Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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!
Monday, October 20, 2014
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!!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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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Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
It was a short visit, but a good one. Willie and Terry Thurlow have been touring Europe for the past six weeks. We had been trying to schedule a way to cross paths since last April without luck, but just over a week ago we both found ourselves with an open window on the schedule and within range of one another. Not easy range mind you as flights from France to Sardinia are becoming less frequent now that the holiday season is over, and in order for them to return they needed to take a cab, a flight, a train, stay overnight in a small town, and then hop on another train!!
Well, we all had a great time with them onboard and hopefully they will feel the effort was worthwhile after their adventure of a return journey. I can’t wait to hear the details!!
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
I’ve been so impressed that I played with a couple of different ways of presenting the same footage. Ultimately, I could not choose between the results so you get to see them both.
Ponza, Italy?? Who has ever heard of Ponza? Well, until a few weeks ago, neither Deb nor I had heard of it.
But, as we spoke with people about our plans to sail between Sardinia and Naples, those that had done the trip in the past all tried to convince us to stop in Ponza. So, we put it on our list.
On the way to Naples, Gibb Kane and I were hoping to stop, have lunch and then keep going, but timing didn’t favor that strategy, and keeping our wives happy by showing up before dark seemed to be the thing to do.
With a bit of a more flexible schedule, Debbie and I decided to split our trip back to Sardinia up into two sections with a brief stop in Ponza. That “brief” stop has now turned in to two of the nicest most relaxing days of this year!! This place is really really nice!! Just far way from the coast to keep the numbers under control and the water as clear as any that I have ever seen.
We are anchored right now (alone) in the bay pictured to the left!! Tomorrow, we will head for Sardinia. Maybe…
Click on the “Wikipedia Ponza” link just below if you are interested in more info on the island and its history. Like everything else around here, there is plenty of history and its interesting.
From Wikipedia Ponza
Ponza is also suspected to be the island of Aeaea in Homer's Odyssey, as the island of the Circe the sorceress, where her cave or grotto was. She was said to have lived in this cave in the winter months, spending the summer atop nearby Mount Circe on the mainland of Italy. This is where the Circe turned Odysseus' men into animals and cast her spell on and seduced him and lived with him for over a year. Archaeologists are now investigating Ponza in search of evidence of Homer's Odyssey.
During Roman times, Nero Caesar, eldest brother of Caligula, was deported to Ponza in AD 29, where in 30 AD he was put to death. Two of his sisters, Agrippina the Younger (mother of the emperor Nero) and Julia Livilla, were exiled to Ponza in AD 39 for their complicity in a plot to overthrow Caligula.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Here is a quick photo summary of Denise and Suzanne’s recent visit…