Third Atlantic Crossing

Written by Jack van Ommen on May 28th, 2021

While sailing from Cape Charles to Deltaville, the first days of May, for my Spring haul-out, the taste for a new adventure infected me once more. My plan was to continue north through the C&D Canal to spend the summer in the Nantucket Sound. You may remember that I had planned to take off on June 15th 2019 for a crossing to the Netherlands. This was sadly changed when my second oldest daughter, Rose Marie, passed away on June 2nd.

Now there is a happier reason: new life in the family. My oldest granddaughter, Corrine Spencer-Wheatly is expecting her first, a son, around July 15th.  I will return to Cape Charles Town Dock on Tuesday, slip C-10, to say farewell to all the wonderful friends I’ll be missing for a while and sign my books for the few who still did not have a chance to read them. I plan to attend the Wednesday service at Saint Charles of Borromeo church. I have asked father Michael Breslin to remember Rose Marie on the 2nd anniversary of her joining her new Eternal Home.

Weather permitting, I will depart on Thursday or Friday morning and sail directly to the Nantucket Sound. Most likely a stop at Green Port on Long Island, possibly Mystic Seaport, Ct. and Newport, R.I. Then Halifax and St. Johns.

You can track my progress at:

Now, if you see, my direction change, do not be surprised. God may have another (always better) plan, I have become accustomed to. Please, keep me in your prayers, we know it works. “Fleetwood” was blessed at the annual Blessing of the Fleet on April 30 by the Methodist and Baptist clerics in Cape Charles.







I plan to sail over the top of Northern Ireland into the Clyde River and have a tentative reservation at James Watt Dock in Greenock. Then up through the Caledonia Canal into the North Sea. If conditions permit, I’d like to make good on a long time promise to sail into the Deben River, North of Ipswitch, into Woodbridge where “Fleetwood” was created at the Whisstock Boat Yard (see my recent You Tube video) in 1979, 42 years ago, half my lifetime….

Once I am in Europe, within internet reach, I plan to get back to update this blog on a more regular basis.

With the world re-opening, I’d like to remind any interested parties that I’d be very much interested to give presentations of my adventures and to sell my books.



4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Clint Lemmon says:

    Another adventure! You are still my inspiration Jack. I wish you fair weather and a safe journey. I look forward to your updates. Be well my friend.

  2. Thank you, Clint. Miss you two.

  3. Amazing Jack new adventure, God protect and gives you all protection to do it 🙂

  4. Henk Jansen says:

    We wish you a safe and comfortable yourney to Europe and hope to see you somtime in Hoofddorp, our new residence!
    Best wishes from me and Jeannette