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February 1, 2017

After an uneventful five-hour passage from Iles Des Saintes, Guadeloupe, we arrived at St. Pierre, our first anchorage in Martinique. It’s a small town on the northwest side of the island that in 1902 was transformed from the “Paris of the Caribbean” to the “Pompeii of the Caribbean” by the massive eruption of nearby Mt. Pelée.  

 Above: After the 1902 eruption killed  30,000 in St. Pierre.  Below: St. Pierre & Mt. Pelée today....

April 14, 2016

(Ken helped bring CAYUGA from Hampton, VA to the BVIs in November, 2015.  This article appeared in the spring issue of the Salty Dawg Rally Newsletter)

Do you ever wonder what motivates a crew member to become crew in a Salty Dawg Rally? Maybe not, but here are reflections and insight from someone who crewed in the 2015 Fall Salty Dawg Rally.

My ‘Dawg Tale’ begins as a Lake Superior sailor who finds it difficult to gain de...

February 10, 2016

After some time back home, we returned to the boat in late January where we'd had someone babysitting it on a mooring in St. Thomas, USVI. We re-provisioned, worked on some projects, hung out on the beach, and waited for a day with more northerly winds forecast that would enable easier sailing to the East. We left on Feb. 3rd and during the afternoon, tucked under the SW corner of Peter Island, BVI so Rhoda could make several...

December 11, 2015

In unvarnished terms, the essence of a bluewater passage on a small boat sounds like some perverse research project conceived by undergraduate psych majors:
"I know, I know.  Let's throw four random guys together for two weeks in a long, skinny 300 sq. ft. room that is constantly being jerked back and forth in all directions. We'll deprive them of sleep by putting them to work every few hours around the clock. W...

June 25, 2015

After several weeks of work on various projects, I left Whitehall Marina near Annapolis on June 7th to begin our pre-cruising shakedown trip to the northeast.  Rhoda, Tristan, and Jenn had arranged to meet me between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, so I motored and sailed solo up the Chesapeake all day and into the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

I was hand-steering up the middle of the 450-ft-wide canal and nee...

June 29, 2014

We had been looking for the right boat for about a year, and had formed a good relationship with Bernie Jakits and Kate Christensen at RogueWave Yacht Sales in Annapolis. In early April, 2014, Bernie told us about the owners of a Valiant 40 who were in the Bahamas and had decided to sell.  After seeing the specs and inventory, we made an offer sight unseen, contingent on a good survey.  Fast forward a couple of months and Risi...

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