Altair's Cruz Nuz

cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca

25 October 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
25 September 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
28 July 2011 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club!
27 July 2011 | Key Biscayne, Florida
27 July 2011 | Stiltsville and Miami just across the Bay.
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream...
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream, Here we come!
26 July 2011 | Sweet and Very Special Bahamas...Goodbye...for now!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay's floral gifts!
26 July 2011 | The surf at Honeymoon Harbor!
26 July 2011 | Our last island wonderland...before the Concrete Jungle....
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay...Practicing walking on land...
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...very cool!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...We like it!
25 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor, Lee side of Gun Cay
25 July 2011 | Bimini, Our Beloved Bahamas!
25 July 2011 | A very Busy Honeymoon Harbor!
24 July 2011 | Bimini, Big Game Club Marina!

SOLD

25 October 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Becca Butler
It's so hard to share this! It's hard to let her go! We have sold her after just a couple of days on the market!

We got the full asking price and actually got offers of more when they found out there was already a handshake. We were blessed. We've been waiting with bated breath to see if it was really true and it was. These wonderful folks, Warren and Vicky have joined our family. We are building a relationship, from a distance, but not uncomfortably far, to guide Altair to her new owners and her new owners to Altair.

We got a lot of response from the blog, where I directed people to the site I created and it was wonderful to know that people actually read my labor of love!

I deleted the post from the Google, Intuit site just now. I will keep THIS site up so that I have a reference when someone knows where my writing was published! I wrote for the broadcast industry, now this boat who is leaving our care and love, and it's time to write the book. Actually there will be many but the first is about "Learning to Love"... I needed to leave my home, my family and my friends to really learn lessons to which was I was never privy.

I have a great man, and learned how to appreciate what I have in him, not what I don't. That lesson applies throughout my entire being and life.

Stay in touch to see what taking off on a small boat, for an undetermined amount of time, to a unknown destination REALLY means!

Thank you Altair!

She's for Sale (Tartan 34C)...Goodbye Altair!

25 September 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Becca B., First Mate, Only Mate
Check out the website, tartan34Cforsale.com or altairforsale.com, to see all the details about this amazing TARTAN! She is a beauty and waiting for you take over. She's fully loaded, and you must see her!

She is located in Miami, The Coconut Grove Sailing Club and all you have to do is call us @ 305.613.0782 or email us: [email protected] to ask questions, come see her and if you are seriously interested, take her for a test sail. Hopefully it is blowing like stink, cause that's how she likes it!

We're Home...Altair is Home!

28 July 2011 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club!
Becca
We don't know what we were expecting...we know we have lots to do with so many family and friends to reconnect with and hug! What's going on?

We have to clear in with customs and never did apply for the local boaters option! Hopefully that will give us the jolt we clearly need when we get a warm welcome from Customs and Immigration...Hah!

Dudley and Bec

Just have to wrap out brains around this arrival...

27 July 2011 | Key Biscayne, Florida
Becca
This skyline is what we are seeing...we just can't believe it...YET!

We'll just drop the anchor one more time before we check back into our country!

It's anti-climatic...for real!!! Where are the mountains, rain forests, breadfruit trees?

Dudley and Bec

Now this is a Welcoming Site!

27 July 2011 | Stiltsville and Miami just across the Bay.
Becca
We wanted to arrive home before hurricane season cranked up and we did by the skinny sheets of our sails.

Stiltsville is an historic site going back to the days of prohibition! The wealthy connived a brilliant plan to be just far enough offshore in these very clever, very colorful, luxurious escape pads to be free from the law.

Sailing thru the markers guiding mariners past the shallows where these monuments of the daring built their dream homes, gambling houses, party palaces on stilts is humbling. Our adventure was thrilling but pale in comparison to the stories these unique structures can tell.

It's comforting to be home and that's what these gems represent for us. We just can't help feeling emotionally split with the imaginary tug on our hearts that the Caribbean has on us with our new native and cruising friends, the magnificent flora, funny fauna, culture plus love and the welcoming arms of our friends of old and families with arms wide open.

Culture shock in store for the next month at least, no doubt.

Dudley and Bec

Our favorite catch!

27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream...
Becca
We really, absolutely stink at catching fish. The most asked question about our journey is just that: Do you catch a lot of fish? "NOT", and it's squeaked from our lips more times than we care to admit.

This sargasso beauty is a baby for sure. The real seaweed trophies have lured me and both of us actually into believing that the rod that was bending dramatically midway and the effort bringing it in securing our belief was 'the' big one...was a joke! All the beautiful, creative lures, the practice tying the knots, like the bimini twist, and the anticipation of the catch as it's crackling on the 'barbie' have not produced a fish! What does get us fish is cash...and the generosity (and or pity) of many.

