the past eleven years Mary and Denis Umstot have put 48,000 nautical
miles under the keel of TEKA III. Many articles about their travels
were published by Passagemaker Magazine,
from “Lure of the Bahamas,” to “Anxieties and Realities of Crossing
the Atlantic,” to transiting the Panama Canal, as a few examples.
Their Black Sea Rally adventure of 2004, with 36 other boats flying
flags of eleven countries, became an article in the Turkish nautical
magazine, Naviga, as well as Passagemaker.
Mary has written a book, Voyaging to the Mediterranean Under Power:
Imprints of Ports, People, Sunsets, and Storms, which includes those
stories and much, much more. Her writings reflect daily life on
a passagemaker, including all the planning and preparation required
to journey all those miles in safety and comfort.
their time at sea they experienced the ocean in its many moods—sometimes
benign, sometimes, boisterous; weathered gales on passage or at anchor,
solved problems from changing a fuel filter on the Gardner engine in
a rolly sea on a very dark night, to fixing a broken auto-pilot sensor
cable off the coast of Africa. Having the right tools and expertise
to match the challenge are mandatory for a successful trip.
They fully appreciated all the wonders of nature that came daily. Sunsets, sunrises, rainbows, stars, and wildlife were abundant along the way. And wrapping one’s tongue around different languages, even just to say “Hello,” was a special experience. Then there’s the exotic food and long history witnessed by ruins to walk through and explore.