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East Coast Mayhem… backlog1 from Ben

March 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Howdy y’all. I’ve been mix and mingling w/ the southern folk here in the great USofA for over 2 months now. Even though I’m in landlubber mode, my mind is still out on the briny waves. As I edit the billion pixels from last years sail-a-thon I’m equally amused by the photos I took that haven’t been published. Here’s some shots I took in October and November of 2007 prior to the Natty M’s maiden voyage.

We were moored in Newport Harbor in Rhode Island for 6 weeks before the remnents of Hurricane Noel kicked Ty and my ass. We saw it coming, heard all the predictions and rode it out moored safely until the chafing compromised our position. So when we fired up the engines to re-attach the mooring line securing us, Mom Nature was spewing 55 mph Northerly hell-wind ¬†gusting 75 knots on our 85′ mast. So it was no walk in the park getting in the Dingy to reattach another bridal to the buoy. Ty and I fought through the wind and waves from the fury Noel had unleashed that spawned in the bowels of the Atlantic.

¬†It’s a good thing we never became totally free from our mooring. After the winds and weather stabilized we found out our hydraulic steering valve had been closed. Had we been cut loose, major catastrophe would’ve ensued.

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  • 1 billy da kid // Mar 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    just got clearence from my doc..stomach is a okay…still game for me coming out..???? got funds together, passport, etc….

  • 2 Bev // Apr 12, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for sharing your blog. I loved it. Especially the couple at the Bora Bora Yacht Club….That’s my daughter and son-in-law. Glad you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to going again late in the summer. I try to visit every 6 months or so. Got to see my granddaugher, Kahaia. Happy journey’s!

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