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Getting ready for my big trip.

Just arrived to Jacksonville, Florida, Palm Cove Marina.

Just arrived to Jacksonville, Florida, Palm Cove Marina.

 

We just got to the boat in Florida, and can’t wait for lunch!

Thomas, Dec 2nd, 2008

Sailor Thomas.

Sailor Thomas.

I am taking a vacation to the Bahamas with my family. We will be on our sailboat for 6 weeks.  I am excited about swimming and having Christmas on the beach. My mom is packing all our clothes. We have to get up really early Tuesday to get on the plane. We will fly to Florida where our boat is. Then we will sail to the Bahamas. Come back and check my blog once in a while.

Thomas, Dec 1st, 2008

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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7 Responses

  1. Nicholas Falconi says:

    Hope you have a great time. I will miss you at school.
    Nicholas

  2. angela says:

    Hi Thomas I hope your trip is very good and have lots of fun in the sun while we are freezing ourselves here. I will let Emma know about your blog tocontact you.Aunty Angela

  3. Dear Thomas, I hope you packed your swimsuit
    because I think you are going to have some
    good swimming. I hope you have fun seeing all
    the reefs and beautiful fish. I will write
    often so you don’t get lonely. If you see a
    dolphin, could you please name one for me.
    Just to tell you, this Saturday I’m going to
    Mexico with my mom and dad. we all want to get
    away. When we see a boat sail by, I will get
    my binoculars out and look for you. Just
    kidding. I hope you had a good lunch as you
    stated in your blog. Feed some fish and happy
    sailing.
    Sincerely
    Jamie from PCYC

  4. Jamie Bassett says:

    Dear Thomas, glad you got my message. chicken
    fingers and fries sounds yummy. do you want me
    to reply to your emails from now on, or go to
    your blog each time? sorry you can’t swim yet
    but when you get to the Bahamas, you will flip.
    my mom’s told me all about it. maybe one day
    we can join you down there accept we will have
    a smaller boat than yours. oh well, who cares. w
    we can still race. sincerely Jamie

  5. April says:

    way to go Thomas, have a super Christmas in the sun, Sarah will be watching your Blog, make sure to bring back some sun 🙂

    Sarah’s Mom

  6. The Woodleys says:

    Wow Thomas we hope you have a great adventure and a safe trip!
    The Woodleys

  7. Zane Davis says:

    Hay Thomas! Hope you have a great trip! 🙂 😀

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