Rescue of the Crew of SV Epiphany

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Rescue at Sea

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


GPS track

far as most of us were concerned. It was, after all, still hurricane season, and it’s a long way from Massachusetts to the Virgin Islands. This is what cruise ships are made for…

At work, we watched the boat’s progress on a website that used GPS to update its position every couple of hours. The crew made it to Bermuda in about 4 days. After a few days R&R, they departed for St. Thomas. I went in to work one morning and found this image on the tracking site.

It seemed a safe assumption that something had gone wrong, but it would be many days before we found out just what happened…

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 cat food cans or beer containers; junk mail or paper; cardboard.

Box marked “Magazines Only” in Pantry – Magazines only (includes catalogs)

Large Paper Bag in Dining Room – All junk mail and scrap paper. No trash.

Red Recycling Bin on Sun Porch – Newspapers, stacked somewhat neatly.


There are 3 bags on the floor in the pantry. One is for handled shopping bags, one is for non-handled paper bags, and the last is for gift bags. If you have a bag that will not fit into one of these, throw it away! Do not put plastic bags in here (there is a plastic bag holder on the back of the bathroom door). Do not just throw stuff randomly in the direction of the floor! Please observe the general organizational themes and maintain them. Please do not feed the mice – avoid spilling pet food in the pantry.





Winter Carnival 2009, Tamworth, NH

Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.
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