The Pleasures of Inconvenience July 27, 2000
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Posted: July 27, 2000
The Pleasures of Inconvenience
By Douglas Bernon
July 27, 2000
For a number of years I began seeing some of my psychoanalytic patients at 5:30 am, which elicited from friends predictable jokes about my sanity. On other mornings I was at the local YMCA at that same hour to work out. My handball partners and I met there three times a week at precisely noon and played for the better part of two hours. There was always so much I wanted to cram into a day.
For most of my professional life, I required a daily diary that broke time -- such a perfect verb and object combination -- into 15-minute ...... Read More

Questions for the Bernons July 2000
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Posted: July 20, 2000




Questions for the Bernons
By Bernadette & Douglas Bernon
From The Log of Ithaka, July, 2000

We just love reading about your cruising adventure as it unfolds. My husband and I are in the process of upgrading our Hylas 44 for a sabbatical cruise just like yours, and we're going through exactly the same emotional challenges as you describe. It's fun to compare notes with you every week. You guys are an inspiration to us, and we feel like we know you. What changes and upgrades do you plan to make to Ithaka,...... Read More

Hot Times, Summer in the City July 17, 2000
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Posted: July 17, 2000
Hot Times, Summer in the City
July 17, 2000
Newport, RI
Harbors just don’t get much more interesting than this. Douglas and I arrived back to Newport a few days ago from our cruise to the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket to find every dock buzzing. The international fleet of space-age sailboats was just finishing the single-handed race from Plymouth, England, to Newport, and the diminutive British sailor, Ellen MacArthur, only 23 years old, had just won the event by 12 hours on her 60-foot, Kingfisher. Right behind her were an array of fantastically designed mo...... Read More

On Buying and Selling Boats July 13, 2000
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Posted: July 13, 2000
On Buying and Selling Boats
July 13, 2000
Stonington, Connecticut
By Bernadette Bernon
Ithaka dropped anchor yesterday afternoon in the sleepy, colonial berg of Stonington, an unplanned but not unhappy detour on our two-week exploration of Long Island Sound. Engine problems have a way of modifying one’s plans, and Stonington has a breakwater and large anchoring field, the right combination for anchoring a big boat under sail.
The following morning, to his relief, Douglas managed the engine repairs, and we hailed Dodson’s Marina on the VHF, got a launch pick up and went ashore t...... Read More

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