Stewball finds his voice

I never figured that Stewball would become a blogger. I guess making contact with Richard Petty was something he really wanted to do. And this new name, The Blue Blaze? Where did that come from? I know some friends have begun calling him Stewie, but The Blue Blaze? This NASCAR #43 has really gone to his head! I expect you’ll hear more from Stewball on the NY to Alaska rally but for now we’re on Silver Girl , our Catalina 310, heading to the Bahamas- weather permitting-and Stewball won’t have access to the blog for a while.

March 2. Day 1: When I woke up this morning I stuck my head out the companionway hatch and thought I’d developed severe cataracts overnight. Everything was shades of gray and hazy. By 7:30 we could finally see the marina office across from our slip and Silver Girl was ready to go. I had provisioned yesterday, Ed had checked the engine and  batteries, the wind was calm and the marina like glass. Silver Girls was itching to get out of the slip. (OK, blame it on the boat, she can’t talk back!) So, we thew off the lines and backed out of the slip and started south in the ICW (intercostal waterway for our non-sailing friends). We now sail with a chart plotter, a gizmo sort of like a GPS, which is a good thing since it shows the markers even if we couldn’t see them with our binoculars. The marine weather station said the fog would lift by 8:00 am  but in fact, by 8:00 the fog was denser and we dropped anchor just outside the waterway marker # 45. 

Now by 8:10 we could see both sides of the ICW and we pulled up anchor and motored on-slowly, hoping there were not too many stupid boaters would be out this early in this fog. We were in luck and all went well. By 9:00 the sun came out and we even were able to eat lunch on our table in the cockpit.

A familiar sight, Ed at the helm.

So, day 1 in sailing. Just for the record, no sails up, wind (more than forecasted) was on the nose the entire way. But everyday is a challenge and you never know what to expect. This is what keeps you on your toes but tired by the time the sun goes down. Well, that and a bit of wine.

More on the way to the Bahamas


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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2 Responses to Stewball finds his voice

  1. rdsieber says:

    It’s nice to have a dual-function boat – sail & power – that is. Have fun down that way. Rainy weekend in the Carolinas – inside work day.


  2. TBC says:

    It was great to hear your voice yesterday, but such a shock to hear about fog on the ICW. Fog in Florida? That ain’t the norm! Too bizarre for words, but as you said on the phone, there’s weather a-brewin’, and perhaps that accounted for some difference in the water and air that brought the fog.

    Happy and safe sailing!

    TBC and Arnie

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