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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilge Rat View Post
    Being an ex hussar (13th/18th Queen Mary’s Own) myself I can only say....WooHoo !!!
    Hussars really are cool !
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    Sorry to hear that Dobbs.

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    Good to hear you’re underway again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wentworth View Post
    Funny you mention it --on my trip I one of my purchases was a beautifully painted 15mm Napoleonic 10th (Prince of Wales Own) Hussars regiment-- the security personnel at Heathrow had quite a time looking at it and showing it around to their collegues!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilge Rat View Post
    Being an ex hussar (13th/18th Queen Mary’s Own) myself I can only say....WooHoo !!!

    Being an ex Green Jacket all I can say is Boo Hoo!

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    Tomorrow begins our 1000 mile voyage back to the top of the Chesapeake Bay. While in Titusville, Suzanne and I introduced a number of folks to SoG. The FLGS, the Infinite Mushroom, hosted a few games, and Titusville Marina was home to at least three.

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    Here we are out sailing this past weekend in 25+ knots. A thanks to our newfound sailing buddy, Chris, who took the picture from his boat Drakkar.
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    Best wishes for a safe journey home.

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    Good on you for flying the SoG flag in the south Dobbs, and Bon voyage on your return trip North.
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    Fair winds on your return voyage!

    I have a question for you - In the photo of you playing SoG in the 2/14 blog post there is a multi colored template shaped like a question mark next to one of the ships. What is that for? (Looks like it could be to determine wind angle?)


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    Fair winds on your return voyage!

    I have a question for you - In the photo of you playing SoG in the 2/14 blog post there is a multi colored template shaped like a question mark next to one of the ships. What is that for? (Looks like it could be to determine wind angle?)


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    What you spotted, Eric, is the template for movement for a solo play variant I'm experimenting with based on Richard Bradley's "Powder Monkey". I'm trying to make the solo ship more aware of the wind direction while still keeping the play fast and simple. I was really impressed with Richard's system. Hopefully he will look on my imitation as flattery. If I come up with something I feel is workable, I'll share it here.

    Suzanne was play testing, and quickly found a flaw... Well, maybe not a flaw, but room for improvement.
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    Sounds very interesting Dobbs.
    I will keep an eye out for your resulting magnum opus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
    What you spotted, Eric, is the template for movement for a solo play variant I'm experimenting with based on Richard Bradley's "Powder Monkey". I'm trying to make the solo ship more aware of the wind direction while still keeping the play fast and simple. I was really impressed with Richard's system. Hopefully he will look on my imitation as flattery. If I come up with something I feel is workable, I'll share it here.

    Suzanne was play testing, and quickly found a flaw... Well, maybe not a flaw, but room for improvement.
    Sounds interesting thanks!

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    Dobbs - I have been following the blog. I am sorry to read about the passing of Suzanne's mom. My condolences to you both. Take care on the drive back up.

    Sincerely

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    Dobbs - I have been following the blog. I am sorry to read about the passing of Suzanne's mom. My condolences to you both. Take care on the drive back up.

    Sincerely

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    I just saw this -- my heartfelt condolences on your loss
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    Dobbs please pass onto Suzanne my deepest sympathy on the death of her mother.
    My prayers will be with you both at this sad time.
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    I was saddened to hear that Suzanne had lost her mother. My condolences to you both. I will remember you both in my prayers.

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    Thank you, gentlemen, for your thoughts. They have been shared with Suzanne.

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    It is a wonderful thing Dobbs, that someone whom we have shared an adventure with over thousands of miles away on line, although we have never met in person can become like a part of ones extended family. I always feel that is one of the really good things about the web.
    God bless you both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    It is a wonderful thing Dobbs, that someone whom we have shared an adventure with over thousands of miles away on line, although we have never met in person can become like a part of ones extended family. I always feel that is one of the really good things about the web.
    I concur wholeheartedly.

