The logs are in chronological order. Scroll down for the
November 1, 2006:
"It's probably not proper to make an entry in a ships
log prior to departure, I wonder what Nelson would think.
We, that's me and Bill Bloodgood are franticly making last
minute improvements to Parallax.. . . " Click
here for more of the November 1 log.
November 6, 2006:
"The start of the Caribbean 1500 was set to start
this morning, but this evening I make this entry still
firmly attached to the shore. . . " Click
here for more of the November 6 log.
November 10, 2006:
The North Atlantic, Headed south.
"The 8th saw the start of the rally on a fog bound morning.
At times visibility was limited to the bow of the boat. . . " Click
here for more of the November 10 log.
November 12, 2006:
30° 02' N 070° 36' W
"Parallax is not a motorboat, the winds are much less than initially predicted. . . " Click
here for more of the November 12 log.
November 15, 2006:
23° 12' N 067° 52' W.
"More of the same the last few days, the winds didn't
exceed 5 or 6 knots and were often less. . . " Click
here for more of the November 15 log.
November 17, 2006:
23° 57' N 067° 41' W
"The wind finally came the 16th from the northeast but was now blowing from the east-southeast. We couldn't make the rhumb line to the cut into Tortola but. . . " Click
here for more of the November 17 log.
November 19, 2006:
"The East wind did come and lasted until we made landfall at St Thomas in the predawn hours.. . . " Click
here for more of the November 19 log.
November 21, 2006:
"Most of the boats are now safely docked at Village Cay marina
in Road Town, Tortola. I sailed Parallax single handed
over to Road Town Sunday morning and joined the fleet
after taking on fuel and provisions in St Thomas.. . . " Click
here for more of the November 21 log.
November 23, 2006:
Yost Van Dyke.
"The respective crews of Quest and Parallax sailed off to Jost
van Dyke to have thanksgiving dinner at the famous “Foxy's”.
George and June had spent several months on island and
had actually helped install the computer system and other
work at Foxy's place so we had an “inside.” . . " Click
here for more of the November 23 log.
November 26, 2006:
Lee Bay, Tortolla.
"The last several days has seen the Parallax in full island hoping mode.. . . " Click
here for more of the November 26 log.
November 28, 2006:
Sophers Hole, Tortolla.
"The 28th finds Parallax in Sophers hole, on the east
end of Tortola. I have been single handed for the last
three days and am still breaking things faster than I
can fix them. . . " Click
here for more of the November 28 log.
November 30, 2006:
Little Harbor, Peter Island
"Left Sophers hole this morning in a 30 knot easterly to meet
Quest at the south side of Peter Island, a little cut
called Little Harbor, not to be confused with Little Harbor
on Jost Van Dyke. . . " Click
here for more of the November 30 log.
December 7, 2006:
" The first few days of December
were spent back in Tortola looking for anchors, alternator
parts and zincs for my props. From there we sailed east
to Virgin Gorda. . . " Click
here for more of the December 7 log.
December 11, 2006:
"Loblolly had a reputation for great snorkeling and
most of the time I prefer snorkeling and free diving over
the hassle of scuba. The beach was beautiful, many hued
turquoises accented with splotches of greens and browns
marking the extensive reef formations. . . " Click
here for more of the December 11 log.
December 17, 2006:
"St Croix is a world apart from the BVIs , the cruise
ships no longer come there and there wasn't a charter
boat to be seen. . . " Click
here for more of the December 17 log.
December 25, 2006:
"St Thomas is my least favorite place but it does
have a handy airport and flights to and from the States
are reasonable. After spending a day doing laundry and
never-ending maintenance, I hopped in a cab and after
some haggling over the price met Drew at the airport.
Big smile both of us. . . " Click
here for more of the December 25 log.
January 9, 2007:
"Not much new geography this log entry, although I am primed
to move on the BVIs were a great place for Drew to visit
so I have spent tha last few days fixing painting. cleaning
hassling with insurance etc etc.. . . " Click
here for more of the Januarly 9 log.
