Here we are at the end of August, reflecting on the summer and looking forward to casting off for our 9th trip to the Bahamas. Current plan is to button up the house, move aboard and leave in a little over two weeks. Time to make the lists, cook & freeze some meals and have all our last minute gatherings with family and friends. Exciting, yet crazy times! But here’s a few things we did this summer:
We spent several random weeks out on the boat in the sound, Watch Hill and Block Island. Not perfect summer weather but enough to be out and about.
Oh, and let’s not forget Henri! Hauled the boat for what didn’t end up being a big deal. But better safe than sorry!
So off we’ll go, looking forward to switching gears from life at the house to life on the water. Keeping track of sunrise and sunset times, high and low tides, navigation issues, and weather, weather and more weather!!
It has felt so strange to FINALLY feel comfortable around others, get back to hugging and actually go inside places without masks. But since we’ve been fully vaccinated, we feel like we got our get out of jail free card and want to dive back into life!
We’ll now spend the next couple weeks tuning the rig, putting on the sails and stocking up. Plan is to get in some day sailing and New England cruising this summer. We’re also looking forward to leaving in September for what will be our 9th trip to the Bahamas!
Wishing you all a healthy and fun filled summer – we all deserve it!⛵️
Happy 2021!!🎉🎉 Here we are in January. Still having groceries delivered or curbside pickup. Still staying at home.
Here’s a few ways that life in the winter at home differs from life on Cutting Class in the Bahamas.
And since we’re stuck inside our 1929 house many days, we’re doing some long overdue painting projects.
The past few years while in the Bahamas, friends and family from CT would express how mild the winters had been. Not so much this year…
And then there’s my wardrobe…
Well, we still have a couple months before thinking about boat projects. So I guess we’ll keep chipping away at the house, plan the garden, try new recipes and work at staying in shape.
Hoping you are all well and happy, wherever you are in this crazy Covid winter. Looking forward to getting vaccines, gathering with friends and crossing our fingers that we’ll be back to those shorts and sandals next winter!🤞⛵️🇧🇸😎🌴🤿🦞
So what have we been doing during these strange times??
We both get some exercise each day
There’s always house and boat projects – like that darn chimney leak
I usually have a puzzle going
We play some rummikub
And I even dragged my keyboard out of the attic and have been enjoying learning to play again
And when we’re just hanging out, we watch YouTube sailing videos – yeah, living vicariously this year….
Merry Christmas to all of our Bahamian, cruising and blog following friends! Sitting home during this pandemic has not been easy on anyone but we try to count our blessings each day and look forward to cruising south next fall and hopefully, leaving Covid behind….
Peace, Love and Happiness to all in 2021!! Marcia & Dan⛵️
Well, we made it!! After living through a tornado warning, thunderstorms then winds in the 30’s for the next day, we took off before sunrise for our 85 mile trip from Port Washington to our home port at Shennecossett Yacht Club. It was a long haul back but we are happy to be in the house. It’s the coldest spring we’ve traveled in and it seems the sun only shines every third day or so. We are learning each day what it’s like to be on land with this virus. Be safe and healthy everyone. Will blog again when my fingers thaw….
We left Atlantic City at 4:15am yesterday to make the 80 mile trip to Atlantic Highlands, inside Sandy Hook, before the winds were forecast to pick up. Not a bad day till we hit the hook with wind opposing current – what a snotty mess!! Anchored outside of Atlantic Highlands for the night and planned our trip through the East River for today. The current would not be with us till 3:30pm so we were able to have a leisurely morning and leave at noon to head up to the Verrazzano and the city. It was a gray day with head winds (of course) but an exciting trip nonetheless. It was quite surreal to enter a virtually empty harbor. Ordinarily, we are dodging ferries, tug & barges, watching helicopters landing and tour boats going by filled with people from all over the world. Glad to see New Yorkers buckling down during this crazy time! We invited some family and friends to watch us on the Brooklyn Bridges webcam since many are home these days… Loved sharing part of our adventure with them! Tonight we are all by ourselves on a mooring in Port Washington, NY.
The forecast tomorrow is for rain, high winds and possibly hail. Planning on staying put! So anxious to be home… Tomorrow the weatherman says it will be 36 degrees with windchills to 27, brrrrrrrr🥶!!! Will likely leave Thursday and do the 85 mile trip all the way home to SYC . What the heck, April?? Where’s my springtime???🌷
Currently sitting in Cape May to wait out yet another blow. Hope to leave for Atlantic City tomorrow and inside of Sandy Hook on Sunday. Really getting closer to home! Pray for good weather for Long Island Sound next week🙏🏻. Stay safe everyone!!⛵️❤️
Pushing our way north during this pandemic can be a bit tricky. So glad to be out of SC where they STILL haven’t locked things down! North Carolina, gratefully, seems to be taking things more seriously. We did an outside run from Wrightsville Beach to Beaufort/Morehead City to knock off about 70 miles. It was blowing in the 20’s all day and more on the nose than forecast so we were only able to sail a couple hours and motor sailed the rest. Choppy seas made for quite an ugly day… happy to have that leg done, we headed to Oriental, NC.
I’ve been calling ahead to marinas as some are closed or not offering transient dockage. I made a reservation at River Dunes so we could take on water & diesel and get groceries delivered to the dock from their local Piggly Wiggly. We were quarantined to our transient dock, not allowed to go up to their main buildings or the neighborhood road. I walked several laps on the dock just to get some exercise.
We were appreciative of their distancing and hospitality!
As we continue north, our weather has been cooperative, so we should be in Virginia tomorrow. It will be so sad to not be able to visit with my sister and brother-in-law, Beth & Rich, who ordinarily come down from Williamsburg and pick us up for a night or two😟. This is a no socializing, move on home trip.
I hope you are all safe and nourishing your bodies and souls during this difficult time. We’ll be home in a few weeks – would you mind warming it up a bit??
What a crazy world we are in! Hope that you are all healthy and safe from this virus. We are still in “get home” mode. We move when Mother Nature allows and sit when she doesn’t. We are currently in Carolina Beach, NC on a mooring for a few nights to let rain and winds pass by.
We felt that people were being responsible and keeping their distance in Charleston, SC, but that all changed as we headed up towards Myrtle Beach. They were having record high temps so everyone who owned a boat was on the ICW. If it were individuals, couples or small families I would get how they wanted to be out and not endanger themselves or others. But that was not the case! There were virtually hundreds of crowded boats, partying on like any other weekend. There will be no flattening of the curve if parts of our country are allowed to be just plain stupid!!
Plans are to shop as little as possible heading north. We need water, diesel & fresh food – that’s it! We will keep to ourselves (which we’re pretty used to) and avoid other humans. We will still try to get some exercise and do some extra communicating with family and friends to help save our sanity.
Throwing in some travel pics and daily sights you might enjoy!! Maybe Virginia will feel more sane!!