March 24, 2020

What strange times these are. Pandemics were the subject of movies, not something we expected to experience first hand and Corona used to be a beer with a lime. This is a first for all of us, we are in uncharted territory. Sailing around the past couple years we have realized just how connected we all are, people are so mobile, going from country to country, we are all entwined globally through work and travel, and now we are seeing the difficulty of trying to contain a virus in such a global community.

At first we were pretty removed in the Caribbean from what was happening back home and around the world, until we weren't. Suddenly there was talk of the virus and posters warning of it's spread started showing up, and then quickly it all esc...

March 10, 2020

I have been procrastinating, my camera has gone missing and with it all the photos we have taken since we returned to the Caribbean, lesson learned, always back up. So I find myself writing without the help of pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I am short on words to replace all those lost pictures. But I continue to write to keep the memories, afraid that they may fade over time if I don't write them down, also aware that they are morphing in my mind, excluding what I'd rather forget, making a new reality filled only with happy thoughts. And as I watch tourists embark from the ferries donning cameras I think maybe being camera-less is not such a bad thing, maybe we will blend in more, experiencing the days instead of attempt...

December 16, 2019

Seems just a short time ago that we were heading across the Atlantic for the first time on Spindrift, now we have headed back, closer to home. With experience of one ocean crossing under our belts we were feeling pretty confident and prepared. This was supposed to be the easy way to go, downhill all the way (sailors jargon for sailing downwind, usually a pretty comfortable point of sail) with the trade winds and currents pushing us along our way. So after completing two legs of this journey, starting in Gran Canaria with a crew change in Cape Verde, we sit back, rum punch in hand and ask, how did it go? We are still learning many of life's lessons while at sea, here are just a few:

When you ask, "What could go wrong?" the answer can be "a lo...

November 10, 2019

The Canary Islands have been a good transition, after the four day sail from Gibraltar we felt we were leaving the Mediterranean behind, but we still feel it's influence with the Spanish language and Mediterranean food, although there are fewer cobblestone streets, more goats in the hills and vast beaches with turquoise water so reminiscent of the Caribbean ahead.

The clock is ticking, days are counting down and time is running out on this side of the Atlantic. We can never say never, but chances are pretty good that we will not be back sailing these waters on our own boat, and that goes through our heads with each new port we reach and each picture we take. And still we work on finding the balance, to experience the places few go...

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Our Itinerary

December 2018 - Leave the boat in Salerno, Italy

March 2019 - Return to Salerno

Sail to - Greece

              Croatia

 

July 2019 - Start to work our way back west across Mediterranean

              Italy

              Balearic Islands

              Spain

              Portugal

September 2019 - return home for our daughter's wedding!

 

October 2019 - Arrive in the Canary Islands

November 2019 - Sail from Canary Islands to Cape Verde and on to St. Lucia

December 2019 - Arrive in St. Lucia in plenty of time for the holidays!

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