Month: April 2014

Dominican Republic | Swimming with Humpback Whales

Dominican Republic | Swimming with Humpback Whales

This trip will focus on capturing video and stills of the Humpback Whales and their calfs that converge on Silver Bank Reef in Dominican Republic.

Dominique and his Amazing Circus Cats

Dominique and his Amazing Circus Cats

If you walk a bit further South along the waterfront, you’ll soon come to the best show in Key West. At first, it is a bit unprepossessing – what is this grey-haired, scraggly man wearing outrageous cat socks doing with all those cages?

A Look Back: Cayman to Key West

A Look Back: Cayman to Key West

We are here in Key West! Our sail lasted only three days, a short passage. The storm helped push us along; in fact, we clocked out at an all time high of 13.3 knots! I have never had so much fun puking, and would do it all again in a heart beat (may try a different nausea medication though).

Cayman to Key West #2

Overall, this trip has been breathtaking and eye-opening. Experiencing the open ocean is something that I am extremely lucky to be able to witness. Most people will not realize the beauty of it.

Cayman to Key West #3

Unfortunately, sailing from the Cayman Islands to Key West, we spotted countless pieces of plastic and pollution both large and small. This trip helped me to realize the impact of improper waste-management and the importance of ocean conservation. I would love to embark in another voyage on Sea Dragon, perhaps as part of a marine biology research project, now that I have my first sailing experience under my belt. ūüôā

–¬†Alexandra Towner (15), April 11, 2014.

Cayman to Key West #1

 

A Thick Black Line Obscuring the Horizon

… A thick black line obscured the horizon, where just minutes before was nothing but grey overcast. We quickly rolled the yankee and got a first reef in the main before it hit, with horizontal rain and steady winds blowing 40-45 kts stinging our eyes.

Cayman to Key West Day #2

Cayman to Key West Day #2

The evening of Day 2 underway found us just off the coast of Cuba, hoping for a favorable windshift that would allow an easy turn east and a quick reach over the next few days to Key West.

Cayman to Key West

Cayman to Key West

On Sunday, we set sail from Grand Cayman! ¬†Weather was awesome, partly cloudy with a 17 knot breeze from the east; on a broad reach all day. ¬†Among the excitement was Shanley cleaning the poop deck three times. ¬†We gained a new visitor, “Rusty” the cormorant, and well, he decided to relieve himself on Shanley among other things while she was driving. ¬†As of night fall it looked like Rusty was bunking down for the night. ¬†We’ve had great meals so far including a tasty pasta¬†creation from Tom. ¬†Our youngest sailer, Alexandra (15) is really jumping into things, including lifting a 500 lb dingy all by herself.

–¬†Jonathan Towner

Alex lowering the dinghy