Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hibernating at NEB

It's official. Event Horizon has been hauled out at New England Boatworks, Portsmouth, Rhode Island for the winter. My captain expressed concern "After three years of continuous use, it's time to let the hull dry out to avoid any long term damage".

Good news, upon lifting all moisture readings were normal.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


At the last minute Event Horizon decided against heading south for the winter. Her crew is contemplating their inevitable fate of returning to the “real world”...

On Thanksgiving Eve we moved into a little newly furnished apartment in downtown Newport, RI. It's a month-to-month arrangement while we explore land-based opportunities and let Eve dry out for the winter.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pirate Tragedy in Venezuela

As we consider our winter options and begin to allow the promise of warm weather sailing sway our decision, we are abruptly reminded of cruising dangers beyond those of Mother Nature. Noonsite has reported another piracy attack off the Venezuelan coast. In recent years piracy has increased around the globe, particularly in southern Caribbean, Indian Ocean and SE Asia, and the trend is expected to continue as the worlds’ economy shifts.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Signs

There is no denying it, fall has arrived...

Harvest colors decorate my surroundings.

Squirrels are frenzied.

People are leaf peeping and apple picking.

Distinct autumn smells mingle with brisk winds.

Dog walkers are wearing jackets.

Boats are vacating marinas and disappearing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Undecidedly Ready

Event Horizon, shown above, is back in the water. She is ready to sail south but her captain remains characteristically undecided about a winter plan...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Secret to Bottom Paint

The secret to a great bottom finish is using Interlux 355 Vinyl-Lux Solvent as a thinner with the VC Offshore paint and applying with West System foam rollers.

Due to recent environmental laws, wet sanding is no longer an option in Rhode Island so we elected to dry sand using an orbital sander with a built in vacuum that we rented from The Ships Store & Rigging in nearby Portsmouth, RI.

After applying 3 coats of VC Offshore, the entire bottom was sanded with 400 grit, which is the finest grit available in the required disc size. My captain claims "in retrospect it would have been more efficient to do a first pass with 240 followed by a second pass with 400 grit".

Thursday, October 09, 2008

J & J Marine

We seem to make a habit out of getting a “lift”, and yet again in a different boatyard.

My captain decided to have the boat’s bottom painted while temperatures are warm enough for his preferred Interlux VC Offshore bottom paint to set properly and quickly. It’s been 3 years since we last applied bottom paint, which used to be a toiling annual ritual where we spent days applying and wet-sanding between 3 coats of paint before literally polishing the project off with 600-grit to achieve a perfect racing bottom.

We got quotes from every Narragansett Bay area facility with a large enough travel lift. After checking out their facilities, we opted to try J & J Marine near mouth of the Taunton River in Somerset, MA. Initially unknown to us, my captain was “pleasantly surprised by the yards infrastructure including a 40 ton travel lift and state-of-the-art spraying booth, their experienced staff, a well stocked store room and helpfulness.”

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Under Construction

A visit to the New England Boatyard in Portsmouth, Rhode Island never fails to delight a sailor. On today's trip I saw the new Titan racing yacht still in her mold as shown in the above photo.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Captain Baker

Hinckley Holiday

Disguised as delivery crew, I've been enjoying life on a Hinckley 51 for the past three days. I joined the yacht in Portland, Maine where I was given the beautiful forward cabin with a private head and shower. Poor weather delayed the delivery passage to Camden, thus extending my holiday and smiling face. Plus the Captain is a great cook. Camden is only a few short nautical miles away...

Hinckley Sailing

Passage on Passing Fancy

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sinking Boat, Boston Harbor

While in Boston (to renew my captain's license and apply for TWIC) I enjoyed the harbor walk. On a recent stroll in the Charlestown Navy Yard I came upon this sinking boat that eventually attracted numerous firetrucks, police boats and officials.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cape Cod Canal

Light winds delayed our arrival to the Cape Cod Canal so we ended up watching the sunset while battling a strong current that doubled our time under motor to transit the canal. Above photo shows the railway bridge at the end of our canal passage, which was lowered for a train minutes after we passed under it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Boston's Constitution Marina

