Travel stories and other stuff

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Travel stories and other stuff

François Gabart's 101ft Trimaran "MACIF"

François Gabart – Around The World In 42 Days

French sailor François Gabart beat the previous solo around-the-world record of Thomas Coville by six days and 10 hours. The 98 foot trimaran crossed the finish line on December 17th, 2017 setting the new solo around-the-world record at 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

Göbekli Tepe "Potbelly Hill" A Neolithic Church

Göbekli Tepe “Potbelly Hill” A Neolithic Church

The Göbekli Tepe site is believed to be a social or ritual compound dating back to the 10th–8th millennium BCE.  Circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected in what appears to be ritualistic structures and is known as the world's oldest known megaliths.

Waterway Guide

The Waterway Guide, an East Coast Sailor’s Bible

If you are going to be sailing on the east coast you need this resource.  The Waterway Guide comes both online and in the book form.  Whenever I have internet access I always consult the online database but when I am in areas with no cell service then I consult the book.  Either way...

Are You a Tourist or an Explorer?

Tourist or Explorer, What is Your Cup of Tea?

There is no difference between a Tourist or Explorer. Tourists are the largest group of Explorers.  Most people have some curiosity in them, the question is how much. My definition of a Tourist is not based on attitude or appearance but how a person travels. I have played the tourist role...

Juan Sebastián Elcano, You Went Around Me First!

Juan Sebastián Elcano, You Went Around Me First!

Who was the first to circumnavigate the world? The answer you receive will depend on who you ask. If you ask most of the world they will either say Joshua Slocum or Ferdinand Magellan, however both answers are wrong. If you ask someone from Spain they will say Juan Sebastián Elcano but...

The Dread Pirate Stephen

Sailing with the Dread Pirate Stephen

This past spring Stephen bought a 28 ft Columbia 8.7 sailboat. He asked me to come and help him move it from the hardstand in Baltimore to his new marina on the Chesapeake Bay. His sailboat needed quite a bit of work before it could be put into the water.

The Spray was a 36-foot-9-inch oyster sloop

The Life & Epic Journey of Joshua Slocum

Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail solo around the world. He was born in Nova Scotian and a naturalised American citizen. He was a sailor, adventurer, and a noted writer. In Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he rebuilt the 36′ 9″ gaff rigged sloop oyster boat named Spray.  In 1900 he wrote a...

Thomas Coville - Around the Word in 49 Days

Thomas Coville – Around the Word in 49 Days

On Christmas day, Dec 25th 2016, French skipper Thomas Coville set a new record in solo non-stop round the world sailing. He broke the previous record of 57 days and 13 hours had been held by fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon after a trip that took just 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes and 38...

Sailing Over the Appalachian Mountains

In the summer of 2016 I took a little trip from St Michaels, MD to Port Huron, MI. My route took 5 weeks and 1,162 Nautical Miles and was for the most part fun. When I reached Albany NY I took down the mast and the real work began.  My first lock was at Troy NY at an elevation of 15 feet...

Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was a land of breathtaking beauty where science, math and art combined to produce some of the world’s greatest marvels of architecture and design. From prehistoric places to bold symbols of victory, the seven wonders of ancient Greece still stir hold us in awe to this day.

The Seven Sleepers

The Seven Sleepers story appears to be primarily a Christian story as it also has variations in the Muslim, Arabic, Scandinavian, German, Hungarian, and Welsh mythology. The basic story goes that during the time of the Roman emperor Decius, around 250 AD, seven young men were accused of...

Voyage of the Argo

Voyage of the Argo

We Sailed from Captain's Cove Marina in Quincy Massachusetts to Olverson's Lodge Creek Marina located along the Potomac River in Virginia aboard a 1975 Irwin 30 Competition Sailboat.

Circumnavigation Route

Conquistador of the Useless!

My journey will be approximately 69,000 nautical miles and expected to take about 5 years to complete. The adventure will start in Seattle Washington and transit the Pacific Ocean, Coral Sea, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea. It...