In the weeks since Charles returned from sailing in Europe, I’ve listened enviously to his adventures and daydreamed about sailing in waters far, far from home. He spent five weeks touring the coastal waters and canals of Europe and the Mediterranean on the maiden voyage of a Swan 54, directly from the factory. Yes, it … More The Air was Soft, the Stars so Fine: A Sailboat in Europe
During the cold dark months of winter on the east coast we were tucked into a slip and I spent much of that time banging on the keys of my iPad. I’m so pleased to share part one of a two-part article that was featured in issues 62 and 63 of Tiny House Magazine. I’d love … More The One in Which We Were Published in Tiny House Magazine
We survived the recent bomb cyclone that plunged most of the east coast into an icy nightmare of bitterly cold temperatures, blizzards, gale force winds, burst pipes, and you can feel free to fill in the blanks with the details of your personal winter hell of choice. … More The Cyclone Ends. The Sun Returns.
Perspective shifts when you’re surrounded by water on all sides but up. Vision and outlook change when your home floats and also when your home can sink. Frame of reference becomes altered when tides and currents, nature, and living half outdoors takes the place of sidewalks, traffic, and elevators as the first and last stop … More The Things I’ve Noticed
We spent the night docked at St. Clements Island, arriving safely and tying up in almost total darkness. This 40-acre island is uninhabited in the winter and offers us the perfect place to stop on trips to the bay. We love having a safe place to tie up overnight and take Sylvie for a walk in … More Any Port in a Storm
Ahhh, the relaxed sailing life. Palm trees, dolphins, beautiful sunsets on the water. On this trip, remove the tropics, drop the temperature to 40 degrees with no heat on the boat and add a bunch of winter layers. Wine for me, please! We did have a beautiful sunset over the water, hats, scarves and wool socks aside. This morning’s hot topic … More What Does The Fox Say? Sounds Like a Banshee to Me.
Sunrise at the marina is always beautiful, no matter which marina you’re in or why you’re up so early. This morning we were up before the sun in preparation for our early haul out, pressure washing and refit. I have a little French Press coffee pot trick to conserve water. A normal French Press has … More Adventures in Nautical Refitting
Our land days are filled with physical activity and having an 8 month old pup means more opportunity for exercise. Often on long passages we’ve skipped our usual routines in favor of other exertions like hoisting the sails and scrubbing the deck. It’s not quite the same as a good Pilates class but I’ll take what I … More Recent Adventures That Are All Totally My Fault
We accidentally discovered St. Clement’s Island in the middle of the night, in the middle of an overnight sail, in the middle of a trip from the river to the bay. Charles was enjoying an overnight solo watch and in the wee hours of the morning he dropped anchor in a protected cove, sheltered by … More St. Clement’s Island
While Tropical Storm Hermine was battering the east coast yesterday evening I was walking Sylvie along the river near our marina and enjoying a pleasantly cooler evening than we’ve had in months.We’d spent the day watching the weather and reading blogs and Facebook posts from sailors in the southern states who’d endured many hours in 50 to 80 … More While the Storm Was Blowing