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Friday October 26, 0000-0700 hrs

Watch 2400 to 0200 hrs., Ed and John

Conditions continued as above.

01:10 hrs. John is at the helm and he observes sudden turn, with bow going up into the wind. With autopilot on standby, John attempts to gain control of steerage at wheel. No response to helm. Summons Capt. Ed for assistance. Capt. Ed attempts to re-gain steerage at helm with no success.

01:15hrs. All crew alerted to emergency situation and scramble to assist, life jackets donned.

01:25 hrs. After discovering that the rudder has fallen off of the vessel (both John and Ed…

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Thursday, October 25

These are the log entries made by the crew of the sailing vessel Epiphany in the hours leading up to the abandonment of the vessel.

Watch 1800-2000 (Atlantic Time) – Gary and Harry

Weather: Mostly cloudy, mid 70’s, wind easterly at 20 to 25 kts. Sea Conditions: close rollers at 10’ to 12’ with some at 15’ and breaking, coming from the east-northeast in a disturbed uneven pattern causing significant rolling with frequent yawing as bow went into the trough and stern was snapped to leeward in a violent manner, tossing gear and crew about. Quarters below were

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Rescue of the Crew of SV Epiphany

Here’s a (b)log of a sailing trip gone wrong. When asked if they’d attempt such a trip again, the participants said, “Only on a cruise ship.”

In October, a friend of mine at work, John, left for a 2-week sailing trip on a 42′ vessel, SV Epiphany. The plan was to sail from Salem, Ma., to Bermuda, and then on to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. We all thought John (and the rest of the crew) were out of their minds. In a brief fit of good sense, John had his will redone, but the rest was madness as…

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Pantry and Recycling Protocol

A signed copy of this document hung on our refrigerator for many years until I recycled it recently. In retrospect, it did not help one little bit. In fact, the only thing that did help was having Wells scrub the stinking cat food goo from the recycling bin one hot summer day…

Rules and Guidelines for Recycling and General Pantry Protocol


Red Recycling Bin in Pantry – Glass, Plastic (no type 3 or 6) and Cans, rinsed and relatively dry. Under no circumstances should the following items be placed in the bin: Un-rinsed, dirty, dripping, stinking…

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Cruising Under the Baltimore Bridges

Here’s a little mood video showing Celebrity’s Galaxy sailing under the bridges in Baltimore harbor. It’s a tight fit…

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