Windsong Sailing Academy
|Join us as we follow Kim and Pierre Russell and their 5 yr old twin boys during their dream voyage aboard their 41' Lord Nelson, Victoria. We will post their journal entries as we receive them over the coming months as their journey unfolds. Join us regularly as we live "Vicariously" through their stories.|
October 4th, 2003
much as we wanted to continue exploring Maine, we knew that cold days were right around the corner and we had a long trip
ahead of us. We were very fortunate to have extremely good weather while
but a recent cold front gave us the kick we needed to get moving. One
morning we woke up and it was 45 degrees in the boat Ė needless to say our
long underwear came in handy.
We left NE harbor on a beautiful, sunny day with a forecast of 20-25 knots from the south. This didnít seem to be too threatening as we were going due west and in the lee of a lot of islands. WRONG. A few hours later we were hit with sustained winds of 30-35 knots with gusts a little over 40. Luckily we already had a couple reefs in the main. We had two or three hours of exhilarating sailing. We found refuge a couple hours later in Carterís Cove, on the eastern end of Vinalhaven. I was amazed at how calm and protected these waters were when just around the corner were violent waves and winds.
were the only boat in this quaint cove.
October 5th, 2003
on a boat is a lot like camping. Once it gets dark there isnít a lot to
do so we end up in bed often by 9 p.m. Sleep deprivation is not an issue unless
we do an all night sail.
6th - 13th, 2003
were now on a push to get down to the Cape Cod canal. We left Port Clyde in the morning and had a perfect day of sailing with
calm seas and decent wind. We continued on through the night, doing 3 hour
I could see the loom of Boston
in the distance. I thought how they must be celebrating the Red Sox win
, the wind died and we were crawling along at 2 knots when I decided to start
the engine. Pierre
awoke immediately and we both were puzzled by a low whining sound coming from
the engine. We shut it off and
made it to the entrance of the Cape Cod canal
by first light and into South Dartmouth
had breakfast at a local diner and on the launch ride back we met a 93 year-old
gentleman with a considerable younger wife who were going for a sail on their
Concordia Yawl. He said they cruise Maine
every year. He managed quite well getting on and off the boat. He
his secret to longevity was a nip of vodka everyday and being married to a
younger woman. Pierre
was happy to hear that and immediately went out and purchased a quart of vodka.
plan was to sail to Newport,
believes the problem with the whining engine noise is coming from our fresh
water cooling pump and has ordered another pump from Rich at V-12 engineering
which should be in New York
when we arrive.
a quite night on a mooring in Cutty Hunk, we sailed over to
were both impressed and inspired by the Seamenís Church Institute. This
catholic run facility on the Wharf has provided services to fishermen,
merchantmen, yachtsmen and the needy for many years and is a tradition
here. We had showers for $2 each. It was the best shower I had
experienced in over a month. We then had a nice, inexpensive breakfast in
their dining room. They had a small
chapel with magnificent murals upstairs. There were photos with narratives on
the walls throughout the building of seamen who had perished. It was a
very moving place.
on Sunday morning and sailed 16 hours, arriving at Oyster Bay
on Long Island Sound at
It was crucial that we made it to City
were excited to see our family and friends in New York City. John Sussek, the best man in our
wedding, and his wife Lydia
invited us over for dinner. The view from their 28th floor
high rise in the financial district is incredible. We had a wonderful dinner and
visit and it was fun to see baby Johnny again.
They were leaving town on Thursday for a week and they offered us their
place for as long as we wanted. This was a big help to us since it would
be tough to get to and from NYC from City
15th- 21st, 2003
spent most of the next two days working on the boat. I worked on
correcting an electrical problem which caused our port side lights to go out and
replaced the water pump. I was anxious to get back into the city but Pierre
wanted to keep working on the boat.
drove back to town in Johnís car and then took the subway to have dinner at
Betty and her husband Peter. Betty is Pierreís niece and they have a daughter Emily who is in the second grade.
was late when we got home but we saw the last two innings of the Yankees-Red
Soxís game 7. You could here the horns honking all over town when the
is so nice to be on land. We loved being able to sit in bed and watch TV,
take showers and use the internet at will. Our week in New York
was fun filled. We walked through
all ended up with colds a couple days into our trip here so being able to relax
in a nice place and not have to worry about the daily grind of boat life was
and John Thomas treated us to a night out, babysitting the boys so we were able
to go see Mystic
week in New York
was special. Pierre and I look at each other and sometimes say ďItís
happened again". What have we done to deserve all this hospitality and
kindness? We are so lucky.íí Once again, our friends and
relatives have gone way past the point of normal hospitality. We just hope
that someday we can reciprocate.
