Archive for the ‘Adventures’ Category

A Whales Tale

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


   What better than a cold February day to reminisce about old sailing adventures. I was thinking about what to write about when I remembered the time I almost got hit by a whale off the coast of Maine. I just so happened to have my camera next to me when the whale broke the surface about 40 feet from the stern of my boat. And believe me, the picture above does not even come close to doing justice to what I saw before me. (more…)

Richards sailing adventure aboard Karma

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

    As I’ve mentioned, I plan on posting some writings from Richard Rooney. He e-mails me his stories of his adventures aboard the sloop Karma, sailing the waters around Martha’s Vineyard. He has really good stories so I thought I’d share them with the world ( with his permission of course). Here’s one of his email’s. I’ve edited slightly for readability:  

  “I had not been able to stand straight for weeks, walking hunched over with a cane most days. I was unable to even get out to the boat — even to get into the dinghy. In Boston last Friday, doctors injected cortisone into the joints on either side of my spine. It brought instant relief to an intolerable pain that has crippled me since Memorial Day. Yesterday I felt reborn, my back pain numbed, standing straight, fore and aft, and ready to board KARMA once again. I went out to the boat at about 10:30am. As I sat in the cockpit, the weather was beautiful and inviting. The winds were light, out of the north-northeast about 10mph. The harbor was very busy. Some of the work to KARMA’s interior was still undone and in the same state it was left 4 weeks ago when I got hurt. As I sat in the cockpit — the sun and wind teasing me, I decided to start the engine and ride off the mooring for a short sail. I was barefoot, wearing just an oxford shirt and jeans. I had no water, no food (nor had I yet eaten breakfast). (more…)

Our Labor Day Heavy Weather Adventure

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

If there was ever a time not to go sailing, Monday, September 3rd, 2007 was that day.


As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, Janet and I spent the Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tashmoo on Martha’s Vineyard. It was an incredibly beautiful end of the summer weekend on the Vineyard. We didn’t want to leave. So, when we first heard the weather forecast calling for 35 knot gusts on our trip home Monday, we thought we’d either leave on Sunday night or stay till Tuesday. (more…)

A Lucky Boat

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

 Before I bought Galatea, she was owned by my sailing buddy Mike. I did a lot of sailing with Mike in the 1990’s. Anyway’s, Mike and I would get into jams from time to time out on the water. Every sailor knows what I’m talking about. There’s so many things that can wrong or mistakes that can be made. Given enough time, it’s a wonder any of us survive at all.

Well, one of the things that Mike use to say every time we made it through one situation or another was, “She’s a lucky boat!”.

Time after time over the years that I’ve owned Galatea, she’s proven Mike right. Maybe over the winter time when things are slow I can write some blog entries about some of those adventures I lived to tell about.

To get back to the topic, this past weekend Galatea proved herself once again to be a lucky boat.



The sea accepts no infidels

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

  This past weekend was the toughest sailing I’ve had all season. 

  A few weeks ago Janet and I were hit with some stronger weather while leaving Martha’s Vineyard. But that was for a shorter duration as we crossed Vineyard Sound. And it wasn’t as bad making headway since we had the wind and the seas on our beam.

 This weekend I had to beat against strong northeasterlies and heavy seas in Buzzards Bay, trying to get back up the coast to Mattapoisett. It was a long, tough afternoon. (more…)

4th of July Vineyard trip (part 3)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

   Janet and I had a great time on the Island. We did all the usual tourist stuff, went to the beach, went out to eat, etc, etc. Richard lent us his car so we had the opportunity to get around better than had we relied on the just taking the buses. By the way, thanks again Rich. (more…)

My first Bluefish

Sunday, July 1st, 2007


I just had to post of picture of my first bluefish I caught in Buzzards Bay. Well actually, to be honest, it’s the first Bluefish I ever caught. Ever. OK, I’m a terrible fisherman. I admit it. I couldn’t catch a fish if I was starving and my life depended on it. But everyone gets lucky sooner or later. I was out sailing by myself a few weeks ago, about the middle of June, when I decided to get out my old rusty fishing rod and give it a try. It was a gorgeous day with NE winds about 10-15 knots and seas about 2 – 3 feet.