Wand'rin Star is the boat on the far right of the photo.
Jenny, the Admiral & I at the Burning of the Bastille!
Here is Johnny Huddelston teaching us all about DSC/VHF radios and all their safety features.
Here is Captain Bob Barrow filling in all the gaps. He teaches ASA Coastal Cruising at the local Sailing School so he was a valuable asset to this seminar.
Our DSC/VHF radio...Just push the little red button on the lower right hand side and the Coast Guard shows up to help.
This is our Nauticast -B AIS system. This displays all commercial traffic and anyone/thing else with a AIS transmitter. right on our Garmin display
The Radio and the AIS are wired into our Garmin 3210 Chart plotter through the Industry Standard NEMA connections that allow the 3 devices to share data.
This is the M/V Eclipse at Ingelside Bay
Here is S/V Griffith, a Pacific Seacraft 37 Ingelside.
The Excellent Wind Scoop, already ordered one more for the other hatch!
Well what a fine sunset at Ingelside.
If I was not going cruising I might just have to have one of these for the dock!
Teresa, Neil & Megan on Totom passing us by on the way back to Corpus.
July 4th Dingy Poker Runs
AIS/Chart plotter Update
All of our electronics are now checked out completely and ready to go. You might like to check out http://www.marinetraffic.com/ This site is very similar to the AIS on a chart plotter. Any Vessel in the world who has their AIS turned on is displayed and you can click on the vessel and see their heading, course, speed, identification and other info.
Cruise to Ingelside Bastille Day
We decided to sail over a day early and spend two nights in Ingelside Bay. We had to clean the condo that day so we got a late start and departed CC marina at 16:30. The winds were blowing a bit so we just used 90% of the genoa and had a romping sail in 20-25 knot winds across CC Bay. The Dredge working the CC ship Channel presented a larger navigation hazard than expected as the discharge pipe ran more than a mile south of the shipping channel. We had to tack 3 times in the 4'+ chop and high winds to get around this obstacle. Keeping a sharp look out in these conditions takes all of your attention. We were glad to get into the Ingelside channel behind the barrier islands protecting us from the fetch in the bay. We anchored easily behind two other early arrivals , S/V Griffith and M/V Eclipse, with our new Rocna anchor. We were a bit concerned about being able to sleep through a hot night on the hook but I brought along a wind scoop I bought at a BYC auction. Man these things work great as they scoop up lots of breeze and funnel it all down through the hatch, I actually got cold and had to get up and put on a tshirt. The admiral was covered up with a sheet but the cool air along with the high humidity was strange to me so I opted for no sheet. I have already ordered a second wind scoop so we can force ventilate more of the interior. The Admiral enjoyed her Iphone that evening as WiFi reception was weak. I just enjoyed the evening in the cockpit with a few coldies. Someone posted a 2011 Youtube video of the event so if you click on the title of this blog the link will take you to the video. The dinner is a huge Potluck followed by Larry Joe Taylor and his band with a replica Bastille burning to top off the night. We had a very relaxing sail back across the bay in light winds and I promised the Admiral a easy sail since the trip across on Friday had been a test. So we just used all 130% of the Genoa for a 3-4 knot sail back to Corpus. Our friends Teresa and Neil and their daughter Megan caught up with us on their 36' Erickson "Totom" I got a great shot of Totom with the back drop of the Corpus downtown skyline.