An account of the wanderings of Perry, Captain of ALEXANDRA, a 31' Cape Dory cutter rigged sailboat.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
SEA Update 1: S/V ALEXANDRA Departing for sea
From 15FEB2010 Hello Team SEA! (or, Subscribers of Expedition Alexandra ;) A lot of people asked to be kept up to date on my travels, so I think the simplest way is this e-mail group. I'll add photos any time I get a chance. With a bit of luck and if there is fair weather and functioning equipment, S/V Alexandra sets out through the Jetties today on the falling morning tide. I've spent countless hours over the last 8 months preparing for this first leg of the voyage and finally the time has come. Alexandra is equipped with a high power wireless network antenna, which will pick up distant networks when we are at anchor near a city. It's no internet at sea, but it will allow me to give occasional updates from the comfort of my cabin. Setting sail with me as my first crew member is Brian, a new friend. Also joining us is my faithful companion for these past 5 years, the Ship's Dog; Lexi (yes, I know I own a boat, not a ship, but the title sounds cooler this way). We sail south for Florida with Fort Pierce as the proposed first stop, but being flexible is important in sailing, so I won't give any guarantees on destinations or arrival times. Fort Pierce averages a 75 degree high in February, so I'm looking forward to getting there as our first resting point. Farewell for now!
A Charleston, SC native, Perry graduated from The Citadel (The Military College of S.C.) in 2005. He spent 4.5 years as a Naval Officer operating out of Florida and Virginia. In 2007 aboard the USS Arleigh Burke he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent several weeks off the coast of Somalia conducting Anti-Piracy operations. 4 months before leaving the Navy he bought a 31' sailboat and began to prepare her for a great adventure; a sail from Virginia to South America and back by way of the Bahamian and Caribbean Islands. This blog picks up at the beginning of that journey. Perry is currently preparing to find a job, sell the boat, and make a move to Japan by summer 2011.