April 1, 2019

The Spirit of Ashley Hall set to sail? April Fool’s! She is still on land and will be heading to sea after April 13, come back and check then!

Pictured on the right is Ms. Blair with her daughters after they made the fun April Fool’s Day video.

April 2019 Progress

Here are the contents of the dry capsule - full of lots of mementos and treasures for the finders
This is Ms. Blair's Dad helping to seal up the hatch
She's ready! Here she is on the truck on the way to Florida to be delivered to the S/V Showtime

The crew of the S/V Showtime took the miniboat Spirit of Ashley Hall on board in Florida. They planned to launch her into the Gulf Stream, but…

April 16, 2019

While the Showtime sailed north, they had planned to drop the miniboat in the Gulf Stream, but gale force winds changed those plans real quick! Here was the forecast:

Cape Hatteras to Cape Fear to 100 NM Offshore.-
423 AM EDT Tue Apr 16 2019

…GALE FORCE WINDS POSSIBLE FRI NIGHT…

.TODAY…N to NE winds 15 to 25 kt, diminishing to less than 10 kt. Seas 5 to 9 ft.
.TONIGHT…W to SW winds 5 to 15 kt. Seas subsiding to 3 to 5 ft.
.WED…W to SW winds 10 to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
.WED NIGHT…SW winds 5 to 15 kt, becoming S. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
.THU…S winds 5 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
.THU NIGHT…S winds 15 to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft.
.FRI…S winds 20 to 30 kt. Seas 7 to 12 ft.
.FRI NIGHT…S winds increasing to 35 to 45 kt. Seas building to 12 to 20 ft.
.SAT…S to SW winds 30 to 40 kt, becoming SW 25 to 30 kt. Seas 10 to 17 ft.
.SAT NIGHT…SW winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 7 to 13 ft.

The crew sent us this note: “As you can see, gale force winds from the south are not conducive to a good start on a journey eastward.  Neither are 30’ waves.  These are very rare conditions, and pretty severe. In one way, we are lucky not to have tossed the little boat in front of this weather system. Also, the wind for now is blowing exactly the wrong way. They will go the right way Wednesday but then blow from the south, and then the storm.”