Posted by: rminchin | October 6, 2015

Heading South 2015

Today, Tuesday, October 6th, begins our 5th sailing journey south since retirement.  Unfortunately, we missed sailing north to Maine this summer.

At the end of April as we were happily motoring on the ICW approaching Georgia our engine made a loud bang then quit. Ron quickly diagnosed it as beyond repair. We had Stormy Petrel towed to Tiger Point Marina in Fernandina Beach where we dismantled her and tied everything down for trucking to Cedar Creek Sailing Center & Marina in New Jersey.

While waiting the six weeks for our boat to arrive, we helped our good friends and owners of the marina, Tom and Liz with their spring rush. Then it took another 4 weeks to install the new engine. We not only installed it, we rebuilt the engine bed and replaced every other possible component related to the engine at the same time.

After completing some other maintenance projects on our boat, we decided to overhaul our daughter’s 24-foot Greenwich sailboat for her 30th birthday. We Awlgriped the hull Flag Blue then repaired and repainted the decks and finally sewed all new canvas including a Bimini she never had before and a complete winter cover.

Next we were talking to Dave, the new rigger at the marina and found out his sailmaker was slow and could make us new sails quickly. We decided to go for it and ordered a new reaching asymmetrical spinnaker and two new jibs (solent rig). We are very pleased with the quality and shape of our new sails. I’d say we are all set now!

Tonight we will be anchored in Brigantine and plan to sail in the ocean tomorrow from Atlantic City to Cape May, anchor there and leave on Thursday in the hopes of having favorable winds and the current in our favor all the way through the Delaware Bay and the C&D canal.  If all goes well, we will be anchored in Spa Creek and attending the Annapolis Sailboat show on Sunday and Monday.

It is so great to be cruising once again!

Getting Towed to Tiger Point Marina in Fernandina Beach

Getting Towed to Tiger Point Marina in Fernandina Beach

Stormy Petrel arrived at CCSC in perfect condition ready for her new engine

Stormy Petrel arrived at CCSC in perfect condition ready for her new engine

In with the new

In with the new

Out with the old

Out with the old

Playing with the new Spinnaker

Playing with the new Spinnaker

Stormy showing off her new colors as Dawn heads for the finish at the WJSC Ladies Helm Race

Stormy showing off her new colors as Dawn heads for the finish at the WJSC Ladies Helm Race

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Responses

  1. Wow
    You sure got a lot of miles out of that engine. Hope the same is true for the new one. Safe travels

  2. Yippee…on the road again…or should I say WATERWAY. Sweet sailing.

  3. Enjoy your journey! Safe travels as you head to Cape May today, and for the remainder of your journey. We will miss seeing you at the Annapolis Show, Claire is flying home to spend just the weekend with us, and so we will not have time to attend the show. We will enjoy your photos and blog as we approach cold weather here in NJ 🙂

  4. just give us a heads up when you are a couple of days away…looking forward to seeing you and having nice long chats.Enjoy the boat show, travel safely!


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