Sunday, October 26, 2014

Next Stop Barcelona!

Winds are very light and fhe forecast is perfect for an easy trip from Majorca to Barcelona.

We are off!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Summer Highlights

Here is an initial attempt to put something together covering the entire Summer.  I'm not sure I'm happy with it, will probably make some changes but it is a good start!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Timing is Everything!!


Ok, those of you that know how to read this, know just how happy Deb and I are that we made this trip over the previous 3-4 days rather than today!!  We averaged 6 knots of wind and burned many gallons of diesel.

Today it would be like another world out there.

And, the Rolex  Middle Sea Race is going on out there right now!! 

I’m happy in Palma!

It's was only a matter of time!

Jim Gregory 

Monday, October 20, 2014

This is why you never put 100% trust in your electronic charts!!


Above is the entrance to the harbor of Mahon, Menorca.  The colored track is our actual lat/lon path into the harbor.  As you can see the charts are shifted right a few hundred yards.

Looking at this now, its easy to understand why Deb was below looking at this and screaming at me to turn HARD RIGHT NOW!!

Good think I brought along my eyeballs!!


PS>  Reminds me of a similar situation when we first had the boat and were entering a harbor in Tonga.  Patrick was below yelling at me saying that we were sailing over the cemetery!!

Famous Quotes

Today while on passage to Majorca, Debbie and I remembered one of our favorite quotes. 

It came from my brother-in-law Scott Humphrey during a delivery home from Hawaii and was...

Today we did nothing. Absolutely nothing!

And all was good with the world. 

Jim Gregory 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ground Control to Major Tom...

Wow! Once again, I am blown away by how unique the experience of being at sea overnight can be.

We are on our way from Corsica to Majorca and last night was unreal. The seas were flat calm, as in "like a mirror", the skies were very clear as we had just had three very windy days that left behind clear skies with zero clouds and millions and millions of stars. There was no moon until about 0300, so on my midnight watch it was as dark as dark can be.

I think I now know what it feels like or at least looks like to be in a spacecraft floating in space. There was a slight haze/mist just above the water last night, so no visible horizon. Just lots of blackness filled with stars. Stars in the sky, stars reflected off the surface of the water, stars in a very vivid Milky Way. Sitting in the cockpit looking around it just felt as though you were suspended in space, floating through a sea of stars. It has to have been very close to what astronauts see when they look out their windows in space. Very very cool. One to remember....

We are currently racing the sunset. If all works out, we will reach Mahon, Menorca this evening right about sundown. We hope to get in the harbor and put our anchor down for the night, before getting up early tomorrow and finishing our trip to Palma, Majorca.

Hope all is well.

-Jim and Deb

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