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The Journey Begins
Marc gets up with the kite!
11/21/2011, St. Croix

Marc has a much better day on the kite. He gets up and is able to stay up, but the winds die down and we have to call it a day.

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Island Tour
11/19/2011, St. Croix

Today we rented a jeep, took down the top and toured the island of St. Croix. It is a beautiful island with desert at one end and a rain forest at the other. The people are very friendly and laid back. We are slowly getting used to island pace. We did some minor 4x4ing - Marc and my brother would have liked to go further and harder, but I asked that we turn around when the path was only wide enough for a quad. The views were amazing, and the day was wonderful. We ended our day for supper at "Cheeseburgers in Paradise", they were delicious.

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11/19/2011 | Sonia
OMG,, I just wanted to let you guys know we are now grand parents of a lil girl born Oct 31 ,8lb7oz. Emily Isabela Kozlow and she is perfect :):):):) We are so proud.
11/20/2011 | Nic
I would have been asking them to turn around too, sounds like you guys are having a great time exploring! Its -25C tonight, seems our furnace is going non stop, so when those bugs get to you think of us scraping our windshields in the cold cold cold, should make it alllll better!
11/21/2011 | Sonia
OMG,, I just wanted to let you guys know we are now grand parents of a lil girl born Oct 31 ,8lb7oz. Emily Isabela Kozlow and she is perfect :):):):) We are so proud.
Kite Surfing
11/19/2011, St. Croix

One of the things that Marc planned to do on our trip was to take Kite Surfing lessons in St. Croix and then buy the gear if he enjoyed it as much as he figured he would. My brother, Tyson, decided to join Marc and take the lessons as well. They have both been drinking alot of sea water and have been getting dragged along in the water. The first day was at a beach learning how to control the kite - they did not go in the water. The second day was in the water with the kite, but no board, getting dragged around to get a feel for the kite and the power it has and then they were given a board, and tried to get up and ride the waves. Tyson was a little more successful. They have one more day of training - we will see how it all comes together. I will keep you posted.

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11/19/2011 | Sonia
Well hi there our far away friends, sounds like you are having fun wish Mark luck with his kite surfing. And Tyson as well.just thought you would like to know -23 out here today see what you guys are missing Lol Happy to here you are havilnf fun & you are safe. Love the picture I will check in again soon my friend
Miss ya,s Sonia & George
Island 5 - St. Croix
Up to 9 knots!
11/17/2011, St. Croix

We left St. Thomas and headed for St. Croix. The winds were in our favour and what we thought might be a six to eight hour tour was done in five and a half hours. Tyson decided to ride up front on the trampoline and get some sleep enroute. The seas were a little rough, but what a great sail - Marc had a perma-grin the whole day! We arrived in St. Croix to a north swell and lots of wind, which means lots of rocking and rolling on the boat, but no bugs!!

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Tyson comes to visit!
11/17/2011, St. Thomas

We arrived in St. Thomas and decided to stay at the Crown Bay Marina to fill our tanks with water. Wow it felt terrific to have a real shower! We spent a couple nights in the Marina and then headed to one of the bays to anchor. Marc spent his time sourcing parts and walking the island picking up parts and dropping off the water maker to be repaired. My brother, Tyson, has joined us for a ten day visit. We tried to do a little shopping but are in low season and they were all closed. So we decided to take in the 2 for 1 happy hour at the Greenhouse instead.

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11/19/2011 | Sonia
Wow,, Tam you look so nice and tanned.:)
Going Fishing
11/17/2011, St. Thomas bound

We left Culebra and were sailing to St. Thomas, the winds were blowing and we were making good time. Marc read that we would be passing through a good fishing location so decided to put out the trolling fishing rod. Wouldn't you know it the first time he puts out the rod we get a Mahi Mahi (Dorado). He was very tasty!!

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11/18/2011 | Arden
That looks like a pretty small fish Marc.
11/19/2011 | Michelle
I'm impressed, Marc - nice looking fish. All day on a Mexican boat with several rods in the water and we all couldn't catch anything but sunburns - I guess you've learned a few things over the years... Keep practicing - Winona and I would LOVE fresh caught fish for supper...
Small quiet cove
Amazing!!
11/17/2011, Culebra - US Virgin Islands

We decided to move the boat into cleaner waters to trouble shoot the water maker. We sailed into a small protected bay with only a few neighbors. The winds were blowing and the water was blue green. We only spent one night at this location, it would have been nice to spend more time here.

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Island 3 - Water maker break down
Winds are picking up
11/17/2011, Culebra - US Virgin Islands

Have not had internet for a week, I will try to catch you up. We left Vieques and sailed to Culebra. Culebra is a very quaint and beautiful island. We spent the first day getting settled. The second day we got our bearings and Marc took apart the water maker - it has stopped working. We found some parts for the water maker in Puerto Rico and our dive air compressor had arrived in Puerto Rico. So Marc took the ferry from Culebra to Puerto Rico and some wonderful new friends Ronnie and Betsy picked up the air compressor and water maker parts (they also brought some amazing homemade Papaya Hot Sauce and BBQ sauce) and brought them to Marc on the ferry, so he was able to turn around and head back to Culebra without delay. Unfortunately they were not the parts that needed to be replaced on the water maker. It always amazes me how we tend to take things for granted until they are gone or in short supply. We are rationing our fresh water very closely!

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Island #2
NO WIND
11/08/2011, Culebra - US Virgin Islands

We spent two more nights in Vieques. The second night we anchored in a bay that was very protected and we were the only ones there. There has been no wind, which means no sailing and lots of bugs!! We have had to motor from place to place, which is just not the same. Looks like we will be getting some good winds this weekend - very exciting!

When we showed up in Vieques, one of the locals at the pier recommended that we lock our dinghy as they have a tendency to go missing. We made sure to lock her up each time we went ashore. Our neighbors were not so lucky - they did not lock their dinghy, went for a few drinks, came back and their dinghy was gone - they had to swim back to their boat.

We Christened the boat and celebrated her new name!!

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11/08/2011 | Thar be Dragons
It sounds like all is well with you. It's nice to see that you are finally on the water. Fair winds
Finally out sailing!!
Way too Hot
11/06/2011, Vieques

Hello everyone, sorry that we have not provided an update in a few days. We had a few busy days getting our dive tanks mounted, our ice maker installed and the boat ready for our first visitors. Our friends Jay and Jessica joined us this weekend. We headed out to start our sailing journey on Friday morning to Vieques, a small island southeast of Puerto Rico. We spent the first night in Punta Arenas Green Beach at the northwest point of island. There was only one other sailboat, it was very secluded and private, but not alot of breeze. The next morning we all tried out the new paddle board - it was FANTASTIC!! The water was as calm as in a lake. We then headed over to Puerto Real which is a very busy tourist area with lots of quaint restaurants and a few boutiques. Our friends caught the ferry this morning to head back to Puerto Rico. Gotta run, talk to you soon!

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11/08/2011 | Michelle Stang
Hello from Calgary. You are my first blog site I have visited. Keep us posted on your adventures. Winona and I are closing in on a flight and will keep you posted. Love, Mich

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