A Wet and Miserable Day

From the Sailing Blog of S/V Cielo

“Monday May 23: It was a wet and miserable day today. We intended to sail up to Pittwater, but the rain was unrelenting and the wind no where to be seen and we could hear thunder as well.

So we sailed under 3 bridges: Anzac Bridge once the barge crane had been pushed through by the tug boat, the Sydney Harbour bridge (in time to see HMS Adelaide leave her dock), and the Spit Bridge which we had to wait to open (sorry traffic) and sail into Middle Harbour.

Having stopped at 2 earlier moorings, we finally found one out of the swell although the rain pounded down until late evening.

Maybe tomorrow if the wind is there, but if we have to drive our boat under engine we might as well wait for the sunshine.”

Onward Slowly

From the Sailing Blog of S/V Trance

“Monday May 2, at 7:30am we departed Southport Marina along with s/v Revival with a favorable current.

For dinner, pan fried Mahi-Mahi topped with marinated raw tomatoes with red onion and cheesy mashed potatoes.

25 days to go.

Tuesday May 3, Rise and Shine, s/v Revival took this photo of us as they passed by where we are anchored early morning. They stopped at a marina last night.

On the way today, we noticed the voltage regulator was not working. As a result, the engine was not charging batteries. The solar panels and wind generator were still working though. Upon investigation, MacGyver Dan found a broken wire, thus it was an easy fix.

Anchor was dropped for the night near Sugarloaf Island in Morehead City just off the ICW in North Carolina.

Baked meatballs with linguine and a red sauce for dinner.

24 days to go.

Wednesday May 4, arrived in Oriental NC around noon. We were able to get a slip at the Oriental Harbor Marina, nestled between another sailboat and a large trawler.

The world is really that small. As we were sitting at the Tiki bar with a boat here from Alaska, up to us walks Igor! We first met in Reunion Island, October 2021, then saw him again in South Africa. He sailed single handed around the world, even rounded Cape Horn! Igor is originally from Ukraine and he lived in New Jersey.

23 days to go.”

S/V Trance is an IP 420 #92

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Victory Lap Week 3/8

From the Sailing Blog of S/V Trance

“Monday April 18 – anchor up by 9am tried to get the 9:30 am opening of the Wappoo Creek Hwy 171 Bridge. The current was bit too strong to make it so we slowed down and waited for the 10:30am opening.

Arrived in Charleston Monday late morning greeted by Max and Dylan who ran down the dock to greet us! Also there our daughter Beth her husband Kevin. Along with them Kevin’s parents Pam and Ernie who live here. We stayed at their beautiful house with All, while we were here.

40 days to go.

Saturday April 23 – we departed the Illg house mid morning, with all escorting us to Trance. It was a happy goodbye knowing we’ll see them in about three weeks! As they were departing new friends were coming. Our sister in-laws sister Sherri and her friends Sandy and Bob.

The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, where our boat is, has a free shuttle to downtown Charleston for hotel and marina guests. For dinner we rode in but asked to be dropped off a bit early of the designated stop. We walked to D’Allesandro’s Pizza on St. Philip Street. In December of 2019, we stopped in Charleston on our way south. Ben D’Allesandro is a friend of our son Luke, who used to live here, delivered pizza to our boat back then. We returned for more!

35 days to go.”

S/V Trance is an IP 420 #92

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Completing the Circle!

From the Sailing Blog of S/V Trance

“Monday March 28, Day 1technically when we reach 75.53W longitude, we will have completed our circumnavigation of the globe. This line runs through the Inter Coastal Waterway in North Carolina near the Alligator River and the Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. It is the farthest point East we sailed when we started this journey in 2019.

By 8am we were off the mooring ball and on our way.

On a moonless dark night, there is a sky full of stars, the North Star to Starboard, the Southern Cross to Port, the Milky Way and separately bioluminescence in the water!

Saturday April 2, Day 6 – total nautical miles traveled 760, 120 nautical miles in the past 24 hours. At some point in the early morning we crossed 75.53W longitude, officially completing our trip around the world!!!…

…Not much wind today, we’ve been motor sailing in 6-10knots of wind. Our target arrival is 10am on Monday to the Ft Lauderdale area.

Monday April 4, Day 8 – total nautical miles traveled 987, 111 nautical miles in the past 24 hours.

…Upon arrival, we were greeted by Dan’s brother Marty and Nancy his wife, along with Michael who is letting us dock Trance at his house.

Total passage miles from St. Thomas, 994 nautical miles!”

S/V Trance is an IP 420 #92

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A Master Craftsman Crafting His Masterpiece

From the Island Packet Yachts Factory

Mark is the head of tooling at Island Packet Yachts, and he has been a major part of the IPY family, helping us design and produce boats since August of 1998! Like many of you, Mark grew up on sailboats. Like many of you, Mark dreamed of owning his own Island Packet Yacht. Now Mark is making his dream, his reality…

Soon, Mark and his amazing wife Dawn, will be setting out for their next journey in life. Their chosen vessel for this journey? Their own custom built Island Packet Yacht, 439-08 “Journey”. That’s right, one of our own IPY crew, are becoming IPY owners!

So please, help us celebrate and congratulate our own Mark & Dawn on the impending launch of their “Journey”! We are counting down the DAYS until first splashdown!!! #SailingJourney #IPY #IslandPacketYachts #IPY439 #2021BotY #CruiseTheWorld #MasterCraftsman

To view video of 439-08 “Journey”, click here….

A Master Craftsman Crafting His Masterpiece

A Nimble Take On A Rock Solid Cruiser

From the Island Packet Yachts Factory

After a successful showing of our new Island Packet 349 at the 2018 Annapolis Boat Show, we had the opportunity to take the 349 out for a test with SAIL Magazine Executive Editor, Adam Cort.

Initially, we were disappointed as we set out because there was very little wind. We soon realized this was actually a blessing and gave us an opportunity to show off her light-air performance. As Adam said, “Island Packets are not exactly renowned for their light-air performance. Ah, Yes. But that was before the advent of the new Solent rig.”

“At one point we actually found ourselves drag-racing a similarly sized lightweight European model and coming out the winner.”

Adam Cort Sail Magazine

All in all we had a great day and Adam “liked the boat a lot”….

The World’s Best Sailboat

“At Island Packet, when they talk a lot about cruising comfort and livability, they mean a boat with a gentle, comfortable, less fatiguing motion. This in turn improves safety, and—because of lack of fatigue—a more rested and alert crew. Their is that every boat should have the following key features: for a start, a comfortable, seakindly motion and an easily manageable sail plan; in plain English, a cutter rig as on most singlehanded round-the-world racing boats. So, on Island Packets, furling sails—main included—are standard equipment. Next, apart from the protected propeller and rudder, they build a bullet-proof steering system, meaning rack and pinion—no cables, no pulleys, no chains. And they are adamant about the need for a recessed foredeck for safe work and immediate anchor access, because for them, an anchor is a piece of safety gear.

With these ideals and very high-quality workmanship in a line of boats based on common sense and simplicity, their boats have kept their value very well over the years…”

Arrival In Provo

From the Sailing Blog of S/V Island Spirit

By SV Island Spirit | MAR 2019

“Arrival in Provo (Turks and Caicos) after a 36 hr motor sail from Georgetown.
The weather window for winds was calm and the east trades were laid down, so we took off. Little did we know, the squall and rain forecast was extremely high. In 8 years of being in the Bahamas, we have never had rain and squalls like this. 

On departure day, we had to wait for several 35-knot squalls to blow over. Then we left at 0900 and within an hour we had our first of many. We motor sailed with the staysail and/or the jib this entire way as the winds never reached over 12-15 knots. Now, most will think that is a great sailing day. Yes, it is, if you are out for a day sail. But, when pushing into 4-foot seas and a 4-6 foot ocean swell for 300 miles, you can not sail in 10-15 knots 40-50 degrees off the starboard bow. Your speed will only be 2-3 knots due to the waves. That would double your time on passage, so you burn fuel and motor sail. 

Fuel became our problem. We wanted to get fuel and KEEP GOING to Puerto Rico as the WX window was amazing. The problem is, you cannot get fuel under the ‘Q’ flag, you must check into Customs and Immigration. This took us from 1130 to 1700, and that delay seemed to make us miss our WX run to PR. 

OH WELL, we are now ‘Stuck’ in Provo at South Side Marina where Bob Pratt built a very cool and peaceful place. The price is $50 per night flat fee with a pub and sunset restaurant on site. We are happy to wait here…”

S/V Island Spirit is an ’94 IP 35 #135

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