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2015 Updates

December 2, 2015

       We have now been here in Cagliari for two months at Marina Del Sole.  We could not have picked a better place to winter over, the marina has a real charm and city has something going on every day.  There are only a few live aboard folks here, this year there are only 7 boats, but I understand that most years there are many more.  We have made good friends with a  few of the folks and spend many evenings o...

October 15, 2015

La Maddalena to Cagliari
We left the La Maddalena archipelago and the island of Caprera for the day hop to La Caletta where we stayed for two nights.  Not much going on here, the town was deserted as it is of​fseason.  After a day of pouring rain we left from La Caletta to our next stop Arbatax.  

The little town here had no old world charm to it but was a pleasant place to spend a few days.

We did some hiking and expl...

September 25, 2015

We left Menorca  with a small weather window to get to Sardinia.  We had a 190 mile trip that we figured would take us about 30 hours.  It was a miserable trip as there was little wind but a significant swell on the beam.  This makes the boat rock back and forth and very uncomfortable.  We motor sailed the majority of the way.  Our first stop was Alghero, on the North West Coast.  The city not long ago was run by the Spanish a...

August 21, 2015

The next morning we moved Cadence to Port De Las Caletas, a spectacular empty bay with high dramatic cliffs.  We were the only boat in the bay.  The next morning Jess and I left headed for Mallorca, a quick 55 mile hop.  There was some significant wind forecast from the west, 20-25 knots and this would be perfect to blow us to the next island putting the wind behind us.  The wind quickly built to sustained 35 knots and the sea...

August 1, 2015

The trip home was a whirlwind.  Time flew by but it was nice to see family and friends.  The wedding went off without a hitch thanks to Joys super organization and planning.  I returned to Agua Dulce to move Cadence to the Balearics in time for Grace to arrive Ibiza.  Jessica went on to Colorado to visit with her sisters family.

 I decided to break the trip into two legs.  The first was about 70 miles and the sec...

June 25, 2015

We left Lagos bound for Faro and Isla Da Culetra which is only a 40 mile hop.  We have tired of the over night passages that screw up our sleep pattern and have decided to make day hops as much as possible.  We are about 300 miles from Almera Spain where we will pull the boat while we return stateside for Rich Special and Joy Sy's wedding.  Don't people know that weddings are supposed to be held in the off season for cruisers!...

June 15, 2015

June 7, 2015
Although we really wanted to stay longer and explore Flores more, we had to leave the next evening as the winds were going to be favorable and then turn against us for the following week.  Also, Rich needed to catch a flight back to Charleston so we sailed overnight the 130 miles to the port of Horta.

  We arrived Sunday around noon, checked in with the authorities and were provided a berth along the concrete quay...

May 1, 2015

May 10, 2015
At 7 am on Mother's Day we finally pulled out of Fort Liquordale.   My old friend from high school who I have only seen maybe once or twice since 1986 has joined us for the passage to Bermuda.  Tyler Gilbertie was always a sailing enthusiast and mentioned he would love to join on any passage several years ago.  So, I figured I would ring him up, low and behold, he was available and excited to join....

April 1, 2015

After Grace left us we decided that we were going to make our way back to the U.S. To take care of some boat items needing attention.  We also had to get a survey to satisfy our insurance carrier.  We left Belize city for San Pedro where we would check out of the country.  It's a full day trip so we left first thing in the morning.  We had very good wind the entire way but had a serious hair raising mishap mid way....

March 1, 2015

Glovers Atoll
We had a couple of waypoints to get us in front of the southern opening for Glovers.  This is a oval shaped atoll surrounded by coral reef.   It is about 15 miles long and 4-5 miles wide.  The depths average 50-60 feet with hundreds of large coral heads rising to just below the surface.  We needed to eyeball navigate once inside the atoll dodging coral heads.   As long as the sun is up you can easily identify the...

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