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Current Status as of Monday, January 24, 2011

Crew Information

Favorite Links

Contact Information

Current Projects

Biographical Information

Personal Interests

 

 

 

Current Status as of January 24, 2011:

We are anchored off the Peace & Plenty Hotel, George Town, Exuma, Bahamas. We are continuing to work our way south to the Dominican Republic before we return to Indiantown, Florida, USA. Then we plan a "road trip" to visit friends and relatives during the summer months of 2011.

 

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Crew Information

Captain

Art Howard

Co Captain

Jean Harris

Additional Crew

None at this time. We also have no pets on board except stowaway bugs!

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Favorite Links

*     Use shiptrak.org to locate Samana anywhere in the world.

Note: Use this site to find the location of Samana quickly. Just enter my amateur radio call sign KC0TPG in the Call Sign Field at the top of the page. My thanks to Gene Jurrens, s/v Sojourn, for this very good and fast link.

*     This is a good web site to find the location of Samana. Just enter my amateur radio call sign KC0TPG in the Call Sign field at the top of the page.

Note: This site loads slowly. The position report only works if Samana has reported a position in the last 10 days. If the last report is older than 10 days the call sign will be missing in the right side panel. Thanks to Gene Jurrens, s/v Sojourn, for reporting a broken link to this service.

*     International Boat Watch Network in case of an Emergency.

Note: Use this site to gather the information needed to contact Samana in case of an emergency

*     The Maritime Mobile Service Network on 14.300.00 MHz.

*     This is another Challenger Web Site: Challenger 35 Ketch Namotu

*     Winlink 2000 web site for Enhanced Digital Messaging for Amateur Radio

*     SailMail, the Email Service for Yachts

*      Tropical Prediction Center-National Hurricane Center

*      NOAA Tides and Currents -- Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System

*      How sails work on a sailboat  

*      Jimmy Cornell "Noonsite", the global site for cruising sailors  

*      Seven Seas Cruising Association  

*      Waterway Radio & Cruising Club  

*      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Travelers' Health Kit  

*      Point Weather Forecast for Lake City, MN

*     A Periodic Table of the Elements at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Note: This is just a fun site for those of you interested in chemistry and the elements.

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Contact Information

Mail address

Arthur L Howard 
S/V Samana
14538 480th Ave
Donnelly, MN 56235-1046
Jean Harris
S/V Samana
14538 480th Ave
Donnelly, MN 56235-1046

Note: If you wish to contact us by e-mail, you may write to Samana's ship radio call sign WDB7645 using the SailMail commercial site. Due to the proliferation of spam, our full e-mail address is not posted on this site. The web crawlers that spamers use would find the e-mail address and cause us problems.

Web address

Note: The link SailMail dot com with the @ sign before it using the above radio call sign will get e-mail to us. It will look something like this: "WDB7645" followed by the "@" sign, then followed by "sailmail" followed by the "dot" and then "com."

Phone

507.251.2524 (cell)

Please note that this only will work when near the mainland of the US. When offshore cell service is not available. If you need to contact us when offshore, please use the Sail Mail address. We obtain e-mail via the HS SSB radio onboard Samana.

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Current Projects

*      Research cruising the Dominican Republic and Jamaica for the 2011 winter and spring

 

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Biographical Information

Art

My birth date is January 19, 1941. This means I am not a baby boomer even though I am an active older person. I spent the year 1963 in Korea in the U.S. Army. After an honorable discharge in 1964, I worked almost 30 years for IBM (International Business Machines) servicing computer equipment, teaching customer engineers how to service computer equipment, designing service software, testing service packages, and when I left the business I was performing design reviews on service packages. After leaving IBM I took a 5 month cruise from Lake City, Minnesota to Key Largo, Florida and back with my wife and youngest daughter. I then enrolled in a two year college, Rochester Community and Technical college for three years before graduating with two associates' degrees, one in science and one in liberal arts. I then enrolled at the University of Minnesota - Winona and graduated December of 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Science - Teaching. I then taught Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science for five years at Pepin Area Schools, Pepin, Wisconsin. I completed a Master of Science in Education (Secondary Education) in the spring of 2007.

From 1993 to 1997 I sailed on Lake Pepin, a wide spot in the Upper Mississippi River, out of the Lake City Marina, Lake City, Minnesota. I sometimes left the dock for several days at a time and anchored at different spots on the lake. In the summer of 2006 Jean and I took my sail boat to Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a lengthy story, but I have now been through every lock on the Upper Mississippi River twice and most of them three times or more.

In the winter I taught down hill skiing at Mt. Frontenac until it closed. I then taught at the Coffee Mill Ski area. I also skied at Afton Alps, Andy's Tower Hills, Spirit Mountain, Lutsen, and other ski hills in Minnesota. Several seasons a group of us skied in Wisconsin and Michigan. The real special ski trips were to Colorado. All my children enjoyed the ski hills of Minnesota.

A quote from Mark Twain, "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." pretty much sums up my life.

I have live aboard my Challenger 35 Ketch, Samana, since August of 2004 when I moved her on the water from Tarpon Springs, Florida, to Lake City, Minnesota. Prepping for extended cruising started in 2004 with a scheduled completion in the fall of 2007. Please click on the Samana link to see a picture of the sailboat. 

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Personal Interests

Art

*      Sailing

*      Reading

*      Down hill skiing

*      Hiking

*      Fishing

*      Motorcycle riding  

Jean

*      Sailing

*      Reading

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Last revised: 24 January 2011  

© 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Arthur L. Howard