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Slow boat to …….

October 25, 2013

I left the Sassafras River in early October, heading south. At the time of departure, I already knew this was not going to be a short trip. Normally it takes 4 to 5 weeks to get to St. Augustine, Fla, which is a trip of about 780sm(statute miles). Running at an average rate of 5sm an hour. So running straight through with no stops it could take about 170 hours. but the normal max distance underway is 50sm or about 10 hours a day. so 17 days would be a fast trip. But people need rest, weather delays your passage, repairs, fuel stops take time, provisioning requires long side trips, etc. But the real reason this trip was going to last awhile was that Arlene who was supposed to travel with me this time, could not come. We discovered about 1 month before my scheduled departure, that Arlene had Bladder cancer, and a really bad kidney stone which had to be treated and surgically removed. So for 1 month Arlene underwent her own regiment of chemo treatments for the bladder cancer, then a wait of 1 month to make sure that was cured/in remission. Then scheduling her surgery to remove the extremely large stone. Arlene being the unselfish person she is told me to start the trip alone. We decided that I would head south and lay-up in Oriental, NC. where she would drive down and spent a week or so onboard, then together we would head back north in our car, to handle the scheduled surgery and recovery. Once we were sure Arlene was healthy again, she would once again drive down to Oriental, NC with me, and we would resume the trip together. So now I’m in Jersey, the boats in North Carolina, and Arlene and I are waiting for her surgery and recuperation. That’s the bad news. The good news is we had a great time aboard Trinity at the Whittaker Point Marina, in Oriental The weather was great, warm days, sun shine, and great company.then a 11 hour drive back to the unusually cold and nasty Jersey weather. So we got back home two days ago, Yesterday was spent doing routine maintenance to the in ground pool, removing the old winter cover, and leave catcher. Putting on a new cover and leaf catcher, and generally playing in cold and nasty dirty water with the temps hovering around 50 degrees. But at least Arlene was happy to be back home with a dishwasher, real stove, comfy bed, and Cable TV. Boy getting old together can be fun but at times it just SUCKS!


Alphabet soup

June 11, 2013

For the past 5 years my life has been like alphabet soup. It started at “A” well actually triple A.
which resulted in a 21 inch scar and a repair to the main aorta. Then it moved to “C”, yea the
big “C” cancer. I’ve been fighting that for the past 4 years. Except for an all too brief 8 month period during 2012, I’ve been receiving Chemo therapy. Every other damn week. Plus on the off weeks I got blood work to check my condition.
Every fourth week I would fight the effects of the chemo, these effects ranged from bone aches, depressed immune system, break outs of sty’s and shingles. Followed by bouts of nausea,diarrhea, constipation and of course depression. Oh and of course the complete loss of hair. I mean complete. Bald, and no body hair at all. Then every 12 weeks the CAT or PET scans Which led to 3 weeks of waiting before being told the “C” was still active. Then the whole sequence would start again. During the past 3 months I’ve been fighting the uphill battle trying to get to the stage of my treatment where the oncologist would tell me there where no signs of the cancer left. Then yesterday we received our last letter of the alphabet soup. “R”. Remission. I think the letter “R” is a pretty great letter. Arlene and I are still trying to digest the news. We left he doctor’s office and headed to a local bar, downed a few beers and roasted clam’s. Headed home and are just grinning at each other. Don’t get me wrong, we where here once before. During that brief 8 month period in 2012. But now, The sun is shining, And life is good.
I wonder what the next alphabet letter might be. “H”? Hope.

Disasters averted!

June 8, 2013

We were in route for our first overnight of the new sailing season. 5 miles down the Sassafras River near green 8, I had just finished a bologna sandwich, and was drinking a bloody mary (virgin), when I felt strange. Something was wrong. I told Arlene “something’s wrong” Then blackness, a ringing in my ears, sparkles and fireworks cloud my vision. Then I dropped like a sack of potatoes. Don’t know what happened for the next 5 minutes” but when I came to, Arlene was screaming, my mind struggled to make sense of what she was saying. I heard her saying Mayday, Mayday. Medical emergency! Why would she be saying that. who was pulling on my arm? My head hurts, I feel a buzzing sensation in my ears, and face. What the hell is that loud alarm I hear, damn someone should turn it off Beep! Beep! beep! I struggle to focus my eyes, Arlene is screaming something again, What the hell is she saying! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! I wish Arlene would turn off that damn alarm. There it is again, Mayday! Mayday! Medical Emergency! this is Trinity Help me Please, Beep! Beep! Beep! I need to turn off that alarm, Arlene’s face is right in front of me! she seems to be crying! why? What’s wrong? I have to tell her how to turn off that damn alarm, which one is beeping, is it the off course? maybe the shallow depth? Beep! Beep! Beep! Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is Trinity, Please someone help me!

