Archive for May, 2007

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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May 22 2007

Wrong winds

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Position: 27.1993°N 80.2612°W     Stuart Florida

Log: 18

East winds still prevail. Considering the Inter Coastal Waterway.

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May 21 2007

Launch of the updated Carpe Diem

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Position: 27.1993°N 80.2612°W     Stuart Florida

Log: 18

Five days on the hard wasn’t time enough to complete the long list of jobs Matthias had written up. However it was enough time for us to make many improvements on the lovely Carpe Diem. In fact, many people in the yard commented on how much we accomplished in such a short amount of time. Not only was Carpe Diem‘s bottom painted a vivid red and her hull a faded, pastel blue but also she received four new chocks, an anchor roller, twoThe freshly painted “Carpe Diem” in Indiantown May 2007 grounding plates, a windsteering vane. Also we made improvements in the galley.

With Bremen as her new home port, we hoisted an American courtesy flag, set the flag of Bremen as the captain’s flag and now fly a larger (but not large enough according to Matthias) German flag off the back stay. We launched at 1040 with the ship’s log at 0 nautical miles. Sadly there were east winds and we were unable to sail unlike last week when the wind was with us and we had a glorious run from Southpoint to Indiantown. Although we weren’t able to sail, it sure was nice to get off terra firma, say goodbye to the mosquitoes and feel the wind again. We reached the Saint Lucie Locks at 1330 with the ships log at 12 nautical miles. Due to the drought, the locks next opening wasn’t until 1600 so we tied up and took a nap. We arrived at the Southpoint Anchorage in Stuart Florida at 1740 with the ship’s log at 18.

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