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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Visions of Johanna Day 4

S/Y Visions of Johanna
Cuttyhunk Island

Hello everyone. All is well on board Visions of Johanna. We arrived late afternoon yesterday. Rest day today and plans for an overnight to Maine on Monday.

Just wanted to check in. All is well.

Bill and crew


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Visions of Johanna Day 4

S/Y Visions of Johanna
38 34N/72 25W North Atlantic
105 nm ESE of Atlantic City
COG 028 degrees mag/SOG 7.5 knots/motorsailing
Wind 12 knots SE

Hello everyone. All is well on board Visions of Johanna. Yesterday was a fine day of sailing and motorsailing, punctuated by the call of "fish on" twice. We landed an 18-20 pound yellowfin tuna and a similar sized mahi mahi. Nice way to spice up the voyage! Seas eased through the day and night and we motor sailed in light winds all night long. There does not seem to be a strong and dominating weather feature; we seem to be at the confluence of several weak lows with a weak high over the great lakes. Either way, it's a bit of a guessing game as we compare NOAA forecasts with GRIBS.

We are seeing SE winds at 12 knots now, and expect a brief period of NW later before it goes light to the north, and builds from the NE at our approach time Saturday morning.

Sashimi and sushi rolls commenced our evening repast. The crew was most impressed that all appurtenances were aboard, and I reminded them that we were an "experienced" cruising boat. It was a spectacular evening of sunset + sushi in the cockpit, followed by green salad and meatloaf. Once again, crew says "thank you, Johanna"! A fine evening followed with French chocolate and a slide show of our South Pacific cruise. Only 9,825 photos to go and they want more!

Crew seems happy enough...not too much muttering, and the tuna helped raise spirits, but I am a tad disturbed that Jack offered to have first taste of my foods yesterday. No kidding, he did. Should I be worried???

About 190 nm to go to Martha's Vineyard area. Next check in will be later tomorrow. All is well.

Bill and crew


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Visions of Johanna Day 3

S/Y Visions of Johanna
36 11.8N/73 50 North Atlantic
100 nm NNE of Cape Hattaras

Hello everyone. All is well on board Visions of Johanna. As predicted, wind built from astern last night and went to the SW. We ended up placing a 3rd reef in the mainsail before dinner, which was a good thing...as wind built to 25 - 32 knots through the night with large seas on the quarter. A bit of a bucking ride even with a staysail and reefed jib to balance the triple reef in the main. Every five minutes or so through late afternoon and the night, a large roller would come along and most impolitely, push our stern around, accompanied by a harsh bit of a rounding roll- but conditions changed abruptly at 0545 when the wind suddenly began to shift and then nearly died, before arising from the west at 13 - 15 knots. So, now we have the reacher out, a double reef mainsail, and seas have eased markedly. We are cruising gently along at 8-9 knots in moderate and diminishing seas, with the apparent wind just forward of the beam. It just doesn't get much better.

We will stay near the rhumbline but will follow our routing program and slide west early to set us up for a period of light northerlies and motor sailing sometime later today or tonight. Right now forecast is for NE winds when we approach Newport/Cap Cod so we might then slide east on approach to set us up for that - if it materializes.

We had a great lunch yesterday of andouille sausages and caramelized onions, and last night's dinner of Brunswick Stew (a Visions of Johanna staple offshore meal) was a perfect choice. It is a delicious one bowl meal that can be enjoyed even as one feels they are riding a bronco that was just stung by a bee. Thank you, Johanna!

Crew seems happy enough...not too much muttering, but I am a tad disturbed with my realization that our new Chef's knife and block set has disappeared, and is not in it's proper place. Hmmmm? In fact,the crew seems to be remarkably helpful, pitching in with all chores both above and below. But, I haven't issued the cotton swabs for cabin cleaning just yet...I feel the need to be cautious.

About 333 nm to go to our waypoint at the head of Vineyard Sound.Next check in will be tomorrow morning. All is well.

