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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Quote of the day:

"My husband is having a middle-life crisis, and he has invited me to join him."

--Teri Strickland of the Nordhavn 47 Strickly for Fun, speaking about husband Scott Strickland

I'm in Fort Lauderdale, aboard the Nordhavn 62 Autumn Wind, for the first leg to Bermuda. Weather permitting, we'll be departing Sunday at 1600 hours.

The first posts will be tests of my attempts to configure Radio, the software that runs this weblog, so that I can post by email from any one of the three boats I'll be aboard for the rally.

The three boats I'll be on are Autumn Wind for Leg 1, Strickly for Fun for Leg 2, and Satchmo for Leg 3.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 3:01 PM Subject: NAR-2004 Outlook Fm: Ocean Marine Nav, Inc. NJ/USA 1800Z 13 MAY 2004

Weather Pattern Synopsis

Bermuda High Pressure centered just north of the island near 34N 65W will continue to be the dominant weather feature of the SW Atlantic into mid next week, with pressure ridging westward toward the S.Carolina-Georgia border, to the lower Mississippi Valley. The prevailing mod-fresh/4-5 to strong/6 trade wind flow across the 20N-27N latitudes of the Bahamas to Florida will continue at least through Monday/17th. Northward of 27N, winds ease to the pressure ridgeline to 05-15kt.

During the early to end week next, the western Atlantic high pressure ridge will persist, although it will be re-formed during the Mon/17-Tue/18 period by a cool Canadian High Pressure cell that will drop SE'ward to the Bermuda area. The leading edge of that cool air will move into the Bermuda waters on Tue/18, with a weak wind shift in the region. However, except for some rain showers, some increase in wave heights, the resulting conditions are expected to be low-risk.

We suggest consideration of a route out of Ft.Lauderdale direct to near waypoint 29-00N 79-30W, then the rhumb line to approaches Bermuda. This route attempts to use the Gulf Stream north set for the initial day out, while transiting a bit closer to the high pressure ridge and easier wind/sea.

For the group departure Sunday/16th along this route expect:

Sun/16: E'ly 15-22kt. Sea/swell ENE 6-7ft, to 5-6ft late, 7sec periods. Mon/17: E to ESE 11-19kt. Swell ENE-E 5-6ft occ 7ft, 8-9sec. Tue/18: ESE-SE ease 05-15kt early, backing wind ENE 10-20kt by midday. Swell East 4-6ft, build NE 6-7ft later in day. Wed/19: ENE-E 11-21kt. Swell NE to ENE 6-8ft morning, ENE-E 5-7ft late. Thu/20: E-ESE 10-17kt AM, ESE-SE 08-16kt PM. ENE-E 5-7ft subside 5-6ft afternoon. Fri/21-Arrival: SE 05-15kt. East 5-6ft.

Updating daily. B/Rgds, Walt/OMNI

Rally weatherman Walt Stack of Ocean Marine Nav says we're good to go on Sunday, although it will be a bit bumpy. I'll try to get the actual text of his analysis, forecast and route recommendation.

Quote of the day:

"Fifty percent of radar installations are not properly aligned. Many people who call themselves technicians are what we call dock runners. They bolt the thing in place, collect their money, and run off down the dock."

--Eric Kunz, product manager, Furuno U.S.A., speaking at a seminar for rally captains and crews.

I've added several links on the right. Take a look at Blog of Sans Souci for one participant's view on his rally experience.

Check out the weather sites for current conditions, analysis and forecasts.

There has been a steady wind in the 15-to-25-knot range from the east for the last week, kicking up the sea, but Walt Hack, rally meteorologist, believes conditions will improve by Sunday when the first half of the fleet, comprising the smaller vessels, is set to depart.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Best news of the day: After a week of visits to the vet, faxes, and phone calls, Jacqueline and Josephine, the girls of Autumn Wind, have received permission from Bermuda authorities to visit the island. Big sigh of relief from Bill and Arline Smith, owners of the poodles and Autumn Wind.

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Here I am with my new two-month haircut, on the upper aft deck of Autumn Wind. Photo by Fred Wunderlich who stopped by for a visit.

A thong sighting!

Alas, it's only one of the guys on the Nordhavn 46 Stargazer.

