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Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

SV Serenity

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We are the Donnelly family, taking a year away from work and heading around the Great Loop in 2017-2018. We are on our PDQ36 sailing catamaran named "Serenity," which is a reference to the space ship, not 'peace of mind!' We are accompanied by our Dog, Lucky and maybe by our Cat Sid. Though we are holding out to see if Sid, who is 17 years old, makes it to our departure in May.

A letter to ‘Mark’: Our day sucked and worse. It stank. On to Georgetown (2/16/18)

Dearest Mark;
It is with great pleasure that we received your note on Wednesday. It sounds like you are doing well, working hard, and perhaps the poor weather and another onset of your seasonal affective disorder are causing you to be crankier than usual. Continue reading “A letter to ‘Mark’: Our day sucked and worse. It stank. On to Georgetown (2/16/18)”

Anchor alarm panic (at 1am) and solar problems (2/9/18, 2/12/18)

Two random topics from the Bahamas.

We take a break from bragging about the sunny skies, the white sand beaches, the blue water and warm temperatures to talk about two issues from this week.  The trip isn’t all rainbows and unicorns!! Continue reading “Anchor alarm panic (at 1am) and solar problems (2/9/18, 2/12/18)”

Go West, young man, Go West (A case for the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan on the Loop)

This has nothing to do with the Bahamas (where we are now). This is a catch up post from way back in the summer when we were on Lake Michigan.  I was reminded of  my home state when my brother sent me a text message that told me the temperature was sub zero.  I was glad that we are in the Bahamas where it is always 75 degrees, but remembered what a great time we had on the less travelled side of Lake Michigan.  Wisconsin.   Continue reading “Go West, young man, Go West (A case for the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan on the Loop)”

A perfect day (2/6/18)

We have had bad days, good days and great days. More bad at the beginning and then trending up. And as time went on we got some more good. Then mostly good with a sprinkling of great. Then predominantly great. Today was perfect. A gem. The reason we quit our jobs and left. A day that makes every other part of this journey worth it. It was great weather. It was the best sailing we have had EVER. It was the joy of being on the water, working together and moving along to whatever and wherever is next.

So how did this shake out? Continue reading “A perfect day (2/6/18)”

Oh Bahamas, where have you been our entire lives? Cambridge Cay (2/3/18-2/5/18)

I gotta say, this place is just about magic.

Yes. The wind blows incessantly. The waves slap against our boat and the current whips us around our anchor. And the salt water irritates the crack of my rear end. But oh my lord, this is gorgeous. Why have we not been here before now?

Better late than never. Continue reading “Oh Bahamas, where have you been our entire lives? Cambridge Cay (2/3/18-2/5/18)”

Sharks, children and other dangerous things. Warderick Wells (2/1/17-2/2/17)

Our time in Highbourne Cay has come to an end and it is time to continue our journey south. While we don’t know precisely where we will ultimately stop and turn back to the North to the US of A, today we plan on heading SSE about 30 miles to Warderick Wells. And stay in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea park for awhile to hike, snorkel and take in the sights. Continue reading “Sharks, children and other dangerous things. Warderick Wells (2/1/17-2/2/17)”

Another freaking weather front and we have a marina to ourselves: Highbourne Cay (1/23/18-1/31/18)

We talked earlier about our fascination with weather and its impact of our travels over the past two months. So when we saw that there was a huge weather front moving into our area bringing 30+ knot winds for three days we needed to find a place to hide out. We looked at our destination, Highbourne Cay and saw that they had a marina! Well. What better place to wait out weather than a marina! Continue reading “Another freaking weather front and we have a marina to ourselves: Highbourne Cay (1/23/18-1/31/18)”

Weather. We make a small mistake and sit. (1/29/18)

You may now that we are at Highbourne Cay Marina. Top of the Exumas. Waiting out some bad weather. We haven’t told you about this place yet, but wanted to give an update on where we are at and our plans. Continue reading “Weather. We make a small mistake and sit. (1/29/18)”

Great Harbour Cay (1/14/18-1/19/18)

When last we left you, we had arrived in Great Harbour Cay after sailing/motoring all night. We covered Sid and his night swimming incident. We covered my humiliation on the dinghy and explained the bruises and scars that Jan has over most her body from her interaction with the mangrove trees. But we didn’t talk about the place itself. So a quick recap. Continue reading “Great Harbour Cay (1/14/18-1/19/18)”

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