At the last minute we called around and were surprised to find transient space available at several Boston marinas. We opted for Constitution Marina in Charlestown because it was the least expensive marina within walking distance to downtown Boston. Plus it's my old stomping grounds and home to close friends. But at hotel prices - nearly $200 a night for us, we only stayed two short nights before setting sail for Rhode Island.
Above photo shows Eve at the dock with the TD Banknorth Garden and Leonard Zakim Bridge in the background. The image below was our view of downtown Boston.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gloucester, Massachusetts

We made an early morning departure from Portsmouth, New Hampshire along with this tall ship on its first charter of the day. With less than 5 knots of wind, we were forced to motor the 35nm to Gloucester, Massachusetts where my captain is meeting some old friends. Clear, sunny skies and calm water made for a rare easy day on deck and perfect conditions for reading my book. I’m appropriately reading The Last Fish Tale, “The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town” by Mark Kurlansky. Kurlansky is one of my favorite authors because he artfully weaves history, culture and anecdotes that always result in delightfully interesting non-fiction reads.

Upon arrival to Gloucester we were informed that the inner harbor moorings were taken (we neglected to contact the Gloucester Harbor Master in advance to reserve a mooring, which is recommended) but we were able to get one of several available orange ball visitor moorings off Ten Pound Island in the outer harbor. Rental moorings are $25/night.

Next stop, downtown Boston…

Tall Ships Portsmouth, NH 2008

"Class A" tall ship in the harbor parade kicking off the August 15-17 weekend of tall ships in Portsmouth, NH.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Portsmouth Yacht Club

After 115nm we arrived at the Portsmouth Yacht Club where we picked up a secure mooring for $30/night. Downtown Portsmouth is about a 1-mile dingy ride from the yacht club.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Departing Rockport, Maine

Rockport Lighthouse

With the last of the newly varnished floorboards laid, my captain and I refueled at Rockport Marine and then set sail with a suitable breeze for heading south. It was a rare day of sunshine, no fog and favorable wind so we decided to sail through the night towards our New Hampshire destination.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

Whether by boat or car, consider a visit to The Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville, Maine, off route 1 about 5 miles north of Camden. This recently revamped inn on the western shores of Penobscot Bay is receiving worthy accolades but was a surprise find for me.
I didn’t have the privilege of staying at the inn or swimming in the infinity pool, but I did enjoy multiple visits to this beautiful property. I discovered their 4-6 daily happy hour and although often restricted to seltzer water (designated driver), I was smitten with the lounge.

Rain or shine I enjoyed taking the scenic footpath through the woods to the restaurant and lounge building where Adirondack chairs and patio dining await at the water’s edge or a wood burning fireplace beckons you inside. The happy hour specials alone are worth going out of your way and the view is mesmerizing. This is a place where special memories are made!

Inside scoop: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge recently received approval to build a 200ft dock for transient yachts.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show

Newly refinished Buzzard Bay 30s. A sampling of the interesting exhibits at this pure Maine event in Rockland, August 8-10.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Maine Office

For nearly two weeks the Budget mini moving truck has served as storage and my office. I’ve spent many hours in the cab with my laptop working on a web site project or reading while forced to vacate my floating home during the day. The unseasonably cool weather and frequent rain showers have made hanging out on deck nearly impossible so the truck has been handy. Plus my office on wheels has allowed us to travel to restaurants while the galley is off limits.

Tip: Moving vans and trucks are typically more expensive to rent at the end or the beginning of a month because this is when most people move. Supply and demand.

The interior varnishing project continues…

Monday, August 04, 2008

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta 2008

August 2nd was the annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, a wooden boat race held off Brooklin, Maine. My captain and I had the thrill of watching these beautiful wooden boats and classic yachts while serving as race crew aboard Schooner Heron. The race was delayed twice due to fog and the course shortened three times due to light winds. Check out more of my regatta photos at

Friday, August 01, 2008

Away From It All

Did I mention I finally got the new iPhone? I ended up making the purchase at an Apple store. Within minutes of walking into the store, I walked out with a new working cell phone already downloading my email and capable of surfing the internet. It was an amazing customer service experience. Now that I finally have this trick new gadget, I’m living afloat in a harbor without AT&T cell coverage or internet access…If you ever feel the need to get away from “it all”, then Rockport, ME is your place.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sanding & Varnishing

Our escape to Maine was partly motivated by a recommendation of having Northeast Boat work on Eve’s teak wood interior. Our timing was good because we caught this crew of professionals between projects and willing to give Eve some attention.

