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Lots of boats come to Oriental, some tie up at the Town Dock for a night or two, others drop anchor in the harbor for a while. If you've spent any time on the water you know that every boat has a story. The Shipping News on TownDock.net brings you the stories of the boats that have visited recently.

Fiddler's Green
Shakedown Cruise: 9600 Miles From Oriental To The Falkland Islands
July 24, 2016
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“We plan to be home middle of October. I don’t know this boat; we might lose some time; we have limited fuel, but based on my experience, I think we will be at sea about a hundred days, a hundred miles a day. At Ascension, may have the crewman we are to pick up there get a ride out to us on a fishing boat, we may not even go into port.”

TownDock asked, “What happens after you return to the Falklands?”

“On August 15, between the Azores and the Ascensions, I will be 60. Allison will soon retire.” he says. Their cruising plan, a few years out, is to “sail in the Pacific and also circumnavigate the Americas.” He’d like to go through the Northwest Passage. If so, Fiddlers Green could show up in Oriental for visit

As for long hours alone in the open sea, he observes, “Even with all the instant messaging now, we find that even though people communicate more with their devices, they actually communicate less. People do not actually talk to one another. We are not like that.”

“And we are not,” he says, “vertical cruisers.”


On Friday morning, July 15, 6am, the dock lines were released at Whittaker Creek and Fiddlers Green began her journey.

A few minutes before departing Oriental, Andrez raised the Falklands flag.
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Friday, July 15, Cathy Brugett gazes at the vessel she and Drew Peretsky owned, Fiddlers Green, as it motors through Beaufort Inlet headed for the open Atlantic. (Drew Peretsky Photo)
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Shackleford Banks in the background, Andrez, Thomas, and Andy pass by the eastern tip of Fort Macon transitioning from motoring to sailing. (Drew Peretsky Photo)
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Fiddlers Green headed for blue water. (Drew Peretsky Photo)

You can follow the voyage of Fiddlers Green online – the InReach satellite communicator mentioned in this story sends a signal that can be tracked online:

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Posted Sunday July 24, 2016 by Melinda Penkava


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