We just arrived home Dec 20 in British Columbia
delivering a 58 foot power, Ashely Erin, to here from Nova Scotia
. We pretty much ran all the way at 1/2 throttle or less to save fuel. We calculated that we saved at least 2500 gallons by slowing down.
I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the reception
we recieved on the East Coast
of the USA. (Other than touching down in San Diego
for a crew change, we had to do the West Coast
non-stop inorder to be home for Christmas).
I am always pleased to travel south of the border but I was blown out of the water
by the hospitality we recieved this time: For example when we ducked in out of the weather
in New Port a complete stranger offered to ferry
us to any shopping
we needed, and even wanted to leave us a cell phone
so we could avoid roaming charges on our phones. When we had to go into Palm Beach the skipper
of a boat named "Buck Passer" came over, gave us the benefit of his local weather
knowledge, helped us plot an efficient course to Panama
, and then lent us his paper charts
to use as backups for our electronic ones. I could go on with other examples, such as our welcome in New York
, and the many friendly folk we met ashore and on the water
all along our route
The US has a lot going for it physically, but for myself and the rest of the crew, it was the people we enjoyed the most. Thank you for your genrosity.