Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sailing to Brooklyn from Ireland

It is really amazing how many international sailboats come through Brooklyn. Earlier this year, Thomas Coville's maxi trimoran Sodeb'O was moored at Gateway Marina prior to its attempt to set a North Atlantic crossing record. And last year, we came across the crew of S/V Pasha, who came to Brooklyn in search of a laundromat.

I was fortunate enough to go sailing this weekend. With Baby Salt's arrival, it has been rather difficult squeezing in time for a sail (more on that to come). Following the sail, we saw the sailing vessel Safari of Howth, a Halberg Rassy 42, docked at Miramar Yacht Club. The ship, owed by Carmel & Ken Kavanagh, hailing from the Howth Yacht Club, was easily identified by its Irish flag flying from the stern. Safari of Howth left Ireland about two years ago and comes to Brooklyn by way of a long journey which included stops in the Caribbean, Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard. The boat will be in Brooklyn through the end of August, then will sail to the Chesapeake and Washington areas where they will stay until mid-October. Then its back to Ireland for Christmas.

The skipper, graciously invited us aboard, prior commitments kept us from accepting his offer. And while we didn't board the Safari of Howth, the skipper didn't leave us empty handed. We were each handed a beer prior to our departure.

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At Wednesday, September 10, 2008 8:39:00 PM, Blogger bonnie said...

I'm still bummed out that I didn't have my camera the day I paddled out to Gateway Marina. That wasn't actually my destination but the minute the marina came into sight, I just went "What the heck is THAT????".

Sodeb'o was an amazing sight even sitting at a dock with nobody on board. Looked like a Thoroughbred in a pasture full of Shetland ponies. I mean, it's not like the boats at that marina are all shaggy little things or anything (in fact I don't know if it's based there but there was a beautiful old schooner there that night). But with Sodeb'o in the same marina - well, everything else just looked kind of little & shaggy.

SailMag still has the feat down as being accomplished by "Thomas Coville and crew"!

At Monday, January 25, 2010 9:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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