Itching for the Sea

023Sometimes you sit on shore and ask yourself, “How long has it been since I went sailing?”  You don’t count the brief sea-trips you took on someone else’s agenda, you are thinking back to when you lived aboard your own boat.  Memories return as you ponder your photo gallery.

Now you are day-dreaming about what you need to do to get your boat sea-worthy and then wonder where you should go.  Shakedown cruise to Cuba? Nova Scotia? I know – Florida to Portugal, then to Rio de Janiero, Brasil in order to anchor in their cesspool and enjoy the big party during the 2016 Olympics.  Yeah, we should do that.  Now, for that list of chores to get the boat ready…

Whew, is it fun to re-step a mast with a too-small boom and rising tide!

Whew, is it fun to re-step a mast with a too-small boom and rising tide!

Sailing Memories

Caribbean boys clamor to come aboard

Caribbean boys clamor to come aboard

Stormy seas with north Spain in background

Stormy seas with north Spain in background

Passports

Big view of Burgeo, Newfoundland

Big view of Burgeo, Newfoundland

View from top of DAGNY's mast, Powder Hole, Bermuda

View from top of DAGNY’s mast, Powder Hole, Bermuda

Yacht Club Race Day

No they are not being swamped - these fishermen are just hiding behind the waves

No they are not being swamped – these fishermen are just hiding behind the waves

At sea one must find things to amuse oneself - Make a boat from a tin can!

At sea one must find things to amuse oneself – Make a boat from a tin can!

Fjord

Cudillero, Spain - Must motor to make this harbour!

Cudillero, Spain – Must motor to make this harbour!

DAGNY layout drawing 329

steering between islands on one small jib

steering between islands on one small jib

view from top big bumpkin Galley Boating in Iceland

It's a ring photo - We bought matching gold bands and married in 2009

It’s a ring photo – We bought matching gold bands and married in 2009

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Dagny Rocks, a memoir from a lifetime at sea

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Rhea grows up in the hippie days of the 70’s aboard a hand-built, ocean-voyaging tugboat, home-schooled with her siblings while her parents tow nuclear-reactors and molasses barges. Later she joins Icelander Petur on his 72 foot sailing ketch, Dagny, as they voyage for eight years from Newfoundland to Poland to Venezuela and back. “Nobody has more sea-time than Rhea!”

With an ever-changing crew, Dagny voyages nearly non-stop happily surviving mechanical failures, ripped sails, a keel conversion, irate port captains, multiple mast-removals, and two Newfoundland winters. Petur and Rhea try land life again, before motor-sailing to Greenland and Iceland on a 44 foot Moody delivery.  Adventures continue when Dagny is put back together and sets off for points south. As they re-visit ports from Rhea’s childhood, she flashes back to the days of growing up on a tugboat.

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https://smashwords.com/books/view/385629  –  After you sign up,  if you send me a request for a code, I’ll give you one and you can get a free copy!   On some devices, you have to open your downloads and send it to your e-reader library (i.e. Kindle)

http://www.flipkart.com/search?q=Dagny+Rocks&as=off&as-show=off&otracker=start  The book costs 194 Rupees at Flipcart, my Indian friends!

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Amazon won’t accept it until I sell 500 copies (unless I pay them and give them exclusive rights).  However, if you have the Kindle app, you can sign into Smashwords.com and store it into your Kindle library (I did – I like Kindle books).

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