Month: October 2015

The Push to Annapolis

After three long days of motor-sailing, we were knackered by the time we dropped anchor in the Annapolis Boat Basin. Our final leg, most of which was in the Chesapeake Bay, would have been lovely under sail, but the wind was light and right on her nose and there was nothing else to do but burn the diesel and put up with the noise. The water was speckled with crab pots waiting to wreck havoc on our propeller. We took up watch posts, me to starboard and Brian to port, and we spent eight mind-numbing hours scanning the water...

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Sailing NYC to Atlantic City

As we headed out of New York Harbor before dawn, looking back at the lights of the buildings made it too difficult to focus our eyes on the course ahead. We were so fixated on dodged tankers and floating debris in the darkness we forgot to have ourselves a sentimental moment, but given how little I care for sailing a Whitby 42 in the harbor, it was a pretty fitting way to close that chapter and begin another. The sun started to rise as we cleared the channel into the ocean. The boat suddenly started rolling with six foot...

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Goodbye, New York

Twelve years ago, I moved from Boston to New York and everything changed. When I arrived, I didn’t know what to do with myself or even who I was, and at the age of 23, it was exactly the kick in the ass that I needed. My relationship with the city has become more complicated in recent years, but even so, I have tears in my eyes when I think about leaving this place I’ve loved calling home. Today, during our final hours here, I focus on all the wonderful, strange, and sometimes terrifying (in a good way) parts of my long-time love affair with New...

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Waiting on the Weather

All summer long, Brian has quipped that we’d pay for the perfect weather we’ve enjoyed June through September with non-stop rain beginning the moment we’re ready to leave the dock. Sure enough, just as our window for departure opened, so came predictions of a nor’easter and a hurricane threatening to hit the East Coast. Not wishing to be stuck in a storm on the hook somewhere between NYC and Annapolis, we opted to stay at our slip in our well-protected and comfortable marina. Then we went right back into project mode as we waited for the rain. I got into the dinghy and scrubbed the hull above the waterline (for...

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