Bill and crew


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Visions of Johanna Day 2

S/Y Visions of Johanna
36 11.8N/73 50 North Atlantic
100 nm NNE of Cape Hattaras

Hello everyone. All is well on board Visions of Johanna. As predicted, wind built from astern last night and went to the SW. We ended up placing a 3rd reef in the mainsail before dinner, which was a good thing...as wind built to 25 - 32 knots through the night with large seas on the quarter. A bit of a bucking ride even with a staysail and reefed jib to balance the triple reef in the main. Every five minutes or so through late afternoon and the night, a large roller would come along and most impolitely, push our stern around, accompanied by a harsh bit of a rounding roll- but conditions changed abruptly at 0545 when the wind suddenly began to shift and then nearly died, before arising from the west at 13 - 15 knots. So, now we have the reacher out, a double reef mainsail, and seas have eased markedly. We are cruising gently along at 8-9 knots in moderate and diminishing seas, with the apparent wind just forward of the beam. It just doesn't get much better.

We will stay near the rhumbline but will follow our routing program and slide west early to set us up for a period of light northerlies and motor sailing sometime later today or tonight. Right now forecast is for NE winds when we approach Newport/Cap Cod so we might then slide east on approach to set us up for that - if it materializes.

We had a great lunch yesterday of andouille sausages and caramelized onions, and last night's dinner of Brunswick Stew (a Visions of Johanna staple offshore meal) was a perfect choice. It is a delicious one bowl meal that can be enjoyed even as one feels they are riding a bronco that was just stung by a bee. Thank you, Johanna!

Crew seems happy enough...not too much muttering, but I am a tad disturbed with my realization that our new Chef's knife and block set has disappeared, and is not in it's proper place. Hmmmm? In fact,the crew seems to be remarkably helpful, pitching in with all chores both above and below. But, I haven't issued the cotton swabs for cabin cleaning just yet...I feel the need to be cautious.

About 333 nm to go to our waypoint at the head of VIneyard Sound.Next check in will be tomorrow morning. All is well.

Bill and crew


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Visions of Johanna Day 2

S/Y Visions of Johanna
33 18.4N/76 26 .9W North Atlantic
122 nm south of Hatteras
90 nm ESE of Wilmington, NC

Good morning, everyone. All is well on board Visions of Johanna. The night was uneventful as we motor-sailed through winds gradually building behind us. We are finally seeing 15 kn SW, but apparent remains 9 kn or less and sails will not stay full.

Our routing takes us to the Gulf Stream at 33 40N/75 20 W and we will do a gentle turn to the north around it. Gribs still suggest winds will be 20 Kn SW as we pass Hattaras, and that plus GS should make for some fast sailing. A discrepancy in Coamps and GFS gribs remain as Coamps has the SW wind lasting longer past Hattaras...we shall see.

It was Mexican night last night with chips and salsa, and Johanna's famous enchiladas for dinner. Excellent treat. The only thing missing was the Margarita but I call that something to look forward to.

Crew seems happy enough...not too much muttering, but I am sure that once in a while I see the sideways glance or the occasional whisper. I am trying to keep them well fed and happy, but, just in case, I have banned congregation of more than 2 people...just in case. Now, where did I put those marbles???
Sailing is good. Next check in will be tomorrow morning and we should be past Hattaras by then. Have a great day. We are!
Bill and crew


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hello All; Visions of Johanna and awesome crew of Jack Gorelnick, Tony Coy, and Brenda Renick have departed Charleston and conditions are fine. Light winds today will pick up from the SW tonight and we might round Hatteras late Wednesday, or early Thursday morning with a moderate westerly.
Wraps for lunch today. Will vote on dinner later.
Hopefully, next check-in will be tomorrow morning,
Good sailing,

Bill and crew


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgivacha from Visions of Johanna;

We are tied up at Gulf Harbour Marina, after a 2 day sail down the coast, stopping in Bay of Islands and Tutukaka. We enjoyed a dueling chickens Thanksgiving dinner (Steve's first) with our AmeriKiwi friends Ralph and Sharon from Kastaway.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday




Warmest regards from Visions of Johanna