On most boats, the hectic activity is getting less feverish as the departure approaches, but a few boats are still many hours from being ready.

Everyone is aware of the wind, as it has been blowing 15-25 for the last week or more. It has been warm, with 85F being the high most days.

The weather report in the post below says, in plain English, that it will be windy when we depart Sunday afternoon, and thus there will be some waves. (Mom, no worries, as the waves shouldn't be any bigger than me standing tall.) By Wednesday, we may have some wind and waves on the nose, with the weather moderating somewhat on the final approach to Bermuda.

It won't be a mill pond out there, at least not on this leg.

To: NAR-2004 Fm: Ocean Marine Nav, Inc,. NJ/USA 1500Z 14 MAY 2004

WEATHER PATTERN SYNOPSIS

Little change is noted in the outlook for the coming 5-6 days for the southwestern Atlantic, with the dominant weather feature affecting the waters between south Florida and Bermuda still the quasi-stationary high pressure laying from the 1029mb high pressure cell just WNW of Bermuda to the South Carolina coast and inland. Surface outflow from this pressure ridge will continue to contribute to the fresh to occ strong Easterly Trade Winds that presently prevail across the 20N-27N latitudes, from north of the Dominican Republic westward across the Bahamas and Florida into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Along/off Florida's east coast, reported winds 15-25kt, with waves in the 5-8ft, from PEV northward to off Vero Beach, will persist today and through the weekend into early week coming, as a result of the nearly stationary surface pressure pattern across the forecast region Florida to Bermuda. However, two changes will occur during this period into mid next week: a moderate high pressure cell moving SE'ward from the Canadian Maritimes will move SE-S through the western Atlantic as the air mass modifies, and merges with the prevailing high pressure near Bermuda; and, this resultant high pressure will begin to migrate E-ENE'ward after Thu/20th as some change will occur over the NW Atlantic in the form of a bit more intense and cooler weather front activity in the upper 30's latitudes. Overall weather picture is still very optimistic for the transit leg to Bermuda after the initial day of fresh Easterly winds and a bit lumpy sea. For the SLOW GROUP departure Sunday/16th along this route expect: Sun/16: E'ly 15-22kt. Sea/swell ENE 6-7ft, to 6ft late, 7sec periods. Mon/17: E to ESE 11-19kt. Swell E 5-6ft occ 7ft, 8sec. Tue/18: ESE 10-17kt. Swell East 5-6ft, build NE 6-7ft later in day. Wed/19: ESE to ENE 09-17kt. Swell ENE 6-7ft . Thu/20: E-ESE 08-15kt, E 5-6ft. Fri/21-Sat/22: SE 05-15kt. E-NE 4-6ft. For the FAST GROUP departure Monday/17th along this route expect: Mon/17: E'ly 12-22kt, occ higher til north Bah/Banks. Swell E 5-6ft occ 7-8ft, 8sec. Tue/18: E-ESE 10-18kt. Swell East 5-6ft, build NE 6-7ft night. Wed/19: E to ENE 09-17kt. Swell ENE 6-7ft . Thu/20: E-ESE 08-15kt, E 5-6ft. Fri/21-Sat/22: SE 05-15kt. E-NE 4-6ft. B/Rgds, OMNI

Here's an update from Milt Baker, a member of the rally organizing committee:

Looks lumpy but unless things change, we'll have the 18 yachts departing the Port Everglades sea buoy as scheduled, about half at 1600 local Sunday and the remainder at 1600 Monday. Our thinking is that 1600 departures will take advantage of lighter Gulf Stream winds and seas overnight.

The slow group, likely 9 of the 18 yachts, will depart Sunday and the balance of the yachts 24 hours later. The smallest is a Nordhavn 40 and the largest a Monk-McQueen 90 with plenty of speed and plenty of fuel. Most everyone else is a Nordhavn between 46 and 62 feet, except Dennis Fox (Sea Fox), a Krogen 58, and Hal Wyman (Que Linda), a Seaton 55.

