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BCC PHALAROPE
New York, NY
I am the current steward of a sailboat.
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Some photos looking out the hatch, to show the ever changing anchorages and ports of call last summer: Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at BCC PHALAROPE
By profession I am a molecular biologist and biochemist, studying the malaria parasite. I am the second owner of a wooden Lyle Hess Bristol channel cutter, PHALAROPE, which is now up for sale, so that I can move from the coasts and back to my roots in the mountains of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Here on a cold, cold early March day in Belfast, Maine, I made another map (design stolen from Rockwell Kent) to show the voyage of PHALAROPE in summer of 2016. Shown is the track north. The track south was essentially the same. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at BCC PHALAROPE
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It is difficult to sail past Camden, Maine in the Penobscot bay without passing schooners: I think that this boat works as a water taxi for the islands around Islesboro in Penobscot bay. Here it is towing sailing shells like a mother duck and ducklings: Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Leaving Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at 0640 Friday morning: Passing the Cape Furcho lighthouse, an hour later: Looking out the hatch at the sunrise the next morning, just off Penobscot bay, Maine: It was nice broad reach sailing, jib plus main sail, and the self-steering wind vane holding spot on. At... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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I left Shelburne hoping to go straight offshore to Maine. But the wind and current around Cape Sable, the corner of Nova Scotia, slowed me way, way down and I decided to bail to Clark's Harbour. The next day, yesterday, I motorsailed to Yarmouth, on the southwest corner of Nova... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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We arrived in Shelburne day before yesterday, after a 12 hour motor from Brooklyn Yacht Club. Nice close-hauled sailing the last hour at sunset. The wind will be not favorable in the least to cross the Gulf of Maine, for the next 5 days, and so Tomoka is now on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Just south of Lunenburg is the La Havre river, and the famous floating dock of the La Havre Bakery. We are waiting here a day in hopes of better weather tomorrow. Yesterday was rousing 20 to 30 kt close-hauled, more than forecast. The front of the bakery building: Nice pilot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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After a couple lazy weeks in Halifax, varnishing, drinking beer, I met Tomoka at the airport arriving from Japan and we are heaed south to Maine. Below are four photos, two each from the past two daybreaks. The first two are from Rogue's Roost, an anchorage south of Halifax and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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I would like to move back West, to either Seattle or Montana, and this would mean sailing or shipping the sailboat to Seattle, or putting it up for sale. To explore the latter option I have submitted an ad to Wooden Boat online, and next month I will engage a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Back in Halifax, as of a few days ago. Waiting for wind to change, to head toward Lunenburg... Some photos of Bluenose II, which was tied to the town wharf in Canso: The Captain of the Bluenose II: Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Waiting for the wind and weather, to go through the canal out of Lake Bras d'Or. Boathouse on Maskells Harbour, near Baddeck. I think that it is owned by a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club: Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Edmond flew out on Friday, back to Montana. The trip to Labrador would not have been possible without him. Thank you VERY much! I lazed about Baddeck through the weekend, and am off in an hour or two, towards St. Peters. I will gunkhole, a night or two, on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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After an overnight sail across the Cabot Strait from Port aux Basque, Newfoundland, and a very nice sailing in 20 kt winds the last few hours in Lake Bras d'Or, we arrived in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, yesterday late afternoon. It is Regatta Week, and the town is busy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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We are at the southwest corner of Newfoundland, waiting for the wind to swing around for the crossing to Nova Scotia. Monday or Tuesday, probably. Bonne Bay, Newfoundland: Codroy: Port aux Basque lobster boat: Jigging for conners: Miniature Newfoundland on the wharf, a teacup Newfie about the size of a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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We are now in Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, after a nice overnight sail from Red Bay, Labrador (photos of which I posted before, on the way up the the coast). Fishing for cod and mackerel from the Red Bay town dock: Cod: Mackerel: Trying to get the hook out: Still life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Two nights ago we tied to the town wharf in Black Tickle. The town appears to be suffering greatly from a lack of jobs, and zero economy. Black Tickle in the sun: And fog: Black Tickle also appears to have a shortage of drinking water. A two barrel water trailer:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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We are back in Battle Harbour, after traveling continuously since leaving Hopedale last Sunday. The diesel engine is peachy keen. Red Bay tomorrow (?) Some photos of icebergs: Vein of blue: The icebergs are easy to avoid, it is the "growlers", the "bergy bits" that are the concern: Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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The diesel engine heat exchanger finally arrived yesterday, and we installed it A-OK. We are ready to head south, either today in yucky weather, or tomorrow (Sunday) in possibly better weather and wind. Alas, we didn't make it to the Torngat Mountains, the calendar now prohibits it (apologies to those... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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The Westerbeke diesel engine heat exchanger gave up the ghost about 50 miles north of Hopedale. We had to turn around and go back to Hopedale, and are now cooling our heels waiting for a new heat exchanger to arrive from the States (well, just the one, Massachusetts). This might... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Hopedale has a Moravian mission that is still in use and dates back to the 1700s, with buildings still standing dating to the early 1800s. The mission and detail photos (well, door knobs...): Coat rack: Scrap of wallpaper: The buildings were fabricated in Germany and shipped over by sailing ship.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Makkovic is the nicest town that we have visited thus far. It has good employment, multi-generational families, many kids and about 1:40 yard trampoline to citizen ratio, no drugs, no crime. Old and new houses: More photos of old houses: Firewood: Fish smokers, at first I thought that they were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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We are now in Cartwright, plugging away north. Tomorrow we head toward Hopedale. Two photos of Fox Harbour/St. Lewis: Sailing, and icebergs: The abandoned whaling station at Hawkes Harbour. It was established in the first of the 1900s, and burned down in 1959. At its peak it could process 15... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE
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Battle Harbour again: From the schooner era: The island is generator power, and many buildings in the museum were unlit: The schooners would be warped around using eyes bolted into the rocky shore: Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at BCC PHALAROPE