IATO

25 January 2010 | Fort Pierce FL
26 April 2009 | Leeward Islands
11 April 2009 | St Barts
11 April 2009 | St. Barts
14 March 2009 | leeward Islands
12 March 2009 | Leeward Islands
07 February 2009 | St Thomas
20 January 2009 | St. Thomas USVI
06 January 2009 | Luperon
11 December 2008 | Luperon
24 November 2008 | In the Exumas Bahamas
15 October 2008 | Near Jeckyl Island
06 September 2008 | NYC, Long Island, CT and MA
18 May 2008 | Cape Canaveral Florida
17 April 2008 | Durban and Cape Town
13 February 2008 | West Palm Beach, Florida
25 November 2007 | Grand Bahamas Island
20 November 2007 | Grand bahamas Island
20 November 2007 | West Palm Beach, FL

St. Barths

12 March 2009 | Leeward Islands
Rick
St Barths

We have been in St Barths for a week now and just signed up for another week. We left the BVI after going back and forth about the weather. We had decided to scrap our trip and wait for another weather window to cross the Annegada Channel. Its about 80 miles and the channel can be very rough at times. Kind of like crossing the Gulf Stream because are always right into the wind and waves which can build very quickly.

Suddenly I said to Linda, let's go and if it's too rough we can turn back to the BVI. AS you can see we went all the way across in only 6 to 8 foot waves in about 21 hours. It wasn't a bad ride but slow because the wind was too strong and we had to make some long tacks away from the wind to get here.

St. Barts is our favorite place and we are happy to relax here. We are anchored right off Shell Beach which I think is the place Linda wants to be buried. The shells are piled a foot thick on the beach and you can find Linda searching through them for hours. She looks like a kid in a sand box. The boat is getting too heavy from all the shells.

Life is expensive here if you want to eat out every day. I guess that is the same in all the islands. Living on the anchor and eating on the boat is the way to go. We are eating a lot of baguettes (90 cents each). The grocery has fresh bread every day and the prices there aren't too bad except for fresh produce. Meat is very reasonable as is the wine.

There is not one place on this island to get an air tank filled for diving. You are not allowed to dive with out a local dive master with you. I wanted to use mine to clean the bottom of the boat and remove a rope from an engine but they won't fill it. I hope they will in St. Martin.

The water here is so perfectly clear and blue. The water temp is a little bit chilly but we are still enjoying it. 78 degrees. The days are very warm and the wind is always blowing. Not bad for winter.
Comments
Vessel Name: IATO
Vessel Make/Model: 40' Manta Catamaran
Hailing Port: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Crew: Rick and Linda Wilson
About: We recently retired and are setting out to fulfill our dreams. We hope to cruise to new places and new worlds.
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5 square miles, 3,300 feet high
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From Rum Cay we spent 30 hours to Turks and Cacos. And 24 hours to the Turks to Luperon, Dominican Republic.
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Created 9 December 2008
had our last hoorah at our friend Iska's boat the night before we left Georgetown.. Had a ball! thanks Ida and Ian
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Created 9 December 2008
So wonderful to meet other Women doing the Same thing and share experiences and ideas. You have an INSTANT "soul" connection. I found the most wonderful woman that pulled me under their wings and gave me friendship, love and support. I hope I can pass the love wherever I go.
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Thanksgiving dinner on Ishka with friends in Georgetown
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Created 28 November 2008
Pictures from Warick Wells Cay, Port Lucaya
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Created 25 November 2008
New York, CT, MA
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our trip to Cape Town and Durban SA
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We had a get together in Freeport Grand Bahamas Island. These are the picture of the 8 day stay.
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We spent 4 days in the New York City area. These are a sample of the many pictures we took
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Created 28 August 2007
Leaving the Chesapeake we started out trip from Chesapeake City to Cape May, NJ.
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Created 15 August 2007
We will meet many new friends traveling. We are going to try and include as many on our site as we can. Each person is special in their own way and will add to our life.
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Created 11 July 2007

Who: Rick and Linda Wilson
Port: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida