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Re: Headed North...

Gary, have you ever posted the proper and authentic ingredients and sequence of producing your Blue Coconut Margareta? Myrna and I would like to have the real deal when we toast your adventures tonight. We also wish to add it to our on-board essential cruising information.
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Gary, have you ever posted the proper and authentic ingredients and sequence of producing your Blue Coconut Margareta? Myrna and I would like to have the real deal when we toast your adventures tonight. We also wish to add it to our on-board essential cruising information.
I think this is what you are looking for. I've been tempted too, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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I think this is what you are looking for. I've been tempted too, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Thanks Minnewaska, too late for last night, but not for this coming weekend. Did not remember seeing it here before.
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Re: Headed North...

Sorry I didn't have Internet access until now guys, but it appears you have already found the recipe for my Green Coconut Margaretta.

I'm currently in Coinjock, NC, spending the night at the Coinjock Marina and Restaurant. The food at the restaurant is pretty good, modest prices, lousy crab cakes, but I was really hungry when I arrived so I went for them.

The marina is top notch, full facility, and right on the ICW, which makes it very convenient. Just another day to Norfolk, then it's probably another four to five days to the top of the Chesapeake and Owens Marina at Perryville, MD.

In retrospect, I should have planned my trip's departure from home a few weeks earlier, and left Marathon a month later. But, as the saying goes "Hindsight is 20/20."

Had something interesting happen today. The aging Atomic-4 began running a bit hotter than normal and the oil pressure began to fall - not a good sign, especially when you're making your way up a winding, windy, narrow channel with no sailing option because the wind is right on your nose. I checked the raw-water strainer, it looked awful, so I had my sailing buddy stop in mid channel while I rapidly removed the strainer, washed it out and put it back in place - all in less than 30 seconds. The strainer was filled with sea grass, and a half-dozen inch-long shrimp. Two of the shrimp were still alive.

When I got to the marina, I did a quick oil change, the engine needed it anyhow, the temperature is back to normal, as is the oil pressure. My wife says maybe I'll be back to normal one day, and maybe I need to get the junk and shrimp out of my system and have my oil changed.

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Re: Headed North...

if the temps had gotten hotter.. you might have had steamed shrimp for dinner.. to go with that steamed engine.

Glad you made it ok so far. It won't be long now till you are land bound again
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Re: Headed North...

Well, we finally made it back to the Chesapeake's uppermost reaches at the mouth of the Susquehanna River. The last few days were really rough, incredibly high winds, 30 to 35 knots at times, pushing the bay's waves to well over 5 feet near Chesapeake Beach. By the time we reached the Chesapeake Bay Bridges at Sandy Point the wind completely died, a dense fog set in, and visibility was down to less than 1/4-mile. Made it into Fairlee Creek last night, a cold front blasted through, the fog lifted, sun came out and the winds kicked up again from the south, then went west.

By the time we reached Havre de Grace, MD the winds were woofing at 35 plus from the west, the boat was ripping along at 7.8 to 8.5 MPH and the temperature fell like a stone. It was a real bear getting the sails down, then docking the boat in the old slip, but by 1:30 p.m. the wives were there to greet us, and my good friend Peter arrived with a bottle of champagne to toast the event.

Overall, the past six months has been incredible. The trip down the ICW, and the return trip, realistically, is better suited for trawlers - not sailboats. More maneuverability, faster speeds, lots of creature comforts, and other than a few locations, you're running the engine about the same amount of time with either craft.

One of the greatest aspects of the trip was the wonderful people I met along the way, and the people of Marathon, Florida. As an entertainer I had fantastic fans, folks that loved my musical performances, and for the most part didn't want me to leave Marathon. Personally, I didn't really want to leave either.

I really wish my loving wife of more than a half-century could have accompanied me on the trip down and back, but physically, it would have been impossible. However, I fully intend to take her to Marathon next January and spend a couple months there. The difference will be, unfortunately, that we'll drive down, probably rent a house, and still have lots of fun. And yes, I'll most likely take my music gear with me on the trip, and I suspect you'll find me performing at a half-dozen locations in and around Marathon during the brief time we'll be there.

The one thing I discovered is that I'm getting old. At age 72 I made the trip, had a ball, and would love a repeat performance. Unfortunately, there comes a time when you look in the mirror and discover there's an old fart looking back at you.

I guess my sailing days are diminishing to some degree, but as long as I am physically able I will sail the nation's largest estuary - Chesapeake Bay. My plan is to spruce the boat up a bit before the Chesapeake Bay Sailnet Rendezvous in June, and with luck my wife will accompany me on that week-long sojourn down the bay. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I've been extremely fortunate in that I've met so many wonderful people from this forum over the past few years. I could never thank Melissa enough for her help in allowing me to bypass the Georgia segment of the ICW. She's a very talented and gracious lady who is right at the top of my list of incredible people.

Mario and Sherri, both of whom are highly skilled sailors, have been with me through much of the past six months. Not only is Mario is highly-skilled marine and automotive mechanic, he is just an all around nice guy. Sherri can handle a sailboat with the best of them, plus she's a drop-dead gorgeous lady who can really whoop-up on the guys on the softball field.

Sandy and Roger, who also caravaned down the ICW with me, are on constant touch, they traveled from Cleveland to Fort Myers, and are living the life that many, many forum members wish they could mimic.

Captain Aaron, who also frequents this forum, came in for a short visit, and I sincerely wish I could have spent more time with him. I didn't get to meet his dad, but maybe the next trip we can get together. Aaron is incredibly knowledgeable, skippers a tug boat for a living, and is a live-aboard in Key West, FL.

The list of great people is essentially endless, and I sincerely apologize for not listing everyone I encountered. The list is such that it would consume most of the pages of a large book.

So, at this point, the voyage to the sunny shores of Marathon, Florida and back ends. It was a 6-month journey that I'll never forget as long as I have a functional mind. My only regret is not doing this at a much younger age, and I encourage everyone that is remotely considering such a voyage to do so while you still have the strength and health that youth often provides.

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who has commented on this forum over these many months. I tried to respond to everyone's posts when I could, and with luck I'll be meeting up with some of you in the not too distant future.

Cheers,

Gary
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Re: Headed North...

Congrats on the successful round trip. It was a real inspiration to follow.

One thing is for sure. The earth will continue to orbit the sun and allow for another shot at it. Hope you'll take it.
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Re: Headed North...

Gary,

Congrats! Congrats! Congratulations!
There and back again!

It is a hell of a trip, but you did it and did it on a schedule and I give you tons of credit especially getting it done this year of crazy weather. This spring is still missing, and I'm starting to think May might be the new March.

Give it some time to settle in, I don't think your sailing days are anywhere near done, just sailing to a schedule might be.

Looking forward to seeing you out on the water this season!

Congrats again, job well done!
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welcome home... glad you made it back safe and sound.
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Welcome back young man to your home.

Glad you have gotten back safe and sound.

Your 6 month adventure has been one of admiration from me and I enjoyed reading all your threads as well as those who you met down there.

You have a whole slew of stories for us now. And you have a real bed to slew in with your wife and a house to get reaquainted with.

Toast to you Gary////great adventure.

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