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2 days ago
Ko Olina Marina, Kapolei, HI, 31-MAR-2019 — The marina is where all the tourists come for whale watching trips and swimming with dolphins, for deep sea fishing charters and to spot turtles swimming among the docks. All of that is closed. The marina has settled down to a quiet neighborhood. We meet our neighbors, speak, … Continue reading "Staying put for the duration"
13 days ago
Ko Olina Marina, Ko Olina, HI 20-MAR-20 — Yesteday morning Jimmy Cornell’s website, Noonsite, said French Pokynesia was completely open. In the afternoon, it said FP was completely closed. Everything is in such flux that we have no actual plans. If we do leave our marina we will not be giving up our slip until … Continue reading "Boat Jockeying, Staying Put, Protecting our slip."
16 days ago
Ko Olina Marina, Ko Olina HI, 17-MAR-2020 — Yesterday an official announced that in San Francisco and seven surrounding counties all non-essential businesses would close and everyone was to remain in their homes. Before we left for the airport we learned the Visa Office would abide by the rule and would also close. Delta kindly … Continue reading "San Francisco is Closed"
18 days ago
Ko Olina Marina, Ko Olina Hawaii, 15-MAR-2020 – This is the first time I’ve been alone for more than a few minutes since my dad died. I’ve traveled on the bus to Honolulu a few times to the visit the Apple store and work on my TWIC card, but this is the first time I … Continue reading "Pondering"
18 days ago
Ko Olina Marina, 12-MAR-2020 — It’s always interesting meeting someone with whom you have corresponded but never met. I’ve been writing professionally, in one form or another for something approaching forty years, but I find I still get spooked writing for a new audience, and so I did writing this. The obvious audience is followers … Continue reading "We meet James, but not Kimi"
1 month ago
DL2680 ATL-SEA 18-FEB-2020 – We’re our way back to Port Townsend before making the hop to Honolulu on the 20th. Jennifer and I often think we have few friends, but our week was full of seeing friends. It was a busy week with full days of house maintenance and full evenings with friends. We’ve been … Continue reading "It’s All About Prep… and Dreams"
1 month ago
DL SEA-ATL 12-Feb-2020 – it’s getting to be a more and more difficult time of life: in my email this morning was a notification that Jennifer’s and my dear friend, Judie Romeo, died. Judie was loud, opinionated, and, I suspect, could be difficult to work with. She was, recently, on the wrong side of the … Continue reading "This Time of Life"
2 months ago
Boat Haven Boatyard, Port Townsend, WA, 23-JAN-2019 – Winter time in PT is quiet. The tourists haven’t arrived, the harbor at Fort Hudson is full of boats wintering over, and the Boat Haven boat yard is full of boats being worked on. Much of the conversation we had with other sailors about our crossing contained questions … Continue reading "A look at bottoms: A walk through the Boat Haven yard"
3 months ago
16 Shamrock Rd, Rocky Point, NY, 1-JAN-2020 – This past Sunday, December 29th, 2019 at approximately 3:30 am, eastern time, my father, Babbo, died of coronary arrest after suffering a major stroke four weeks earlier. There was no DNR (do not resuscitate) in place. He was on the Neurology ICU floor at Stony Brook Medical. All … Continue reading "Babbo, My Father, Dies"
3 months ago
[Updated] Stony Brook Hospital†, Stony Brook, NY, 27-DEC-2019 – My friends, if I may call them that, James and Kimi on the sailing catamaran Zingaro made it safely to Kona after basically having their boat break up. I’ve written about their Youtube channel and struck up a long distance friendship with James. Youtube channels are … Continue reading "Zingaro makes it to Kona on Hawai’i, damaged. James and Kimi safe."
3 months ago
19-DEC-2019 – This was written last month. It is more depth on what broke than the most recent post. Manele Bay, Lana’i Island 11-Nov-2019 – We’ve been in Hawaii a month now. It is a stretch to remember what broke on the passage. Things continue to break as others are repaired. The major items that … Continue reading "What Broke This Year — in depth"
3 months ago
Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, Long Island, NY, 15-DEC-2019 – I’m sitting in my Dad’s hospital room. We’re in the belly of his recovery. The immediate recoveries have slowed. He is able to move is his right thumb and right index finger. If his right arm is supported, he can flex and extend that … Continue reading "What broke when, 2019"
4 months ago
Rocky Point, NY, 5-DEC-2019 – On a nondescript day in March, 1977, my mother drove towards McCarrick’s Dairy, the local convenience store, three blocks away. As she crossed Prince Road a car on her right ran the stop sign pushing her car into a LILCO light pole that was so far into the road way … Continue reading "Locked In"
4 months ago
UA334 HNL-IAD, 1-DEC-2019 – It isn’t often I let down my guard. I have an elderly father, Jennifer has children. We travel with satellite communications so that we can always be reached. But yesterday, because we had spoken to the kids and my dad, when everything that was in imminent danger of failing on Caro … Continue reading "An Unexpected, Unwanted Flight Home"
4 months ago
Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, Honolulu, HI, 25-Nov-2019 — Ever since Jennifer learned that the failures on Caro Babbo are not unusual, she has been reading more about equipment failures while cruising. The idea of cascading failures has grabbed hold of her and sometimes awakens her from sleep. Cruising in open waters subjects one’s vessel … Continue reading "Cascading failures, Repair Story #2"
4 months ago
Iridium GO, won’t. Yoda saves us. Ala Way Small Boat Harbor, Honolulu, Hi, 22-Nov-2019 — For every story of breaking something, there is a story of fixing it. Most repairs on Caro Babbo are solitary endeavors, hopefully carried out on a dock with a reasonably priced chandlery near by. Many are carried out underway, and … Continue reading "Repair stories, #1"
4 months ago
Hilo, Hawaii, 10-NOV-2019 – After the preparation and finally leaving, there is being in the place that we’d read about: offshore, no land in sight, and, by some lights, nothing but danger. As we were repeatedly told by our offshore sailor friends, who have been our biggest fans and supporters, we were now members of … Continue reading "Bravery, Preparation and Sailing, pt2"
4 months ago
Hilo, HI, 9-Nov-2019 — One evening, while we rigged a spinnaker aboard a T-Bird sailing out of Dorchester Harbor in Boston, I confessed to the skipper of the vessel that I was not very physically brave. I could see his face, and he looked at me dumbfounded and said “you sail a T-bird from New … Continue reading "Bravery, Preparation and Sailing"
4 months ago
Hilo, HI 7-nov-2019 — I think I may have redeveloped a caffeine addiction. By 2009, I was up to twelve espresso a day, and then quit, cold turkey. It took two years before I no longer got that heavy dentist’s x-Ray blanket feeling from no caffeine. To combat sleep on overnight watches, Jennifer and I … Continue reading "Life on a Caro Babbo passage, but first…"
5 months ago
We’ve been in radio Bay, Hilo, for a week now. The amount of time it takes to get repairs done and recover from sailing surprises us. Posts, as important as they are to me, and define being productive, cannot be considered critical path, and so they wait. I also find that I am still, somehow, … Continue reading "Landfall Hilo, Hi"
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