To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

  • Ph. III, day 49-50, Key Biscayne

    That wasn't so bad. While we plan for a lot of things to go wrong, we try to make sure nothing happens. And in this case, almost nothing happened. Almost. It's about 100 miles. At 6 knots, that's just 16 hours. That means we can't really leave until 15:00 …

  • Ph. III, day 19-20, To Jensen Beach

    Getting from New Smyrna Beach to Jensen Beach was a job and a half.

    While the passage had its share of challenges, let's begin at the beginning.

    Anchor Up

    This was not a lot of fun. It was about 90 minutes of dangerous, heavy labor. And the root cause wasn't …

  • Southbound Phase III, Day 4-5, New Life

    We had some problems. Some we solved, some we didn't solve. We had some disputes; they're resolved now. I think.

    In the morning, I found that when the dinghy's fuel tank is COLD, it doesn't leak. So we started the day by going ashore. We do love Cumberland Island.

    CA Birding on Cumberland Island
    CA …

  • Southbound Phase III, Day 1-2, That Hurt

    The Feb 8-9 weather window was not open quite as wide as we like.

    It was cloudy leaving Charleston, but flat seas and light breezes. After a few hours of motoring along, I realized we had a serious problem.

    During my afternoon nap (CA's watch) I sorted it out. For …

  • Southbound Day 28-29 Offshore Passage

    Going to sea requires a bit of humility. If things go wrong, a problem rapidly escalates to absolute catastrophe. Of course, Murphy's Law applies here — anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Did Murphy describe Poseidon's essential cruelty and get all the credit by having a law named after …

  • Epic Northbound Voyage, Part II

    Started: Fernandina Harbor Marina Moorings, 30°40.24′N 081°28.17′W

    Anchored: Fort Macon, near Beaufort, NC, 34°42.10′N 076°41.14′W

    Log: 358 nm. Time: 60 hr. Engine: 60 hr. Fuel 36.7 Gal.

    Part I — except for the fuel gauge — went flawlessly. Since …

  • Epic Northbound Voyage, Part I

    Started: Coconut Grove near Dinner Key Marina, 25°42.92′N 080°13.63′W

    Moored: Fernandina Harbor Marina Moorings, 30°40.24′N 081°28.17′W

    Log: 304 nm. Time: 60 hr. Engine: 60 hr. Fuel: 56 gal.

    Even when stuff started breaking, this was still an epic …

  • JAX before Xmas

    Started: 2 miles from ICW Mile 740, Marsh Island, 30°23.74′N 081°30.43′W

    Docked: The Marina at Ortega Landing, 30°16.61′N 081°42.79′W

    Log: 19.4 nm. Time 4 hr. Engine 4 hr.

    What a hair-raising, sphincter clenching morning here in Jacksonville …

  • Marsh Island — the value of experience

    Started: ICW Mile 710, Cumberland Island, 30°45.943′N 081°28.329′W

    Anchored: 2 miles from ICW Mile 740, Marsh Island, 30°23.74′N 081°30.43′W

    Log: 31.2 nm. Time 5¼ hr. Engine 5¼ hr.

    Yesterday we hiked Cumberland Island. I think we put …

  • Cumberland Island

    Started: 31°21.414′N 80°55.513′W

    Anchored: ICW Mile 710, Cumberland Island, 30°45.943′N 081°28.329′W

    Log: 58 nm. Time 9½ hr. Engine 9½ hr.

    We spent the night under a full moon, lighting the ocean all around us. Full main and stays'l …

  • Bail Out — Plan B — Abort Abort

    Started: ICW Mile 464, Cooper River Marina, 32°49.94′N 079°56.02′W

    Anchored: 10 miles from ICW Mile 505, Big Bay Creek, 39°29.790′N 80°19.523′W

    Log: 56.5 nm. Time 10 hr. Engine 10 hr. Fuel 35 gal.

    Sunday's weather promised to …

  • Year 2, Week 14: Trudging Along

    Started: Big Bay Creek, 39°29.790′N 80°19.523′W

    Midnight: 31°21.414′N 80°55.513′W

    Log: 83 nm. Time 16 ¾ hr. Engine 14 ¾ hr.

    After getting a thorough ass-whooping yesterday, today's weather promises to be the polar opposite. Seas 2-3' Winds 10-15 …

  • Week 31: Making Tracks North

    The goal was Annapolis in early April. Clearly, that objective is blown. Sky High.

    Letting the big picture sort itself out, we've got a bunch of little steps to take.

    1. Get to Charleston, SC. 125 miles rhumb-line mile, 25 hours. 208 ICW miles. We're hoping for sailing, but we'll settle …

  • Week 29: Mr. Lehman's Happy Noise

    1. Are we there yet?

    2. Have we broken anything new recently?

    1st. Monday. April Fool's Day.

    Anchored at 27°09.252′N 080°11.748′W in Manatee Pocket, near Stuart, FL

    Walkies and Wi-Fi at Sammies for breakfast.

    Washup was showers at the marina "not-to-be-named".

    Dinghy over to the Hinckley …

  • DelMarVa Circumnavigation—Days 10 and 11

    Where do we stand on August 12th?

    • The engine (or transmission or something) is throbbing. A lot.

    • As the crow flies we're 94 nm from home. If we go back the way we came, it's 223 nm and four more days of travel. We have three days of vacation.

    • If …

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