Nominal schedule for the rally is:

Sunday, May 16 - Slow group departs Fort Lauderdale (nominal SOA to Bermuda: 6.7 knots)

Monday, May 17 - Fast group departs Fort Lauderdale (nominal SOA to Bermuda: 8.3 knots)

Saturday, May 22 - Both groups arrive Bermuda

Sunday, May 30 Slow group departs Bermuda (nominal SOA to Horta: 6.3 knots)

Tuesday, June 1 Fast group departs Bermuda (nominal SOA to Horta 7.8 knots)

Friday, June 11 Both groups arrive Horta

Saturday, June 19 Slow group departs Horta (nominal SOA to Gib: 6.6 knots)

Sunday, June 20 Fast group departs Horta (nominal SOA to Gib: 7.9 knots)

Saturday, June 26 Both groups arrive Gibraltar

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Email from Dean Wiley, crew on the Nordhavn 46 Egret:

Georgs,

It was nice to talk to you tonight at the bon voyage party. As we discussed, a number of crew members have expressed an interest in sharing photos that have been taken during the trip. After some discussion with Milt, I volunteered as the "Photo Grunt" to take on the job of collectging the digital or film images and organizing them on a final CD that every crew member can have to take home. To add some interest to the exercize, PAE has agreed to sponsor a photo contest on each leg of the voyage.

I wish you calm seas and fair winds, especially since we will be about 2 miles behind your vessel the whole way.

cheers Dean Wiley crew on EGRET

Here is the scoop on the watch system aboard Autumn Wind:

WATCH SYSTEM

We will have three watch teams; each will hold a four hour watch. Watch Captain will be responsible for the watch.

Team A will have Brad as Watch Captain

Team B will have Eric as Watch Captain

Team C will have Bill as Watch Captain

0600 to 1000 Bill and Arline

1000 to 1400 Eric and Mike

1400 to 1800 Brad and Georgs

1800 to 2200 Bill and Arline

2200 to 0200 Eric and Mike

0200 to 0600 Brad and Georgs

Each team will perform the following:

1. Plot and record each hour in log book and on chart 2. Check and record engine room inspection each hour 3. stand watch monitoring radar, radio, electrical panel, pump panel, and general watch keeping 4. log fuel usage 5. Be aware and be awake at all times 6. No food or liquids near any electronic gear

Arline will be responsible for water watch and how often we need to make water. She and she alone will control washing machine and dryer use.

Bill will be responsible to calculate fuel usage and tankage

To: NAR-2004 Fm: Ocean Marine Nav, Inc,. NJ/USA 1135Z 15 MAY 2004

Synopsis/Outlook: High pressure currently centered near Bermuda with a ridge extending WSW across the SE'rn/US will change little through Sun/16. By Sun/pm the high/ridge will weaken as a new high cell moves off the northern US East Coast and merges with the ridge pattern creating a new, more elongated high cell that extends from the Cabot Straits SSW toward 32N 70W by Mon/night.

On Tue/18th the high cell is expected to begin moving NE'ward across the north-central Atlantic while the associated ridge lays semi/stationary SW'ward across 35N 70W, then WSW across northern Florida by 18th/night. On Wed the ridge will "split" into two high cells with a weaker 1024mb high cell redeveloping near Bermuda by Wed/night and continuing into Thur/am. The high should weaken to 1020mb and remain semi/stationary over or just south of Bermuda Fri/21-Sat/22. 

Overall weather picture is still very optimistic for the transit leg to Bermuda after the initial day to day and a half of fresh Easterly winds and a bit lumpy sea.

For the SLOW GROUP departure Sunday/16th along this route expect: Sun/16: E-ESE 16-22kt. Sea/swell ENE-E 6-7ft, to 6ft late, 6-7sec periods. Mon/17: E to ESE 12-19kt. Swell E 5-6ft occ 7ft, 8sec periods. Tue/18: ESE-E 10-17kt. Swell East 5-6ft, 7-8 sec build NE 6-7ft during Tue/pm. Wed/19: ESE to ENE 09-15kt. Swell ENE 6-7ft, 6-7 sec periods Thu/20: E-ESE 05-14kt, E 5-6ft. Fri/21-Sat/22: Veer SE-SW 05-15kt. Ease E-NE 4-6ft Fri. Conf 2-3ft on Sat.

