Holiday Anchovy Update!

Happy Holidays from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico!

Our Six Month Apartment Rental in San Antonio, SMA.

We hope this note finds you all well and ready to greet what we all hope will be a better 2021. Since our last update in Honduras, at the outbreak of the pandemic, we sailed Contigo back up to the U.S., making it as far north as Sorrento, Maine in August/September, before bringing her back to the Chesapeake Bay for winter storage. We spent time with Conner’s parents in Maryland as we were preparing Contigo for the offseason and then flew to Mexico, where we have eaten 12,451 tortillas since late October!

Last Days of Roatán

Before leaving Honduras in late May, we made the best of the local lockdown by spending time freediving just beyond the West End’s barrier reef. We were very lucky to have a couple of amazing freediving instructors (and human beings) aboard a neighboring catamaran called Nomad, through whom Conner received her Freediver certification and Karl learned some new skills like no-fins immersions.

10/10 Dive Spot & Company.
Gonna Make It…
No Fins: A Bit More Work, But Feels so Free!

Enroute to New England

We sailed Contigo up to Marion, Massachusetts in three legs, the first of which took us from Roatán to Key West. The second leg was a quick overnight around the Florida Keys and up to West Palm Beach, and the third was a Gulf Stream sleigh ride along the East Coast up to Massachusetts.

Final Hours of our 4-Day Crossing to Key West, Winds Light but on Contigo’s Nose.
Picture Above Taken at Dawn Roughly Where the Map has Our Position. We Were Sad to Give Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan a Pandemic-Driven Miss!

After spending a few days walking around Key West and marveling at the convenience of food and boat-part provisioning in the U.S. (it had been nearly three years since Contigo had been back to U.S. continental waters!), we pushed off for New England, completing the 1,000 nautical mile non-stop journey required to be full members of the Ocean Cruising Club: an organization with a lot of wonderful members whom we’ve met along the way.

A New England Summer

Below are a few pictures of time spent cruising New England’s waters. We had forgotten how beautiful (and sometimes cold!) the anchorages can be up there. We spent the majority of our time in Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket and Coastal Maine, places we don’t ever seem to tire of, even if the price of a couple cups of coffee would have likely fed us in Central America.

All Smiles Getting Reacquainted with the Convenience of a Launch Service.
Conner’s Conference Call Chaiwala.
Martha’s Vineyard with Old Friends (Including Fendi).
First Sight of Maine’s Coast, Fleeing Hurricane Isaias in Early August!
Port Clyde Lighthouse in Maine (AKA Forrest Gump’s Turnaround Point).
Little Cranberry Island, Maine.
Somes Sound Anchorage: Fjord-like Inlet Formed by Glacial Activity in Acadia National Park.
Cindy from SV Willow (Friends from Roatán Who Graciously Hosted Us in Sorrento!) Teaches Karl How to Crochet. Note the Stunning View Reflected off the Glass Above Us.
Flat Calm Mornings in Maine.
Recreating our Favorite Hike of 2017 in Isle au Haut.

Sailing South, Putting Contigo Away

We had planned on sailing from Maine back into the Chesapeake via the “outside route,” but the weather forecast lent itself to a run through the Long Island Sound, into New York City, and down the New Jersey shoreline. We spent the night in City Island just north of NYC and carefully made our way into town to enjoy some outdoor dining.

The Views of NYC from Aboard Never Get Old…
Our Old Gehry Apartment: We Miss You, Even If You Weren’t Much Larger than Our Boat.
Contigo Being Hauled Out for the Season in Pasadena, Maryland.
The Esworthy Clan Got Together to Celebrate Artie III and Jane’s Beautiful New Home.
A Quick Un-Masked Group Selfie with Karl’s Brother’s Family After a Delicious Lunch at Maximo Bistrot (CDMX)!

Happy Holidays, with lots of love,
Conner & Karl

6 thoughts on “Holiday Anchovy Update!

  1. Hi! Happy New Year. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I sold the 423 in Annapolis then went to San Diego to spend time with my daughter and grandson. I bought a Catalina 42 Mk2 and am now cruising south in Mexico. Currently at La Cruz in Banderas bay just north of Puerto Vallarta. I have open ended plans. West, south to Panama and the the western Carrib. Who knows? But while still fun, I keep going. Cheers. Jim Levitt

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  2. I enjoyed reading your adventures. Hope you start again soon. Un abrazo, John Pinto (un gran amigo de Jimmy y Vicky)

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