Jim Stark Blog

Offshore Sailing

Captain Bob Cook of Offshore Sailing, discovered on the internet, offered the experience I was looking for. Not only did Cook deliver sailboats around the world, but he offered a comprehensive course to crew members in offshore sailing–for which he charged a fee. Just a smattering of the instruction he offered included: trip planning, provisioning, […]

On the Road Again

The biggest challenge when traveling on a motorcycle is rain. It’s not the slippery conditions I dread, but visibility issues. I look out through six different lens’ surfaces; two sides of my trifocal eye glasses, two sides of my helmet visor, and both sides of my Goldwing’s windshield. When rain smears both those surfaces it’s […]

USS Cobbler

I arrived at Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, at 11:00 PM on a rainy, fog bound evening. Wandering along the waterfront past all those low black shapes, I searched for the USS Cobbler, a diesel-powered submarine. A sub! Yeah, our squadron’s primary mission was anti-submarine warfare. So why not see what it was like […]


As a kid I used to mow lawns, tend gardens, and whenever it snowed, made the rounds of the neighborhood with snow shovel over my shoulder, clearing sidewalks and driveways, earning a dollor or two for my efforts. I was motivated not by my parents, but just the independence of having spending money in my […]

Cirrus Crash

  The airplane crash, the day before Thanksgiving, 2023, near Shelbyville, In, killed a major local restaurant owner with businesses in several Indiana communities and his flight instructor. The owner had recently purchased the airplane, a Cirrus SR-22 Turbo aircraft in South Carolina, and had been making numerous instrument approaches and touch and go landings […]