So our desire to show off and show up at home with a stunning mahi mahi, wahoo or tuna was futile and this teeny, weeny specimen is our bounty! Lame.

Bec
Vessel Name: Altair
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34'
Hailing Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Crew: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
About: Dudley has owned this Tartan sloop and has been cruising on her since 1986. Becky joined the good sloop back in 2000 when we first started cruising together and he has been 'training' me ever since! I couldn't be happier! I've been sailing all my life, but cruising is a whole different fish!
Extra: This is the most extended cruise we've braved on this wonderful, old boat of ours which is planned to be about 2 years! We left Miami in late February of 2008 and want to get below the hurricane belt by the end of July! Ok, so it's July, 2011...we're close, but not home yet!
Altair's Photos - Main
Shots from the windward mark aboard Kuhala!
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Created 13 May 2011
Spectacular Flora and Villa!
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Created 13 May 2011
38 Photos
Created 9 January 2011
Flora, fauna and friends!
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Created 3 January 2011
Can come home without visiting this Clan!
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Created 4 May 2010
Kayaking in West Palm Beach!
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Created 4 May 2010
They are so proud of the independence and their Flag! Hopefully the USA will be too!
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Created 10 February 2010
Gorgeous, first class location in the middle the south coast of Shangrila, Grenada!
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Created 10 February 2010
An international celebration and gathering to educate!
25 Photos
Created 10 February 2010
Our 10th Anniversary and Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party!
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Created 10 February 2010
Nellie and Phil hosting a thoroughly English feast with a British Christmas pudding to boot!
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Created 10 February 2010
Fish Friday tour with Cutty on the northwest coast of Grenada!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Spectacular Waterfalls and hiking
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Created 9 February 2010
Lots of work to be done...6 days of non stop big stuff!
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Created 9 February 2010
What a great night of Jazz with good friends, Olga, Don, Neal, Donna and Barry!
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Created 9 February 2010
National Colors Day, Don, Olga, Inga and Hal, Steve, Angel and Steve the chef!
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Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Independence...Spectacular Day!
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Created 9 February 2010
Amazing Hike with Cliffon as Guide, Karine, Pierre, Marilyn and Me!
29 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
We love Calle Ocho! We are back in Miami! Buenos Noches!
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Created 18 January 2010
Dudley's best friend with his beautiful, brilliant new love, Loni!
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Created 18 January 2010
Our Private Sailing Club and some of our long lost buddies!
11 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
Love the New Green Canopy!
7 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
West Palm Beach Clan
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Created 18 January 2010
Heading to Windward Coast and Grenville's Carnival!
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Created 24 September 2009
Gearing up for Carnival, Grenadian Stlye!
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Created 15 September 2009
Nice Party, Great Man, Cool location!
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Created 13 September 2009
WOW!!!
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Created 13 September 2009
First Peek @ The Lagoon, The Carenage and the Locals
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Created 13 September 2009
Very nice for a marina! Wow.
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Created 13 September 2009
What a great Festival of the Arts.
28 Photos
Created 5 July 2009
Our new past time...hiking to new heights!
13 Photos
Created 5 July 2009
Whit/Sun/Tide Regatta
15 Photos
Created 4 July 2009
"The beginning of the Grenedines for us...we want more".
18 Photos
Created 29 June 2009
"On the Road Again", Day 2. Martinique
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Created 29 June 2009
"On the road Again!" Expolored Martinique by car with Lynn and Lew on Sea Wings
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Created 29 June 2009
Catching up with Old Friends
11 Photos
Created 28 June 2009
Domineeka, Part 2
18 Photos
Created 10 April 2009
Dominica, West Indies
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Created 10 April 2009
A ONE NIGHT STAND...
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Created 30 March 2009
Virgin Islands over to the Leewards at last...
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Created 29 March 2009
Je Suis alle enTerre d'en Bas par Ferry!
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Created 29 March 2009
Christmas Cove, St. James Isl., St. Thomas and St. John...
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Created 28 March 2009
We loved them...sailing, diving and parties were GREAT.
52 Photos
Created 27 March 2009
Two weeks of waiting for wind to die down! Too much fun!
10 Photos
Created 27 March 2009
Super! Parfait! St. Barts! Very FRENCH!!!!
24 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
Spectacular Vistas!
33 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
This is an historically packed delight!
20 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
NY Eve Party with Jane and Andy on the lawn at Nelson's Dockyard!!!!
11 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Maltese Falcon Fundraiser
7 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
We're in fairyland...how quaint!
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Created 24 March 2009
Our pheromones are connected somehow!!!!
12 Photos
Created 11 March 2009
EAG hike to top of Boggy Peak, with nature lovers, botanists, board members
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Created 4 March 2009

S/V ALTAIR

Who: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club