For the FAST GROUP departure Monday/17th along this route expect: Mon/17: E'ly 14-22kt, occ higher til north Bah/Banks. Swell E 5-6ft occ 7-8ft, 8sec. Tue/18: E-ESE 10-18kt. Swell East 5-6ft, build NE 6-7ft eve-night. Wed/19: E to ENE 09-15kt. Swell ENE 6-7ft, 6-7 sec periods. Thu/20: E-ESE 05-14kt, E 5-6ft. Fri/21-Sat/22: SE-SW 05-15kt. Ease E-NE 4-6ft Fri. Conf 2-3ft on Sat.

B/Rgds, OMN

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Talk about disappointment! Except for the three pictures below, all my other attempts to upload close to 20 other shots have disappeared into cyberspace. I am especially disappointed that the grandchildren of my gracious hosts aboard Autumn Wind will not be able to see the pictures we promised.

I'll try again to upload pictures from Bermuda. Under way, I'll only be able to post text messages. I'll try to get something up within 24 hours of departure.

Now, I must run back to the boat before it leaves without me in 20 minutes.

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Linda Wyman works out with free weights in the cockpit of the Seaton 55 Que Linda, one of three non-Nordhavns in the fleet of 18 trawler yachts.

Talk about frustration! For the last two hours I have had every conceivable thing go wrong during my attempt to upload pictures prior to our departure--now only 50 minutes away. I've run up to the hotel, trying a high-speed connection.

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Eric Leishman heads out the outrigger pole on the Nordhavn 46 Stargazer to make an adjustment to the paravane rig.

Georgsonsummerwind

Hello, Mom! Hello, Dad! We're good to go.

To: NAR-2004 Fm: Ocean Marine Nav, Inc. NJ/USA 1200Z 16 MAY 2004

-- As noted in earlier advisory, suggest consideration of a waypoint route direct from Ft.Lauderdale to near 29-00N 79-30W, then the rhumb line to approaches Bermuda. Route intends to make some use of the Gulf Stream's north set, while moving a bit closer (further north) to the prevailing high pressure ridge for easier sea conditions.

--- For the SLOW GROUP departure Sunday/16th, expect (very little change to yesterday's outlook): Sun/16: E-ESE 16-22kt. Sea/swell ENE-E 6-7ft, subsiding 6ft late. Wave periods 6-7secs, to 7-8sec late. Mon/17: Dominant ESE 12-19kt. Swell East 5-6ft occ higher sets. 7-9sec range. Tue/18: E-SE 10-17kt. Swell East 5-6ft occ 7ft. 7-9sec. Wed/19: E'ly 05-15kt. Swell East 6ft average. 7-8sec. Thu/20: E-SE/S 05-15kt. East 4-6ft. Fri/21: SE 05-15kt chance S'ly late. E & NE 4-6ft. Some WNW 2-4ft late. Sat/22: SE -SW 00-15kt. ENE 3-5ft and NW 2-4ft.

---- For the FAST GROUP departure Monday/17th (very little change to yesterday's outlook): Mon/17: E'ly 14-22kt, occ higher til north Bah/Banks. Swell E 5-6ft occ 7-8ft, 8sec. Tue/18: E-ESE 10-18kt. Swell East 5-6ft, build 6-7ft eve-night. Wed/19: E to ENE 09-15kt. Swell ENE 6-7ft, 7-9sec periods. Thu/20: E-ESE 05-14kt, E 5-6ft. Fri/21: SE 05-15kt to S'ly late. E & NE 4-6ft, low WNW 2-3ft late. Sat/22: SE-SW 00-15kt. ENE 3-5ft and NW 2-4ft. B/Rgds, Walt/OMNI

Here is the rally fleet, with boat numbers so you can identify who is who in photos, and names of owners:

