Sunday, July 15, 2018

Refurbishing the race boat

Haulout day. 

Wash, polish, wax the topsides. Paint the bottom with a water-based antifouling and repaint the red stripes. Shortly after launching, I got to really scrub off the deck and cockpit. So satisfying.

Not a race boat but... the skerry was made ready for the new mooring in Pleasant Bay. Now the grandkids (and all of us) have a little sailboat ready for use any day.

Comparison of the J1L and J1H. Those battens and roach add a lot to the power of the sail.

Stage Harbor, Chatham, Cape Cod

The skerry being used on the beach in Big Pleasant Bay 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

After a hiatus... Caribbean and New England

Finally got blogspot to open and allow a new entry. The mysteries of Norm and electronic/digital technology.

Winter in Caribbean working at St Thomas Sailing Center and on charter in the BVI for Swain Sailing. The USVI and BVI got very badly damaged by Irma and Maria, two Cat 5 hurricanes. Working those areas was a challenge as so many normally available items were hard to find. It is not that the locals were unable to work and do repairs. From where wold the repair supplies come?  Once on island, where would they be stored pending use?

Some pictures from the winter follow:
Secret Harbor Resort, St Thomas

Derelict hulls removed from St John to St Thomas

View of St Thomas YC from up the hill at Tom's house

STYC windy

STYC squall

Sailing Center IC24s in a heap. All repaired!



Sunset view The Bight Norman's Island

Leverick Harbor

Leverick Harbor

The Indians, a popular dive spot

House in Harwich in February

nanny Cay Basin

Cat got the scraps

Fat Hogs Bay, Tortola

Falmouth Harbor Antigua



Falmouth Harbor Antigua

Not many power yachts. Green Island Harbor, Antigua

Hawksbill Rock, Antigua

Anegada, BVI

Ruddy Turnstone in Anegada

Off loading building materials and a small sailboat. Later loaded damaged catamarans for repair in Europe. 

View Cane Garden Bay, BVI

St Lucia in the clouds

Pitons, St lucia

Tropical flowers

Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia

Dream yacht docks, Antigua

Rodney Bay, St Lucia

Voyage 440 interior

Bliss, flew 50 ft and flipped over during hurricane


More ooops!

It took all day to get this one moved 

View in the morning from up the hill above STYC

Friday, December 29, 2017

Ocean Sailing, Fall 2018

Some pictures from a recent delivery of a 40 footer from Norwalk, CT to St Thomas, USVI

The sailing took place between the day after Thanksgiving and December 8th. We saw a weather window and took it. Not cold or windy.

The boat

Norm's berth on the right/inboard

About as rough as it got


Not enough wind to sail

Motor sailing

Still calm

no change

HM Customs Dock, St Georges, Bermuda

The harbor

Ketch arrived from England just prior to us


Day beacon with bird atop.


Christmas bicycle

Gibbs Hill Light

Good by Bermuda

Hello St Thomas

Anchored for customs

After customs

Crowne Bay Marina

Heading to St Thomas YC

Wrecks on Greater St James' Christmas Cove

Cowpet Bay condos near STYC

YC mooring area

YC patio

View along shoreline towards the YC