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Jun 07 2007

Stormy night

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Position: 30.7185°N 81.5525°W     Saint Marys Georgia

Log: 336

Last night Will took on the first part of the night watch while the swell and wind was building. Because of our new course we had to point much higher which made the ride rather uncomfortable. After a while Will even tied himself up in the cockpit. During my part of the watch the wind shifted even more to east so that I was not any longer able to keep our course. Now the waves were becoming more and more confused because of the shifting winds and I decided to start the engine to be able to make it to Saint Marys. Will relieved me soon and I gave him the course to steer. We didn’t make much headway against wind and waves. 4 hours later I wake up only to find out that we were way to far south of St.Marys inlet and we had to change course to NW. At 0700 we were sighting the first light and were relieved though it was taking us another 4 hours to reach the inlet. Once inside we missed the turn for Saint Marys River. Meanwhile there is all sorts of commotion going on. Helicopters in the air, Coast Guard gun boats everywhere. Shortly after we were witnessing why. A huge submarine was entering the inlet.

At around 1200 we tie up to the dock of Lang’s Marina. Will is crashing below and I take a walk to register at the marina office. Afterwards I enjoy some warm breakfast at the local diner and take a long shower afterwards. Back at the boat Will and I have a couple of beer to celebrate the ingeniously mastered landfall. While enjoying the dockside conveniences a man named John stops by and we are beginning to talk. It turns out he recently bought a steel schooner named Guanahani just a few boats down the dock and needed some help sailing her to Brunswick Georgia a few miles north of here. We are making plans for tomorrow. He also had some friends with a car that took us to the next grocery store so we could bunker some more beer and food.

We ended the day with a few more beers and totally enjoyed the night in our not-so-much-moving-anymore bunks. I felt very thankful of Carpe Diem taking us to a safe harbor after a rocky night.

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Jun 06 2007

Empty pantry

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Position: 30.3333°N 80.5265°W

Log: 275

Capn Will navigating the great AtlanticLast night Will took on the first night watch until 0230 and I did watch until 0830 where I got to see the most glorious sunrise in my live. There was flying fish to watch and accompanying dolphins playing with the wake of Carpe Diem. During my watch I was able to trim the sails so thatDolphins playing with “Carpe Diem’s” wake she was able to steer herself, which made for a leisurely second part of the watch. Night sailing under jib only is wonderful. Wind died at noon and picked up again in the evening. We were running dangerously low on beer, so we decided to head into Staint Marys Georgia. At 1820 we started heading northwest.

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Jun 05 2007

The great Atlantic

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Position: 28.9462°N 80.2266°W

Log: 179Heading north in the Gulfstream

Anchor was up at 1030 and we locked immediately. We steamed out the locks and headed straight for the great Atlantic brimming with excitement but also being somewhat nervous. The Ocean loomed before us deep and endless. We sailed for a short time before the winds would die and the heat sunk in. And then it hit. As we pitched about in the calm, sails luffing, the knot meter at about 0.3kts, a black cloud set in on the horizon. Love bugs! They swarmed onto Carpe Diem in biblical proportions, the deck and the dodger were black with them. I swatted them wildly Ohio Shoals buoywith my hat and danced a jig in the cockpit to keep them off my skin. We started motoring and some time after the black plague was not able anymore to keep up with us. Matthias tried to cleanse the boat of the remaining ones. The wind picked up to a steady 10-15kts and we sailed under main and poled out genoa rounding the Ohio Shoals heading north under fair skies.

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Jun 04 2007

Leaving the Intercoastal Waterway

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Position: 28.414°N 80.6409°W     Port Canaveral Florida

Log: 113

This morning we decided to do some maintenance on Carpe Diem. Anchor was up at 1215. We turned from the ICW into the Canaveral Barge Canal at 1536 only to arrive at the SR3 drawbridge 1606 which was just 7 minutes past the last opening until 1759. We arrived outside the Canaveral Locks at 1845 and anchored just to the north west in 12ft of water protected by a small island.

