Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Morpheus2

Morpheus2
Latitude:21.07559
Longitude:-55.71524
GPS location Date/Time:11/25/2014 09:25:09 PST

Message:Just wanted you to know that all is well. Everything is good!

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/KTI_p/21.07559N/55.71524W

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A great day riding.

The day started beautifully with a horse back ride through Hyde park. It was wonderful. But then while walking home, I fell and twisted the beejeebers out of my ankle. &@@$;$$#**#%>~!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Morpheus2

Morpheus2
Latitude:21.53954
Longitude:-39.32217
GPS location Date/Time:11/20/2014 08:24:59 PST

Message:Just wanted you to know that all is well. Everything is good!

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/KOgb_/21.53954N/39.32217W

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Great Sailing as we break in Gibb's new boat

In all the history of sailiing, I doubt very much that anyone other than us has ever tried to go downwind with a double head rig and storm trysail!!

Yes, I've been quiet and yes we've had a few challenges lately, but all is well and only our speed has been affected.

We had a bolt get loose that attaches the boom to the mast. That bolt ended up getting bent and we don't have a spare. So, the main is down and flaked on the boom. It looks like at least one of the fuel tanks has something in it along with the fuel so we've had some challenges with our engine/generator, and most unfortunately our one and only spinnaker that looked like it had previously suffered multiple disasters split in half and is now an x-spinnaker.

So, here we are learning the ins and outs of a beautiful new boat and enjoying what has now been 7 days of beautiful downwind sailing.

Plus, as per above I think we've made history!!

-Jim

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

She's our of the water

Morpheus is out of the water and almost ready for a well earned rest while we go back to the states and visit family! We have about 100 more yards to go before I can email Jim and let him know his baby is tucked in safe and sound.

BTW, Thank You to Carl Schumacher for designing and Davie Norris for building us such a wonderful boat. Fast, the 2 of us can handle her in all the conditions that have been thrown at us, and not one leak! (Touching wood so as to not tempt the Gods). Not even the windows, Davie!!!! Looking like Greece and Turkey next year. Who's in?

Deb

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tik Tok - Day 2

Day 2 continued as per day 1. Noon to noon run was 181nm. Nothing to brag about, but progress. Boring and primarily motor sailing under main alone. All systems and people onboard doing well. Less than 10 knots for the most part until this afternoon when we saw things move up to the mid teens and got the spinnaker up for the first time.

Now sailing with boatspeed in the 8-10 knot range, although a bit to the right of where we'd like to be going in a perfect world.

-Jim

St. Paul de Vence.

I made it to visit Fred and Janet and I've been having a wonderful time! They've been touring me around all the wonderful little village around their home in their classic little car. FUN!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All Is Well

Really good actually!!



Jim Gregory 

No wind!

Looks like this is our forecast for the next few days.  



Jim Gregory 

Underway!!





Jim Gregory 

Departure Time is Here!

I will try to post some pictures as we leave, but we are about to drop our docklines and begin our 3,000 mile/two week journey to Puerto Rico.  The weather forecast is good, the boat looks to be in great shape, and the crew seems great.

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We hope to make it to Puerto Rico by Thanksgiving.  I think that is extremely unlikely.  I am in favor of Plan B which involves stopping in Virgin Gorda and celebrating Thanksgiving at Saba Rock's Happy Hour!! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

One adventure ends, and a couple others begin

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Morpheus has done right by us for yet another season here in the Med.  But, Rule #1 says “Keep Debbie Warm” and we are quickly running out of clothes that can make that happen here.  So, once again Morpheus has been prepared to be stored at EMV Marine in Badalona just a few miles North of Barcelona, Spain.  This is the same place that we left her last year and she was very well taken care of.  We are pleased to be leaving her with a very short “work list” and couldn’t be happier with the way she help up these past six months.

 

 

 

 

imageWhat’s next you ask??  Well, tomorrow I take everything that I need for the next 4-6 months and head down to Teneriffe in the Canary Islands to jump onboard our good friend Gibb Kane’s new Swan 66.  I am going to help sail her South to the Caribbean with another good friend Jim Callahan, Jim’s “significant other” Dani, and a few others.  (Unfortunately, Gibb injured his knee a few weeks ago and is recovering from surgery so he can’t join us.)  I’ve taken my SPOT tracker and made a few updates to the link on the front of our Blog so those of you that are interested can check in from time to time and follow our progress.

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And Debbie?  What about Debbie?  Well, she has absolutely no interest in sailing across the Atlantic.  Even in a wonderful yacht like the Swan 66 shown above.

So, as you can see here, she has been frantically learning to knit!  I kid you not. And, is almost done knitting herself a new scarf that will help to satisfy Rule #1!

Once I leave, she is off on a planes, trains, and automobile tour of at least three European countries by land.  She first heads North to visit with Fred and Janet Laffitte.  Fred and Janet are our doppelganger or “mirror image” friends that have boys our kids ages, sail their cruising boat all over the world, and race Etchells as well.  Great people that have a home in France and Deb is heading that way after waving goodbye to me at the airport.  Then she is off to see Chris and Caroline Longstaffe in England.  Chris and Caroline live just down the street from us, but like us rarely seem to be in their own house!  They will be in England to celebrate Caroline’s Moms birthday and the timing is working out perfectly for Deb to join the celebration.  Next, she will travel to Ireland to spend some time with Emily Comfort and her husband Bret.  (Emily can be seen in the picture above teaching Deb how to knit that scarf last week!!)

Once all that is finished, Deb will fly to Puerto Rico and we’ll sort of figure things out from there.

Lots of moving pieces.  It will be interesting to see how this all works out!