Last season we successfully sailed from the Bras D’Or lake in Breton Island, Nova Scotia to Baltimore, Maryland. Had a planned Grateful Red repaint by the Hinckley Boat yard and had an unplanned install of a rebuilt Volvo engine due to the demise of our original engine.The engine rebuild install completed just in time for hurricane Dorian, first Maine hurricane parties in 20 years.Lars and I had a fun time!Packers beat the Bears!
We shipped the Grateful Red to Holland on a container ship, ship date was first two weeks of October, actual ship day was October 25 Kristine’s 65th birthday.Quite a novel birthday gift.I have learned the term port rotation – a multi beverage discussion.With overnight help by previous foredeck Scottie, the Grateful Red was motored 150 miles overnight in the November North Sea to Amsterdam City Marina where Clarissa – Grateful Red Dutch crew – had booked a slip until the end of May.Life was good – boat safely in a terrific Amsterdam central city small marine ready for the 2020 sailing season.
Kristine and I returned to Amsterdam March first – life was still good … then coronavirus lockdown.We declined to return to America, decided to stay in Amsterdam working/living on the Grateful Red during lockdown. Along with repairing/upgrading every Grateful Red issue we have undertaken to update and upgrade our Grateful Red website.Kristine contacted many of you for pics where we were missing.
The 2020 cruising plan – dates unknown:Plan is to leave for England end of May – London/South England, West Ireland, Hebrides islands, Scotland/Caledonia Canal, Shetland Islands and end the season September in Norway.
The Cub/Cardinal June baseball game in London – cancelled.I had tickets.
Cork300 regatta in July cancelled.I had registered with crew.
The BIG news Richie and Liza are expecting their first child late August.Kristine and I will be in the US for the birth, I plan on returning to the Grateful Red in September to sail to Norway – looking for crew.