Saturday, December 25, 2010



My first Christmas guest, Manny the Manatee (Trichechus Manatus)

Manny,  paying me a visit Christmas morning


I'm outa here, see you Wed,  after the cold front leaves
Manny, as I call him or perhaps her, is a regular visitor to my dock. While washing down the boat,  Manny dropped by for a quick drink before the next cold front moves in tomorrow. Manatee's graze only on water plants; eat 60-100 Lbs, a day. Because they are so slow and docile they are prone to injuries from motorboat propellers. Manatee waters are strictly controlled by Rangers who enforce speed limits.
At one time, when the Keys were first being developed, they were hunted for food. This period was before roads existed, only the railroad was being built by Flagler's men.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

LEE MARIE DANCES ALONG and a meeting with a telephoto lens.

Skoal, it's 5:00

Ahoy, do you have any Grey Poupon?

I never tire of this blue water

  It is not often that you can enjoy your own boat from another view point, these photos were taken by Martha Kirkland aboard Ibis. Martha said that although they were enjoying being aboard Ibis, it was nice to see a similar boat sailing next to them.


"Gar like"
Photo courtesy of Malcolm Kirkland
 Here is an excellent picture that captures the SPIRIT OF BERMUDA racing along. "West Indians used to call these schooners Ballyhoo or 'Mujan (Bermudans) where naming was a metaphor for that type of Gar."

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Malcolm and wife Martha
I met an interesting couple a few days ago, Malcolm and Martha Kirkland from Bermuda. Malcolm is the former founding Executive Director of the Bermuda SLOOP Foundation. Being guests of Roland Barth, they were the very fortunate recipients of a sail aboard IBIS, I was sailing in my own cat boat, LEE MARIE. Malcolm and his wife were looking to find a small, shallow draft sailing vessel for the waters around Bermuda. Not surprisingly, the Sanderling and it's handling characteristics impressed the Kirkland's very much. Don't be surprised, on your next visit to Bermuda, you see a Sanderling sailing around Hamilton Bay.

The SPIRIT OF BERMUDA is the very core of the Bermuda SLOOP Foundation, serving an important role in the lives of all Bermuda school children. SPIRIT, serves as a School Ship and is the culminating experience, of a series of opportunities, afforded to the children of Bermuda. I have provided a link to the Bermuda SLOOP Foundation so you can see the good work that is being performed by this organization.

My sailing partner Roland Barth has served on the Board of this foundation,  a very worthwhile project of which the people of Bermuda are very Proud.

Spirit Of Bermuda

For more information about this award winning School Ship that, was built in Rockport Maine, go to this website:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I Phone magic

Yesterday's sail
The sail actually started on the water, not on the Overseas Hwy. This was Roland's course, I went the opposite way.

Today is a different animal! A couple of reefs perhaps!


Batten down for a few hours
Today is an off day for sailing, a cold front is heading our way for a couple days. Our Easterlies will now shift to SW, then West, quickly to the NW then North. Temps will dip down into the low to mid seventies, brrrrrrrr!

Florida Bay ,Blackwater Sound, Tarpon Basin, Buttonwood Bay and home!,

My route in white
The end of the day, as usual, the wind lays down
Record of our days sail
It was a great day for sailing so it was suggested that we should do an "around the block" that included all the little sounds, basins and bays surrounding us. We left Hammer Point around 11:00 AM and proceeded to sail some 24 or 25 NM today. I have included my route on the chart provided, Roland, on the other chose a alternate route , with the same result. A steady East wind provided the power for our little craft and remained favorable to the end. You can see by the GPS that our average speed was around 4.3 Kts, that includes some very slow passages through several long cuts that connect the various bays and basins. 7.2 Kts was while on a beam reach between Butternut Key and Whaleback Key. Exciting stuff!

25 degrees of Latitude, Southern most Catboats that we know of!