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Life at Sea

Life at Sea

Life at sea is real and in your face. The wind blows and Wave Rover makes way. It stops and Wave Rover stops. Put a reef in when the wind overpowers you. Shake it out when you need more speed. The elements set the pace and we adapt. The passage is marked off in miles but truth be told it’s marked off by the weather. Life is simplified. I sail, I cook, I clean, I look at the chart. I…

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Damage Control, Part 2

Damage Control, Part 2

With the failure of my only bilge pump (I now carry two complete spares) I had to switch gears and put my engineer’s hat on. The handle had come undone from the diaphragm. No time for recriminations when one is in Damage Control mode. I quickly grabbed my head lamp and set it to “red light” again preserving my night vision. I now needed to ascertain whether or not the pump could be fixed, inwardly hoping that we had the…

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Damage Control, Part 1

Damage Control, Part 1

It’s 0:200, a gale has been blowing for the last 18 hours, I’ve deployed my series drogue (type of sea anchor) and I’m fast asleep. Nobody else is mad enough to be out here. And why would they when the sea is this angry. A sound sleep on Wave Rover is as good as a sound sleep at the Hilton minus the 1200 thread count linens. That is until 50 gallons or more of cool sea water lands on you….

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Leaving Home

Leaving Home

It’s a bit complicated. I’m leaving Prince Edward Island but with every mile that Wave Rover and I sail we are returning home. It’s important to remember where you come from, on so many levels, in order to be able to return. I recently spent two weeks back on the island and it felt like two days. The reason for the trip was to spend time with my wife before heading off to the far corners of the globe on…

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At Sea At Last

At Sea At Last

After 4 weeks and 6 days it was great to be back at sea. The first few days were a combination of adrenaline and exhaustion. First, let me explain the exhaustion. The weather window I had been watching had firmed up nicely and I would be underway with good conditions.  The sea had built up a considerable swell on account of the previous few days of high winds but this was to be expected. What I didn’t anticipate was the…

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Preparing for a Solo Ocean Voyage on a Small Boat

Preparing for a Solo Ocean Voyage on a Small Boat

When at sea on Wave Rover I am continually focused on the task at hand. My senses are heightened and I’m in the zone. Watching, listening, and standing by like a coiled spring ready to react to whatever challenge may arise. Wave Rover is your world and she must be kept safe and sea worthy throughout the voyage. Ashore, it’s a different world. Wave Rover enjoys the safety of the Harbour.  I occupy myself with more terrestrial pursuits. I socialize…

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Touring the Island of Faial

Touring the Island of Faial

My reason for coming to Faial was the Port of Horta. Horta, located in the Azores, is the best all weather port in the mid Atlantic. In a previous post (Oct 29th) I went into detail about what makes this Port so special. In this post I want to take you on a tour of this lush and beautiful Island in the Mid Atlantic.   My tour started just outside Horta on a hill overlooking the harbour. Also overlooking the…

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Solo Ocean Sailing Is Not Quite As Lonely As You Might Think

Solo Ocean Sailing Is Not Quite As Lonely As You Might Think

During the lead up to the hurricane I had the chance to meet the portuguese folks who owned the boats around Wave Rover. They were primarily preparing their boats and doubling their mooring lines but Wave Rover drew their attention with her maple leafs and tidy appearance. I was delighted when the skipper of the boat beside me, Desidero (who literally knows everybody on the Island), asked me to crew in the upcoming regatta the weekend after the hurricane. I…

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Weathering a Hurricane on a Small Boat in Port: Part 2

Weathering a Hurricane on a Small Boat in Port: Part 2

After departing Wave Rover early in the morning before the hurricane had peaked, my plan was to make my way to the Oceanic Club. However, by time I arrived it was fully shuttered and everybody had found alternate shelter. It was then I received a message from a french sailor Antoine, asking if I had found shelter. He said that they had room if I could make my way to Porto Pim. The house, like the others on the road,…

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Weathering a Hurricane on a Small Boat in Port: Part 1

Weathering a Hurricane on a Small Boat in Port: Part 1

It was no surprise to me that Hurricane Lorenzo was approaching the Port of Horta. In fact I had just arrived 4 days earlier from the Port of Lajas (140Nm North East by East of Horta which was forecasted to get hit harder). It was called the largest hurricane ever to transit the Eastern Atlantic. While I was preparing Wave Rover it was a Cat 5, later it would be downgraded to a Cat 2 as it passed over us….

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Completing a Solo Ocean Passage on a Contessa 26 and Arrival in the Iconic Port of Horta

Completing a Solo Ocean Passage on a Contessa 26 and Arrival in the Iconic Port of Horta

The Port of Horta is iconic for a few reasons. Firstly it’s the only all weather full service port in the mid Atlantic, and by all weather I mean that Wave Rover weathered hurricane Lorenzo here without incurring any damage. Secondly it is an oceanic crossroads, sailors having spent a season(s) in the Caribbean and returning to Europe will stop here to rest and reprovision. Sailors coming from North America will stop here on their way to Europe, the Mediterranean,…

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