December 21, 2017

Since we had to have work done on the water maker we decided to also have the boat hauled out and the bottom stripped and painted while we were at it, which had the added benefit of giving us the opportunity to travel to see family and friends before the holidays, bonus!

There was not enough time on our visit to cover all that we have missed in the last three months, but my very wise sister has said "it's always better to leave wanting more", and we did. So after a few days in Florida with family and a quick trip to snowy Buffalo to see family and friends we headed back to Tortola. You would think that the 14 hours of travel would ease us back into the island life, but it was still a culture shock when we stepped off the plane. (seriously no...

December 5, 2017

There are few options for eating out while we're in the BVI's, but you know food is almost always on my mind so I couldn't go too much longer without sharing some thoughts.

Provisioning has been a challenge with few stores open. Get-togethers on board are always last minute invites to a potluck dinner. Coming up with something to bring from the contents on board can be difficult, it's a bit like that Iron Chef competition where you have to come up with a meal using the strange ingredients that are in the basket. But with low expectations we are never disappointed. What you buy at the store is not always what you think you're getting. I realized after I made the olive cheese balls that the jar of olives and pimentos that I bought contained ol...

December 2, 2017

Well, sort of. We have sailed the BVI's a few times, the first was on our honeymoon 36 years ago. Pictures in our heads and the guide books on board in no way prepare you for the shape the islands are in. Most of the restaurants, bars, resorts and marinas on shore have been destroyed to varying degrees. The island's natural treasures have fared much better than the man-made ones though. The caves at Norman Island are still a great snorkeling destination, the Baths, a group of huge rocks with hidden pools were all intact, and we could still hike to the Bubbling Pool, we did have to pick our way through fallen mangroves and piles of debris from destroyed buildings, but we got there.  Willie T's, a barge that was turned into a bar in the middl...

November 5, 2017

So surprised to have a visit from Kaitlin and Patrick yesterday! They made the 10 hour drive to Virginia to have one more night together before we head off shore, wish Brian could have been with us too, but loved reconnecting with the kids ever so briefly. So sad to have to say yet another good bye, but oh so worth it. As sad as it is we feel so fortunate to have these wonderful connections with family and friends that make leaving so difficult, what a gift you all are. 

Took one last long, hot shower. I will really miss those when we are living on board. But the up side, it took me less than an hour to clean our new home! A very quiet evening around here tonight, everyone is doing last minute wash, provisioning and turning in...

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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 the 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. Vincent in plenty of time for the holidays!

Winter 2020 - Enjoy sailing the Caribbean, warm water and sunny skies

April 2020 -Begin the sail back home

June 2020 - Be back in Buffalo for the birth of our granddaughter!

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