Nautical Adventure Journal

Read about my crazy nautical adventures!

An Incredible Trip to Cuba as “Skipper Americana”

May 27, 2019
Skipper Americana's Trip to Cuba

One day, after delivering a boat to the 31st Street Marina in Chicago, I ran into Bruce, a super cool, retired pilot, captain friend of mine. While we were chatting it up on the dock (where all good plots are hatched), he said “Hey, a bunch of us are planning a trip to Cuba this winter. You should come.” Who would say no to that?? Fast forward a few months and this eclectic band of wonderful people were off on a grand adventure.

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Ice Boating - What To Do When the Water Turns Hard

Ice Boating – What To Do When the Water Turns Hard

February 28, 2019

Hey Water Lovers! Has the winter got you down? Are you tired of looking out the window longing for soft water and barefoot sailing? Have you grown weary hanging out at your yacht club reliving the glory moments of last summer’s racing adventures? Are you dreaming of bareboat chartering in the Caribbean? I totally get it. I’m not built for the cold and I miss my flip flops fiercely. February is the shortest month by calendar days and the longest measured by how much I miss sailing.

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race committee

An Inside Look At Race Committee Life

December 28, 2018

As is often the case, a simple “Sure, I would be happy to help” takes on a life of its own. That is certainly the case where Delavan Lake Yacht Club Race Committee and I are concerned. Beloved Commodore Jack asked if I might be able to help out one…

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Schooner Edith M Becker At Dock

A Schooner Delivery: St. Thomas to Florida

November 20, 2018

Some might say flying 2,100 miles to sail a type of boat I had never sailed with a group of people I’d never met “might” seem a little crazy. Count me in.

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2018 C Worlds on Delavan Lake

Sporty Sailing & Man Overboard at C Worlds on Delavan Lake

The 2018 C Worlds, a one design series for C Scows, were held the first weekend in October on Delavan Lake in Southeastern Wisconsin. It’s a regatta that’s been held at Delavan Lake Yacht Club upwards of 20 years. The C Scow was the first class of scows built by Harry Melges Sr way back…

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Point 2 Point Collaborates With Harken

Point 2 Point Collaborates with Harken

Point 2 Point has collaborated with Harken to create a series of medical safety videos for Harken Blockheads, their children’s sailing program. What a trip!

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Meltdown Wins Catalina 30 Nationals!

The Mighty Meltdown Sweeps Nationals

The 2018 Catalina 30 Nationals were held at Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago the middle of August. The mighty Meltdown walked away with five bullets. Besides the thrill of sweeping the series, it was a fabulous adventure all the way around.

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Oyster Bay Road Trip

Oyster Bay Roadtrip

November 2016: Fabulous road trip to learn and network. Shaking hands and kissing babies. Spent some time at Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay NY with Dawn Riley, Tim Kent, and the crew. They are an amazing, talented team of rock star sailors working to share their knowledge and train young athletes. I was lucky enough to arrive as they were winterizing the fleet and was able to participate in the projects. Each morning the team gets together for the daily briefing, then off to clean winches, repair fiberglass, sand brightwork, and haul boats.

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Return From Paradise

Return from Paradise – Kauai to California

Shaman, a 1960’s era Cal 40, found herself in Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai in need of passage back home to Santa Cruz after competing in the Single Handed Transpac with her owner, Tim Burden, senior editor of the West Advisor series. This beautiful lady was a joy to sail.

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Homeward Bound from Paradise

SSYC member and Hobgoblin crewmate Shelly Galligan has embarked on a 2,700-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean, delivering a 50-year-old Cal 40 from Nawiliwili Harbor in Kauai, Hawaii, to Santa Cruz, CA. Arrival at the mainland will be toward the end of September. Skipper Shelly’s two crew members are Ryan Finn and Eric Bowen. Eric crewed with her on a Panama-to-Tampa delivery earlier this year.

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