January 10, 2007:
"I though it might be time with great diffidence to those much more experienced to give my account of what works and what doesn't..for me..
. . " Click
here for more of the January 10 log.
January 25, 2007:
"This morning pulled the hook in Grand Bay, outside Phillipsburg
Saint Martin bound for the mountain island of Saba, some
30 miles to the west and south. It is clearly visible,
its peak climbing to well over 3000 feet and today free
of the cloud cover that nourishes its cloud forests.. . . " Click
here for more of the January 25 log.
January 29, 2007:
"Saba was described in a cruising guide as a lost island
kingdom. Not so lost, the Sabians know what they are about
and use the impenetrable island fortress to control outside
access on their terms, today as they always have.. . . " Click
here for more of the January 29 log.
February 2, 2007:
"Antigua is a big island with an English heritage and a yachting tradition.
Prized for its strategic location and well-protected harbors, the English came to
control the island and constructed a dockyard in what is now know as
Old English Harbor.. . " Click
here for more of the February 2 log.
February 6, 2007:
Road Bay, Anguilla
"We sailed in to Road Bay, Anguilla on the afternoon of the 28th, a big open
harbor easily accessible. Anguilla wasn't really a destination of choice but sometimes
in a sailing vessel you go where the wind will allow you.. . . " Click
here for more of the February 6 log.
February 20, 2007:
"I almost skipped St. Bart (Saint Barthelemy) . It had
the reputation as the favorite destination of the rich
and snooty, actors, athletes the good looking and the
notorious. . . " Click
here for more of the February 20 log.
March 2, 2007:
"Guadeloupe and its surrounding islands is a huge area to explore so in
the end I moved south from Deshaies without exploring the northern areas,
although I did make a day sail to Pigeon island off the northwest coast
for some snorkeling. . . " Click
here for more of the March 2 log.
March 9, 2007:
Port De Plaisance, Guadeloupe
"The anchorage in Port De Plaisance was halfway between the Marina Bas Dufort and the main
Guadeloupean city of Port A Pitre and an easy dinghy ride to either. The marina was really a
large complex of restaurants and various yacht services mostly on the waterfront
encircling the marina basin. . . " Click
here for more of the March 9 log.
March 18, 2007:
"Dominica is of English heritage and is one of the islands where the Eastern Caribbean currency
is used. Dominica is known as perhaps wildest and most undeveloped of the islands. It is unmatched i
n natural beauty and you could spend days exploring its mountains, rainforests, tropical rivers and
splendid diving . . " Click
here for more of the March 18 log.
March 19, 2007:
"I definitely wanted to spend some time in the jewel
like string of islands and cays south of Saint Vincent,
known collectively as the Grenadines. Among the most beautiful
as well as colorful Caribbean destinations, I was willing
to sacrifice some time at the larger islands in order
to spend a few days poking around these little islands
and Cays. . " Click here
for more of the March 19 log.
March 28, 2007:
"The day dawned with Parallax departing Petite Saint
Martin, the last of the Grenadines . . " Click
here for more of the March 28 log.
April 6, 2007:
Grenada and St.
"Moon over Marigot. The nearly full moon was just rising to guide me into
the harbor after a long slow, often windless sail from Grenada
now over 400 nautical miles to the south. . " Click
here for more of the April 6 log.
May 14, 2007:
"On leaving the BVI' s I was prepared to make the passage but a low coming off the coast of North Carolina was timed to meet me in the Gulf Stream, an engagement I had no qualms about breaking. . . " Click
here for more of the May 14 log.
May 24, 2007:
Hilton Head, SC
"Parallax limped into Skunk Creek Marina on Hilton Head, SC with a broken compression post after what would have been an uneventful passage from the South Caicos. . " Click
here for more of the May 24 log.
June 2, 2007:
Hampton Roads, VA
"Its been over 7 months since Parallax sailed the Chesapeake
waters, but as we made the final turn over the Hampton
Bridge Tunnel and into Hampton Roads Va it was if we had
only been gone for a weekend excursion.. . " Click
here for more of the June 2 log.