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Heading South from Charleston SC to warmer waters!
Saying "good by's again"
11/22/2010, St Augustine, FL

Last year when we left Edgecomb for Cape Cod, we called a nearby boat durring the night named ISLAND ROSE. Since the seas were horrible and the wind 25+ we agreed to a brief converstion on VHF every 2 hours throughout the nite.

At one point, we got no return from ISLAND ROSE. About an hour latter, Gene called back and said that he had lost his head stay and roller furler and it took him about an hour to lasoo it and secure it in the high seas. Luckily he did not lose his mast. We hung back through the night to make sure they were fine, but never laid eyes on the boat.

This year we heard them on the radio again and finally we met at Moorhead City. We had some great times togehter! Gene is going to leave his boat at a mooring in St. Augustine for a few months and hopefully return to see the Bahamas in April. We may see them again. I helped them get ashore with the dinghy so they could start their drive to home in Miss. Charles is on the left and Gene, brother and owner of Island Rose is on the left.

11/22/2010 | Chip
OK, who's on the left? At first I thought it could almost be you on the right, but not quite. A big day coming, and then Thanksgiving. Who will you be with on the latter? So glad you're having such a great time.
The new North Mooring Field!!
11/16/2010, St Augustine

When we awoke to a gorgeous Florida day, behind us was WINDFALL from Glouchester and behind them the fantastic Castillo de San Marcos which has been under 4 different national flags. It was built in 1672 by the Spanish.
St. Augustine is the oldest American City dating back to 1565.

11/17/2010 | Chip
good to know you're warm and with friends!
First foray at football
11/12/2010, Charleston SC

This afternoon was the first time in Demi's short life that she was free to run at full speed, un-impeded. (In Maine we have too many eagles to let her go). But today, just across from the Charleston Maritime center where we have a slip, is a double soccer field which is fenced in and wonderful.

There were no other dogs, and for the first 15 minutes, no other people. It took Demi 10 minutes off the leash to grasp that she was really free. At the end, a couple of guys came to throw the football, and Demi raced from one to the other. Her little legs were just a blur, her ears and silky hair streaming out behind. Tonight she will sleep very well.

Sunday we plan to leave mid-morning and sail to St Augustine FL, about a 34 hour trip.

11/12/2010 | osprey
Lovely pic of Demi. Glad to see you made it safely to Charleston. Look out for our good friends on Charisma in St A. I assume you know about the new Town Moorings. If you pause near Stuart, FL or Jupiter give Tom a call he has the 603 cell. He is at the Chapman School in Stuart daytimes, at his bro's house in Jupiter eves and has a car!
11/12/2010 | susan b
Stay safe. Offshore sounds nasty these days. Great pix of Demi
11/12/2010 | Civil Twilight
Offshore to St. Augustine doesn't sound like "we will be in the ICW the rest of the way"! We are headed to Fernandina tomorrow...will hang out til Thanksgiving at St. Mary's. I think you just passed us!
11/13/2010 | Chip
What happiness Demi shows! We just came back from a great trip to the mountains. Aah, NC! love you.
11/16/2010 | Judy
We are waiting for you in South Florida----weather is seriously divine :)

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