the Peloponnese in the island of Zakynthos on June 30th at 2am.   We dropped the anchor just around the corner from the main port of […]

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  • Ondine swimming

    We’ve arrived in Greece!

    We’ve been pressing onward to Greece with an unwavering sense of purpose and everything else has taken second place.  We’ve not been blogging or exploring as much, but we have been doing one hell of a lot of sailing: about six thousand miles or more […]

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  • James with Rock in Gib

    Gibraltar

    So we’ve been saying we sailed to Gibraltar, but you know, its not true. Sure, we crossed through the straits, and we had every intention of mooring in Gibraltar.  Hell, we’d already reserved a space in Queensway Quay Marina.  When we took down the sails […]

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    The Atlantic Crossing: Coda

    If there was a beginning to our Atlantic Crossing, it was our sail from The British Virgin Islands to Bermuda.  And although we have been claiming the crossing from “North America” to “Europe” was done from Bermuda to the Azores (Portugal), it took us another […]

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  • Azores

    The Azores

    The Azores were COMPLETELY different than I imagined them. First of all they were cold! The water temperature just broke the sixties. So no swimming for yours truly. Though I did see the locals getting wet. (Crazy!) Blustery and windswept are two words that come […]

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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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