Davali in Newport Boat Show

I have been getting to know Davali better and better over the past two summers. Enjoying Davali with friends and family, but also loving singlehanded sailing.

Kent Grimbeek of Just Catamarans and I sailed to the show. Kent is not just an excellent broker and service expert, he’s also a very experienced sailor.

The wind kept building as we approached Point Judith. We decided to blow past Newport and head to Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard for some fantastic fresh chowder and lobster rolls. The wind was just too good to waste.

It was a beautiful and spontaneous sail, several years in the making. I bought Davali because I wanted a change after years of monohull sailing. I also hoped to shorten the time to reach destinations like Block Island, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, etc.  This fast sail was especially gratifying.

Check out this short video where we hit twelve knots in sixteen knots of apparent wind.

 

We were in Newport by 10:40 am for the boat show set up.

 

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Videos of 2nd leg from St. Martin to Stamford Ct.

Some videos of beautiful islands, Davali sailing and clear water.

Davali Videos

Enjoy!

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A Lightness of Being

On the first leg, from Le Grande Motte, France to St. Martin, I remember feeling blissful. Days and nights filled with sailing, reading, eating, sleeping, playing guitar, sharing stories. I loved it.

On the second leg, from St. Martin to New York, I felt it again.

Friends have asked me if I had any epiphanies, deep thoughts, and my answer was no. But now, I attribute feeling a lightness of being to having less daily demands, responsibilities and obligations, surrounded by beauty.

My Atlantic crossing was an incredible adventure. It involved years of dreaming, studying boats, boat shows, discussions and planning. Then buying the boat, choosing a captain, visiting the shipyard in France, provisioning the boat, mentally preparing for the unknown, shipping supplies, and saying good bye to friends, co-workers and family.

There were several unexpected events. First, I didn’t expect the weather to be sunny and windy for 95% of the 2 legs. I didn’t know that was possible. While you have to be careful for what you wish for, I kind of wanted to get more heavy weather experience.

I didn’t expect to get so lucky finding Captain Jan and his wonderful crew. Great people and very competent sailors.  It was the first crossing for Claudia, Larry and me, and we shared the same wonder and excitement. Sailing with my son David, from St. Martin to Provenciales, Turks and Caicos was wonderful. Joe was a great crewmate and chef.

I didn’t expect to see so many boats on the crossing. We happened to overlap the 2014 Atlantic Rally. We were an unofficial entrant and before we peeled off for St. Martin, we were 26th out of over 200 boats. I attribute that to a fast catamaran and the large Code D sail, perfect for the trailing trade winds to blow us westward

I didn’t know the Bahamas are so beautiful and water could be so clear, sand so fine.

Tons of flying fish, porpoises, whales, rainbows, incredible sunrises and sunsets. I could feel the maritime history in the Med. Arriving in the early morning to Gibraltar was one of the most powerful moments as was entering the New York Harbor, seeing our first Caribbean Island and the Miami skyline, poking up over the horizon.

I want to thank Jan for exceeding all expectations. You were an incredible guide, patient teacher, man of your word, passionate sailor, and, now, someone I am lucky to call friend.

I want to thank my awesome teammates at Friedlander Group/Insuregy for enabling me to make this happen. I am so lucky and grateful to work with such outstanding people.

I want to thank my friends and family for their support. I apologize for any stress I may have caused.

I want to thank my incredible wife, Lisa, for supporting my dream. I am forever grateful. You are a beautiful person.

Our friends showed us the way home.

Our friends showed us the way home.

Flying Fish

Flying Fish

Making Tracks

Making Tracks

heading West to Florida

heading West to Florida

exuma sunset

Sunset over Exumas

Joe cooking up some great bolognese

Joe cooking up some great Bolognese

Sailfish Harbor with my Dad

Sailfish Harbor with my Dad

My dad waving goodbye from the Stuart Inlet

My dad waving goodbye from the Stuart Inlet

Twin Spouts off the Florida coast

Twin Spouts off the Florida coast

Off of Norfolk, Va.

Off of Norfolk, Va.

Sandy Hook, 5.5 days after leaving Stuart, Florida.

Sandy Hook, 5.5 days after leaving Stuart, Florida.

Arriving in NY Harbor

Arriving in NY Harbor

Gorgeous final Day to trip!

Gorgeous final Day to trip!

Onto Wall Street then up the East River to Stamford.

Onto Wall Street then up the East River to Stamford.

Stamford Harbor, bitter-sweet.

Stamford Harbor, bitter-sweet.

Lisa and friends childhood friends Nick and Danny joined us in the celebration.

Lisa and childhood friends Nick Tretter and Dan Abt joined us in the celebration.

Thank you Davali!!!

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Ripping, Oasis and Transatlantic Completion

A big title. First we sailed really fast, up to 13 knots, in 18 knots of true wind speed to Conception Cay. We were hoping for a special place and we were not disappointed. Thanks to Crewmate Joe, also a fine chef, for providing the “heads up” on the island from prior travels.

9.6 for 3.25

9.6 average speed over 3 hours and 24 minutes on a beam reach with winds from 15 to 19 knots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sail to Conception Cay was perfect.

