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:

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Voyage South: The Boat is Great and We're About Ready

Here he is, me, himself, relaxing in the cockpit of the Alberg 30, Seawind. We're out on the end of Long Island, NY getting the boat and ourselves (my brother, John and I) ready for the sail from there to home--the Chesapeake Bay. Preparing for a voyage is all about details and we've been working at getting the truck offloaded and the stuff carried to the boat and onloaded and--worst job of all--stowed away in some reasonably neat and logical fashion (Now where the hell did I put the flashlight batteries? And the first aid kit? How about the tool box? It's crazy. I just had the damned thing in my hand).

But look here below and you'll see we're making progress. The dock is still loaded with gear, but the dodger and bimini are on, as are the sails. I finished schlepping the gear from the truck and John did a magnificent job wiring in the big, new GPS. At the moment I write this, he's standing here trying to sort out how you actually operate it. We'll keep the paper charts handy.

Plan now is to finish stowing/provisioning tomorrow, sea trials Wednesday, return rental truck Thursday, and get out of here in the afternoon (we can't leave on Friday--superstition prevents that. Not my superstition--my wife, Terry's and the superstition of thousands of old salts before her--the belief that it's bad luck to set off on a voyage on that particular day. I favor setting sail when the boat and crew are ready and the weather forecast supports at least a couple of days fair breezes. This Verizon wireless connection is slow but it seems to work. Watch this space.


  1. top picture reminds me of an "old salt" I once sailed with in Yugoslavia!!!! Looking forward to text & pics once you're underway!

  2. Bon voyage!!!! I hope that you have a safe and uneventful sail. Enjoy and check in to let us know how it's going!

  3. Thanks for the comments! We're rained in right now, with fog. Waiting it out.