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Maryland Family Braves Frigid Atlantic Waters On Sailing Expedition

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:03
Well, while we're on the subject of outdoor sports, we're actually going to turn to an outdoor activity that isn't necessarily the first one that comes to mind when you're doing a show called Out in the Cold. It's sailing. And around these parts, sailing isn't really a big winter thing. But if you happen to be like Richard and Jessica Johnson of Oxford, Md., sailing is a year round endeavor. We first met the Johnsons a few months ago when they were getting ready for an around the world sailing adventure, from the Eastern Shore to New Zealand.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:31
Well, since then, the Johnsons set sail with a recorder and a microphone. They sent us this audio postcard from the chilly rough waters of the Atlantic ocean.

MS. JESSICA JOHNSON

00:00:47
Hi, this is Jessica Johnson, sitting on Elcie's aft deck. And we just rounded Cape Hatteras. We departed Oxford on Saturday with eight people on board and spent a couple days making our way down the Chesapeake.

MS. JESSICA JOHNSON

00:01:19
It's a challenging time of year to depart the Chesapeake and waiting for the right weather to go offshore. So that's one reason we're heading now into Beaufort, N.C.

MISS EMMA JOHNSON

00:01:39
I'm Emma. We're on Elcie in the mid Atlantic and we're about three days out. And I'm talking to Annie. She's our second mate on board and she's 22 years old. Annie, how do you like Elcie?

MS. ANNIE RAE

00:01:51
Oh, I love it so far. It's really different. I haven't sailed on a catamaran before, but I'm loving the experience so far. And it's a great crew. And it's beautiful out here today so not much complaints.

JOHNSON

00:02:07
We just departed Beaufort, N.C. and we're on our way to the Caribbean. The crew seems pretty excited. It's a beautiful sailing day. We've got about ten knots of northwesterly breeze, not a cloud in the sky, full sail, full main, full mizzen and our staysail flying. And it's a really nice day to get going offshore.

MR. RICHARD JOHNSON

00:02:40
Good morning. This is Richard on Elcie. If flying fish are the sign of getting to the tropics, I think you could say we made it this morning. Through the night the deck has been pelted with flying fish. We have three in the netting right now. That's the first night that we've had them. And a sure sign that we're into the warm and tropic water.

JOHNSON

00:03:15
It's about 4:00 a.m. and we're about 12 miles north of the Virgin Islands. And we can see the shadows of islands and the lights on shore. And we've taken down most of our sail. We're trying to slow down so we can arrive in daylight.

JOHNSON

00:03:37
So far the trip's been rather bumpy. From all signs in the weather it looks like it'll be smooth sailing ahead for at least three or four days. So onward.

SHEIR

00:03:55
That was Richard Johnson on board his catamaran, Elcie. We also heard from his wife, Jessica and daughter Emma, along with crewmember Annie Rae. Their story was produced by Tara Boyle. If you'd like to follow the Johnson's itinerary across the world head to our website, metroconnection.org.

SHEIR

00:04:23
Up next, out in the cold on the President's big day.

MR. MARK MICHAEL

00:04:27
Inauguration brings a pit into my stomach every four years. It's sort of like going into war on a ship, in a fog.

SHEIR

00:04:38
That and more is coming your way on "Metro Connection" on WAMU 88.5.
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