We spent the entire month of June
in preparations. John’s surgery the last of May turned
out to be a bit more painful than he’d anticipated, but
he recovered just the same. A quick trip to Houston to
change domiciles, rewrite wills, etc. became a sort of
“mini-reunion”; both John’s brothers live in Houston,
and his sister, Madeleine, and her husband came down,
too. It was great to be all together, even for a short
Back in Connecticut, Joe Viviani
had completed the brightwork project, and Boy!
Seraphim shines like new.
John and Sharon spent the rest of
the month varnishing (Joe didn’t have time to do
everything), cleaning and stowing. We never thought we
could get so much stuff into Seraphim. But in it
We “officially” departed on June
30, just two days behind the schedule we’d set so many
months earlier. Down the Connecticut River, where we
saw two adult Bald Eagles in one stretch of river, and
out to Block Island for the night. The stars must have
been aligned, because we anchored right next to another
Shannon. Next day, we were off to Martha’s Vineyard. A
beautiful day, even if we did have to motor some of the
way. Just as we were entering Vineyard Haven to drop
anchor, we came across S.V. Sarasota, and snapped
Next day we made Stage Harbor in
Chatham on Cape Cod. Bernard and Judy met us there, and
we stayed through July 4th (we ran into
Laurie and Herb at the Independence Day Parade!). We
“dressed ship” for the Fourth, and Seraphim
looked wonderful. See for yourself.
The next few days we daysailed with
Bernard and Judy on their boat Royalist, complete
with a new set of tan-bark sails.
July 8 was foggy, but with clearing
in the forecast. We were off the mooring at 0830, and
left the fog behind as soon as we got into the Atlantic
proper. Just about dusk, as Sharon was settling down
for some rest before her Midnight-0400 watch, we came
across a pod of whales. The first “clue” was two whales
surfacing and blowing about 40 feet off the port beam.
That does get your attention, I can tell you! We saw
several others, but not as close, before darkness
settled in. We had a great overnight sail to Biddeford
Pool, ME. Sharon’s brother Timmy and his family were
vacationing there, and we practically pulled into their
back yard. (OK. Maybe a mile and a half away.) As it
turned out, three of her siblings were there at the same
time. Debbie and her husband Bob have a house in Cape
Porpoise, about 20 minutes away, and her older brother
Johnnie and his wife Katie were visiting for a few
days. Another “mini-reunion”. We stayed a few days,
then moved Seraphim up to Portland, to be closer
to John’s daughter, Kelly, and her family.
Now, some family matters cropped up
that required our attention. So we stayed in Portland
for a few more weeks than we’d originally planned. We
were ready to get going in late July, but then the
weather moved in. Those of you living in New England
will probably remember the rain and overcast; in Maine
it was mainly thick fog, and occasional showers and
thunderstorms. Not conducive to sightseeing! So we
stayed put. Fortunately, Kelly, Chip and Ian were close
by, so we spent quite a bit of time with them. Chip
deployed for a while, and by the time he returned, the
weather broke for a few days, and we decided to take
advantage of it. But first, we had to stay long enough
to attend Chip’s promotion ceremony at NAS Brunswick.
Lt. Commander Muir, now. Congratulations, Chip.
Fearing we could get caught in
another long-term weather pattern which would leave us
even farther east, we headed south, back to the comforts
of Cape Cod. The trip (154 miles) was uneventful, with
clear skies, calm seas, and no wind! But we motored
through the beautiful, flat sea, and made pretty good
time. About 0545 the second day, just off the eastern
shore of Cape Cod, Sharon saw another pod of humpback
whales. Ho, Hum.
We’ll poke around here for a while,
then head south for real sometime in mid-September. (By
the way, the weather has finally turned nice, so we
probably could have explored farther east in Maine, but
we’ll save that for next time.)
All is well. We are well.
Seraphim is functioning well, and we’re really
enjoying this live-aboard lifestyle.