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|Overview of This Website
|As you might guess from the title of this web and the picture below, sailing
is what this web is about. Sailing has been my primary interest since I
was a teenager, working summers at a camp just off Lake Michigan north of
Muskegon. When I moved to the Washington DC area in 1971, I took advantage
of my proximity to the Chesapeake Bay to purchase my first sailboat.
This first boat was a
1968 Hinterhoeller HR 25, which
is a 25' fiberglass sloop. In 1976 I sold the HR 25 and bought a new
8.7. The Columbia 8.7 is a 29' fiberglass sloop, which I named
(Spanish for "Full Sail"). For a long time Vela Llena was the perfect boat
for me, large enough to take on extended cruises along the US East Coast, but small
enough to keep maintenance work and costs within
reason. I sailed Vela Llena for nearly a quarter century before selling
her in the spring of 2001. The previous year I purchased a 1978 Pearson
424 , which is a 42' fiberglass ketch. The Pearson , which I
named Sarah, was the boat I intended to use for extended off shore trips for the
next 5 - 6 years, or possibly longer. As of 2012 I have owned Sarah for 12
years and lived aboard full time for over 8 years.
As a shake
down off shore cruise I and five friends sailed Sarah to
Bermuda and back in the
summer of 2001. In June, 2007 I completed an
cruise (transatlantic to the Azores, Portugal, Spain and the Mediterranean and
then transatlantic again back to the USA) on Sarah. When Sarah is underway you can also check my current location via
Position Reporting or click on the SV Sarah link at the top of this page
then select Sarah's Location from the menu for that section of this website.
|The initial step on the Atlantic Circle was accomplished in the fall of 2004 when
I moved Sarah from the Chesapeake Bay to Fort Pierce, FL via the Intracoastal
Waterway (ICW) and an off shore
sail. Mike Repass and I departed on the transatlantic leg of the cruise
in May, 2005. We stopped in the
Bermuda and the
Azores before making landfall near Lisbon,
I spent the winter of 2005-2006 on Sarah at the marina in Cascais, Portugal.
During the spring and summer of 2006 I cruised Sarah from Cascais to the
Balearic Islands of Spain. Sarah spent the winter of 2006/2007 in Lagos,
PT. In May, 2007 Bob Calt and I sailed Sarah back to the USA by way of
|After repowering Sarah over the
winter of 2007/8 I departed the Chesapeake in October and spent the
following winter in the Bahamas.
I returned to the USA in 2009 and spent a year in New Bern, NC.
In 2010 I briefly returned to the Chesapeake Bay then headed
south again in fall. I spent the winters of 2010/2011 and
2011/2012 in Jacksonville, FL. In between those stays in
Jacksonville, Sarah was back in the
Chesapeake Bay. Currently (August, 2013) Sarah is back in
|The website is divided into five sections, which are listed at the top of
|The contents of the website sections are described below. To navigate
within the site click on one of the section titles at the top of the page and
then use the menus on the left to view pages on the various topics in those