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ColoWhaler posted 06-07-2011 07:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for ColoWhaler   Send Email to ColoWhaler  
The Only in America Team left Norfolk, VA to embark on the 1200 journey to Boston over the course of 31 days. Led by John Mirassou, author of "Only in America", the book about his first trip in 1984 through the entire ICW.

The flotilla leaving Norfolk consisted of three whalers:

John Mirassou, Marty Burke, two of the original three that made the last trip, and their teamates from California in a new 19 ft Dauntless powered by a 150 hp Mercury.

The Heins from Colorado in a 1984, 18 ft Outrage powered by a 150 hp Yamaha.

The Jordans from Mississippi in an 1963, 16 ft Whaler powered by a 90 hp Yamaha.

It's day three on the water and we have covered about 190 miles.

All three motors had a combined 25 hours before the trip. The question is: WILL THEY MAKE IT? I'll answer questions when we can at port.

Tom, Colo Whaler

ColoWhaler posted 06-09-2011 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for ColoWhaler  Send Email to ColoWhaler     
Made port in Washington DC a day early. The bell at Mt. Vernon was missing, they are trying to find it by our down river return.
The boats had no issues but had slight delay at Colonial Beach due to rocket or bomb testing that had the Potomac closed.
The Potomac was smooth but slightly cluttered with wood debris, but marked well.
We had a couple days in port in DC, rode segways to see the monuments. Got a great tour of the Capitol with guide from our Colo. Representative Mike Coffman. What a beautiful capital, we should all be proud!!!

It's worth the trip


ColoWhaler posted 06-12-2011 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for ColoWhaler  Send Email to ColoWhaler     
Well we made it to Coles Pt., Va. on Fri. 6/10.Potomac was pretty smooth but lots of wood,had to keep a close eye. we got some waterskiing inn at the upper end. At Coles point received great hospitality, a really fun restaurant, bar and dart tournament.
Saturday made it to Solomon,Md. over some tricky 4-5ft waves and rollers in the Chesapeake.
Got a great reception at Harbor Marina at Solomons and adjoining Holiday Inn.Just after securing boats had a great deluge for couple hours but all is well.I wonder how the camera and computers on Spirit 7 are doing this am?
I am referring to the live video cameras on the new 19 Montauk, you can follow and see webisodes on and it will transfer you to the OIA website.
Off to Annapolis,Md. this am to beat a storm.
ScooterCO posted 06-12-2011 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for ScooterCO  Send Email to ScooterCO     
Great reporting Tom. Keep the up dates coming.
The feed from spirt 1 is much better now. Sound included
DGZSailor posted 06-14-2011 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for DGZSailor  Send Email to DGZSailor     
Like Tom said, you can follow all the action on and be sure to check out some of the latest photos that are posted on the Facebook page. Let me first introduce myself. My name is Daniel Zick, I am 28 and from Annapolis, Maryland. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and spend lots of time with my wife Katherine and our 3 year old yellow lab Savannah on our 17’ Boston Whaler on the Magothy River.

I joined up with the guys at Tilghman Island on their way up to Annapolis from Solomons Sunday afternoon by boat. We just made it into port at the Annapolis Yacht Club right before the storm hit and had a nice dinner at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport where we all had a chance to catch up. The OIA crew is staying in Annapolis for three nights at the Marriott Waterfront.

The storm that had passed through Sunday night finally broke the heat wave here and the weather for the next several days looks promising.

Yesterday, some of the OIA crew went sightseeing around town and toured the U.S. Naval Academy. Later on, John and the guys gave a great seminar on long voyages in small boats at the West Marine store in Annapolis. In the evening, my wife and I along with the OIA crew went out to dinner at a pub called Sly Fox where they had trivia and half-price bottles of wine. Marty rocked the John Hughes films category. Unfortunately we did not win at trivia, but a good time was had by all.

Today, I believe the OIA crew has as interview with the local newspaper followed by a telecom with Microsoft this afternoon in front of the U.S. Naval Academy. As for the film crew, Greg and Matt will be interviewing my grandfather Elmer Zick about his life and perspective of how the Country has changed over the years. This evening, my wife and I will be joining some of the crew in waterskiing and wakeboarding. It has been a pleasure so far meeting all of the OIA crew and I look forward to joining them in the run up to Philadelphia.

The plan for tomorrow is to leave Annapolis sometime in the morning and head up the Chesapeake Bay to the Elk River and spend the night at my in-law's river house, just North of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Then, head out to Philadelphia through the C&D canal the following day.

ScooterCO posted 06-17-2011 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScooterCO  Send Email to ScooterCO     
Tom invited me along as he said he had room for me so I made a reservation on a plane, one way ticket! Sitting at the gate, typing this out.
Only In America!
Tom and I have never meet!
ScooterCO posted 06-19-2011 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for ScooterCO  Send Email to ScooterCO     
Arrived on friday and met everyone. We walked around Philly, saw the Liberty Bell and Chinatown.
We all then went to a Microsoft function and then dinner.
Got up on Saturday and ran the Delaware Bay from Philly down to Cape May NJ. A little 100 mile trek that left us all a little tired.
Having a blast and everyone is great. You all should be here!
Sixer posted 06-23-2011 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
Following these guys on their live GPS feed. They are on Barnegat Bay, just left Cedar Creek and are approaching the Toms River. If it weren't for all the T'storms around I'd take a run out to meet them, but the weather is going downhill. It was really bad yesterday, started around the same time.
Sixer posted 06-23-2011 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
If anyone has a way to communicate with these guys, tell them they missed their turn for the marina/motel. It is back toward the RT 37 bridge on the western shore. Private markers from the ICW west along the bridge. Name is Pier One marina and motel.
ColoWhaler posted 06-27-2011 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for ColoWhaler  Send Email to ColoWhaler     
Well just to update, we did make it to the upper end of the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis. On the way up got to rescue 4 little girls in a swamped canoe with no life jackets more than a mile from shore.
We stayed at the very beginning of the Chesapeake bay with Dan's family who showed great hospitality.
We then did the C and D canal across to the Delaware River. Where we then went 10-15 miles up river to Philadelphia.We were never out of sight of a power plant on the Delaware River the whole way. We never saw any smoke or pollution but always could see at least one plant.The power has to come from somewhere.
ColoWhaler posted 06-27-2011 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for ColoWhaler  Send Email to ColoWhaler     
We stayed at the marina where they took great care of us while we were at Philly.
Our next travel day the ColoWhaler and the '63 sixteen footer from Mississippi, known as Killswitch, made the 100 mile run down the Delaware Bay.When we pulled into Cape May the 16 had only a couple of gallons of fuel left. Fuel on the bay was problematic, 10 miles each way off the channel and we were racing the afternoon winds. We were again very lucky with great weather and relatively smooth water.( the outrage still had 39 gallons of fuel to finish the trip for the 16 if needed, and used less fuel for the trip also)
We then spent the next day in Cape May. What a beautiful small boardwalk beach town.Lots of boats, bicycles,beaches and wildlife preserves.
ColoWhaler posted 06-27-2011 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for ColoWhaler  Send Email to ColoWhaler     
The next day Spirit7 came down to Cape May,to observe a flag ceremony, to rejoin and lead the water migration again back up to Stone Harbor that evening, just a little after dusk.
Our migration then led us then to backtrack to Lewes, Del. Where we spent a couple of days and got a tour of the local brewery(fish head).
Then with a great send off by a couple of pods of some 25-50 dolphins. We began our outside run across Delaware Bay to Cape May inlet, to Stone Harbor inside and then on to Atlantic City.
The last few miles of the journey to Trump Casino and Marina our navigators got us into a" back door shortcut".The depth finder said .8 Ft a few times and only the prevailing winds powered us through. Spirit 7 had to disassemble the camera tower and all biminis came down to get under a couple of bridges??
Don't you love shortcuts, that take 3 times as long, that look good on the chart!
ColoWhaler posted 06-27-2011 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for ColoWhaler  Send Email to ColoWhaler     
After 2 hops to Belmar,NJ. we started out early Saturday the 25th of June leaving the New Jersey coast and enter New York harbor to see lady Liberty from a boat.
We went outside to the Atlantic and on the last channel buoy, like hundreds of other times this trip, we ran into a small Whaler. It was a couple of guys in a 170 Montauk off Sandy Hook point.
There is nothing more reassuring than to see another Boston Whaler. Their captains are always friendly, always helpful, and seem to be enjoying life on the water just like we have been. God bless the Boston Whaler family!
Next I'll try to describe and send pictures of the entry into New York harbor from the water in a Whaler.

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