Sunday, December 03, 2017

December 3rd, 2017, Isis, Rana, and Hans

Just a spur of the moment family and friends sail. A beautiful day on Sunday, Rana and Titus will sail the ship for me. I will only supervise and make sure all goes well. Titus tried to explore new ways to to Stiltsville. He is used to get there on Motor boats. We ventured on shallow water, but I realized we were in shallow water before actually running aground. We got lucky. Today also was the first time Titus actually docked RA . It went well. So we opened the champaign to celebrate  another great day at sea. Baby Falcon was having great time. He will be the next Captain of the RA .
Here is what Hans

wrote in the log:

"Dear Captain Asaad, thank you for having me on this chill cruise out around Biscayne Bay. Even though we did not get to Stiltsville and almost ran aground I hardly noticed any danger. The sea became an inviting place that I want to return to again very soon, best wishes, Hans Morgenstern

Saturday, December 02, 2017

December 1st, 2017, Ximena and Paul

Ximena wanted to surprise her new friend Paul by sharing a few hours on the water. She could not have picked a better day. The wind was 15-20 knots. We raised the  small Jib and the mizzen. My friend Ned was on board. Paul and Ximena enjoyed each others company on the forward deck. H

ere is what they wrote in the log:

" A spectacular afternoon, Planning the next voyage, Paul"

"Dear Captain Asaad, As usual thank you for such a wonderful time on the RA. You are exceptional!!
Hope to see you again soon, Ximena"

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November11th, 2017, my Family and my friends

My guest, Cathrine who is staying at my house from France wanted to go sailing. I invited Titus, Isis Falcon, my grand son, and my new friend Ali and my old friends Rana and Ned. It was very windy, like 20-25 knots. The stay sail was in the shop so we sailed with the mizzen and the reefed main. W

as an interesting sail plan, we did not break any speed records, but the ride was very comfortable and every body had a great time, especially baby Falcon, really showed amazing affinity and contentment for being on the water

Friday, November 10, 2017

October 24th, 2017, Felipe, Pre wedding Pictures

Felipe and his lovely bride wanted to have some romantic photos on RA on Biscayne Bay. He had the photographer, the videographer and the make up artist all lined up. The weather looked threatening, but Felipe did not want to reschedule.  i was lucky to Have Rana on board as a crew.
we too off under cloudy skies., They were able to have some photos in the Chanel. Half way in the Chanel, it started raining. Felipe, who is an air line pilot asked me to return back at the Marina, they

were able to have more pictures taken. Mission accomplished in spit of mother nature

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 22nd, 2017, Falcon's first Sale

It was a beautiful day, Titus wanted to take the boat out after having her remedied from Irma. It was the second sale after the storm, first sale after the new wind machine installed. Raul and Agnes came aboard. It was Agnes's first sail. So we had two first timers on board, i.e., two virgins, Agnes and Falcon. , Omnia and Rene and Lala came aboard, It was Rene first sail on RA.The wind was just perfect, we raised the Big Jib and the Mizzen and it was a wonderful first experience for the new sailors. Falcon had a big

 Here is what Agnes wrote in the log:

 "Thank you for an unforgettable first sail for Agnes. It felt like spending a day with family. Looking forward to the next sail."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 13th, 2017, Chris and Diana

It was Diana's birthday, chris wanted to surprise her. He lead her to the boat blind folded. but she knew where she was. She is familiar with the marina. The weather could not be better, I had Margie aboard as a crew. It was the first trip after Irma. Everything worked well except the wind vane and wind position indicator. So I had to use my extra senses. I joked withMargie. I told her Your hair is my wind indicator.. Here is what Chris wrote in the log:

"May the ocean continue to have great Captains like you who make unforgettable sunset memories possible for u land folks.Much appreciation and admiration, Chris ."

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 19th, 2017, Rana,Suzy,Amira and Jenny

Rana was expecting friends from Lebanon and Michigan to visit her that day, I was expecting Jenny to visit me from Costa Rica on the 18th. Amira had Rosie and her friend from Serbia here from New York'. Titus happen to be in town, so he decided to join us. I also invited Suzie the great Sky diver to come aboard.. what a wonderful group of friends and family . I let Rana and Titus Run the ship for me and I was only a passenger for the first time, with only supervisory capacity. they did a great job navigating the boat. It was really a great day to be out on the water with a great group of family and friends.  The timing was amazing, the storm clouds were all over us,  The secret powers of RA was keeping the rain away until we almost made it to the dock. We even managed to drop the sails before they got wet. At the dock dinner was served below deck to the distinguished guests with spinach pie, hommos, fava beans, falafel, tabbouli, olives, pita bread and Baba Ghannouge
They all had a great time including myself. Here is what they wrote in the log:

" It was a pleasure to spend the time with you and to know you. We had a great time, Thank you, Ahmool Farhat"

"It was a wonderful experience , so beautiful and relaxing. Thank you a bunch, Wadad Farhat"