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Home again home again jigity jig!

May 30th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Reunited… so delighted!
We lost a sail, but with the wind at our tail
we did not roam and found our way home!
All smiles as we trekked 1650 miles :)
I do confess that we are truly blessed
Wow, Pow, Holy Cow, Live in the NOW

P1010050 A small request if you are willing to bequest:
People reading this blog truly means the world to us… to read peoples comments…to share the experience…to know others are watching. If you have a few moments next week (as it is not currently operational yet :) ) we are going to create a digital guest book for people to sign and it would be so awesome and mean a lot if anybody who has followed our adventure would take a moment to sign. Jordi, Byron and myself will also be posting some thoughts on the trip, what it has meant to us and where the AUDAX goes from here.

Without further adieu…the trip logs and a look at the Audax inner working cogs!

P1010043 Friday (23rd) – Noon position: 18’ 19” N 63’11” W
Moderate seas, calm winds, sunnyish skies as we trek North heading 345 Magnetic. We lost site of Bermuda a couple hours back as we steamed out alongside an armada of boats excited to leave. We now see only sea as we work to get refocused with the general thought aboard the Audax being “damn, we got a long way to go!”

Saturday (24th) –34’22” N 65’19” W; 24 hour log: 86 nm
P1010027 Motoring along under cloudy skies, moderate swells and light breezes from the NNW. Working to make it to 36′ N prior to daybreak tomorrow when the winds will significantly shift North driving us West. We hope to catch a counter clockwise cold eddy current that will help propel us towards the infamous Gulf Stream. Currently standard operating procedures aboard the Audax prevail: Sleep, watch, eat, read, write…repeat, repeat, repeat.

Sunday (25th) –35’52” N 67’16” W; 24 hour log: 156 nm
Crisp, clear skies with strong Northerly Breezes (20 knots) propelling us West as fast as we dare to go! Still looking for the cold eddy current…life is tame and comfortable here aboard our floating home.

P1010030 Monday (26th) – 37’20” N 69’03” W; 24 hour log: 152 nm
In strict adherence to the Law of Three’s…Our main halyard snapped, we hit the gulf stream and Byron caught a fish!!!! An interesting, exciting action packed morning to say the least! Jordi and myself held on for dear life as weP1010038 clawed and climbed our way to the top of the mast in failed efforts to fix the halyard, but the surf’s up as we ride the Gulf stream current at speeds close to 9 knots and Byron made right with the fishing Gods by returning from where it came the Mahi Mahi. Spirits are up as we motor along under calm conditions and bright sunny skies.

P1010031 Tuesday (27th) – 39’44” N 70’09” W; 24 hour log: 150 nm
Hats on head, sleeping bags in bed…water temp at fifty five, anybody care to take a dive!!! Overcast skies, but land lies 100 NM away hey hey!! Motor sailing under Genoa only and making 6-7 knots as we enjoy a solid 15-20 knot tail breeze and 5 to 7 foot seas. What direction shall the winds become when a front passes over us around 2000 hours tonight? NW would NOT be best, but NE would be oh so mighty sweet and make for a nice reach for Buzzards Bay back in the US of A.

P1010042 Wednesday (14th) – 41’36” N 70’53” W; 24 hour log: 138 nm
EXCITEMENT, OVERWHELMING emotion pours out as we make our first calls to loved ones. Thankful for a fairly anticlimactic and relatively calm frontal passage last night around midnight as we now steam out from the fuel dock in Fairhaven where we successfully cleared customs with officer Loney. Gorgeous sunny skies and moderate northerly breeze. We forge forward for the Cape Cod Canal before the tide turns at 1600

Thursday (29th) – 30’22” N 64’47” W; 24 hour log: 120 nm

P1010045 Location: Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg Maine. LAND HO!!! An official boat escort for the last 200 yards by Phil and his first mate Burt P1010047on the Ruth and a one person welcome home squad of sister Bryn! What else is there to say… a WHOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. “We’re there!!” Official arrival time is 1300 under sunny, gorgeous, crisp Maine spring conditions!

That all fit in our boat :) , Pizza Party!! (click on this image to see Maine passage photo album)
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Tags: Bermuda

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sverre // May 30, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Excellent. Glad to hear you are home safe. Looking forward to seeing you guys, pictures and hearing lots of stories.

  • 2 Hank Humphrey // May 30, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Congratulations, to you John for leading your crew and ship on a 7 month voyage–Hank

  • 3 Jillian R.H. Herrigel // May 30, 2008 at 7:24 am

    YEA! you are back!!
    loved your updates with the exception of the climb up the mast! don’t think I will ever eat Mahi Mahi again – what a beautiful fish! so glad you returned her or him to the watery depths – Neptune blessed you!
    MOM/Jillian

  • 4 Mitchell, Martha and Sheba // May 30, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Glad you’re all back safe! Sheba’s belly awaits :)

  • 5 tughill1 // May 30, 2008 at 8:05 am

    “A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it” :)
    -George Edward Moore

    ….a loyal fan and her closing thoughts for John on sharing this incredible adventure with all of us…

    …believing, achieving, creating, living and loving = “being” AWESOME!

    Welcome home Master John and Team Audax crew :) Well done! Well done indeed!!!

    Cheers!
    mwwwwwwwwah!
    -P

  • 6 Rosie // May 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    So glad to hear you are home — safe and sound! Looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating your adventure.
    Rosie

  • 7 andrew // May 30, 2008 at 10:19 am

    welcome home! hope to see you when i am back in the northeast next week

  • 8 Rodger Herrigel // May 30, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Welcome home. Wonderful journey.

  • 9 Brian M // May 30, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Welcome back! It’s been fun following your exploits. Looking forward to seeing you around Portland soon.

  • 10 Kylie Batt // May 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    бивает…

    Директор по продажам/Коммерческий директор I do confess that we are truly blessed
    Wow, Pow, Holy Cow, Live in the NOW
    A small request if you are willing…

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