Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A well planned cruise begins

My friend Steve, his shipmate Bruce and Spartina are beginning their fall sail up the northern Chesapeake, down the Delaware River and maybe beyond. It is sure to be a great adventure that you can follow it on this site. And stay tuned to the Log of Spartina for the play-by-play on their return.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Spain and Portugal have rich maritime histories. Traditional boats and harbors rim the countries' coasts. I enjoyed documenting them. Here are a some of my favorites shots...

On the beach at Nerja near Malaga 

Bermeo in the Basque Country

Lekeitio, Spain

Cudillero, Spain

San Sebastian

Cudillero, Spain

Aviero, Portugal

Malaga, Spain

Cudillero, Spain


Nazare, Portugal


By the Bay of Biscay, Llanes, Spain

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hunting a New Home Port

Eleanor and I drove over to Mathews County, Virginia to meet our friend Frog from St. Augustine. He spends a couple of months a year in Mathews enjoying autumn on the Chesapeake Bay and knew people and places that might be helpful in finding a place to keep Annie. We have rented an apartment in Richmond for the year with no place for boat storage.

We drove all around the county and settled on Winter Harbor Haven Marina for its price, boat ramp and proximity to the Bay. After our search Frog took us by canoe to a private beach for a swim. He is quite the host.

 We will be moving Annie in a couple of weeks from North Carolina. Back in the water again!

... if you are interested in our Iberian trip check out   The Blog Archive (left column) will help you navigate from the beginning in April

Mathews County, Virginia

Winter Harbor Haven Marina

An alternative boat ramp

An early possible storage in the trees at Denise's house

Frog's Autumn Palace at Denise's

Cormorants drying out

Low tide