Sailing Adventures

Panama City!

Shelter Bay Marina is a brief stopover for us. The marina is nice but it is in the middle of nowhere. It is a 30-40 minute bus ride to the closest grocery store in Colón. The marina is located on the old US Army base Ft. Sherman from pre 2000 when the USA controlled the […]

Categories: Caribbean, Panama, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, Side Trips

Goodbye San Blas

The canned ham is gone and the rains are here. We have absolutely loved our time in the San Blas Islands. The Kuna Yala region of Panama is a little slice of heaven on earth and every day was like a dream come true. The San Blas are exactly what we dreamed about when we […]

Categories: Caribbean, Panama, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

Passage to Panama

It’s my job to throw the dead fish off the deck in the mornings when we are underway. I do this each morning before they start to bake in the sun and stink up the place. They will also stain the deck if left stranded. We had nine dead fish on our second night out. […]

Categories: Caribbean, Panama, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

We made it to Colombia

Yea!!! We made it to Colombia. The passage was as expected. I would like to say it was boring but it turned out to be lively. Winds were forecasted at 20 knots most of the way but as usual the forecast was a little underestimated. We plan for this. For the most part, winds were […]

Categories: Caribbean, Colombia, Equipment, Maintenance, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

Oops  – Wrong Island

  We loved being at Îles des Saintes but all good things come to an end. We reluctantly departed setting sail for Curacao, some 450 nautical miles away across the Caribbean Sea. We estimated the trip to take about 3 days and nights. We departed on a Tuesday and expected to arrive Friday morning. Little […]

Categories: Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

Bubba Takes a Hit

For the past few days we have worked our way up the western side of Martinique. I wanted to stop in Les Anses-d’Arlet for a couple of days but it was just too crowded with boats. This time of year in the Caribbean there is a phenomenon called Christmas winds. From December to February, the […]

Categories: Caribbean, Dominica, Pre-sailing Preparation, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

Grenada – Our First Glimpse

Traveling from Îles des Saintes to Grenada was interesting. We saw a weather window where the trade winds slackened a little bit. In this same window the chance of rain was minimal. We only got rained on once. The wind however was really misbehaving. Winds were forecasted at 15 knots. Actual winds were closer to […]

Categories: Caribbean, Grenada, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog

PiZZA Pi

Do you love to hear great stories about how a business started? Then, I have a good one for you. A couple of my other favorites include Guy Laliberté , the founder of Cirque du Soleil, and how he was turned down by every bank he talked to for a loan he needed to expand his […]

Categories: Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, USVI

We’re in St Thomas, USVI

We arrived in St Thomas after a bit of a bumpy ride. Since we are still facing the east winds and are trying to travel directly into the wind we have to motor. A die-hard true sailor would sail and tack all the way. We are not sailing purest. We don’t mind motoring now and […]

Categories: Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, USVI

Passage from the Bahamas to Turks and Caicos Islands (Part Two)

Hanging out in Abraham’s Bay on Mayaguana, we killed time until the winds died down. Well actually, they died down yesterday but we are giving the sea a day to settle down a little bit from the 2 days of strong northeasterly breezes. And, it rained yesterday most of the day so we stayed put. […]

Categories: Caribbean, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, Turks and Caicos

Passage from the Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos Islands (Part One)

We have sailed south this year down the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas. These beautiful islands offer a glimpse of a time gone by. The local residents are happy and content with island life. Unlike the metropolitan areas of the USA and Europe, there is not very much to spend money on here on these […]

Categories: Bahamas, Caribbean, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, Turks and Caicos

U-Turns in the Ocean

You would think I would know better by now. When will I learn? I jinxed our trip just before leaving Key West. When Cindy and I were enjoying our last meal in Key West, an awesome burger at Fogarty’s on Durval Street, we thought this was going to be our last meal in the USA […]

Categories: Maintenance, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, USA

A Quick Stop in Key West

I have never met a person who has been banned from a restroom/shower facility before. Here is how the conversation went: Marina official: Next please Live-aboard boater lady: I need to get a new key for the bathroom (Weekly and monthly rate for use of facility which includes showers. Often purchased by boaters who are […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Adventures, USA

We Made It – Back in the USA

It took us 7 days of sailing to cover the 850 miles from the southern Bahamas to Tampa Bay. Our trip was uneventful. Uneventful is a very good thing. We really really like uneventful. We made one stop unplanned stop in Key West. When we started out, we knew the winds would be moderate. We […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Adventures

Top 10 Pictures of 2015

    Happy New Years from the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas!   Today we spent some time reflecting back on our adventures this year. Our journey so far took us from St. Petersburg Florida, up the east coast to the Chesapeake Bay and then down to the Bahamas this fall.  We sailed over 3,100 […]

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