It’s that time of year again!

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:

Spent 9 nights on the boat to Martha’s Vineyard and ports between with our daughter in law and her mom⛵️
Had our first gathering since covid celebrating the “kids” 30th birthdays. Took the opportunity to slurp down some steamers.
Got to be the Matron of honor for my sister’s wedding ❤️
Post wedding at the lake with Dana & my mom
Best garden ever! Helps that Dan built me the anti-bunny fence and I was home to water.
Great visit with my California brother and his wife which of course included a few lobsters🦞
Replaced the dodger glass – definitely not fun!!

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!!

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Goodbye winter and hello vaccinated spring!

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!

Vaccinated, then waited two weeks for a badly needed haircut!
Braved the train to NYC to see the kids after our vaccines – so liberating!
Dan had lots of spring boat projects including sanding and painting the bottom and dropping the rudder to do some repairs.
Dan built me a nice little fence to keep the. critters out this year – Take that you wabbits!!
Decided to take on a dinghy chaps sewing project – mission accomplished! Note to self – don’t make these again…..
And just like that, we’re back in the water!

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!⛵️

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Bahamas vs Connecticut in a Covid winter

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.

I miss my shorts and sandals🙁
Bundled up with tights under my jeans
Dan’s catch of the day in Hope Town
Beautiful Maine lobster – much better tasting in my opinion and let’s not forget the claws!
Cooking lots of warming foods for the soul
Grillin’ some salmon
in my mittens

And since we’re stuck inside our 1929 house many days, we’re doing some long overdue painting projects.

and after
I usually have a puzzle going
Dan and I have a little happy hour many afternoons and play a round of Rummikub
I still walk almost every day and many days with my mom and sister – practically the only humans I see.

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…

Snow-blowing about 10 inches from the last storm
Have to say that the snow can be quite beautiful ⛄️

And then there’s my wardrobe…

Flannel lined jeans, two pairs of socks and my old Timberland boots
VS my “winter” Bahamas look – when it gets down to 60, I might have to put some socks on.

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!🤞⛵️🇧🇸😎🌴🤿🦞

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Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in the Bahamas anymore…..

Home for the holidays AND the winter

So what have we been doing during these strange times??

We both get some exercise each day

Dan rides his bike to the pool for a workout – only six people allowed.
I go on long, chilly walks in with my sister

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⛵️

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Hey! Where’d all that aqua water go?😢😢

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Home Sweet Home

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….

Home Sweet Home
Where’s the welcoming committee??
Loved seeing Mom & Dana
– even from a distance 😩
Seems like we gained a pet😯
Cuddled up close
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Getting closer but UNCLE on this weather!!!

Motor sailing up the Jersey Shore

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???🌷

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Temperatures dropping each day!!⛵️

Hospital Point, Portsmouth,
VA – Mile 0 of the Intracoastal Waterway. We go south to mile 1018 in Palm Beach, FL
Serious military readiness here in Norfolk area
Incredibly fast military synchronization!
Shoaling in the channel?? Where do we go?? Made it, but VERY shallow!
Tucked in at our friend’s dock during a day of tornado warnings in Annapolis!
Distancing happy hour with
Frank & Mary Marie
All by ourselves at the free dock in
Chesapeake City
FREEZING trip down the Delaware River to Cape May, NJ

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!!⛵️❤️

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Carolina Cruising

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.

Did I mention it’s getting chilly?

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??

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Just the two of us🎶

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!!

Dewy morning.

Turns at the helm

Social distancing in SC – ughhh

A bit of morning beauty⛵️❤️

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