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Jun 03 2007

Not much of a sail

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Position: 28.2074°N 80.6601°W     Palm Shores Florida

Log: 95

Today we left Vero at 930 into strong headwinds all day, after checking all vital engine components and discovered that the engine oil level was a little to high. This made for poor sailing especially since it was Sunday traffic and narrow channel. When the winds turned westward in the afternoon it was quite gusty. At one point it gusted from a steady 5 to 20kts. The jib is old and cumbersome and will need replacement soon (Travis!!!!!!!!!). Arriving in the Palm Shores area Matthias discovered with fright that he failed to load the appropriate charts onto the chart plotter. So we decided to anchor at 1830 in the protection of a causeway.

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Jun 02 2007

Will’s birthday

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Position: 27.656°N 80.3702°W     Vero Beach Florida

Log: 57

Yesterday we left Fort Pierce in the morning to sail through narrow channels to Vero Beach. There were some strong winds in the forecast so we decide to take advantage of the mooring field at the Vero Beach City Marina.

Today is Will’s 20′s birthday. Winds are still at 20kts gusting to 30kts. We took the time to get some stuff at Wal-mart and also acquired some binoculars at West Marine, transportation provided by Indian River Transportation. Bill, the bus driver with an attitude provided plenty of entertainment on those rather long rides. We’re planning to have dinner out tonight to celebrate Will’s birthday.

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May 31 2007

Leaving local waters

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Position: 27.4675°N 80.3256°W     Fort Pierce Florida

Log: 46

Yesterday night I received a phone call from Colin that my end pieces for the new spinacker pole have arrived and that Rich will take them with him to Harbortown Marina where he lives on his O’Day 39. We left Sewall Point around 1000 and arrived just outside Harbortown at 1700. We anchored in a very strong current caused by the not so far Fort Pierce inlet.

At 1800 Rich invited us to his boat for some beer and to pick up the parts. Jay and his girlfriend Ally also joined us and we had a jolly good time. Will and I went shopping later at the nearby Publix.

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May 30 2007

The voyage begins

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Position: 27.1808°N 80.1826°W     Sewall Point Florida At anchor at St.Lucie Inlet Florida

Log: 27

Today we left the Anchorage and began our voyage! We left at 1615 (local time) to strong east winds and partly sunny skies. We motored the entire way to the Saint Lucie inlet and arrived at 1820 (local time). There we anchored in the lee of a beautiful island. Before we left changes were made on the boat. They are as follows: two cleats on the bow, new backstay chainplate, new birdie, oil change, raw water foot pump installed, new engine zinc, two spinacker poles loaded, new half inch regatta braid jib sheet, new 3/8th inch regatta braid main sheet. We really miss our friends from Grazie Dio but are happy to have left.

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May 24 2007

Sluggish crew

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Position: 27.1993°N 80.2612°W     Stuart Florida

Log: 18

East winds persist. Carpe Diem‘s crew is feeling sluggish. We finish installing the windvane and go to Duffy’s Bar and Grill for happy hour. We have met three very friendly Europeans aboard an Endeavor 43 ketch, named Grazie Dio. The captain is German, Achim is his name. A shackle sticks through his left earlobe and his hair appears gale blown even in the the lightest of winds. A menacing, unidentifiable sea creature is strung around his neck. I would not be surprised if there were gills underneath his threadbare, sun-bleached, salt-crusted piny. He grins and his shoulders shake like a boy who has just pulled off a brilliant prank. Jonas, the owner of Grazie Dio, has the appearance of a rugged catalogue model. He is full of frank opinions, brimming with life and lovely to talk to. Julia, Jonas’ girlfriend has a rare and odd but definite beauty. She seems to love to cook and she cooks well. She is anything but timid. She is warm and motherly. We have become good friends with them all.

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May 23 2007

Departure inevitable

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Position: 27.1993°N 80.2612°W     Stuart Florida

Log: 18

East winds still predicted to continue for at least another week. However from Georgia to South Carolina there are southerlies. We are considering sailing up the ICW and heading for the Gulf Stream when we reach Georgia. Taking things one step at a time. Planning to leave the 25th or the 26th of May.

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