Debi and Jack sailing on SV Iroquois

Vessel Name: Iroquois
Vessel Make/Model: Ohlson38
Crew: Jack Markin, Debi Dennis
23 February 2018 | Charlotte Amalie St Thomas USVI
18 February 2018
15 February 2018
09 February 2018 | St Thomas USVI
05 February 2018
29 January 2018 | Prickly Pear Island Virgin Gorda
26 January 2018 | Virgin Gorda
24 January 2018 | Sint Maarten
23 January 2018 | Simpsons Bay St Maarten
20 January 2018 | Basseterre St Kitts
18 January 2018 | Nevis
14 January 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua
10 January 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua
09 January 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua
08 January 2018 | Jolly Harbour, Antigua
02 January 2018 | 17 0.9'N:049 39.3'W
01 January 2018 | 16 59.072'N:047 57.288'W
31 December 2017 | 18 13.02'N:046 19.3'W
30 December 2017 | 19 01.661'N:041 58.3'W
29 December 2017 | 19 01.661'N:041 58.3'W
Recent Blog Posts
23 February 2018 | Charlotte Amalie St Thomas USVI

Leaving the virgins

We came back to St Thomas to reprovision yesterday. The plan is to leave tomorrow morning for the Bahamas, probably Georgetown. It's a 4-6 day trip depending on which forecast you believe. We will try to blog daily.

18 February 2018

Maho Bay, St John USVI

Every evening and every morning here I listen to the birdsong from the nearby forest. I wonder if these are the same birds I listen to at home in Wisconsin. Do songbirds migrate this far? The sound comforts me as do the smells of the forest. Even though you can see the hurricane damage there is a lot [...]

15 February 2018

St John USVI

After studying the weather for the next 10 days we decided to go back to the BVI for a while and hope the Christmas winds will moderate soon. But after motoring upwind a couple of hours we couldn't help but notice the empty mooring fields along the north shore of St John, so we pulled in and picked one [...]

09 February 2018 | St Thomas USVI

St Thomas

We would have stayed at Nanny Cay for a week but they needed the space for catamarans. They have only a few slips open but were feverishly installing new pontoons while we were there. We learned about 'boat vultures ' there. We had seen these people before who buy up damaged yachts then flip them for [...]

05 February 2018


We spent a week on Virgin Gorda that went by very quickly. The North Sound is beautiful and practically empty. We moored off of Prickly Pear Island for free, not sure who the moorings belong to but I think it's the beach bar, which a few people were working on-- sifting through rubble, stacking and burning [...]

29 January 2018 | Prickly Pear Island Virgin Gorda

Three Day Blow

We are still on a mooring here off of Prickly Pear Island in the north sound of Virgin Gorda. There used to be a beach bar here and apparently the moorings were for it, so until it's rebuilt they seem to be available. We went in to the small beach yesterday and picnicked with our friends from Snowstar. The beach ends in a steep very rough hillside on one end and a short ways down at the wreckage of the bar/restaurant so you can't walk far but there are quite a few plastic chairs that are in good enough condition that you can sit in them. Someone has made piles here and there of burnable trash like roof beams and such and other piles of plastic. There's also a full trash bag which can hopefully get picked up before it blows or washes away. We picked up some plastic and coke cans we found on the way and added them to the trash bag. We had a nice picnic lunch and went for a refreshing swim then came back to the boat for some reading, guitar playing and drawing time. It's still very windy (20-30kts) but we're pretty well protected here--as long as the mooring holds we're good.  Jack has been reminding me of a Hemingway story, The Three Day Blow. The first time we hunkered down for a three day blow was in Nova Scotia while we waited out the after effects of a tropical storm. It prompted us to think we should have days like that where we did nothing at home but hunker down, read, play music etc. Slowing down is sometimes as difficult as charging forward. We are just starting day three. The forecast is for the wind to go down by tomorrow morning. Then we'll probably do some exploring on Virgin Gorda proper. Some people anchored near us went over yesterday but coming back is against wind and waves for a little more than a mile. In our dinghy we would be completely soaked by the time we got back to the boat, so I let Jack go alone to look for ice. He made it back safely and  quickly but got very wet.

Nevis&St Kitts

20 January 2018 | Basseterre St Kitts
Interesting trip to Charlestown. On the way there we saw two guys casting nets along the shore. In town we got lost as usual trying to find the bakery,  but made a new friend by asking directions. In the tourist office we were told about two bakeries, The Nevis Bakery and the Jamaican bakery. We ended up stopping by both of them. We got bread at both and from the Jamaican bakery we also got a raisin bun and a curry chicken roti. Roti is a sort of wrap, pretty much like a flour tortilla. It took me a while to figure out that roti is the name of the wrap. At least I think that's right. We also bought ice from a bar, pool hall, lottery/liquor, convenience store where the stock and clerks were separated from the customers by bullet proof plexiglass.  Very innercity like only with an island accent. On the way back we passed a fisherman in a boat not much bigger than our dinghy who was steering the outboard with one hand and bailing with the other. It reminded me of the guy on Antigua whose boat sank. We also passed a pelican sitting on top of the outboard of a moored fishing boat. Sorry I didn't risk taking pictures from the dinghy. Then we were waved over to a three-masted boat named Star of Nevis.  A man asked if we were from Iroquois and when we said yes he said he knew the previous owner and had sailed with him on Iroquois in Falmouth. The sailing world is such a small community!  We never met David Jaye the guy we bought the boat from but here in Nevis we met someone who knew him even to the point of acknowledging his eccentricity and that the yard in Falmouth took good care of the Iroquois. The Star of Nevis has three masts and is cutter rigged, you could have 5 sails if the wind was light and on the beam. The boat is a Herreshoff design. We had a nice visit from our Canadian neighbors who are part of the ARC Caribbean. We decided to stay on St Kitts one more night then head north tomorrow. We hear a fair number of sirens from the town but there is no telling what they are for. There does seem to be much unemployment and under-employment here, even though there is obviously a lot of repair work from the last hurricane still to be completed. We are reading James Mitchners Caribbean, a very euro centric history of the area. One thing about it that is still visible are the scars left by slavery and Spanish exploitation. It is I think something that is mirrored in Englewood, Detroit and the rest of the US, although one might substitute Calvinism for catholicism.
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