Honahlee on the mooring at Larchmont YC

Honahlee’s on the mooring at Larchmont Yacht Club.  She’ll probably head over to McMichael’s for a “major” project or for compounding and waxing.  Until then she’ll be living on the mooring.  Current plan is still to depart for the EDLU from McMichael’s.  Conveniently the club has a webcam that’s helps owners like me “monitor” conditions in the mooring field.


Winds on Optimum Course

The “Winds on Optimum Course” feature is very useful.  I’m not sure why it isn’t set to on by default, but then there are a lotof really useful  things in Expedition that are not on by default.  This feature puts a wind barb onto the optimum course.  This is great for visualizing the course to be sailed and possible sail changes…etc…   The wind barb is what is FORECAST to be the wind when the boat gets to that location!  Just looking at these wind barbs down the optimal course gives a good sense of angles forecast to be sailing.

Winds on Optimum Course

Winds on Optimum Course Example

Dan and Bill are “Team Navigation” but…

Dan and Bill are “Team Navigation” but…

but I want to be sure I can speak intelligently with them and help in the dialog, preparation, learning… I’ve worked a little too hard today getting up to speed…lot of hours 0-:


Refreshing on Expedition Software

One of the “problems” of not being a full-time professional sailor is you just don’t get out there enough to use all of the tools and stay fresh and current on them…  I’m working to refresh myself on how to use Expedition and all of it’s amazing features.  Actually not all, that won’t ever happen…but the BIG important ones like:

1) Basic Navigation
2) Strip Charting
3) Grib importing and interpreting
4) Loading base polars and using in conjunction with GRIBS for Optimal Routing.
5) Importing Geo-referenced images of the Gulf Stream
6) Loading a current GRIB to interact with the weather and polars for proper Optimal Routing.

And that’s just the basics 0-:

Here is a little video of me having some basic success:


Gulf Stream as of April 8, 2014

Gulf Stream as of April 8, 2014 - 7 day composite from Johns Hopkins http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/avhrr/gs/14apr/index_thumb.html

Gulf Stream as of April 8, 2014 – 7 day composite from Johns Hopkins http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/avhrr/gs/14apr/index_thumb.html

Sat. May 10th – EDLU Race

The 59th Annual EDLU Race is on Saturday, May 10th.  The official race information page is here: http://www.larchmontyc.org/racing/2014Edlu.shtml

Dock Call is 7 AM at McMichael’s on Saturday May 10.
McMichael’s address is 447 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
We need to lug sails and prep boat for approximately 1 hour and then motor to starting area and assess sailing conditions and set a sail prior to the 9 AM start.

Current known crew for EDLU Race (as of April 22, 2014) will be:

  1. H.L. DeVore (100%)
  2. Katie DeVore (tentative until last minute, hopeful father)
  3. Pete (100%)
  4. Bill (100%)
  5. Markus (100%)
  6. John (100%)
  7. Dan (100%)
  8. Jared (100%
  9. Gerry (100%)
  10. John Mawe (100%) – H.L. LYC friend
  11. Karen H.  from – Bill S. friend/co-worker
  12. Alex Fallon (Dan’s son)

Bermuda Crew unable to attend:

  1. Steve C. (definite no, will be sunbathing in banana hammock with elderly Floridians)
  2. Kevin F. (definite no, will be hanging with the armadillos in Texas)
  3. Hank (can’t come will be in Chicago 4-21-14)

More information on the race and the schedule:  The race is a 32 nautical mile race.  There is a barbecue and awards starting at 6:30pm per the notice of race.  When we finish obvious depend upon the wind 32 miles can be covered in as quickly as 4 hours or as long as….? 10+  There is a time limit on this race which expires at 7pm.


Course out is 84, course back is 264

2014 Storm Trysail Safety-at-Sea Seminar

Honahlee was donated to the cause of improving and maintaining awareness of Safety-at-Sea on April 5th at SUNY Maritime academy.  Here is she is under double reef and storm jib.Honahlee-at-2014-Safety-At-Sea