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  • NORTHBOUND LUNACY 2020: Pandemic Delivery to Maine, Phase 2NORTHBOUND LUNACY 2020:  Pandemic Delivery to Maine, Phase 2
    June 1/2020: I am sure you all remember Adam “Cuddles” Cort, my colleague from SAIL (above), who helped sail Lunacy north from Bermuda to New England last year. Fortunately for me, Adam had agreed to join the boat in the Cape May for part two of this year’s northbound trek… Read more »
  • NORTHBOUND LUNACY 2020: East Coast Pandemic Delivery, Phase 1NORTHBOUND LUNACY 2020: East Coast Pandemic Delivery, Phase 1
    May 19/2020: How to extract my boat from its winter quarters in Georgia without getting infected or quarantined somewhere? This is one question that was percolating through my mind as I monitored the unfolding of the global Covid-19 pandemic while sheltering at home this spring. Problem one, it seemed, was… Read more »
  • DEAD GUYS: Clint Pearson, James RosboroughDEAD GUYS: Clint Pearson, James Rosborough
    Apr. 30/2020: The North American boatbuilding industry has lost two pioneers this month, one an American, the other a Canadian. The first, Clint Pearson (see image up top), who died at age 91 back on April 4, was better known. He was renowned in the industry as a founder, with… Read more »
  • VIKINGS REVISITED: From Greenland to the Black Sea, Great Books to Read While Hiding From the VirusVIKINGS REVISITED: From Greenland to the Black Sea, Great Books to Read While Hiding From the Virus
    Apr. 21/2020:  By far the most successful post ever to appear here on WaveTrain, in terms of simple traffic, was this one here, from December 2015, on the replica Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre (see image up top). My echoing of a call for volunteer crew to help sail the… Read more »
  • OF PIRATES AND TERRORIST DRONES: An Indian Ocean/Red Sea TransitOF PIRATES AND TERRORIST DRONES: An Indian Ocean/Red Sea Transit
    April 10/20: This comes courtesy of my man Phil Gutowski, of BoatRx, who tipped me off recently as to the exploits of two buddies of his, Byron and Dan, currently circling the planet on their 1985 Beneteau First 42 Speck. While the rest of us have been “locked down” it… Read more »
  • EVICTED FROM SXM: Virus Tales from the CaribbeanEVICTED FROM SXM: Virus Tales from the Caribbean
    Mar. 29/2020: Just got off the phone with my old pal Hank Schmitt, of Offshore Passage Opportunities and the annual North American Rally to the Caribbean, who gave me the low-down on the end of his virus-affected season down in the W’Indies. Crazy times for everyone, to be sure. He… Read more »
  • STARBOARD!!!: When J’s CollideSTARBOARD!!!: When J’s Collide
    March 17/2020: This happened just before the start of Race 1 of the Antigua Superyacht Challenge on Thursday… the day before Friday the 13th, when I was trying to fly back to the U.S. from Barcelona, Spain, in the midst of this big Virus Rumpus. Some perverse consolation then: these… Read more »
  • STAR FOR SALE: Unique Three-Masted Herreshoff Marco Polo Schooner Available in West IndiesSTAR FOR SALE: Unique Three-Masted Herreshoff Marco Polo Schooner Available in West Indies
    March 3/2020: This is such a cool boat! I have seen and admired her for many years, crossing paths with her both in Bermuda and in Nevis, and last spring at last had a chance to spend some quality time with her owners, Steve and Irene Macek. Now comes word… Read more »
  • GEORGIA ON MY MIND: Heater Success, Bad Anchoring Law, Golden Ray SalvageGEORGIA ON MY MIND: Heater Success, Bad Anchoring Law, Golden Ray Salvage
    Feb. 20/2020: I mentioned earlier this problem I’ve been having with the Refleks drip-pot diesel heater on Lunacy. Having left the boat here in Brunswick, Georgia, last fall with the heater still non-operational I returned back in December for a few days to have another crack at fixing it. You’ll… Read more »
  • ENERGY OBSERVER: A Sailboat Turned Hydrogen-Fueled Powerboat Turned Sailboat AgainENERGY OBSERVER: A Sailboat Turned Hydrogen-Fueled Powerboat Turned Sailboat Again
    Feb. 14/2020:  Here’s an unlikely tidbit from the Where Are They Now Department. The old maxi racing cat known variously since its 1983 launch as Formula TAG, Enza New Zealand, and Daedulus (among others) has more recently been transformed into a unique high-tech hydrogen-powered vessel that looks to push the… Read more »