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Cruising Destinations

Our Caribbean Adventure, Part 8: Dominica, Our Favorite Island.

Our Caribbean Adventure, Part 8:  Dominica, Our Favorite Island. We enjoyed our stay in Les Saintes a great deal but after 5 days it was time to leave. I made a  trip ashore and a visit to the marina office (owners of the moorings in the harbor) for immigration check out.  The French system requires … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure, Part 7: Plans Change Again. Going South From Nevis to Les Saintes.

The government moorings at Nevis are in a nice location, about 2 miles from the town dock, off a beautiful beach, and a short walk to a high-end resort.  We enjoyed a two night stay at Nevis, comfortable in the lee of the friendly island and its mountain. The second day we had some entertainment.   … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure, Part 6: Sailing From Sint. Maarten to Antiqua, the Long Way Around

Sint. Maarten to Antiqua, The Long Way Around. For logistical reasons, we chose to leave the Island of St. Martin from the Dutch Port of Phillipsburg.  That was a mistake for a number of reasons (customs and immigration and the cost of the marina mainly) but we did enjoy our brief stay in the tourist … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure, Part 5: St. Martin and Anguilla

St. Martin and Anguilla.  After our bit of difficulty getting to St. Martin, and barely making it through the drawbridge at Simpson Bay on the last opening of the day, we were tired and ready to relax a bit.  We decided to go through the second bridge (a swing bridge that allowed transit past the … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure: Part 4. We Get to St. Martin.

Part 4 of our Caribbean Adventure.  Staying flexible, we got from the Virgin Islands to St Martin. Sailing is a weather dependent activity.  Always. In 2015, world-wide ocean weather was greatly influenced by El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean.  In the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, this meant a dearth of hurricanes and tropical … Continue reading »

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Time Travel on Orcas Island: Olga Village.

Our Annual Visit to Olga Village on Orcas Island.   We have been going to the tiny village of Olga on Orcas Island for over thirty years.  It has not changed much, and in many ways our annual visit is like taking a trip back in time to a more simple, safer, calmer era.  No … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure: Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D.

OUR CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE: CHANGING PLANS. Every sailor knows that when we go cruising, we don’t really have “plans”. Rather, we have “intentions” that we call plans. Boat repairs, weather, medical conditions, mechanical failures, and a host of other uncontrolled circumstances inevitably alter our firmest intentions.  In February 2015 we started our 3 month Caribbean cruise … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure: Part Two. Finding a Marina

Our Caribbean Adventure: Part 2. Finding a Marina. Sun Bay Marina, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.   Starting in December 2015 we docked our boat at Sun Bay Marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, after determining that it is probably the best marina in Puerto Rico and also one of the best in all the Caribbean.   But we … Continue reading »

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Our Caribbean Adventure: Part One.

Our Caribbean Adventure: Part One. In 2012 we decided to sell our 37′ Gozzard Cutter (Ravenclaw) and buy a larger boat in a warmer locale. After much research and consideration we settled on a French built ketch, an Amel. We decided on the 46′ Amel Maramu model built in the 1980’s. We searched for an … Continue reading »

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Meeting Nice Folks at Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island

One of the joys of cruising is meeting new people at the places we love to visit. This year during our annual San Juan Islands cruise we spent our final night at Spencer Spit State Park.  This Park is one of our perennial favorites.  We have been visiting and staying here for over 30 years … Continue reading »

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