Last night Ben and I dropped anchor near Norfolk just as the sun was setting. We are sailing aboard a Caliber 35, delivering the boat to its new owner.
We anchored close enough to have protection from the tall buildings and yet still far away enough that the city lights appeared beautiful and natural. I was taken back in time. I looked around and saw that I was once again aboard Daphne and Ben was aboard Elizabeth anchored just a splash away. This is how we traveled three years ago. Banning was with Ben aboard Elizabeth during this leg, and I was with Dory (the ship’s cat) aboard Daphne. Here is where we anchored. Over there is where we went for a jog. The marina we passed a few miles ago was where we went to check out the other boats. And that tall building is where we visited Christine and swam in the rooftop swimming pool.
It was only a few years ago, but it seems much longer. At that time, I never suspected I would sell Daphne. And the eight day passage I had just finished felt like an accomplishment. But since then I’ve been on many passages and now I’m preparing to cross the ocean next month. It’s amazing to witness the progress that is made in such a short time. I wonder what’s in store for me next.
You can see the photos from the delivery on the One Simple Question Movie flickr page.
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2) Ben and I will be giving a presentation on Wednesday, November 14th at Maritime Gloucester. We will be talking about our journey last summer aboard Elizabeth, sailing north in search of an iceberg. With a cameraman aboard, the details were captured on film. The documentary verité style, called One Simple Question, is now in its final stages of editing. What we didn’t anticipate was that during our journey we would find a piece of the Petermann ice-island, which is the biggest Greenland iceberg of the last six decades! It has drawn the attention and concern of climate scientists internationally. Join us as we discuss the film, life aboard, and what it’s like to go searching for icebergs.