#1 Uno Mas, Nordhavn 40, John and Sue Spencer

#2 Satchmo, Nordhavn 46, Bill and Ellen Bane

#3 Envoy, Nordhavn 46, Wayne and Patricia Davis

#4 Egret, Nordhavn 46, Scott and Mary Flanders

#5 World Odd@Sea, Nordhavn 46, John and Dulcie Harris

#6 Stargazer, Nordhavn 46, Michael Perfit and Kevin Keith

#8 Strickly for Fun, Nordhavn 47, Scott and Teri Strickland

#9 Sundog, Nordhavn 50, Robert Greenbaum

#10 Four Across, Nordhavn 50, Doug Seaver and Charles Metcalf

#11 Que Linda!, Seaton 55, Hal and Linda Wyman

#12 Goleen, Nordhavn 57, Chris Samuelson

#13 Atlantic Escort, Nordhavn 57, Pacific Asian Enterprises

#14 Emeritus, Nordhavn 57, Bob and Janis Rothman

#15 Sea Fox, Krogen 58, Dennis and Julie Fox

#16 Grey Pearl, Nordhavn 62, Braun and Martina Jones

#17 Autumn Wind, Nordhavn 62, Bill and Arline Smith

#18 Sans Souci, Nordhavn 62, Ken and Roberta Williams

#19 Crosser, Monk-McQueen 90, David Stone

From Jenny McCauley-Stern of Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE), builders of Nordhavn and sponsors of the rally;

Subject: RE: Media on Log 1

Georgs Kolesnikovs, Power Cruising, aboard Autumn Wind

Scott Shane, Yachting, aboard Atlantic Escort

Jeanne Craig, Motorboating, aboard Atlantic Escort

Dan Streech, PAE president, aboard Sans Souci, is writing a piece for Airways, the ATA in-flight mag.

Jim Leishman, PAE vice-president, aboard Atlantic Escort, will be writing for Sea Mag.

Chris Samuelson aboard Goleen is keeping a journal on all 3 legs to be published in the German pub Das Boote.

Covering the bon voyage is Soundings, Southern Boating, PassageMaker, Triton Magazine, the Miami Herald, and the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Sunday 0430

In less than 12 hours, we will be under way on our great adventure, together, across the Atlantic.

I'm not sure if it's the cabernet of last night's farewell dinner making itself felt, or excitement about what lies ahead, but I'm up and raring to go.

My list of things-to-do-prior-to-departure is growing shorter, but it's still pressing down on me, and, if the truth were known, is the main reason I cannot sleep. That's always the way it is prior to departure on an ocean voyage. There is literally more to do than can be done, but some compulsion keeps driving you. In that, I'm no different than anyone else in the fleet. My priorities are different, as I don't have a boat to worry about.

I'm squared away with how I'll be able to update the blog from my Macintosh iBook G4 while we're at sea, and I have unpacked my new Nikon D70, read the quick-start guide, and the battery is charging even as I write.

What remains to be done is help in getting Autumn Wind ship shape for departure, and juggling that with my personal to-do list, which includes getting with the rally photographer to sort through his photos and upload the best ones, prepare the survey for participants that I thought of late last night, write a postcard to Mom and Dad so they won't worry, send a love letter to the one I love, get some emails out of here in the campaign to save Bob Beebe's original Passagemaker, put some materials in PDF for shipping to a contract-publication client for review, write a message about a circulation matter at Power Cruising, square all my stuff away in the stateroom that I share with the rally EMT, get to the final briefing for captains and crews at 1000, and apologize to someone for a silly remark I made that I realized afterward was a stupid thing to say.

Site see:

Trawler Transatlantic 2004-Welcome

Preparations

Leg 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Hamilton, Bermuda:

Leg 1 photos Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Leg 1 photos Thursday, May 27, 2004

Leg 1 photos Friday, May 28, 2004

Getting ready to depart for the Azores

Leg 2 Hamilton, Bermuda, to Horta, Azores Sunday, June 6, 2004

Leg 2 Hamilton, Bermuda, to Horta, Azores Saturday, June 12, 2004

Leg 2 Hamilton, Bermuda, to Horta, Azores Sunday, June 13, 2004

Leg 2 photos Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Leg 2 photos Tuesday, June 20, 2004

Leg 2 photos Monday, June 28, 2004

Leg 3 Horta, Azores, to Gibraltar, Gibraltar Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Leg 3 Horta, Azores, to Gibraltar, Gibraltar Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Leg 3 Horta, Azores, to Gibraltar, Gibraltar Friday, July 2, 2004

A challenge well met Thursday, July 8, 2004

A challenge well met Friday, July 9, 2004

A Statement by NAIAD Marine Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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