Debi and Jack sailing on SV Iroquois

Vessel Name: Iroquois
Vessel Make/Model: Ohlson38
Crew: Jack Markin, Debi Dennis
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25 February 2018 | 19 0.75'N:067 14.1'W
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
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25 February 2018 | 19 0.75'N:067 14.1'W

Passage to Bahamas

Alls well. Day 1 was about as we expected, 3-4m swell, 20-25kt wind, occasional squalls only one of which required all hands on deck. We've been sailing with double or triple reefed main and full jib. We expect more of the same for the next day or so. Near Puerto Rico we passed a container ship and a cruise ship otherwise haven't seen anything. The radio is quiet.

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

BVIs

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 [...]

British Virgin Islands

26 January 2018 | Virgin Gorda
Note to Anna: on our way out of St Martin we sailed past La Samana but we were too far away to assess any damage. The beach still looks nice.

We had a peaceful overnight sail to Virgin Gorda and arrived just as day broke so we could see to get through the narrow passage to Spanish Town. We came to a beautiful Swan 56 or 57 and the guy on deck shouted over to us that he owns an Ohlson 41, of which only 3 were built, one wood, one metal, (not sure if it was steel or aluminum and one fiberglass ) he said it is in a shed in Milwaukee. We did not find out which one his is. He very kindly let Tom and Jack borrow his dinghy to row in to customs,  saving us the trouble of launching ours. It was even stranger  because on the boat coming in behind us we knew there's a crewmember who owns an Ohlson 35. So suddenly in the BVI there was an Ohlson gathering.  The boat behind us was Snowstar. We met Tom and Ry on Lanzarote and have been running into each other since then. They live in Maine and are on their way back after an Atlantic Islands tour, so we have a lot in common. Right now we're both anchored off Prickly Pear Island and will probably stay through the weekend as there are high winds forecast. I haven't jumped overboard swimming because Ry said there is a four foot long shark under their boat. I am trying to keep my promise and stay away from 'ruins porn' but let me just say that the boats at Virgin Gorda Marina look like dominoes that have been knocked over one on top of the other.
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