But first my captain and I had to empty Eve. We rented a Budget mini moving truck and spent a day carrying most of her contents and our belongings off the boat and into the back of the truck. We left only enough bedding in a locker to pullout each night. Otherwise we’re living on deck or out of “the truck”, which also serves as our land transport.

Once the boat was empty, including mattresses and many of her fixtures, we taped up all the cabinet holes and vents from the inside to minimize dust collecting.

For four days now an experienced team has been sanding and varnishing Eve's teak interior, gradually transforming her sun-bleached and saltwater abused hatches back to their natural beauty and preserving other areas down below. You wouldn’t believe the dust! Thankfully, the guys use a high-powered vacuum that does a great job. The varnishing work will continue into next week.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Maine Morning

Another foggy morning in mid coast Maine.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Passage to Maine

My, doesn’t the summertime flyby?

With the precious days of summer escaping and the ocean calling, my captain and I decided to set sail for Maine, a favorite summer cruising area. Our 220nm passage was foggy and rainy therefore I was usually at the chart table worshiping the radar. At least we were able to sail most of the trip, minimizing the concern of running over lobster buoys that are everywhere.

First stop, Rockport Harbor. Situated along Maine’s mid-coast region, Rockport is a calendar-worthy harbor filled with classic wooden sailboats and working lobster boats. It’s deliberately a quiet town compared to its bustling neighbors; Rockland to the south and Camden to the north. Also, as many of you know, home to Schooner Heron (shown in photo).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Narragansett Bay, July 13th

Good wind for a perfect sailing day in Narragansett Bay!

Friday, July 11, 2008

I'll have to call you later...

I’ve lost count of the number of times I walked into a mobile service provider in June to sign-up for a US plan only to walk away empty handed for one reason or another. In the end, I opted to wait until today, July 11th, for the release of the new Apple iPhone. In the meantime I have visited AT&T stores and read everything online I could about the iPhone so I already have my questions answered and am prepared to make the expensive commitment.

Given the congested shopper traffic at an Apple store on a normal day, I decided to try my luck at AT&T today, especially since I was opening a new mobile account. I did my homework too – I visited my AT&T store of choice (Middletown / Newport, Rhode Island) and confirmed my options, prices and backup plan should they sell out right away. Against my better judgment, I got up early and stood in line (with a good book in hand) before the store opened to ensure I would be able to get the iPhone I want – a 16gig model in white.

I found it odd that the store didn’t open as early as advertised, but was relieved when they finally let a few people through their doors around 9am. About 45-minutes later a store rep came outside to inform us that (despite the one phone per person rule) they were already sold out of the 8gig models and only had ten 16gig remaining. No wonder they didn’t open early – they didn’t have enough phones to sell! They couldn’t have had more than a total of two dozen iPhones because the line had barely budged. Very disappointing. And I really didn’t need another reason to be hesitant about giving AT&T my business.

Disappointing for sure, but what was extremely aggravating was that they waited so long to tell us there were so few phones and then said we could continue standing in line to place an order which would take at least five days. Upon an earlier visit to this store they informed me that should they sell out, I could place an order and receive it the next day. This was why I went to do the queuing up thing…Arrrgh.

I hurried back to my floating home with a new backup plan. I'll order my iPhone online direct from Apple, where I have purchased numerous products without disappointment. Wrong. The iPhone is only available at Apple and AT&T stores. Bummer! Now I’m not sure what I'll do…

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Exhaust Exhaustion

Just before the long (and hot) July 4th holiday weekend an abundance of seaweed clogged the raw water intake of our generator, which caused the generator to overheat and shutdown. After replacing the shredded impeller, my captain discovered that the water-lift (muffler) had developed a small hole – this was why the carbon monoxide alarm was going on and off over the past week! – filling the engine compartment with water. With businesses closing early for the holiday weekend, it was Monday before we could question anyone about the availability of a replacement exhaust system. It took most of a day to remove the muffler from the engine room because so many things around it had to be dismantled first.
Our exhaust (Volvo Penta) was old and made of stainless steel. These day’s marine exhaust systems are made from plastic or fiberglass, so replacing what we had is not an option. Four days later we’re still trying to locate an exhaust system that will fit and meet our generators requirements. With fingers crossed, we’ve another option on order. In the meantime we’ve had guests who were unfortunately forced to camp afloat without the basic amenities we’ve become accustomed to on the Event Horizon – no running water (try brushing your teeth and rinsing with bottled water) or cold beverages.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Gas Theft

Last night there were thieves lurking in the Rockwell-like village of Wickford. Boats at the dinghy dock with external fuel tanks not locked down were stolen for their contents. This is the first such occurrence at our marina but apparently reports of gas theft are becoming increasingly common at marinas and on shore. Whether you’re a boater or a land lubber, the Miami Herald recently offered tips for safe guarding your gas.