I’m a little confused about what happened for the next 20 minutes. But When I could make sense of what was happening, Trinity was in 6 feet of water heading toward the shore line, Arlene was struggling to free my arm, which had jammed the wheel hard over to port, and we where moving! I crawled toward the port bulk head. and managed to push the raymarine depth guage button. Still it screams, Beep! Beep! Beep! again I push the buttons. Nothing happens it continues to blare out it’s annoying beeps. Oh yea I need to hold it for 3 seconds, that will turn it off! Arlene is steering the boat, she has the hand-held VHF radio and again I hear her saying Mayday! Mayday! this is Trinity. Someone help me please! Her voice says volumes. She’s scared! I struggle to focus my eyes! where the hell are we? All I see is green trees all around. That’s not right. Where is the water? I ask her what’s wrong? Let me help. She looks annoyed! I realize she’s mad at me. Why? I see blood on my left arm. Where did that come from? I hear the Coast Guard Station Baltimore calling Trinity. Arlene answers them, They ask her to repeat her message! She again says this is Trinity Medical emergency. Trinity what is your position? Arlene says. We are in the Sassafras River, Help Us. Arlene doesn’t know how to read the GPS Lat. Long. from the chart plotter. Her voice is panicked. Help me please, “medical emergency.” I’m sitting now, beside Arlene, I’m trying to see where we are. I see the water now. Still see a bunch of trees. That’s still not right. We need to get the trees on both sides of the boat. Arlene says, I passed out, and had a fit! What the hell is she talking about? Arlene is fighting the wheel steering. She is having trouble turning it. I focus on the wheel and realize the Autopilot is engaged. I point to the gray lever at the bottom and tell her to push it down. She can’t find it. The Coast Guard is calling again. Trinity what is your position? Please repeat what is wrong! Arlene is screaming again! “This is Trinity, Medical Emergency! someone help me Please!. Someone is calling us, Trinity this is **@@, skipjack. I reach for the VHF and call, Station calling this is Trinity, Again I hear Trinity this is @@@XXX, Skipjack! Someone is calling from Skipjack Marina. I have to let them know something is wrong with Arlene, She’s screaming, That’s not good. I push the vhf button again. Station calling this is Trinity we are on the Shark River, over! Arlene is yelling at me. No, No. We are on the Sassafras River! I hear that damn Beeping again. Look over at the depth gauge, but it’s blank. Why the hell is it Blank? oh yea, I remember I turned it off! what the hell is beeping now! The Coast Guard is calling again, Trinity this is Coast Guard Baltimore, what is your position? and problem? over! I turn to Arlene and point to the chart plotter. The Lat. Long. is there! She looks frantic, her eyes stare at the plotter. I can tell she doesn’t understand me. Again I hear. Trinity this is U N me, Skipjack Marina, over. I push the Push to Talk button and say, station calling this is Trinity, Shark River, over. Again Arlene is yelling at me! No, we are on the Sassafras River! I can tell she is frustrated with me, Boy she should lighten up. It’s an easy mistake to make. After all Trinity’s home port is Shark River! I call the “Skipjack” station again. This is Trinity, Sassafras River. Medical emergency! My voice is harsh almost a whisper, It doesn’t sound like me at all. I wonder, why do I sound like that. I stand up and point to the chart plotter telling Arlene, read the numbers, that’s our position! She seems to understand now. She takes the radio back from me and calls, Mayday, Mayday This is Trinity, Sassafras River! I tell her, you need to say Over! Arlene is still struggling with the wheel, I realize it’s hard over and we are just drifting and not making any headway. I tell her, to turn the wheel the other way, Then realize we are in neutral. I tell Arlene to put us in gear, The trees start to move. That’s better. Water all around trees on both sides! Arlene is talking again to the Coast guard. our position is 39.22.610N, 75.57.621W. the Coast guard asks How many people on board. Arlene answers 2. They ask does everyone have life preservers on? Arlene say no. And she can’t leave the wheel to get them. I grab the vhf and tell the coast guard I can’t get them either. because if I stand up I’ll fall overboard. I think to myself that was pretty funny. I always wanted to tell them that! I hear that boat from SkipJack Marina calling again. They say they are underway, and should be there is a few minutes. I start to relax. skipjack is just about 2 miles away. Arlene will be ok. Maybe now I can get her to calm down and tell me what’s going on. I tell Arlene just remember Red Right Returning. Keep the boat moving between the red and green markers. I stand up again and point to the chart plotter. “try to keep the boat in the white area” I point to what I think is the boat displayed on the screen, but my eyes are still not focused. Everything looks so bright. It’s hurting my eyes to keep them open. Arlene is calmer now. I stand up and can see a “normal” scene. trees on both sides water all around! That’s better. I can see a marker ahead. I think it says 8 but maybe not. I reach for the vhf again and the coast guard is calling again, I ignore them. and call the boat U-N- Me, skipjack marina. This is Trinity calling, over. They call us back and say they are underway. Should be there in a few minutes. They ask do we know where we are. I ask Arlene can you read the marker number? She’s not sure. I tell U-N-Me, I think we are near green 7 but it could be green 8. My eyes are still unfocused. The Coast Guard is calling me again. I tell them I can’t talk now. There is a boat coming to help us! I Need to talk to them. I hear the coast guard calling U -N- Me, asking them to contact Coast Guard Baltimore when they are on station. U – N – Me is calling again. are we the sailboat coming around the bend? How the hell do I know, I can’t see any bend! I tell them I’m not sure. They ask me to describe my boat. I start to laugh to myself. It reminds me that every time someone asks what does your boat look like. I say, It’s a sailboat, all white with blue stripes. Looks like every other sailboat. They ask if our sails are down. I have to look up, can’t remember putting up the sails. Yea, The sails are down. They tell me that they see us. I look forward, and see this beutiful power boat doing 20 knots in a 6 knot no wake zone coming straight at us. I tell Arlene. Just hold the boat steady, pull back on the speed and let them steer to us. I start to move forward, I need to get some lines ready for when they arrive. Arlene is yelling at me to SIT DOWN, she’s afraid I’ll fall over-board. So am I. I feel dizzy. But manage to get a line on the mid starboard side around a cleat. and another around the starboard after cleat. I call U – N – Me again. And ask them if they can come along side us, and jump aboard, because I couldn’t steer the boat. I manage to toss both lines to them. and just as we are tying up. I hear them say “The Coast Guard is here” I don’t see any other boat! Then I feel a bump on the port side and see this young person dressed in all blue stepping onto the boat. Strange she doesn’t look like a Coastie! She is grabbing my arm and talking to me. Can she take a blood sample? Sure why not, I reply. I hear her say 230. wonder what that means. They want me to come with them. Wait a minute what about Arlene? Who’s going to drive my boat? They tell me not to worry, I try to bargain with them asking if they would just come aboard and come with me while I bring my boat back to Sailing Associates. They keep telling me not to worry! Arlene is sitting beside me in the red inflatable there are 4 other people onboard. someone is taking my blood pressure, people keep asking me questions, which I don’t understand. They say we’re going to Duffy’s Creek. My mind can’t get a grip around that. Why Duffy’s Creek. I settle down, and figure just go with it. Arlene is right beside me. All’s going to be OK. I don’t even know where my boat is. But it doesn’t seem to matter. I can’t help wondering how the Coast Guard got from Baltimore to us so fast. Even going 30 knots it seemed like it would take longer than the 15 minutes I thought had passed. I ask the blue uniformed girl, what coast guard base did they come from. She tells me. No!, we’re the rescue paramedic’s from Cecil County! After two days in the hospital in Elkton, Md. The pieces start to fit together. With all the medical sh?t I’ve been dealing with, seems the blocked arteries leading to my brain combined with a quick drop in blood pressure, caused me to lose conciseness, twice, within 5 minutes. Now, I’ve got several new doctor’s appointments, probably a surgury schudeled in the next few days. Plus the biggest task of all. Showing the new captain how all the systems work together. Plus showing her a whole lot of respect. She handled the Disaster quite well. Plus she didn’t smack me nor really yell at me at all. Just jumped into the fray, kept her head, and Still tells me, She Loves me! What a great wife! A special thank you also to U N Me, skipjack marina, and the Emergency Paramedic’s of Cecil County.
these are great people.

