A bit more than inconvenience

Friday, Dec. 14:

Our greeter at Crow's Nest Marina

Our greeter at Crow’s Nest Marina

Sailing is usually the right level of inconvenience, but today was just a bit more than that. Not terrible, you understand, but uncomfortable and a bit disconcerting. First, weather: the uncomfortable part. The forecast sounded quite reasonable. Winds NE 15 kts decreasing to 10 in the afternoon. moderate chop on the waterway. Now, we didn’t know temperature, but hey, this is Florida. However,when we threw off the  dock lines at 7:15, it was definitely overcast and windy. Once out on the water, the wind gauge read 20 with gusts to 25 and that gets cold particularly since there was no sun until well after 12:00. Now we did bring winter jackets, but I forgot about gloves and hats. We really weren’t planning on needing them. I will say, by the time we tied up at Crow’s Nest Marina in Venice, it was warm and sunny so we hope for better weather tomorrow.

Then the inconvenient part. Our chart-plotter (like the GPS in your car) had a mind of its own. For no reason that we could determine, the screen went black and we had to shut it down and boot up again. First we thought, OK, lost satellite, but after 4 more times, I don’t think this had to do with the US government and spies. We write fiction, and my diagnosis is this was some chickcharnie in our Raymarine unit, I’m sure.  (If this doesn’t mean anything to you, read our blog on South Andros, or better yet, when Night Watch is published buy a copy and you’ll learn all about these mischievous little critters. In addition to the black screen, the cursor would move to some land-locked location, like Memphis and I know this was not where we were. Fortunately we sailed long before satellite navigation and still carry and rely on our paper charts which looks like what we may have to do until we get to Miami. And meanwhile, tonight, we are told we can enjoy a really good restaurant here so Ed is a particularly happy sailor.

The end of Sable's first day out

The end of Sable’s first day out

Moving on tomorrow,
Jan, Ed and Sable

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to A bit more than inconvenience

  1. TBC says:

    The wind sounded damned uncomfortable. On the salt water, it can cut through you like the proverbial knife. Glad you are safe in harbor with proper charts, and a good meal to anticipate.

    We miss you, from somewhere in the desert near Area 51. Perhaps you had visitors testing out your chart-plotter. Perhaps aliens are jealous of our electronics!


    TBC and Arnie

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