Friday, June 27, 2008


As I've mentioned a time or two before, I'd rather be out sailing and one of my favorite summer destinations is Nantucket... By sail from Rhode Island it's wise to make this a two-day passage otherwise you need to carefully plan departures according to the tides, especially in Vineyard Sound. My captain and I usually opt to spend a night off one of the Elizabeth Islands or Martha's Vineyard before completing our journey.

Upon arrival to Nantucket Harbor we contact Nantucket Moorings on VHF channel 68 to rent one of their secure moorings. (During high summer season make reservations before you set sail.)

On this visit my friends and I explored Nantucket by peddling down her many bike paths and picturesque dirt roads. (There are numerous excellent bicycle rentals on the island, many of them near Steamship Wharf where the ferries arrive.)

The highlight of our cycling day was a long rest stop at Cisco Brewery were we taste tested their tasty micro brews...

and then we went into their Nantucket Vineyard tasting room...and finally we entered their spirits distillery where we tasted surprisingly delicious infused vodkas made with their popular Triple Eight Vodka. Each tasting costs a fee but each is worth it. Next time I'll pack a picnic to enjoy at one of Cisco's outside tables while sipping their many fine libations.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Stormy Sky, Wickford RI

A stormy view from the decks of Event Horizon moored in Wickford, Rhode Island.

Friday, June 20, 2008


A glimpse of Speedboat as she flew past while practicing for the Newport to Bermuda Race.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Contemplating in Wickford

I've been running around like a mad woman since making landfall in the US. It was a wet trip so there was lots of cleaning up to do once we reached our "home" port of Wickford, Rhode Island, mostly removing salt residue from down below and laundry. Lots of laundry.

Two weeks have already passed and I remain in a state of uncertainty while already feeling the stress and financial demands of being back in the “normal world” – it’s more the fact that you need so much more “stuff”. Apparently I really had simplified my life!

My uncertainty stems from far too many co-dependent decisions yet to be made. Which cell phone carrier (I have a fear of long term commitments such as 1 or 2-year contracts!), what area code, where do I want to call home, or wiser still, where should I live based on income opportunities... believe me the list is long. On the bright side, the world is my oyster so despite my whinging, I’m trying to embrace this period of my life as an exciting time.

But the truth is I’d rather be sailing!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Bermuda to Newport - Day 4

The day began with over 30kts behind us and we kept busy decreasing sail as the wind kept increasing until we had furled the jib and had three reefs in the main. We experienced over twelve hours of high winds well above what was forecasted, including hours with sustained 35-40kts. In truth it didn't seem too bad but that may be because the boat was handling the seas well, which were larger but further apart, and we were making great speed - sometimes surfing over 10kts. Plus we were expecting stormy weather in the evening so we figured things would get worse. I'll share an excerpt from our weather router's email "A pretty significant severe weather outbreak is likely...the potential for large hail, strong damaging winds and tornadoes! As this activity moves off the coast this evening some weakening is likely heading into the night, but some squalls/thunderstorms could still bring you strong wind gusts up to 50+ knots, so you'll want to be prepared for this possibility with the time frame appearing to be 7pm this evening through 3am Sunday. A significant amount of lightening is also likely along with very heavy downpours." So you can see why we were expecting things to get worse. Thankfully we encountered only one squall with moderate wind, no hail and only saw lightening in the distance. Another yacht, with whom we have been keeping in contact and at this point was 50nm behind us, saw plenty of action.

New England welcomed us with dense fog so I worshiped the radar while my captain sailed us clear of any hazards. Not only was the weather exciting - throughout the day we saw several ships, dolphins and a large group of whales just off our port-side.

The day's run was 182nm and another 20 miles this afternoon has put us safely in Newport Harbor. The trip total was 730nm taking 4-days and 3-hours, our fastest Bermuda/Newport passage to date.

We tied up along side Goat Island Marina to clear Customs & Border Protection and then refueled. We've just finished picking up a Old Port mooring for the night so we can enjoy ourselves in Newport. But first, a much needed shower!

