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Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

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Ode to Sidney. Wait. Never mind. Not yet.(1/14/18)

Note: This post has nothing to do with sailing, the great loop or with our year of travel. It is, instead, a post about Sid, our cat. Who is 18 years old and who we didn’t think was going to make it on the trip. He has been in slow decline for a year now, but he is still with us.  Mostly, we think, to spite us. He is after all a cat.

Continue reading “Ode to Sidney. Wait. Never mind. Not yet.(1/14/18)”

We lose our minds: Another night sail and Great Harbour Cay (1/12/18-1/13/18)

The day dawns and Lucky and I walk out onto the dock and watch sailboats head out early to get a start on their trip to the east. We take the short walk to the beach. He is off leash and alternating between eating rotten seafood and vomiting while I walk through the gorgeous blue water and white sand. Back to the boat for breakfast and Jan and I decide to change our plans. Continue reading “We lose our minds: Another night sail and Great Harbour Cay (1/12/18-1/13/18)”

A quick post about Bimini (and we will get to know this place) (1/11/18-1/12/18)

When last we left you, we were anchored outside of the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. We were waiting for the marina to open so we could pull in and start processing into our new home country for a couple of months. On the list of stuff to do were clear immigration, customs, get SIM cards for our cell phones and figure out what to do next. Continue reading “A quick post about Bimini (and we will get to know this place) (1/11/18-1/12/18)”

We find a unicorn: Crossing to the Bahamas (1/10/18-1/11/18)

We finally leave Marathon and make a 22 hour trip across the gulf stream to Bimini, Bahamas.

Start: Boot Key Mooring field, Marathon, FL, 0745
End: Blue Water Marina, Bimini, Bahamas, 0644
Total Distance: 125.1 nm
Time: 22:58
Average Speed: 5.4 kts Continue reading “We find a unicorn: Crossing to the Bahamas (1/10/18-1/11/18)”

Solar: Upping our connection to the sun.

While we wait for a weather window to move to the Bahamas, we take a minute to upgrade the solar system on our boat.   Continue reading “Solar: Upping our connection to the sun.”

Marco Island to Marathon: We sail! And find a secluded beach getaway (12/11/17-12/12/17)

This is a catch up post from earlier this month. Two days of travel in which we remember that we are actually a SAIL boat, head out and enjoy the wind and waves. Or at least enjoy the wind. And have one of the best sailing days on the trip. Continue reading “Marco Island to Marathon: We sail! And find a secluded beach getaway (12/11/17-12/12/17)”

Key West!! By Bus. And we love the bus! (12/23/17)

Day two of our attempt to make it to Key West, and, spoiler alert, we are successful. Continue reading “Key West!! By Bus. And we love the bus! (12/23/17)”

10% Chance for rain (12/27/17)

I’ve been brushing up on my meteorological skills over the past couple of days. “Burshing up” being secret code for getting any meteorological skills since up to this point I have had none. But what I have had is this phone with a ton of apps that tells me exactly what is going to happen weather-wise and it is always correct!

Well. Mostly.

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We get SO CLOSE to Key West! (12/22/17)

Our original plan was to visit Key West by boat. Leave our mooring ball, head 50ish miles towards the sunset until we get to Key West, stay a couple of days, tour the town, then head back to Marathon for Christmas.  But we looked at the weather and if we wanted to return, we would be bucking East winds with some waves. And that isn’t fun. And the Key West mooring field has a mile(ish) dinghy ride to get the dog to shore for his twice daily constitutional. Which is not something we wanted to necessarily do if we didn’t have to. We made the decision to get a car and drive to Key West! Not sexy…not adventurous, but it gets to the same end–that we get to see the sights of the famed place and the incredible sunset! Continue reading “We get SO CLOSE to Key West! (12/22/17)”

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