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, January 18, 2014

Cold is a Relative Term

Today we drove to the Bay to check on Annie and to take a painting to the gallery in Mathews. It was a bright, clear day in the 30's and climbing down below reminded me of cold nights out in early trips. She was dry and had a crisp, still feel aboard. Asleep awaiting the spring when her 'mates'... wind and water join in again.

After returning home and a nice dinner we watched the second episode of Chasing Shackleton on PBS Video Online. Extreme sailors and mountaineers attempt to recreate the heroic rescue voyage of the polar explorer. It is a grueling endeavor with great scenes of a relentless Southern Ocean off Antarctica. I grabbed a blanket about half way through. Recommended.


  1. I've been watching it as well. To be honest, I had a better opinion of the trip Shackleton, Worley and McNish et al made before watching these guys reenact it. I wanted to punch the leader the other night.

  2. Watched last night, too. I had forgotten ES et al had done the overland portion in 30 hours(!), and that taking a bunch of wrong turns and having no maps to speak of.
    How you guys enjoying the cold?