October 22nd, 2003
are heading back to the boat tonight and will plan on leaving tomorrow for Cape May,
NJ, weather permitting. This should take about 24 hours. Weíll spend a
night in Cape May
and then head to
October 23rd, 2003
important to catch the right tide when leaving City
had a lot to do before we could depart this morning. We didnít arrive to
the boat until late last night as Pierre and I vowed not to leave Johnís place until we finished our journal.
was a magnificent sight as we approached the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Our heads were turning all around as we made the turn toward the
put a second reef in the main before we turned south toward the Verrazano
were scooting along at 7-8 knots under sail and looked forward to getting around
was cold and overcast and temperatures were dropping into the low 30ís.
Pierre and I decided to do two hour shifts during the night. I had on my
long underwear, two layers of clothes, my foul weather gear, fleece gloves and a
hat and I was still cold. I loved using the autopilot because I could curl
up the corner of the cockpit and still watch out for traffic but get out of the
October 24th, 2003
when we pass Atlantic City. It looks like a mini Las Vegas
with its array of lights. The winds were sustained at 20-25 knots.
and Patrick were full of energy, having had a full nightís sleep. Pierre
and I were exhausted and managed to take a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. We
decided not to put the dinghy in the water and go to town because we were
planning to leave for Annapolis
We needed to have the tide in our favor going up the Delaware Bay
which is why we had to leave so early. We were hoping to make it all the
way to Annapolis, another 24 hour trip.
saw a sailboat with a Norwegian flag pull into the anchorage. It was Hermine.
We saw this boat in Cutty Hunk and then again in Newport. We talked to them in
and learned that they bought the Dutch made boat in Plymouth, Mass and were sailing it to the
had a nice visit with Eva and Andres and their children. I could imagine
the language barrier was tough for them. Eva spoke pretty good English but
Andres was not as fluent.
October 25th, 2003
We were up by
and motoring out the
was at the helm while Pierre
we were in the Delaware Bay
and I retreated down below for a two hour nap. The bay was like a lake
this morning, much different than when we passed though here on our way up and I
was heaving over the side.
when we exited the C & D canal and entered the northern
didnít get into Annapolis
never slept the entire trip. When he dropped the main he saw a good size
tear in the leech of the sail. Weíll have to get that repaired while
October 26th, 2003
was foggy and overcast when I poked my head out the cockpit this morning.
I could see the slanted mast of a sailboat against the rocks along the Naval
we motored up the Severn River
we passed a Hinckley sailboat and Pierre
noticed that his friend George was at the helm. He yelled to him and the
boat turned around. George and his wife Joan live on the Chesapeake
south of Deale and were up here for a Hinckley weekend rendezvous. We hope to see them again on our sail south.
was waiting for us at the slip when we arrived. The small, picturesque
Downs Marina was surrounded by hilltops covered trees whose leaves were
blossoming in fall color. What a great spot.
van was at Peter and Susan Kaneís house in Manassas,
arrived at the Kaneís by late afternoon. We hadnít had a shower in
four days so it was nice to take a long hot shower there and visit with
Susan. Peter was at their river house which was also hit hard by Hurricane
Isabel Ė several downed trees, one which went through their roof.
October 27th, 2003
was nice to have our van back. We spent the rainy, dreary day running
errands and hanging out on the boat. The port lights were not working
again so I spent part of the afternoon trying to figure out the cause.
ran into his friend Brad Miller at Fawcettís Marine store. Brad had
sailed Bandera from Maine
told me I would be in charge of anything electrical that went wrong on the boat
before we left on this sailing excursion and he would take care of the diesel
engine. I took three DC (direct current) classes at DeKalb Tech the year
before we left in hopes of having a better understanding of it all. Iíve
done okay with simple repairs such as replacing bad switches or finding and
replacing corroded wires but am still overwhelmed by the more complicated
things. It would be nice to have a mentor to give me some hands-on
training. So for now, we are using oil lamps to give us more light in the
cabin until I can figure out the source of the problem.
October 28th - November 5th, 2003
nice having our boat at a dock again. Itís so easy to step off the boat
and into our van and go wherever we want. We took a day trip to
still hadnít solved the problem with the port cabin lightís so I decided to
call a marine electrician. It would be expensive but I hoped that in addition to
solving the problem he might also be able to teach me a little about
troubleshooting. I got John Lovellís name from someone at Fawcettís
Marine store in
was very gracious in letting us use her house for doing laundry, connecting to
the internet and taking showers when needed. It was good to be in a
neighborhood where the boys could go to the playground and ride scooters.
Halloween was approaching and we decided to drive to
scene was a bit crazy with six children and seven adults in the same house for
the weekend. Sue and her husband Ron just moved from San Diego
to Beaufort a couple months ago. They gave Pierre and me their master
bedroom for the weekend which had spectacular views of the sunset over the saw grass
laden bay. We had a fun-filled weekend with kayaking, biking, watching
football and visiting with friends. The boys loved playing with other kids
for a change. Nadine, the single one of the group, flew in from
rented a car and made it back to
night we went to the U.S. Naval Academy to meet with
finally got to meet Mike Doyle, Blairís husband. He had just returned