Welcome to The Log of
the Second Sojourn,
a Chronicle of the Erickson's year long 2002 East Coast Sail
the ICW to the Bahamas
Our plan is to sail for one year from
early July 2002 to July 2003, First to Maine for the
summer, then down the Intra-Coastal Waterway to
Miami and then across to the Bahamas. It's only a short day sail
Bimini from Miami. All sailing plans are subject to the weather,
we'll play each leg by ear.
In mid 2000 we decided to do this. Our
1968 sailboat is basically suitable for such a trip and we had
many summer weeks in Maine. But living aboard is another story.
that worked OK for a few weeks would need to work perfectly for
This meant a new engine and a new roller furled jib. The rig
be checked out and upgraded a bit. Storage would need to be
And a lot of minor improvements.
The winter of 2000/2001 was committed to the engine project. The
antique Volvo MD2B was removed and a shiny Yanmar was
But this required many other systems to be upgraded: electrical,
controls, exhaust, prop, engine beds... For the details, see our
37 web page here.
winter of 2001/2002 was a galley upgrade and numerous other
Both winters we had the boat trucked to our side yard so it
close by and close to my basement workshop, tools, etc. I have
doing major projects at boatyards before, and the number of
to get something to fit properly is prohibitive.
I was not willing to leave the boat on land during the summer
these 2 winters. The short summer sailing season in New England
precious to me, and we wanted to test out the engine for a
before setting off on the trip. So the work was to be done two
winters and springs.
We launch on 7/3/02, move out of the
house and on to the boat on 7/8, and settle in for a few days on
mooring in Salem Harbor. We'll have a car in Marblehead for
to run errands. Then cast off, sail to Maine for the summer,
Mount Desert and maybe further.
Then turn around and sail south thru the
Cape Cod Canal on Labor day, and sail southern New England to
in September. We haven't sailed southern New England much
it's our back yard. Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Falmouth,
Island, Narragansett bay and long island sound, ending September
York City for a few days. Then to Sandy Hook to wait for weather
the sail down the coast of Jersey to Cape May.
Then up Delaware Bay to the C&D
canal and to the Chesapeake for the month of October. It is
be very nice sailing in October. There we plan to visit friends
the Allen's in
Annapolis and Ed's brother in Virginia. We want to visit
Baltimore, DC, and spend a bunch of time on the less settled
shore. By the end of the month we plan to enter the ICW at
Down the ICW thru North Carolina to
South Carolina. We plan to visit sister Annie in Charleston for
while. Then further to Savannah and to Jacksonville Florida. the
called "the ditch" as it is mostly a narrow canal. We'll
motor almost the whole way from Norfolk to Miami.
We'll sail the ICW, visiting friends as
we go: Amy and the kids, Rich and Mel near Orlando. Then Greg
cousins in Fort Lauderdale. South of Miami we'll wait in
weather to cross the Gulf Stream to Bimini.
We sail about 400 miles of the Bahamas
from north to south and back again.
May and June
We sail back up the ICW seeing some of
the things we missed on the way down, and back on our mooring by
On to the trip log.