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Bermuda to Newport - Day 3

Day three was spent in the Gulf Stream fighting the current and due to very light winds we continued to be under engine most of the day. In fact, we've already used more fuel on this short passage than we did on our combined Atlantic crossings. We saw a few ships on the radar but only one was close enough to sight. Sadly, what we have seen lots of throughout the trip is trash, mostly assorted plastic containers. As the sun rose, so did the wind and sea state. By noon, the close of our sailing day, we had a reef in the 100% jib and were preparing to put a second reef in the main as the wind was over 30kts and climbing. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly things change out here! The day's run was 182nm, an average of about 7.6kts per hour.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Bermuda to Newport - Day 2

The passage was easier today although we didn't sail much. Light winds required us to engine in order to make progress. While we try to avoid using the engine, it made for easy night-watches and better sleeps since the bunks were more horizontal than usual. Overall it was a beautiful day with little activity on or around the boat. I did see a container ship, our only vessel sighting, during my last night-watch. When not sleeping, eating or watching what's ahead, I have been reading and my captain spends his leisure time studying weather charts and reports we receive throughout the day via single sideband radio. By the day's end we did another 177nm so we're half-way "home".

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bermuda to Newport - Day 1

The first 24-hours presented a wide range of weather, wind and sea state. Sometimes the conditions were nice and other times uncomfortable. You can always tell things are unpleasant when this sailor girl prefers to skip a meal. Based on the boats requesting permission to exit St George's Harbour over the VHF radio, we know several are making a similar passage, yet the only vessel we have sighted so far was a southbound cruise ship. The best news to report is that we made good progress - 180nm. Approximately 500 more miles to go...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

S/V Event Horizon Position Update

5/29/2008 @ 12:00 AM(UTC)
32°54.44'N 065°25.30'W
Course 325T Speed 6.9kts
Wind 295T @ 10kts

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Departing BDA

Event Horizon is getting a late start because we have been waiting on a new hatch cover, which is being installed as I type. (Thank you Ocean Sails for your great customer service and excellent canvas work!)

It was nice knowing I could sleep in this morning, but I was up early so I took my favorite walk along the east end of St George’s and also did a bit of beachcombing for sea glass. It’s a gloomy day in Bermuda but the views were still spectacular and the rain held off until after my long walk. Since then the rain has been steady... We are among several boats departing today despite there being no wind this morning and light winds forecasted for the first 12hrs. In the past hour a stiff breeze has arrived so maybe our delay was a good thing.

An interesting fact I want to share is that within 200 miles of Bermuda there are 4 abandoned boats still floating. Alarmingly, two of these vessels may be along our journey’s path. This will keep us wide-eyed and alert during the dark of night!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Preparing for BDA Departure

Our weather router has given us a green light to leave for a few days now but the winds have been light out there and my captain has had a cold so we've been postponing our passage. But the wind is forecasted to pickup and my captain is feeling better so now we’re busy preparing and stowing for an early Wednesday (tomorrow) morning departure, which should put us in Newport by Monday.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bermuda Day

May 24th...

Recently restored Onion Patch following the Bermuda dinghy races.

The first Bermuda dinghy race of the 2008 season with the St George's Dinghy Club’s team Victory in the foreground.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Summer's Arrival

Yesterday our guests departed by plane, just before the high winds and thick clouds that hampered our social activities all week finally passed over Bermuda. The change in weather also brought the long awaited good weather window for sailing north so there has been a mass exodus of yachts all day.

Lucky for me, there are three reasons why we have decided not to set sail:
  1. Our friends aboard Schooner Heron recently arrived and their company is always reason to linger.
  2. It looks as though there is another good weather window on Tuesday.
  3. Tomorrow is Bermuda Day (May 24th) and our good Bermudian friends insist we stay for the festivities, including the first Bermuda Fitted Dinghy race of the season, which takes place in St George’s Harbour. You can watch it too on the webcam at

Today is a picture perfect day in Bermuda, as the photo shows. And for a nice change, the weather is warm and the harbour is calm. The same is expected tomorrow for Bermuda Day, one of the most celebrated holidays in Bermuda. It is considered the first day of summer and usually the first day of the year to jump in the ocean. I hope to join in the tradition!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Still Waiting in Bermuda

We’re still waiting in Bermuda as high wind weather systems roll in and out, watching boats arrive with damage and listening to stories of woe on the high seas over the VHF radio.

