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ICW Trip April 25-May 1, 2019

Posted by [email protected] on June 6, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This year I’m celebrating my 20th anniversary of sailing! After living in Georgia for the last 13 years, and after reading about other small boat sailors doing the Intracoastal Waterway the entire length of the state, I decided that this was the trip that I wanted to take.

As the crow flies, it’s about 100 miles from St. Mary’s to Savannah. As the boat floats, it’s about 137 miles, much of which is pretty remote. Shoaling and skinny water are also big issues on t...

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Sale Creek Sail

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

(We took this overnighter September 7-8, 2017.)

Forecast was right near perfect for an overnight trip: Thurs. afternoon northerly winds 5-7; Fri. all day northerly 9-10; temps mid-uppper 70's; clear skies. So I decided to do something a little different and my wife went along with it. I figured we could sail half the length of Chickamauga Lake if we shuttled the trailer.

I got the boat ready Thursday morni...

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Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This report was posted originally on the TSBB forum on Dec. 4, 2012 about an excursion I had earlier that day on Little Bit, my SD11.

Well, like most boaters I have plenty of stories to tell - "The Adventures of Captain Kidd". Only thing is, my wife doesn't like the kind of stories I tell (through experience of course)

The day was perfect for an afternoon sail: winds 8-10 mph out of the south which is perfect for the lake I like, and temps in the upp...

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Chesapeake Bay Trip

Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After eight years (I wrote this account in a journal in 2008) many smaller details have been forgotten, but the trip is still fairly vivid. I’m going to chronicle the trip on a day-by-day basis. We planned a 5 day/4 night trip. We would leave on a Monday and wanted to be back by Friday evening for a special church service with an ensemble from Pensacola Christian College.

I don’t remember ever sailing Flying Lady, our Kells 23, on any body of water other than Lak...

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Pensacola Trip

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

(We took this trip in October 2013)

We've known about the wonderful sailing around Pensacola for many years, so this has been a targeted destination for a long time. Here's an account of the trip as posted on the TSBB shortly after returning (with a few modifications).


I have only sailed on "big" water twice previously (a 3 day cruise on the Chesapeake Bay in 2000 and a 3 day cruise on Tampa Bay/St. Joseph Sound in 2007) which means these trips are a big de...

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Tampa Bay Trip

Posted by [email protected] on May 5, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I posted this on TSBB shortly after the Tampa Bay trip. I began this website not too long ago and decided to add some accounts of past sailing experiences. In this category I will post about trips on bigger waters, "the high seas".


The trip to Tampa Bay took place October 9-13, 2007. At that time I was sailing Heaven Bound, my 1990 Macgregor 26S. The following is the account as posted with a few minor changes:


Let me set the stage here: I've been sailing ...

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A Tent or a Tomb?

Posted by [email protected] on May 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I wasn’t sure what to title this entry: another overnighter on the dinghy, ride ‘em cowboy, two extremes, 3 seconds of terror or what? You see what I decided and I’ll get to it a little later. Suffice it to say that trouble can come most unexpectedly.

I had been looking for an opportunity to try out my new tent that Santa brought me for cruising on Little Bit. After a week of rain, there was a two-day window that looked like it might work; so I went...

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First Overnighter on "Little Bit"

Posted by [email protected] on September 18, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

(I'm posting this a little late. This trip was taken on July 28-29, 2014 and the report was posted on the TSBB forum.)

Well, I had two full days to sail and the forecast seemed about as perfect as it could be, so I decided to give her a shot. We had a busy Sat/Sun so I couldn't finish prep until Monday morning. I finally launched about 1 p.m. It turned out I was missing part of the snotter. I jury rigged it using a locking hitch pin for a block and an extra piece of line. Here is Little...

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On the Rocks

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

First blog post here. Welcome. Plans are to keep a running log of my sailing/boating/water escapades. 

Yesterday I took the dinghy out. Here's the writeup I posted on the Trailer Sailor Bulletin Board (

After two aborted attempts to sail the dinghy last week due to no wind, I gave it another try today. The wind forecast was better today, especially after the front that went through; ...

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