Homeward Bound

Vessel Name: Integrity
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 37 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Corpus Christi
Crew: Bob and Cris Gerlach
About: Starting a new life living aboard on June 1, 2011. We are retired but not tired and we're off on an adventure of a lifetime together.
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25 March 2012 | Simpson Lagoon, St Martin
13 March 2012 | Portsmouth, Dominica
22 February 2012 | Atlantic-Caribbean
08 November 2011 | Lanzarote, Canary Islands
24 October 2011 | In the Shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar
14 October 2011 | Fuentarabia/Hondarrabia, Spain
12 October 2011 | Northern Spain
08 October 2011 | Granada, Spain
03 October 2011 | Almerimar, Spainish east coast
28 September 2011 | Mahon, Menorca, the Balerics
11 September 2011 | Missina Sicily
04 September 2011 | Corfu Greece
25 August 2011 | Ay Eufimia Harbor
20 August 2011 | Corinth Yacht Harbor, Greece
14 August 2011 | kalamaki Marina, Athens, Greece
07 August 2011 | Today, Kalamaki Marina, Athens
04 August 2011 | Monemvasia, Peloponnisos coast
27 July 2011 | Milos Island, Greece
19 July 2011 | Serifos Greece
14 July 2011 | STILL in Syros
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Recent Blog Posts
25 March 2012 | Simpson Lagoon, St Martin

A new delay, such is life

Hello all you blog followers. We begin this entry on March 19, 2012. We are tied to a mooring in Falmouth Bay right next to English Harbor on the Island of Antigua. We are surrounded by mega mega yachts, the sort that only Bill Gates or Tiger Woods could dream of affording.

13 March 2012 | Portsmouth, Dominica

The Leewards

It’s surprising how little distance can be covered in so much time. Sailing is a slow business at the best of times.

22 February 2012 | Atlantic-Caribbean

ARC 2011 Gran Canaria to St Lucia

Wow! Time sure flies by it has been over two months since we made it across the Atlantic, albeit second last in the Rally and there hasn’t been much thought of adding or updating the blog. In fact we apparently got so wrapped up in preparations we forgot to post some of our travel. We left Lanzarote [...]

08 November 2011 | Lanzarote, Canary Islands

first long passage accomplished

November 6th, Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

24 October 2011 | In the Shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar

Ten days away, ten days to the next post

21 October

14 October 2011 | Fuentarabia/Hondarrabia, Spain

If you water it, it will grow

14 October

ARC 2011 Gran Canaria to St Lucia

22 February 2012 | Atlantic-Caribbean
me of course
Wow! Time sure flies by it has been over two months since we made it across the Atlantic, albeit second last in the Rally and there hasn’t been much thought of adding or updating the blog. In fact we apparently got so wrapped up in preparations we forgot to post some of our travel. We left Lanzarote and made it to Gran Canary and Las Palmas harbor in one long day. Having registered and moved into a berth (right next to a boat with all girl crew from an organization called “Girls for Sail” ) we settled into the panic mode about getting all the last minute repairs and equipment installed, going to parties, shopping for provisions, and finding some crew. On the 20th of November in the company of 224 other yachts we set off across the Atlantic bound for St Lucia in the Caribbean.
After arriving on December 15 we spent another 10 days at the Rally festivities and tasting the Island life a bit then we left the boat at Rodney Bay Marina on St Lucia and flew back to Corpus on the 26th of December and returned to Integrity (February 15th to fix all those little glitches that occurred during our crossing, do maintenance, clean off the bottom, and re-provision. We are still at Rodney Bay and anticipate being here at least until the 24th or 25th to accomplish what needs doing, Island time you know, nothing in a hurry, could take longer. I had thought that after leaving the Middle East my world would change and when a service person said “I’ll be there at nine” you would actually see them very near “nine” Hah! Here Island time is just assumed and they don’t even say “I’ll be there man Yana” or “Inshala” (Arabic for “God willing and the creek don’t rise”), oh well? But all in all they are warm friendly people and most seem to be genuinely happy most all the time.
It is warmer (mid 80’s) and more humid here now than in December but still pleasant enough and it does cool down well enough at night to be comfortable without air conditioning. It is the season for a little rain to fall most days and nights, mostly doesn’t fall for more than five or ten minutes and then that cloud blows by, haven’t seen lightening or heard thunder but there have been some pretty impressive Rainbows (still looking for that pot of gold especially now at $1800 an ounce!). Next we plan to start Island hopping back to Corpus beginning with a stop in Martinique. This will hopefully be a “no hurry” cruise with frequent stops for days at a time rather than trying to cover distance fast as you can. The general plan is to reach Corpus in June or maybe July before the Gulf Hurricane season heats up.
Today, the 22d, is Independence day so there are parades, and even one of the British Princes is here for the celebration, not sure which one. Seems ironic the St Lucians would want British Royalty here after they gained independence from Britain, but as I said these are generally happy go lucky people so maybe it didn’t take them long to forgive and forget, or more sinister they want to subtlety rub the Brits noses in it? You can decide for yourself.
Internet is spotty to nonexistent when anchored out so blogging will be spotty at best also. We will try to post one more from here just before we leave.
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