Well, I guess that Eagle fest was a bust this year, a little secret, they are here all year long. If you go over to Deer Island, or under the route 1 bridge with a pair of binoculars you will see them.
Don't forget that the auction for Opportunity works is on this coming Saturday from 8:30am until 9PM.
Spring is coming, day light savings time is on March 10 only 20 days away and spring is sure to follow, again this year.
Even though I did not have a chance to take a trip south this year other folks that I know have had some great adventure time. Rudy Jasper and his wife Andrea, have been enjoying their boat Windsong a lot this winter, Cruising the Virgin Islands.
Click here to read the Log of us delivering The Windsong, there in 2011.
Also friend, client, and fellow sailor, Rob Was, Helped deliver a boat from Spain to Antigua, this winter.
Here is part of the letter that he sent me.
Ed, here you go;
We arrived Gran Canaria Spain on January 5. Our crew of five spent five days painting and outfitting our Moody 44 and departed late afternoon on January 9 for Antigua. We sailed south past the Western Sahara and Mauritania before heading west near Cape Verde. We arrived Falmouth Harbor Marina in Antigua! on Tuesday January 29. Crossing time was 19 days and 20 hours for about 2800 miles. The weather was excellent and we enjoyed the trade winds but had consistent rollers of six to ten feet once we started west. Days were warm and nights comfortable. We did a standard watch of four on and eight off. The eight to twelve watch consisted of one person and my twelve to four watch and the four to eight watch had two on deck. Traffic was extremely light, only six contacts the entire crossing. A highlight was seeing an extremely rare "moonbow" one night. The stars were beyond comprehension off of the coast of the Western Sahara. We fished the entire trip and were able to enjoy some great fresh Mahi Mahi. We were surprised that we sighted only two whales and not more than fifty dolphins. Whales and dolphins were much more abundant in my last crossing from Beverly to Lisbon in 2007.
The Moody performed extremely well however we did encounter a water pump problem the second day which necessitated sailing without an engine backup and fully charged batteries. We were able to ration our very small supply of gasoline to minimally charge our batteries with a Honda Generator and arrived in Antigua with one pint of our dingy's Mercury outboards gasoline remaining. Thankfully we did not encounter any light winds.
A great crossing but numerous days required to get back on to a normal sleep pattern. I do not know where this quote originated but "The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude." This was an adventure for the five of us.
So far my plans are still on track to have the Bella Donna back in the water and sailing on May 1st, now is a great time to start making your plans for a sailing adventure this coming summer.
Opportunity Works, to be held on February 23 from 8:30 until I think 9pm. Besides all the great auction items I have a donation for a family sail that you may be able to get cheap, don't be to cheap though it is for a great cause. It is going to be cold and rainy that weekend so make your plans now to stay at home and watch the Lend a Hand Auction.
As you see as cold as it has been out side summer is almost here, I already have friends and clients calling about their boats and ready to get out sailing on the Bella Donna. Either case I am done with winter.
See you all in a few weeks
Captain Ed's Sailing was very successful last year with just about 50 days of sailing under our belts, and meeting and sailing with many great people.
I want to again thank everyone for their support of Captain Ed's Sailing if it is even just through reading my news letters.
Thanks Captain Ed's Sailing
Captain Ed's Sailing gets more popular each year, however there are always great weekends as well as weekdays available.
At the end of the day you walk away from the boat and leave the cost of owning and maintaining the boat up to me.