s/v KOKOMO - Denny & Becky

LEAVING San Blas Islands November 8th, for our schedule visit our website: kokomosailing.com

22 January 2017 | New Providence Island, Bahamas
21 January 2017 | Nassau, Bahamas
19 January 2017 | Passing North Cat Cays, North Atlantic Ocean
18 January 2017 | Key West, Florida
16 January 2017 | Punta Gorda, Florida
14 January 2017 | Punt Gorda, Florida
07 January 2017 | Punts Gorda, Florida
04 January 2017 | El Paso, Texas
20 December 2016 | Tacoma, Washington
14 December 2016
13 December 2016 | Punta Gorda, Florida
06 December 2016 | Key West Florida
04 December 2016 | Key West, Florida
28 November 2016 | Belize City
27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
25 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
24 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
24 November 2016 | Belize
23 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize

Storm's A Brewin'

22 January 2017 | New Providence Island, Bahamas
Becky/86 degrees, clear blue skies
We are tied up at Nick's place on New Providence Island. This is our third visit here and it is a nice safe place to be for big wind that's coming. We are the third boat out. Nick has 6 boats tied up to his property.

35-40 knot winds are expected on Monday. Below is a short video of Passage Weather. This is what Denny looks at before we head out to make sure the weather is ok.



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

FYI:
New Providence Island, principal island of The Bahamas, West Indies. It is located between Andros Island (west) and Eleuthera Island (east). The island has a length of 21 miles (34 km) and a width of 7 miles (11 km) and is mostly flat, with swamps and several shallow lakes. Nassau is the island’s chief city and also the capital of The Bahamas.

Bay Street Marina

21 January 2017 | Nassau, Bahamas
Becky
After 3 nights and 4 days, we arrived at Nassau at 4 pm. We got a slip at Bay Street Marina and they called the officials for us to check into the Bahamas. This is the time and day to do it as it was 4:45 pm on a Friday when they arrived. There were two of them and it took them 6 minutes to collect our $300, stamp our passports and leave. The one official did hit his head twice, once coming and once leaving. You would think by now they would figure that out.

Denny took me to dinner, which is rare for us and afterwards we relaxed back on the boat with a movie. What's also rare is staying in a marina. At $150 a night, you can see why we don't do this but maybe a couple times year. We got a good nights rest and are off to Coral Harbor, about 25 miles away.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Gulf Stream

19 January 2017 | Passing North Cat Cays, North Atlantic Ocean
Becky
Pretty flat clam out here, motoring the entire way. But the gulf stream is helping us out by pushing us pretty fast. Most of the night we were averaging over 8 knots. Very nice going with it for a change, although what little wind there is, it is on the nose. One more over night and we will be there - yeah!

We are having trouble finding a clear frequency to send a blog. Denny has cleaned the wires thinking that was the problem, but that's not the case. We will keep trying, but our emails and blogs won't be current.

Clear blue sky's, I'm wearing shorts and a spaghetti strap top, sun feels good. Yes, I have put on 70 sun protection! Last time I saw the dermatologist, he said to stay out of the sun and proceeded to zap me all over. Not fun!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Key West Regata

18 January 2017 | Key West, Florida
Becky
We left Punta Gorda at 9 am and arrived in Key West for fuel at 1 pm this afternoon. Light wind on our nose had us motor all the way. A short stop and we are on our way. This week is the Key West Regata of 160 sailboats. We learned on the VHF radio they have 3-4 races each day until Friday. It was really beautiful to see over 100 boats coming at you with all different colored spinnakers. Brought back some good memories racing Kokomo! :)

Expect another light wind and motor night to the Bahamas.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Roof Top Restaurant

16 January 2017 | Punta Gorda, Florida
Becky/83 degrees, cloudy with sun breaks
The boat is full and fixed and we are ready to move on!

We leave tomorrow for the Bahamas! There is a good weather window for us to get there before Sunday, because after that it is nasty! We will sit tight in Nassau until the bad weather blows through to head to Stanley Cays.

We have enjoyed our time with Jim & Connie and all that they have done for us! The above photo is a roof top restaurant and bar we took them to say "thanks".

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

PS - No photos or internet (limited phone service) until the end of April. I will post blogs remotely via sailmail.

Go Seahawks

14 January 2017 | Punt Gorda, Florida
Becky/72 degrees, cloudy but warming up to 80 degrees
There is a weather window to leave Punta Gorda early next week for the Bahamas. We are making fixes to the boat. Got the freezer working again. Took the stack pack off and repaired it, along with a couple patches to the main. Was able to wash and dry many clothes, sheets and towels that smelled like boat, now downy fresh! (Thanks Connie). Next is provisioning, that is always fun to find room, especially the ten cases of beer! :)

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Cold and Stormy

07 January 2017 | Punts Gorda, Florida
Becky/57 degrees cold for Florida
We made it back to the boat this afternoon. The trip went smoothly except for some hard rain at times.

The other day we stopped at Safeway to pick up lunch. Can't remember which state we were in. At the check out counter, the cashier gave us a 10% senior citizen discount. She said it's on the first Tuesday of the month and you have to be at least 50. Denny's enjoying his age more and more!

On The Road Again

04 January 2017 | El Paso, Texas
Becky
We bought Honda and are driving it back to Florida where our boat is moored. Our first two days we drove 750 miles and over the mountains got 40 miles to the gallon. Now in flat country, we are getting over 43 mpg.

Our first night we stayed with my girlfriend from WSU, Deana and her husband Eric. She was in our wedding nearly 34 years ago and she hasn't changed a bit! So much fun to get caught up.

