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The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

I was seriously considering on heading down the ICW again during the fall of 2014, but my loving spouse of more than a half-century said if I did I would be making the trip as a single man - not just single handed. Now, I must say that was a tempting offer, but I thought I shouldn't tempt fate.

One of the things a person quickly learns on a single-handed voyage is there usually isn't a lot of time to shoot photos, especially when the weather gets a bit nasty and you're at the helm for hours on end. Often, there's barely enough time to eat or take care of nature's necessities, let alone shoot photos.

Fortunately, I had company on the way home, which made the trip a lot more enjoyable, at least when we were not ready to kill each other, or throw the other person overboard. Yes, those things can happen on a month-long voyage - even with the best of friends. Consequently, when we finally got home on that cold, windy April 1st afternoon, we were both very happy to be greeted by our spouses and some friends upon our arrival at the dock.

The wind kicked up to about 40 and the temperature quickly fell into the lower 40s as a cold front passed through the region, but I was still able to sail beneath the Railroad Bridge at Havre de Grace.



The next challenge, after lowering the sails, was slowly motoring through tons of logs and other debris that just washed downriver from Conowingo Dam into the lower Susquehanna River where the marina is located.



Docking with a full-keel boat, strong cross wind and a debris filled slip is not much fun, but doable.





Once at the dock, the boat secured, and it was time to celebrate.





Now that fall is rapidly approaching the mid-Atlantic region, I'm yearning to go back to Marathon Key, Boot Key Harbor, and living that leisurely life aboard, drinking an ice cold beer and surrounded by that beautiful, turquoise colored water, sugar white sand, swaying palms and 80-degree temperatures. Makes me wonder - is divorce really all that bad?



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Re: The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

Can't help you with the divorced part but I do know that the coconut margaritas won't taste the same being up in Maryland during the winter months

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
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Re: The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

Thanks for reminding me of that. I have to mix up a new batch of my Melon Liquor, which I make from a concoction consisting of Cantaloupe juice, vodka, water and sugar - comes out fantastic.

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Re: The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

when I single-handed the ICW, ultimately reaching keys (Marathon)... I met up w/ a guy on a 44 Gulfstar and we rafted off and on for months on the way down.

we got to talking one night over beers, and dinner (he was a fantastic cook, italian)... and the conversation of our better halves came up.

he said he was given an ultimatum, '...either the boat goes, or you go...', he chose the boat, even though he really loves this woman. he told me that if it was meant to be she would eventually realize that the boat was part of his life dream, and she needed to realize that... he's divorced now.

i salute you (name withheld for his sake), and all those that stick by their dreams.

by the way... my gal is going with me again down-ward bound, and to the islands again!!! i'm very happy my gal shares the dream :-)
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Re: The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

The North wind doth blow poem

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.
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You all think you got mate problems on the icw. let me tell you about 'spring break up' in the Yukon. Most people think it's about the longer days and melting ice. Au contraire , mes amies . It's about changing partners after the too long cooped up winters. I came back to a small town once to visit. All my friends still there but every one had switched their main squeeze. Took a while to figure out who to hit on.
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Take the trip Gary then fly your better half down to spend a few weeks on board. She might just like it.
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Re: The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

Much as I loved reading your adventure.....your wife is a treasure. I was glad to meet her at the Rondevous. Feel fortunate you have the memories of doing once what many of us yearn to do once.

Going singlehanded was quite a feat and acomplishement.

You are in my "Sailing Hall of Fame" for that ( Drink Hall of Fame for the green coconut)

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Re: The ICW Single-handed (well almost) Part2

Awesome trip, Gary!
Some women are like barnacles, others are like anchors snagged on the rocks. Barnacles can be tolerated but snagged anchors just have to be cut off...
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