Return Trip to
Our faithful crewmember
Michael O'Connor flew in on Wednesday, July 3 for the
trip home. When he arrived, we were anchored off
the RBYC in the midst of replacing our Raymarie radome,
which had arrived from Defender that morning. The
boat's cockpit was chock-full of boxes and tools, and
the radar pole was lying across the cockpit in bits n'
pieces. Fortunately we were nearing the end of the
project. We flipped everything upright, plugged
the remaining ends into place, and hit the switches.
Miraculously (thanks, Bruce), everything came on as it
was supposed to, including Sirius weather and radar
After a refreshing swim, we enjoyed a pleasant dinner at
Fresco's that evening, then a good night's sleep before
departure the next day.
passage featured some wonderful gastronomique feasts, as
michael demonstrates at left...and more below
and Michael with some incredible sandwiches....
sqalls that went on for hours and hours at a time with
rain that was as dense as the ocean beneath us....
a water spout or two...
We made it home in four days and a few hours, with just
some fumes in the gas tank.
In spite of the sqalls, which featured mostly light and
shifty winds but also surprised us periodically with
violent 30-knot gusts, we had very light breezes for
most of the trip, and had to motor or motor-sail most of
It was good fun!