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The logs are in chronological order. Scroll down for the newest entries.

November 1, 2006: Shoreside
"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: Shoreside
"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: St. Thomas.
"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: Tortola.
"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: Anegada Island
" 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: Anegada Island
"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
"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: Charolette Amalie
"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: Charolette Amalie
"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: White Bay
"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: Saba/St. Martin
"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
"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
"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: Saint Barthelemy
"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
"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
"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: Grenadines
"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: Union Island
"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. Martin
"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: Union Island
"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.



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