Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thinking Out Loud: Who Will Sail With Me?

Here's the boat, here's the question: Who will sail with me? My friend and planned crew just had to back out for medical reasons and now I'm stuck. This lovely lady is up on the far coast of Long Island, NY and needs to come home to the Chesapeake, maybe a two week voyage.

Do it alone? Would have ten years ago, but now, at 62, I think not. I've got my own medical issues.

Other, more reasonable options?

Find someone else to crew. At this late date? Not easy. I've got someone for the Cape May-to-top-of-the-Chesapeake leg and I'm not worried about the sail down the Bay. It's the Long Island-to-Cape May leg that's the most difficult (East River through N.Y. City?).

Wait until June when I know my brother can help? That's the most reasonable option. Problem is weather. I wanted to get down the coast before the heat, doldrums, and thunderstorms of full summer set in. The Chesapeake Bay is very often dead water in June. Beside, I'm jacked to get this done and everything is ready.

Patience? Relax? It will happen? Stay home, drink green tea, and weed the lawn until something comes up? That's the other option. I hate that option.


  1. She looks beautiful. Welcome to the Alberg 30 organization! I wish I could make the trip, but I'm on the other side of life: 3 kids, my wife, work... I do make it a priority to take my A30, LinGin, out regularly to race here in Annapolis. It's my favorite thing to do!

    Wave when you sail by, and come join us for a race and a cruise someday when you're up-Bay.


    Tim Williams
    LinGin #244

  2. Thanks for the advice. Looks like my bro and I are going to bring her home in a couple of weeks. Trucking her was always an option, but much rather do the sail. We'll be cruising the Bay for many years to come (with luck). Hope to see you out there.