Showing posts from September, 2019

Sailing off the Atlantic coast of Ireland

On our recent trip up from Spain to Ireland, we had some rather large and confused seas along the way. I thought I'd make a short video of what it's like to sail offshore in these waters. No comment, just the feel.

Weather Haiku

Today the wind howls Creating uneasiness  Yesterday flat calm

(c) Daria Blackwell

My first Haiku

The sea welcomes us As waves break over the bow And wind fills the sails

(c) Daria Blackwell


The first aerial photos coming out of Marsh Harbour are heartbreaking. Almost everything is gone. Buildings, cars, boats...all gone. Much of the island is still underwater long after the hurricane has passed. The devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane #Dorian on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas is catastrophic. It hit with sustained winds of 185mph (298km/h) and gusts well over 200 mph. The wind speeds equalled the fastest ever inflicted by a hurricane upon landfall, matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. It was Labor Day weekend in the States last weekend.

Alex and I chartered out of Marsh Harbour in the Abacos years ago. It was a delightful place. The main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco were separated from the barrier islands by the Sea of Abaco which was ideal for sailing. I wonder what's happened to the string of tiny out islands we visited: Elbow Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Great Guana Cay and Green Turtle Cay. No one is mentioning them, but seeing the destru…

Hurricane Dorian

As I write this, at 185 mph sustained and gusts greater than 220 mph, Hurricane Dorian is passing over the Abacos causing extreme damage and devastation as the strongest storm they have ever experienced. It's eye passed pretty much over Marsh Harbour. We have such beautiful memories of sailing in the Abacos, but there's not much that can survive that kind of force there. I just hope people secured their homes as best they could and escaped from the coast to safer ground.