Enjoying the Ragged Islands of the Bahamas
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5d ago
Our time in Matthew Town, Great Inaugua was short.  Just two days after we arrived, a good window to make the 24-hour sail to the Ragged Islands had opened up.  It is the exhausting part of this lifestyle for me. Having not yet fully rested from our last overnight sail (from Luperon), we had to immediately start preparing for the next overnight sail. We kept our eyes on the prize though. The Ragged Islands are renowned for their beaches and active coral as well as their remoteness from the hustle and bustle of cruising life.  We were excited to go there. The first thing on the ..read more
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The Stickiness of Luperon, DR
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1w ago
At first glance, Luperon is not that appealing. The harbour water is dirty, garbage sits lumped at the side of the street, skinny dogs bark as you walk alongside the shack-like housing near the docks, venders in cars selling fruits and vegetables yell indiscernible Spanish through loudspeakers, motorcycles zoom in and out of streets and alleyways.  ​ Dirty, loud, confusing. There is no mistaking that it is a third world country. Arriving just after sunrise in Luperon, DR It was a cold morning. Just 19 degrees Celsius! Livestock making its way through the streets of Luperon ..read more
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Going Port to Port in the Dominican Republic
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2w ago
This is the first blog post that I have written while we are underway to a new port. Normally, the seas have lots of swell (creating an uncomfortable washing machine-like experience), or I am busy assisting with the sails or it is nighttime.  With those conditions, writing is just not tenable so I always wait until we are settled in our new anchorage. Today, however, the sea conditions are almost flat and the wind is non-existent. The sails are all tucked away while we motor from the port of Samana to the port of Luperon, both in the Dominican Republic. Even though we are moving within t ..read more
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Ready to Tackle the Mona Passage (Going West)
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3w ago
Our past week has been spent in Puerto Rico, starting with the most eastern Spanish Virgin Islands and then moving along, east to west, to finally arrive in Puerto Real on the west coast.  This anchorage will be our jumping off point to head to the Dominican Republic.  In fact, when the early morning rises and you are perhaps reading this post with your morning coffee, we will be arriving at the Cap Cana Marina in the Dominican Republic, having successfully traversed the Mona Passage. ​ We arrived in Puerto Rico eleven days ago and our minds have been pre-occupied with two very impor ..read more
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Precarious and Delightful
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1M ago
Since my last post, a lot has happened.  All good, or at least, mostly good.  We have toured old forts, found great provisioning, had some boat work done, almost lost the dinghy to the sea, checked out some iguanas, swam with a few totally breezy sea turtles, ate some delightful cuisine and watched the Dallas Cowboys implode at their first playoff game (they lost bigtime).  Oh, and we visited four islands and three countries.  Yeesh, I need a nap. Beach walking is always a hit Yummy fish tartar! Iguanas are definitely other-worldly Sailing overnight from S ..read more
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A New Year, A New Sail Plan
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1M ago
It was just a few days after Christmas when we got our outboard motor back from its urgent freshwater servicing at Xtreme Marine in Jolly Harbour, Antigua.  Not only did the team there get it running again but they gave her a real once over and she is even better than before our capsizing adventure. With our outboard motor ready to go, we immediately started making plans with our friends on Rode Trip to depart from Antigua and to make our way to St. Martin for the New Year celebrations there. ​ We weighed anchor at 4:00pm on Friday December 29th for a very easy 96 nautical mile overnight ..read more
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Upside Down at Christmastime
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2M ago
​After spending seven wonderful days exploring Antigua’s eastern and southern harbours and beaches, last Thursday we decided it was time to move further north. Our plan was to spend Christmas and New Years in St. Martin.  This decision, however, meant that we would be moving along alone.  Our friends on Rode Trip were still waiting for their engine water pump to be installed so they wouldn’t be moving north until after Christmas at least. Other friends on Bitty Rose and Hop Drop would also be moving towards St. Martin before New Years but would be setting out from Antigua a few days ..read more
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Exploring the Beauty of Guadeloupe and Antigua
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2M ago
​When we arrived in Les Saintes, Guadeloupe (a small set of islands to the south of mainland Guadeloupe), we knew the Christmas winds would be blowing for about a week.  This didn’t damper our spirits at all as our anchorage was in Terre-de-Haut, a very lively island with lots of great restaurants, shops, beaches and hiking.  We were not going to be bored! ​First on deck for Wild Horses, and our boat buddies Rode Trip and Caretta, was a hike up Le Chameau, the highest point on Terre-de-Haut at 309 metres.  At the very tippy-top of Le Chameau is “La Tour de la Vigie”, an unmaint ..read more
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Sailing Through Big Seas and Squalls Makes Guadeloupe Even Sweeter
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2M ago
Wild Horses has made some miles over the past week.  We left Le Marin on the south coast of Martinique and moved along to Fort de France, a big and bustling city at the south end of the Baie de la fort de France, Martinique. We had seen only a small fraction of this great town when we were here last Spring.  Indeed, way back in late June, we stayed only one night, having decided to make the leap from there to Grenada in one big 24-hour trip in order to get out of the path of Tropical Storm Bret. ​ We were thrilled to be spending several days in this anchorage.  The city is very ..read more
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Wild Horses is on a Low Salt Diet
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3M ago
​Oh man, salt water is a beast. I remember when Wild horses got its first taste of salt water, way back on the lower Hudson River. We noted the occasion with a high five, stating proudly that “Wild Horses is now a salt water boat.”  It seemed like such an accomplishment at the time.  How cute, and wildly naïve, that seems now. A picture of New York City through our newly salt-encrusted windows Sailing through waves as we moved through the Eastern Caribbean These days, “cute” is not how I would describe our dealings with salt water.  It is a bear, a beast, an ann ..read more
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