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toau to tahiti

July 15 – 17, 2013 A weather window for our passage from the Tuamotus to theSociety Islands was a difficult one to pick. The winds were either going to be too strong or not enough, and there would be squalls. If we missed our opportunity to depart from Toau, then we would easily have to … Continue reading »

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kauehi ~ wild things

July 3 – 5, 2013 The weather during the first part of our stay in Kauehi had been absolutely picture perfect with sunny days, little wind, and a calm anchorage. Being anchored at the southeast end of the atoll offered great protection during the normal east to southeast trade winds. However, there was a low … Continue reading »

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big swell brings clean hulls

May 15, 2013 As excited as we were, our first steps onto the beautiful island of Fatu Hiva were going to be a difficult task and would have to wait. A large swell was beginning to roll into the anchorage, creating a large breaking wave at the shore. While the dinghy dock was behind a … Continue reading »

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the bahamas to jamaica

January 14 – 17, 2013 Exiting from the Georgetown area can be a difficult task. The prevailing winds blow from some form of an easterly direction, and cruisers find themselves stuck down in the nook between the southeast end of Great Exuma Island and the northwest end of Long Island. The majority of sailors are … Continue reading »

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hesitation or commitment ~ a gulf stream crossing

November 23, 2012 ~Part One ~ One moment of indecision could quite possibly change an entire course. For us, it was a moment of commitment that took us across the treacherous waters of the Gulf Stream, and put us on a direct course for the Bahamas. After a week of studying weather forecasts, the day … Continue reading »

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cold & rainy . . . need warmth

November 6, 2012 The thermometer inside the boat read 45 degrees F as I forced myself to get out from under the covers. The cold air cut through every layer of clothing on my body. It was time to get the stove cranking. Coffee was first on the list. However, I was out of ground … Continue reading »

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repairs, projects & weather . . . oh my

October 25 – November 2, 2012 The next 10 ten days spent at Jarrett Bay was a whirlwind of activity. From rudder repairs and overdue projects to Halloween and Hurricane Sandy, we were kept busy for the entire time the boat was out of the water. And of course, we had to keep school going, … Continue reading »

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hurricane sandy

To put everyone at ease, Full Monty and crew are sitting safely on the yard at Jarrett Bay. We were hauled out earlier this week to tend to some rudder repair, and by coincidence happen to be here for the storm. We are expecting tropical storm force winds and a lot of rain. Therefore, we’ll … Continue reading »

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rounding cape hatteras ~ a sailor’s fear (part one)

October 12 – 14, 2012 ~Part One~ Even before we departed Annapolis, I studied the offshore weather for our pending passage around Cape Hatteras. My initial weather studies took place on a Tuesday afternoon, and I told Wil that we could possibly be waking up in Beaufort on Sunday morning. He laughed at me and … Continue reading »

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a blow in port washington

September 18, 2012 The wind howled and the wind howled, and the wind howled some more. First thing in the morning you could already hear the wind blowing through the rigging. By evening, we could barely walk on deck without almost being blown off balance. This was a southerly blow not to be reckoned with. … Continue reading »

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