Work work work

May 19, 2013

it was a productive weekend. First the weather co=operated and Arlene and I both headed down to the boat on Thursday.
Thursday to Sunday morning were typical spring days. Sunny with a slight breeze. Really nice. Was able to unload the Dink (it acts like a garage while not in use, so the extra electrical boat cords, adapters, and hoses all spend time there.) Now they where moved to the permanent location. Also replaced the 1KW inverter which ceased working over the winter with an upgraded 2KW model and tested it out also. plus was able to mount a Spinnaker shackle and pulley on the foredeck and lead the control lines aft to the cockpit. Painted the beach chairs with rust-Oleum. Only boaters would buy a 20 dollar can of spray paint, to save 2 8 dollar beach chairs from Wal-Mart. Arlene had her first dozen steamed crab’s. we had great fun traveling to this home business and laughed the entire way. So. Now on Sunday morning it’s rainy and cold. Time to close up and head home. Next weekend More to-do projects will find their way onto the list. Maybe a few will get crossed out.

Fireworks over the Sassafras River

May 4, 2013

Georgetown, May 3rd, 2013
We had a treat last night. From 8:30pm to 9:08pm fireworks were displayed less than 200 yards from our boat.
The town was commemorating the burning of Georgetown, Md. by the British. Nice show

Splish Spash I was Taking A Bath

April 25, 2013

Trinity on the way to Sring Launch. Bottom freshly painted. Hull waxed. Engine prep’ed. Ready for a new season!
It’s been a long winter. And even longer spring.

Spring has been here for 12 days? NOT

April 2, 2013
Calypso's Odyssey

We wanted to go "where the weather suits our clothes," so we took a sabbatical and planned to sail our Sabre 402 south the Bahamas.

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