Broke out the code 0 on for a change

Broke out the code 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

loving the sail to Conception Cay

loving the sail to Conception Cay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With Captain Jan thrilled to be here
With Captain Jan thrilled to be here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Captain takes the Go Pro for a swim in the clearest water
The Captain takes the Go Pro for a swim in the clearest water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can’t take too many pictures of Davali

Joe spots a nurse? shark (swimming in the middle)
Joe spots a nurse? shark (swimming in the middle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

up close and personal
I was a bit uncomfortable snorkeling with our friend swimming about but Joe was fearless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sunset conception

 

 

 

 

 

Ripping up the Exumas at 12.2 knots with moderate winds on a beam reach
Ripping up the Exumas at 12.2 knots with moderate winds on a beam reach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Code D and Main sail
with Code D and Main sail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Joe catching a large Dorado (mahi mahi) for dinner
And Joe catching a large Dorado (mahi mahi) for dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, marking the completion of our transatlantic crossing. Crossing the Gulf Stream and seeing the skyline of Miami poke up over the horizon was truly exciting. I will remember these days as blissful.

It’s not over…I look forward to sailing Davali home to New York.

 
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Exploring Big Fish Cay & Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

We enjoyed a couple of days cruising the south side of Turks & Caicos. We sailed to Big Fish Cay, then crossed the Caicos Bank, with an average depth of 10 feet of the most beautiful luminescent  turquoise water I’ve seen.

It was perfect.

David caught 4 barracuda, with some major teeth. He skillfully unhooked and returned them to the water…alive. David has always been passionate about fishing. He has a sixth sense for it.

My last post was from Salt Cay, a very remote island southeast of Turks & Caicos with a population of 65 and a major league outdoor sound system, closeby on the beach. When the music stopped blasting at 5am (no kidding), the irony made me laugh. The DJ was very talented, but I expected the sounds of silence in paradise. They party hard in Salt Cay.

No place is too remote to call David's incredible Mom on Mother's Day

No place is too remote to call David’s incredible Mom on Mother’s Day

The barracuda were hunting on the shallow Caicos Bank

The barracuda were hunting on the shallow Caicos Bank

Captain (rock star) Jan on his shift

Captain (rock star) Jan on his sh

Chillin

Chillin

David's overwhelmed by the beauty

David’s overwhelmed by the beauty of Big Fish Cay

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Exploring Big Fish Cay

Exploring Big Fish Cay

big fish snorkel

Snorkeling Big Fish Cay

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The boys (Joe taking pic)

The boys (Joe taking pic)

Hoisting the code D with Joe

Hoisting the code D  sail with Joe, after sadly dropping David off at the Airport

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Awesome!!!

In the clear 10 feet deep water of Caicaos Bank you could see the porpoises coming

In the clear 10 feet deep water of Caicaos Bank you could see the porpoises coming

incredible water

Davali, Capodilla Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Davali, Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

When we left for Long Island, Bahamas, the wind kicked up to 29 knots.  Check out the wind instrument showing us ripping at 15.2 knots with an apparent wind of 15 knots. We peaked at 18.7 knots.

When we left for Long Island, Bahamas, the wind kicked up to 29 knots. Check out the wind instrument showing us ripping at 15.2 knots with an apparent wind of 15 knots. We peaked at 18.7 knots. A former Motor-Cross champion, Jan wanted more speed.

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Turks and Caicos

It was great to return to the BVI’s, especially on Davali.

so nice!

so nice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying Jost Van Dyke

Enjoying Jost Van Dyke

 

 

 

 

 

 

with Captain Jan Cluistra

with Captain Jan Cluistra

 

Good Bye BVI's, two and half days to Turks and Caicos

Good Bye BVI’s, two and half days to Turks and Caicos

 

 

 

 

 

 

hoisting the Code D for downwind fun with David

hoisting the Code D for downwind fun with David

 

A Davali Sunset

A Davali Sunset

Davali sunset with son David

Davali sunset with son David

Mahi Mahi tonight

Mahi Mahi tonight

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I love Mahi Mahi!

I love Mahi Mahi!

Anchored at Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos

Anchored at Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos

from beach salt

I bought some flowers today over my satellite texting device from Luigi, a florist from home in New York. Incredibly, he texted back to contact Debbie at Salt Cay Divers. She owned the restaurant a few hundred yards from Davali where this picture is taken

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British Virgin Islands bound

After 4 months of fun and preparing Davali for the second leg, we’re off. We slept outside the bridge on Saturday, May 2nd, and at 2 am, set off for the British Virgin Islands.

We had 10-15 knots from the south east, hoisted the Code D, and anchored at Beef Island, Tortola, by 5pm Sunday. It was exciting to make the sail to the BVI’s. I haven’t been here for 25 years. Thankfully, not much has changed and it’s beautiful. We’re going to bop around and head to Jost Van Dyke tonight. Tomorrow  begin three day sail to Turks and Caicos. Go Davali!

Trying to elevate my game

Trying to elevate my game

top of mast

Jan and David on Davali

The staff at Simpson Bay Marina were great. Waiting for bridge to open with Denise.

The staff at Simpson Bay Marina were great. Waiting for bridge to open with Denise.

Thrilled to sail with my son David

Thrilled to sail with my son David

A pleasure to sail again with Captain Jan. Welcome to crewmate Joe.

A pleasure to sail again with Captain Jan. Welcome to crewmate Joe.

David reaching out to the fish.

David reaching out to the fish.

The BVI's ahead

The BVI’s ahead

Beef Island anchorage.

Beef Island anchorage.

Sunrise this morning over Virgin Gorda.

Sunrise this morning over Virgin Gorda.

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