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    Rob, today I tried to get you a ship's eye view of Fort Moultrie. It looked like it would be easy. We were running before a light breeze as we approached Fort Sumter. But as we passed Sumter, the wind backed sharply and ratcheted up 15 knots! Suzanne quickly shortened the jib and threw the 1st reef in the main. Meanwhile, a cargo ship was coming in off the ocean. We tacked to stay out of his way, then had to tack back to get behind him. A final tack put us back on course back into Charleston, but by now the waves were coming up. We got to see Fort Moultrie, but no pictures were taken. I have to say I like your interpretation better anyway.
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    Just showed Mrs Bligh your communication,
    I mentioned to her how bad I feel about my hobby, putting sailors out to feed my whims, when going about their lawful occasions upon the high seas thousands of miles away.
    What I am saying in essence is thanks for trying when you obviously had a lot to cope with on your own account.
    Have a safe voyage for the rest of your trip North.
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    As my birthday rushes toward me, I took the opportunity to order a variety of goodies from Langton and Brigade models. Hopefully, they shall be awaiting me when we arrive home in about 2 weeks. Currently we are waiting out a gale in Carolina Beach State Park, North Carolina, with less than 500 miles to go...

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    Three days to go Dobbs, and born the year I started work!
    That gives me something to celebrate also.
    I will put my bottle of Gin on ice.
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    A Belated Happy Birthday Dobbs!

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    Thanks, Eric! We have arrived at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Less than 200 miles to go. Hopefully we can have you over for some gaming and real sailing this Spring.

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    Congratulations on reaching home waters Dobbs. Your idea for a game or two appeals to me my friend. How I wish I could join you. Unfortunately as you may have noticed from my posts, apart from our trip to Prague, my summer will be fully occupied with builders, kitchen fitters, plumbers and decorators.

    For your last 20 miles Bon voyage to you both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
    Thanks, Eric! We have arrived at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Less than 200 miles to go. Hopefully we can have you over for some gaming and real sailing this Spring.

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    ...and the voyage comes to an end...roughly 2000 miles there and back.

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    Passing our community. 3 miles to go...

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    The Red Point that gives our community its name.

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    Well done that voyage is certainly an achievement. Congratulations on completing it successfully, there certainly were a few moments with the engine that will have made you grind your teeth a bit.
    I don't know much about your weather patterns, presumably the southern part of your voyage was done in winter to avoid the hurricane season, where does this start, is it around the Carolina's? If so presumably the northern part of your journey you suffer from the normal winter storms or is it different to that?
    Well done any way

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    Welcome Home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Well done that voyage is certainly an achievement. Congratulations on completing it successfully, there certainly were a few moments with the engine that will have made you grind your teeth a bit.
    I don't know much about your weather patterns, presumably the southern part of your voyage was done in winter to avoid the hurricane season, where does this start, is it around the Carolina's? If so presumably the northern part of your journey you suffer from the normal winter storms or is it different to that?
    Well done any way
    Thanks, John!

    Yes, there was a bit of teeth grinding. Out of the 6 or 7 times that we've headed south, this one might be the most challenging. Still, we met a lot of really nice people.

    Hurricane season ends at the beginning of November. It's actually more practical weatherwise to leave before it's over, and just keep an eye out. We were limited by our work schedule, and got caught up in the winter blasts. With the jetstream being more wobbly these days, we get warm days followed by really cold ones, and the wind goes from nothing to A Lot! This persists all of the way to Florida. I swear, it was easier 20 years ago, and I have more experience now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeRuyter View Post
    Welcome Home!
    Eric, we'll have to make it a point to raise a pint next time we get together for a game.

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    Congratulations to you both upon completing your voyage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
    I swear, it was easier 20 years ago, and I have more experience now!
    I think everything was easier then

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    Firstly many congratulations on your voyage Dobbs, but secondly thank you for sharing it with us. I have been following it avidly from the inception until last week when we left for Wings of Prague. It certainly helped to light up some of my winter days for sure, and the lows like the engine drama and your bereavement certainly put another sort of feeling to the entire journey.
    Thank you once more for this saga of the sea and glimpse into this corner of your life.
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