May 28, 2018

True confessions, I told Tony years ago I would never sail across the ocean. His dream at the time was to sail around the world, I was all for supporting that dream, happy to join him in the exotic locations but not at sea. So how did I get here? Baby steps. I got more comfortable on the boat and gained confidence in myself, the captain and Spindrift. And I hate to admit, I got older. A funny thing happened with age, I wanted to experience all I could while I was still capable. When you're young you think you have all the time in the world, now I suddenly feel that life is finite and I need to make wise choices with how I spend that time, days are precious. I did not want to look back and regret the things I didn't do, especially if the dec...

May 16, 2018

We left Tortola under sunny skies and far winds, a great beginning for the long voyage to the Mediterranean, it seemed like a good omen for what lies ahead. Those fair winds led to big waves, but after the first couple days at sea our stomachs were acclimated, the seas began to diminish and everyone on board was happy. It was so great to spend time with Patrick, with no interruptions from cell phones and no way to leave you get lots of quality time together. Funny how quickly that time passes, the days get filled with the business of eating, sleeping, reading and trying to sail the boat as fast as possible, with small boat projects mixed in. I didn't think I was the least bit competitive, but you can see the boats near you on radar and it g...

May 4, 2018

We are back in Nanny Cay on Tortola with all the repairs behind us and one final day before departure. Everyone is busy, whether they actually have things to do or not, the docks are buzzing with activity.  It's hard to sit still knowing that we will be confined to a boat for days on end, and we can't help but double, make that triple, check that we have done all that we possibly can to prepare for the voyage ahead.

Tony makes as many trips to the chandlery (boat supply store) as I do to the grocery store. We can't seem to stop thinking of just one more thing we may not be able to do without. Every available inch of space on the boat is filled to capacity though, it is time for both of us to step away from the store. They have done the...

May 1, 2018

Our mindset in recent weeks has been on getting the boat ready for the crossing.  Sue's focus has been on provisioning. She has been meal planning, shopping, cooking and stowing all of the prepared meals and food in our small freezer, fridge and pantry. None of these are easy tasks. She can't drive to the store but instead walks with a fold up wagon for loading up groceries, and when she gets there she is never sure what she will find. Rolling counter tops and a swinging oven make cooking a challenge and then stowing it all requires special engineering.

My focus has been on the getting the boat ready. There is always work to do on a boat. I spend time either fixing what broke or doing regular maintenance. The maintenance list includes r...

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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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