This is an interesting story.
Dalton Williams, a retired USAF pilot/computer business owner falls in love with sailing, takes some excellent sailing courses, buys a good boat (a Morgan
43), takes nine months to thoroughly refit
her from Florida
to Virginia (some ICW
, some outside) to join the 2002 Caribbean 1500
, and finally heads offshore
. Then the s&#t hits the fan, and two of his crew contemplate mutiny!
If you have the patience to read the entire log Ships Log
, good on ya!
The most interesting part is his account of the 2002 Caribbean 1500 offshore passage Caribbean 1500 Rally
- My understanding is that all three of his offshore crew were volunteers that he had not met before. He was introduced to Gretchen, the lone female crew, through Match.com. Gretchen had some sailing experience, and turned out to be the most reliable crew.
- They planned to grill most of their dinners on the rail-mounted grill and eat in the cockpit.
- A friend of mine was a participant in that same Rally, and reported that the 50 kt winds and 25'+ seas were challenging, but entirely manageable with triple-reefed main and staysail. He had an experienced crew on his Island Packet 350.
- Williams notes many complaints about the Caribbean 1500 Rally. My experience in 2004 and 2005 was that, even if they were true then, none of those complaints apply now. Steve Black puts on a top rate event.
Actually, I really have to hand it to this guy. He doesn't get discouraged, in spite of all the woes that beset him, and goes on to cruise
and have a wonderful time.