Making friends in the middle of the Atlantic

Written by Jack van Ommen on March 21st, 2011

On Fat Tuesday Carl McKenzie and his lady friend Karin came up from Baltimore to see me in Chesapeake, Va.

For those of you who were following the “Lisa” mails from South Africa into the Chesapeake Bay in 2007, this story may ring familiar. It was a nearly windless day,the ocean was like a mill pond. June 13, 2007. I was on my way from Trinidad to Norfolk, Va.  It was at 31.27 N 73.40 W. For the very first time since I left in March 2005 I see a sail boat in the middle of the ocean. It turned out to be “Morning Star” on their way from Jacksonville, Fl. to Bermuda. We talked on the VHF radio and decided to come along side. Carl and his wife were on their way to the Med with a Swiss couple from Geneva. They brought gifts. “Lindt” chocolates!! We exchanged a bottle of Trinidian rum and e-mail addresses. Carl took the below pictures. Carl and Karin are planning to head into the Caribbean this winter and there is a good chance that we will meet up again, 4 years after this happenstance rendez vous.


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