Arriving at Cape Canaveral, US Submarine.

US Navy Submarine we saw this morning coming in to Cape Canaveral.

US Navy Submarine we saw this morning coming in to Cape Canaveral.

Dec. 4th, 2008

When we arrived at Cape Canaveral we saw a US Navy Submarine. It followed us from the sea into the harbour. The radar beeped randomly, we did not know what it was. We thought we were going to hit a ship, until the VHF radio told us to stay 1,000 meters away from the military submarine coming in. Then we saw a coast guard boat with machine guns on it. But they were not going to shoot us.

Au jour’hui je suis arrive dans Cape Canaveral!  J’ai vu un sous-marin. Un sous-marin est un bateau qui va sous l’eau. Le sous-marin est prêt pour une bataille.

Thomas

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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3 Responses

  1. Greg & Lois Edwards says:

    Hi guys!! It’s just past 4:30 pm (Toronto time) and I’m posting to say this is a wonderful blog — and your trip is captivating our interest tremendously! I love your boat — I hadn’t seen it before I got your (business) card before you left, Ed, but even though I’m not a boat lover, I told Lois that it was one of the nicest looking boats I’d ever seen! I’ve just gone through the rest of your posts and was really interested to see how things have turned out. I don’t think I’d make a good sailor, but your adventure certainly makes one think they’d like to try! Keep posting pics as you go — they’re really terrific so far. Thanks very much for letting us ‘travel along with you’ by means of the blog — we’ll pray for safety and that your adventure is full of thrills and excitement (as well as some serious ‘lazy’ time! This brings a new meaning to Christmas this year — what are you going to do for “snow” once the 25th rolls around??

  2. Hi Ed, Roxane, Thomas, Alexander & Andrew
    our weather up here in the cold north is fridget to say the least, I know you’re all basking in 22+ degrees down south so enjoy…..
    Hey Ed, by any chance did you catch any of the Melges 32 racing at the The Lauderdale Yacht Club? PCYC’s Kate Mullin/Richard Clark were in the series that ended yesterday.
    Andrew don’t forget to call anytime on my 800 line number…..
    Have fun, Ian

  3. angela says:

    This is Lauren saying Hi to Alexander and Thomas. Are you having fun on your boat yet? Alexander what are you doing?Hi Thomas this is Emma,I read your blog and saw the picture of the US Navy submerine to!I think it is awsome.It’s been snowing here all day,but it’s not that cold.Well I have to choir now so bye until the next time.

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