February 28, 2018

How we sail has changed since we moved aboard Spindrift. When we would sail on Lake Ontario it usually meant trying to get between two points as fast as possible. I have to admit, it was always my time to relax with a good book while Tony ran around the boat adjusting sails.

I knew my sailing tactics would have to change, I would have to be more involved in the actual sailing instead of depending on Tony to keep the boat moving. We received a couple of good tips from sailors before we left, "never do anything that you're both not comfortable with", and "reef early and reef often". Now we are more concerned with not how fast we get somewhere (of course Tony still has be faster than the boat next to us) but getting there safely and comfortably...

December 28, 2017

We departed Gorda Sound at 5:15 with enough daylight to clear the reefs between Necker and Eustatia Islands on the eastern end of Virgin Gorda. The reason for doing the passage at night was so that we would arrive at Saba Island during daylight.  The easterly trade winds were blowing a little north of east allowing us to sail rather than motor to Saba. We had reefs in both our main and genoa and still our speed would put us in Saba before sunrise. It was fast but not comfortable sailing conditions. The waves were large enough to occasionally break over our dodger and as we approached Saba the sea state became confused with waves reflecting off of the island.

The first time we had a diesel leak was on our passage from NYC to Portsmouth, VA....

December 27, 2017

I have read that every sailor has an experience that makes them question what it is they thought they loved about sailing. We had that experience on our sail from Tortola to Saba (maybe that should be I instead of we).

It is a difficult passage sailing into high head winds with rough seas as you go east in the island chain. (it is rumored to be much easier going the other way, I will let you know). We had hoped to leave Tortola before the Christmas winds kicked up, but the holiday season was here and so were those winds. That weather window looked pretty favorable though so we were hopeful that the night wouldn't be too rough as we left the dock. We departed for the 12 hour sail at 5:30 pm feeling pretty confident that we were prepared for a...

December 10, 2017

Most of you can tell that Susan has  been doing all of the writing and most of the photography. The reason for that is simple, she is better at both.  Accepting these facts,  I will just add some thoughts from my perspective.

We chose a good boat for this adventure. Spindrift is a safe, comfortable and surprisingly fast vessel. I spent most of the summer getting her ready for the journey. My friends at Obersheimers Sailor Supply and RCR Yachts were a great help. We replaced the older Raymarine electronics with new plotters, transducers, radar, autopilot and AIS from B&G and installed a new Icom VHF, we replaced running rigging and we installed air conditioning. Sue and I debated getting the air conditioning. She was really opposed...

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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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