Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wednesday, November 7th

At daybreak and still hove to, we inspect Cutter Loose for damage.  Last night’s storm has shredded the protective UV panel on the foot and leach of the furling genoa.  With tattered sections of sailcloth streaming from the edges of … Continue reading

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Tuesday, November 6th

With favorable winds out of the ENE, today is a day to make distance towards our destination.  We are also trying to make as much distance as possible to the south and east in order to avoid the deepening low … Continue reading

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Sunday, November 4th

In the wee small hours of Sunday morning, Cutter Loose is motor sailing south along the Virginia – North Carolina coast in a light northwesterly breeze.  Our mission today is to cross the Gulf Stream at its narrowest point in … Continue reading

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Saturday, November 3rd – Caribbean 1500 Departure

  It has been nine days since we arrived in Hampton.  During this period we have endured Hurricane Sandy, prepared Cutter Loose for departure and interacted with other Caribbean 1500 participants through seminars and social gatherings.  All of our preparatory … Continue reading

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Friday, November 2nd

On our final full day of seminars, we learn about managing emergencies at sea, including a demonstration involving the deployment of a six-person life raft in the outdoor pool of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  We also learn about customs procedures … Continue reading

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Thursday, November 1st

Today is a day to attack what remains of the pre-departure checklist aboard Cutter Loose.  The chainplates are rebedded, jerry jugs containing the emergency fuel supply are secured and the lazarette locker is organized to withstand the inevitable heeling and motion at … Continue reading

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Wednesday, October 31st

  For the first time in four days, it is not raining.  The sun creates energy on the docks as the Caribbean 1500 sailors transition from hurricane preparation to voyage preparation.  Everybody is outdoors working on boat chores that were … Continue reading

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