Need to get back under sail

Well, we are back in Vieques and in the house taking care of a tedious list of chores we were able to push off repeatedly for later and we both agree that it is already time to get back underway. We plan to let the lease on the house expire and move onto the boat to take on permanent cruising status. The fact is there just is no tenable anchorage here on vieques so we will bounce around the island depending on the prevailing weather when we are here to visit friends and the other islands otherwise. We long for the extensive sailing community on the Dutch side of St. Maarten and the clear and inviting anchorages of the BVI and the ridiculously easy sailing of the Virgin Islands as a whole but mostly we long for what’s beyond the horizon. There is something really special about this lifestyle that has captured us and we cannot wait to get back at it! For now, though, it has been wonderful catching up with friends and to see Frankie, our cat who didn’t make the last three months on the boat with us. He was hesitant at first but has welcomed us back; even his big sis Abby! We have a couple months planned for visiting with family and then we will be back at it. Until then, we will settle for a short trip to Culebra or a weekend in St. Croix. Thanks for following us and we will keep you informed!

Dinner with Frankie at the house!

Surely Sea on her mooring behind Mar Azul in Vieques.

Need to get back under sail

Well, we are back in Vieques and in the house taking care of a tedious list of chores we were able to push off repeatedly for later and we both agree that it is already time to get back underway. We plan to let the lease on the house expire and move onto the boat to take on permanent cruising status. The fact is there just is no tenable anchorage here on vieques so we will bounce around the island depending on the prevailing weather when we are here to visit friends and the other islands otherwise. We long for the extensive sailing community on the Dutch side of St. Maarten and the clear and inviting anchorages of the BVI and the ridiculously easy sailing of the Virgin Islands as a whole but mostly we long for what’s beyond the horizon. There is something really special about this lifestyle that has captured us and we cannot wait to get back at it! For now, though, it has been wonderful catching up with friends and to see Frankie, our cat who didn’t make the last three months on the boat with us. He was hesitant at first but has welcomed us back; even his big sis Abby! We have a couple months planned for visiting with family and then we will be back at it. Until then, we will settle for a short trip to Culebra or a weekend in St. Croix. Thanks for following us and we will keep you informed!

Dinner with Frankie at the house!

Surely Sea on her mooring behind Mar Azul in Vieques.

Need to get back under sail

Well, we are back in Vieques and in the house taking care of a tedious list of chores we were able to push off repeatedly for later and we both agree that it is already time to get back underway. We plan to let the lease on the house expire and move onto the boat to take on permanent cruising status. The fact is there just is no tenable anchorage here on vieques so we will bounce around the island depending on the prevailing weather when we are here to visit friends and the other islands otherwise. We long for the extensive sailing community on the Dutch side of St. Maarten and the clear and inviting anchorages of the BVI and the ridiculously easy sailing of the Virgin Islands as a whole but mostly we long for what’s beyond the horizon. There is something really special about this lifestyle that has captured us and we cannot wait to get back at it! For now, though, it has been wonderful catching up with friends and to see Frankie, our cat who didn’t make the last three months on the boat with us. He was hesitant at first but has welcomed us back; even his big sis Abby! We have a couple months planned for visiting with family and then we will be back at it. Until then, we will settle for a short trip to Culebra or a weekend in St. Croix. Thanks for following us and we will keep you informed!

Dinner with Frankie at the house!

Surely Sea on her mooring behind Mar Azul in Vieques.

On the move again!

It’s funny how life is sometimes. We planned on stopping in St. Maarten for a week or so before heading off further south. Neither of us had been here before. That was six weeks ago. We have really enjoyed our time here, made some good friends, and maybe a home. But it is time to start back towards Vieques so tomorrow we move the boat out of the lagoon and back to Simpson Bay to clean the bottom of the boat and to finish preparations for the next couple weeks. The island has been very good to us and we plan on being back, perhaps in January. In any case, we will meet friends for one more Sunday of football and food before departing Monday. Thanks for ensuring the silence while we lived comfortably!

The (failed) Man Bun

What do sailors do to pass the time on an uneventful afternoon? If one is a woman she tests his hair for a man-bun. (I didn’t even know that was a thing)

It turns out my hair is t long enough yet…

What would Class Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Brady, United States Marine Corps, say if he could see me now??

Goodnight and Goodbye

Goodnight and goodbye, Virgin Islands,

And good morning and hello, St. Maarten!

We made it across the Anegada Passage, also known by sailors as the ‘Oh-My-God-AHH!’ Passage. This stretch of water where the water from the Atlantic squeezes through into the Caribbean can get crazy really quickly so since we were going to be motoring or motor sailing anyways we picked a night that was forecast with light winds and small seas and boy did that pay off. And with the motor running anyways we made 150 gallons of fresh water for the boat and topped off the batteries like they haven’t been topped off since the last time we were in a marina. This is our first morning waking up at St. Maarten and we are so excited to do some exploring of this beautiful island. The north half of the island is French and the south half Dutch so there is a lot to see (and eat). I am sure we will have plenty to share so thanks for checking in with us!

Back to Toad Town

We ordered parts FEDEX to Tortola since we were enjoying it so much in the BVI but we didn’t account for everything closing down for the week of Carnival so we are finally headed back to Road Town this morning to grab the parts and clear customs for the passage to St. Martin.
95% of the time you have to motor or motor-sail across the Anegada Passage so we are hoping to make it while the winds are fairly light and the wave action is low since you can count on the wind to be on the bow this time of year anyways. If not tonight, we will try again tomorrow. Pretty excited to be moving on again!
So, goodbye to Cane Garden Bay, which has been our home away from home these past days, and a beautiful one at that!