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Closing the Loop

Well here we are. Back in Oxford, MD. 4,327 nautical miles since we left last November. We had another uneventful rounding of Cape Hatteras, arriving in Norfolk in only 44 hours. We anchored the boat near Nancy’s sister Patty’s house and took the dinghy in to her dock. Probably the shortest commute we’ve had all

Bahamas and Beaufort

Our time in the Virgins finally had to come to an end so we set a course for the Bahamas. The first question was where to go? There are a jillion islands along the way so we put up the sails and headed to the first island that matched a good sail angle. Unfortunately, the

St. Croix Shark Week

So, here we are in St. Croix, USVI diving with sharks! What a couple of weeks we have had. The last time we met we were in Antigua awaiting the Classic Yacht Regatta. Wow! there were some beautiful classic boats: schooners, ketches, yawls and even a couple wishbone ketches, probably the finest rig yet imagined.

Two Words: Box Rum!

So, it has been a while!  What can I say?  We had bit of data accessibility problems most of the time we were in Guadeloupe, but we can also blame Demon Rum.  Seriously, there are so many rum distilleries in Guadeloupe that it flows like water and it is all at least 100 proof!  When

DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!

What a time we had in Deshaies. First we went to an amazing Botanical Garden outside of town with some great things.  I’ll let Nancy’s photos tell that story.  Then we took a big hike over the mountain with some hairy ascents and descents, (these aren’t American-type sanitized and stabilized paths) the views were spectacular

What Deshaies?*

Deshaies is pronounced Dee Hay.  Now, go back and try again. Well we finally escaped the allure of Antigua on Thursday and had a glorious 40nm (hand steering) sail down to Guadeloupe.  Ah France; the food, the wine, the indifference.  We’re in a horseshoe-shaped anchorage off the town of Deshaies, which is quite small and

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

So, I want to tell you about this little adventure that some (choose your own adjective) people do.  It’s called the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, and  every year people row little boats 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. For Fun.  Some years ago I thought I would like to do it but Nancy suggested