A friend of ours suffered severe rig damage about 200nm south of Bermuda so he was making way under engine. We were keeping in contact via SMS over satellite phone and had agreed to meet the boat with more fuel once it was about 30nm from Bermuda. Just before we departed on the fuel run, the rig completely failed and soon after they had transmission failure. The 2-man-crew ended up being rescued at sea by a 320-meter container ship. The ship generously towed the sailing vessel but then the tow broke so they were forced to abandon the boat at sea. Later that morning the guys arrived in Bermuda where they became our guests aboard Eve.

It’s been 4 days now and our guests remain in great spirits despite their terrible ordeal. The feeling of loss associated with having to abandon a boat that was a labor of love as well as one’s home and most of its contents must be devastating and overwhelming. I know I wouldn’t be able to deal with it as well as these guys seem to be.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Waiting in Bermuda

We remain in Bermuda waiting for a favorable weather window to return to Rhode Island. We’re not alone. I’ve never seen St George’s Harbour so full of boats, all trying to get north or to Europe for the summer season. My captain and I have been moving Eve around the harbour seeking the best shelter depending on the wind direction. We haven’t been off the boat in over 3 days due to heavy rains and gale force winds, part of which was the wrath of tropical storm Ophelia. Meanwhile boats & ships continue to arrive from the Caribbean with exhausted crew and sometimes with personal injuries or damage to their vessels according to the endless chatter on the VHF radio. (Notice the shredded jib in the photo.)
The winds have finally subsided so I'm needed on deck to lower the dinghy in preparation for going ashore soon for cheeseburgers, news and socializing.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Exploits Ashore

On our first morning at New England Boatworks (NEB) we awoke to cold rain and extra grateful to be ashore. We spent the day trying to keep warm, cleaning Morgan’s Ghost and stuffing our gear in my old car, which serves as a storage container on wheels. By evening my captain, our Bermudian friend and I headed into downtown Newport for a night on the town and we eventually ended up in the jailhouse. I mean the Jailhouse Inn, a restored 1772 landmark that offers luxury contemporary lodging. For years I have wanted to stay at this inn but always figured it was beyond my budget. At the suggestion of locals, I checked it out and found it less expensive than other places on the outskirts of town I have stayed over the years. I must say it was fun being back in Newport – savoring the superior Guinness at The Fastnet Pub, shopping among the unique boutiques and surrounded by all things nautical, but staying in a nice hotel was the pinnacle of my visit. I got up early to watched VH1 music videos while lounging on a king-size bed covered in silky high-thread-count sheets, read a hot-off-the-press newspaper while sipping freshly brewed coffee and finally, soaked up a hot shower while applying an assortment of complimentary fancy English toiletries. By 10am I was standing on the cobblestones dragging my Bermudian friend to favorite day-time spots along the main drag of Newport. (My captain spent the day at NEB as Morgan’s Ghost was being hauled for some scheduled maintenance.)
By late afternoon my captain picked us up in the storage container on wheels and we headed for Boston. That evening we enjoyed a cozy gathering of the crew and friends at the Washington Square Tavern (owned by our other crew member) where all partook in delicious food, fine wine and lots of laughs. Our final day was spent in Boston accomplishing errands (including new ATM cards) and visiting a few favorite places because we felt obligated (and lucky) to entertain our visiting crew member. On Wednesday morning we three took a Jet Blue direct flight to Bermuda where my captain and I were back aboard Eve by noon. While fun was surely had, it feels good to be home sweet home.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Morgan’s Ghost Appears

On Tuesday, April 29th four of us departed St George’s Harbour aboard Morgan’s Ghost, a Swan Club 42, bound for Newport, Rhode Island. This two-year-old yacht was built for racing – meaning she lacks the comforts of most offshore yachts. She’s light weight (under 14 gross tons) and her deck is open to the elements so we spent the 4.5 day passage harnessed in and holding on. Our 700nm journey was a mix of high seas, strong winds and light breezes so we got the full experience. We arrived at New England Boatworks (NEB) Saturday evening, May 3rd with no damages to report – bruises have yet to be tallied.
Hamilton, Bermuda based Morgan’s Ghost (BER 542) will be among over 200 boats sailing in the famous Newport to Bermuda Race in June.