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Rally Reflections

Posted by on July 16, 2019 in Adventures | 6 comments

Rally Reflections

Eight months ago I sat amidst charts and maps learning how to spell Huaritcheru. I still had little experience sailing and zero experience with the geography of the Western Caribbean.

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Stolen Hearts

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Adventures | 0 comments

Stolen Hearts

None of us was prepared to have our hearts stolen. Our goal was to drop off donations for a local charity in Colombia. My goal was to capture images of the children and their mothers.

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Mountain Sailing

Posted by on March 13, 2019 in Adventures | 4 comments

Mountain Sailing

The first thing I noticed about Colombia were the mountains–peaks reaching straight up from the ocean beyond the clouds. How I’ve missed the mountains.

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Helia Mainsail Headaches

Posted by on March 12, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 4 comments

Helia Mainsail Headaches

One complaint we have with the Helia is the mainsail. It has a square top (the trailing edge of the sail doesn’t meet the top of the mast) and it has a large “roach”. The combination of the square top and the roach provide extra sail area for the same mast height but complicates the hoisting of the sail.

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Aruba: Island Civilization

Posted by on February 26, 2019 in Adventures | 4 comments

Aruba: Island Civilization

“OH SHIT!” Allen exclaimed just as I was just starting to doze off beside him at the helm. I immediately snapped up and dittoed “OH SHIT!” The entire spinnaker sail was rapidly settling into the sea.

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Escape Hatches – Recipe for Disaster

Posted by on January 23, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 1 comment

Escape Hatches – Recipe for Disaster

A catamaran unlike a monohull has the possibility of overturning and not coming back rightside up. Because it is possible for the boat to turn in the inverted position with people inside the hull, European boat manufacturers have required the inclusion of escape hatches which can be used to exit an upside down boat. All this is well and good until the lens detaches from the frame…

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The Trouble with Marine Plumbing…. a Shitty Problem

Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Allen's Fo'c'sle | 1 comment

The Trouble with Marine Plumbing…. a Shitty Problem

The toilet is an interesting piece of engineering. It has a macerator to grind up the TP and poop so it doesn’t clog the tank. The toilet also pumps the result to the top of the holding tank. This prevents a hose or toilet problem from dumping the entire contents of the tank inside the boat.  It generally works well unless something other than TP and poop goes in…

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Celebrities in Curaçao

Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Adventures | 1 comment

Celebrities in Curaçao

We dress in our formal Gémeaux shirts since nobody onboard has the requisite roman numerals in their name to don a blue blazer. Our parade of boats enters in formation.

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Who Paints the Lighthouse?

Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Adventures | 2 comments

Who Paints the Lighthouse?

Always anxious to explore a remote corner of our natural world, our first stop is a tiny, flat desert island with a white sand beach, five huts, and a lighthouse.

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Rally Time!

Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Adventures | 6 comments

Rally Time!

5:45am presents a beautiful orange daybreak in Curaçao. It is our last. Today is the day we have been waiting for…the official start of the Suzie Too Rally.

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