Our second night we stayed with another friend from school. Denny was in his wedding and it was fun to reminess. We are so fortunate to have such good friends, just like the stars, you can't always see them, but they are always there.

Becky

Family Time

20 December 2016 | Tacoma, Washington
Becky/cold
Love spending time with James and Jackson!

Becky

Happy Happy Us

14 December 2016
Becky/80 degrees, fot in the morning, sunny and beautiful in the afternoon!
Jim & Connie are such great hosts! Thanks again!

Today Denny will take down the standing rod rigging stay on the starboard side. This has a crack in it and we think it was from the lightening strike. Whenever we have been sailing, we try not to put up the sail if there will be pressure on the starboard side. Now I don't have to worry about that any longer. Denny will take it to a rigger where he will stamp it and then it will be fixed.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Photo above was taken last night. They went to a Christmas yacht club party.

Feels Like Home

13 December 2016 | Punta Gorda, Florida
Becky/80 degrees, sunny and beautiful!
After motoring all night in eerie calm water, we arrived at Punta Gorda where we are tied up in a slip in front of Jim & Connie's condo.

Now all the U.S. projects start. We will be busy for several weeks fixing the boat up so it will be ready for the Bahamas next month.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Back in the USA

06 December 2016 | Key West Florida
Denny cold if your from Panama. Hot if your from Tacoma
We are back in the USA. You can tell when you get close to the US as the radio starts to come alive. For some reason boaters in the US like to talk on the radio. Several times we would hear a boat just say we are standing by. Also the weather station starts to give weather information for the surrounding aria. I know its all about safety but it can get frustrating as were used to peace and quiet coming from the radio.

About 20 miles from Key West Florida the US Coast Guard gave us a call and told us they would be boarding our boat. This is the second time we have sailed into the US from another country. Its also the second time we have been boarded by the Coast Guard. I think the wall is up and doing it's Job.

Speaking of walls! I asked the Coast Guard what all the people on rafts were doing rowing towards Cuba. They said those were Americans. With Castro Dead and Trump as the President elect a lot of people are fleeing for a better life before Cuba builds there own wall. Smile.

Checking into a country can be frustrating as you must go find customs and immigration. they are not waiting for you at the dock. It took 2 hours to check out of Belize as i had to go to 3 different buildings. checking in to the US is no different. you must call a boating number and give all your information to the person on the line then you have 24 hours to report to the office. In Key West we were told the office is at the airport. we rented bikes and spent an hour and a half riding to the airport. on the customs door was a sign that said they were closed and we must go to a different location to check in. I kid you not the address was one block from where we rented the bikes. so we enjoyed a nice ride around the island. Once we got to the office the check in was easy and we were giving passport stamps saying we arrived. Its good to be back in the US with the boat. With the 6 to 8 dollar beer prices it also feels like Key West.

Denny
Life is good on Kokomo

Hard Climb out of Central America

04 December 2016 | Key West, Florida
Becky
Leaving Belize City at 6:30 am last Tuesday, the wind and waves were strong (over 20 knots) on our side. We had a reefed main & jib and were screaming fast! The first day/night were a rough go for us as the waves were confused and would hit us hard on our side and spray the entire boat. The second day/night the wind lightened up and we were able to have a half can of soup and sail the rum line. Third and forth day/night were strong winds coming right at us. We had saltine crackers and peanut butter those days, we had to zig zag the rum line making no real time. Chris Parker told us that morning we had 36 hours to get where we wanted to be as there was bad weather coming. Denny didn't think we could make it to Key West in time so we were plotting a course to Havana, Cuba, it was less than a day away. But instead we decided to double reef the main with a sliver of jib out and motor on the rum line, we had strong winds right at us but hit the gulf stream and made it in to Key West and anchored before 7:30 pm (36 hour mark). Chris Parker was right on as it howled during our celebration cocktails. After 4 days and 8 hours we are safely anchored in Key West. The wind is strong now and we will have to stay here until we get a break in the weather to head north to Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, where our good friends Jim & Connie have made arrangements for us to keep our boat at a dock next to their boat right in front of their condo. Kokomo will stay there while we come home for Christmas.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Good-Bye Beautiful Belize

28 November 2016 | Belize City
Becky/86 degrees, sunny, beautiful
When we arrived back to the marina this morning, the boat was painted and ready to go. We are checking out today and heading out to anchor for an early start in the morning for Florida. The wind is in the right direction and not to strong. Expecting a nice sail to Key West, arriving in 3-4 days.

Life is good on Kokomo

Becky

Last Snorkel in Belize

27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/83 degrees, cloudy with sun breaks
African Pompano (last one on the video with the pretty long dorsal fin), spaghetti worm, nurse sharks, grey rays, damsel fishes, queen & grey angel fishes, hawksbill turtle (photo above), purple sea fans, lobster, long spine urchin, parrotfish, blue tang, trumpet fish, spotted tunkfish, bluehead fish, just to name of few of what we saw. This was a great snorkel to end our very memorable time in Belize!



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky
Vessel Name: Kokomo
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 425
Hailing Port: Tacoma, Washington
Crew: Denny & Becky Flannigan
About:
After ten years of planning a trip around the world, we have given up our life on land to head to bluer pastures with the hopes of staying young as long as possible. Our mission is to have fun while moving about the earth. [...]
Extra: We have two boys in their 20's and several friends and family of all ages. Our hope is that those we know will decide to spend some time with us. Life is enjoyed most when you share it with those your closest to.
Home Page: http://www.kokomosailing.com/
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Who: Denny & Becky Flannigan
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