June 2018 – Friends, we made it to the hurricane-safe(r) waters of Bonaire! After weeks of motoring east into the wind (more on that below), it was a gratifying change to steer Contigo on a southwesterly course and get help – not hindrance – from the incessant easterly trade winds. We completed a 4-day / … Continue reading East on a Beat
April/May 2018 – Two days ago, we completed our 36-hour crossing of the infamous Mona Passage – that's more than famous – and motor-sailed along the South Coast of Puerto Rico, making use of the island's small night lee. We timed our arrival in Ponce for daybreak, but found ourselves at the harbor entrance a good hour … Continue reading Dominican Adventures
March 2018 – We made it to the DR, having made landfall last Saturday morning in the small protected harbor of Luperón on the northwest coast of the country, 45 nautical miles east of the border with Haiti. We opted to skip Turks and Caicos - which we'd visited by air several years back - … Continue reading Llegamos a la Republica Dominicana!
January 2018 – This year, we are thankful that our post-holiday blues are primarily (not exclusively... we'll get to that in a second) characterized by the beautiful waters around us: teal, cerulean, navy. In addition to their splendor, the shades of blue and green also help differentiate suitable sandy patches to drop anchor from treacherous … Continue reading “Hove-to” in Georgetown
December 2017 – We are cruising the Bahamas! After a (thankfully) uneventful crossing of the Gulf Stream from Lake Worth, Florida, we made landfall at Great Sale Cay in the Abacos on the third of December, and have been basking in island sun ever since. Six months into our sailing adventure, we were averaging less … Continue reading First Taste of the Islands
November 2017 – We continue to plug along Southbound at a blistering (walking) pace and have now made it to Ponte Vedra, Florida, where we are spending Thanksgiving weekend with Karl's cousin Alejandro, wife Vivi, and their three lovely kids, to whom Karl is godfather to the youngest, Massimo. In general, cooler and shorter days … Continue reading ICW Adventures
October 2017 – The year's busy hurricane season continues to be a planning factor, reminding us (to use an oft quoted trope) that cruisers’ plans are best written in sand... at low tide. We had intended an offshore run from Montauk to Cape May, but Jose's lurking about the Atlantic encouraged us to continue due … Continue reading Southbound!