john h hanzl (author)


AS GENTLE AS A YOUNG ELEPHANT… One of my fondest childhood characters growing up is that of Babar the Elephant, created by Jean de Brunhoff. I loved that trouble-making elephant in a green suit, loved his world, and the characters that populated his world. And I still love elephants today, including Babar, Celeste, wrinkly old Cornelius, and Arthur. So how could I be worried about a hurricane named Arthur? Day 20 – Stonington,… Read More

WHEN THE FOURTH BECOMES THE THIRD My mind is in a fog… Day 19 – Sag Harbor, NY to Stonington, CT, 28 miles, 2 blind hours Though to be honest, my mind is usually in a fog, so why should today be any different? Regardless, we made the dash from Sag Harbor to coastal Connecticut in order to find a good refuge for potential future weather. We’re tucked in good at Dodson Boatyard, behind two… Read More

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS A day of leisure… Day 18 – Sag Harbor, NY to Sag Harbor, NY, 0 miles (unless you count dinghy miles), 0 hours So – I opted to delay my post of Sag Harbor for a day because I wanted to relate my trials and tribulations with the mooring ball at Oyster Bay. But that’s behind us, we’re at a mooring in Sag Harbor in the Hamptons (fah… Read More

DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME Today was a long day. Which was surprising, as we just ran east along Long Island Sound. Simple – but not so. And yet, it was an awesome day! Day 17 – Oyster Bay, NY to Sag Harbor, NY, 76 miles. 4 hours 15 min Day 17. Let me just marvel on that for a moment. Wow. Amy and I have been on Sequel for twenty nights – living on this little… Read More

PLEASE HOLD… 1424… But first, the numbers (for two days): Day 15 – Cape May, NJ to Jersey City, NJ, 124 miles, 7.33 hours (including NYC touring time) Day 16 – Jersey City, NJ to Oyster Bay, NY, 34.7 miles. 2.5 hours (you’ll see why in a moment) Okay, 1424. Well, in the year 1424 King Wladislaus III of Poland was born. And, according to el Goog, Angel Number 1424 is a message from our angels that… Read More

BUT DON’T CALL HER SNOOKI Jersey Shore, there ain’t no denying it… First off, technically we are on Day 15 of the adventure. I tried to post last night, but per usual, we had no cell service and the WiFi was imaginary. So here I am, sitting on the settee in the helm deck, three miles out on the Atlantic – with, of course, full cell service. But more about today’s journey… Read More

AND ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY, WE RESTED Down day. How nice! Day 13 – Annapolis, MD to Annapolis, MD, 0.0 miles, 0 blissful hours We’re sitting on the bow at our mooring, drinking a glass of wine and watching the dazzling array of watercraft motor, steam, paddle, sail, everything – pass. Again. It’s fantastic. Amy’s reading up on the next leg of the trip (and the one beyond that), and obviously I’m working on the blog. The… Read More

I PRESENT – A QUOTE FROM OUR BROKER… (yawn) Day 12 – Deltaville, VA to Annapolis, MD, 90.5 miles, 6.5 (looong) hours This one is going to be short but sweet. As no doubt you already know, we left Deltaville late – around 11:00am – in order to find a better weather window for our 95 mile push north to Annapolis. Everything was looking good as we left the protected harbor of Deltaville… Read More

MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE MAGENTA LINE This one is a little late – for two reasons – the first is because we are always battling the loss of cellular service, and the second is because we were on the lookout for our friends on Sandpiper, who were also nourthbound in the Chesapeake, but were a few hours behind us. Day 11 – Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, NC to Deltaville, VA, 96 miles, 8 hours Leaving… Read More

STILL LIFE ON GLASS Today was a nice day – as in, no stress, no long runs, just a dismal swamp. I usually like to come up with a catchy title for each post, but I think I’ll just go with the name of the place we’re at… Day 10 – Newport, NC to Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, NC, 56 miles, 5 hours Yep – it was a nice causal day – after we… Read More