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13 May 2017 | Washington DC
12 May 2017 | Washington DC
09 May 2017 | Washington DC
07 May 2017 | Washington DC
06 May 2017 | Washington DC
01 May 2017 | Potomac River, Maryland
30 April 2017 | Potomac River, Maryland
30 April 2017 | Mouth of the Potomac River
29 April 2017 | 56 Miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake
28 April 2017 | 110 Miles South of Cape Hatiers
27 April 2017 | 250 Miles East of Savannah, Georgia
26 April 2017 | 200 Miles offshore from Orlando, FL
25 April 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas
24 April 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas
23 April 2017 | Great Guana Cay, Bahamas
22 April 2017 | Man-O-War
21 April 2017 | Hope Town, Abaco
20 April 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas
17 April 2017 | Albaco, Bahamas
12 April 2017 | Hope Town, Abaco

The Valorous Unit Award

13 May 2017 | Washington DC
Becky/70 degrees, cloudy
We learned today our son Drew was awarded the Valorous Unit Award! We are very proud and excited for him. Below is the description of the award:

The Valorous Unit Award (VUA) is the second highest United States military unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a military unit after the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC). The VUA is awarded by the United States Army to units of the United States Armed Forces or cobelligerent nations which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States on or after 3 August 1963. The unit degree of heroism required is considered the equivalent of the individual degree of heroism required for the Silver Star which is awarded for gallantry in action.

Way to go Drew!

Becky

Baseball Game

12 May 2017 | Washington DC
Becky/76 degrees, sunny
Denny's brother, Michael, along with his wife Allison, took us to the Washington Nationals verses Baltimore Orioles. It was so much fun, with all the excitement, lights and front row seats! We won 7-6 and it was so much fun!

Becky

Sand Island Lighthouse

09 May 2017 | Washington DC
Becky/80 degrees, sunny & beautiful
We will be lighthouse keepers for one month starting in the middle of June. It is the Sand Island Lighthouse. One of the Apostil Island lighthouses built in 1881, Lake Superior, Wisconsin. We are very excited about this volunteer position and we will blog about our experience.

Here is some history:
Sand Island lighthouse, near the western end of the Apostle Island chain, was occupied for a shorter period than any of the archipelago's other lights. Built in 1881, it was the first of the group to be automated, in 1921.

Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lighthouses on Lake Superior, the structure was built from sandstone quarried right at the building site. The design of the lighthouse was influenced by the Gothic style, popular during the Victorian period. The light tower begins as a square rising from the northwest corner of the dwelling, then gracefully flows into an octagon surmounted by the lantern and walkway. Carved wood trim decorates the steeply sloped gable end of the quarters. A fourth-order Fresnel lens produced a fixed white light from the top of the 44-foot tall tower.


Becky

Family in the Bahamas

07 May 2017 | Washington DC
Becky/72 degrees, cloudy & rainy
Below is a video of our time with our family in the Bahamas. We had such a nice visit!



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Mahi Mahi

06 May 2017 | Washington DC
Becky/72 degrees, cloudy & rainy
Wanted to show you how Denny cleans the fish we catch on Kokomo.



We are at Denny's brother Michael's house in Washington DC. We ate this fish last night on the BBQ and it was delicious!

Life is good on Kokomo

Becky

Just In Time

01 May 2017 | Potomac River, Maryland
Becky/80 degrees, sunny & windy
Today and tomorrow we are suppose to get gale forced winds. We are so glad we got here when we did, wouldn't want to be out in the ocean right now. It is windy here but we are anchored in a protected small bay.

We got off the boat and walked around the marina. There is a camp ground here with many fancy 5th wheel & motor homes right on the water. We got to talk with a few people and they are very friendly. The waiting list to get a spot here is very long. One guy we spoke with got his spot in 1986. This really is a beautiful area!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

We Made It Safely

30 April 2017 | Potomac River, Maryland
Denny/80 degrees, sunny & beautiful
We are anchored in Carthegena Creek just off of the St. Marys River. We will be checking into Dennis Point Marina which is at the mouth of the Potomac River tomorrow. We can see the marina where we are anchored and it is beautiful here. There are big trees all around us and just a few big houses blanket the water. I expect this is what Gig Harbor looked like before progress got in the way.

We left March Harbor, Bahamas 5 days and 2 hours ago. While Becky has been giving the day to day account, I thought I would give my take. First we are safe and nothing of significance is broken. The trip was 710 nautical miles as the bird flies or 745 nautical miles as the boat wonders. That's 894 US miles for my land loving friends. While the trip started off sloppy and I was bitten with the sickness of the sea. The trip ended with flat waters and sunshine with a soft breeze. We had a 180 kt day with a little help from the golf stream (130 is our average). We will spend the next 30 days cleaning and working on the boat so it can be stored for the summer and ready for our return. This will be the first summer we will spend off the boat. Not to worry we have a new summer adventure to keep us busy. Stay tuned for details of that adventure as it approaches it is in June.

Denny

Day 5 - East Coast Weather

30 April 2017 | Mouth of the Potomac River
Becky/colder
You can tell we aren't in the tropics any longer. I woke up to fog. It is cold in the morning and at night.

Only news today is.... flies. Where in the world do they come from? We are in the middle of water, miles from land and this afternoon we were attacked by 14 flies all at the same time. How do I know 14, well I killed them all one by one. But no, I thought I was finished and more popped up. I must have killed over 50 flies! These are nasty and messy flies, they bite and when I hit them with the fly swatter they left blood. I think 7 of the flies came from that big ship last night and they were pregnant, flew to Kokomo, took a nice snooze and woke up in the afternoon and said "let's go annoy Becky"!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Day 4 - Finally

29 April 2017 | 56 Miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake
Becky/colder
Our main sail is in bad shape and is tearing at the bottom, so we had to reef the main. The wind is down around 10 knots, so our speed is averaging 5 knots. But then - Bam! We have finally reached the Gulf Stream! Our speed now is averaging 8-10 knots.

I was on shift at 2 am and was watching a ship on the AIS that was coming from behind us heading right for us. It was a huge container ship and he called Kokomo on the VHF radio. He asked us to stay our course that he would pass us on our port. I'm glad he called cause he passed us really close, but I knew what he was doing.

No fish caught today, but Denny made some delicious mahi mahi for dinner!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Day 3 - Fish On

28 April 2017 | 110 Miles South of Cape Hatiers
Becky/80 degrees, sunny with clouds, colder at night
We took the sail down in the middle of the night because it wasn't doing anything. This morning we put both sails up with no reefs and are sailing at 5 knots. The wind is only 7-10 knots from our side which makes the boat move just enough. Chris Parker (weather guy) says this is what to expect for the next few days. He also said we should reach the gulf stream in the next 12-24 hours. This will help our speed even if there is little wind.

We are both feeling much better and getting plenty of sleep. There isn't a single boat, freighter or land in sight, just surrounded by water and it's pretty peaceful out here.

Today we caught a 20 lbs. Mahi Mahi! They are so pretty and yummy!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Day 2 - No Bucket

27 April 2017 | 250 Miles East of Savannah, Georgia
Becky/80 degrees, sunny with clouds
All Smiles! We had scrambled eggs for breakfast and soup for dinner. The seas and wind have died down and had to motor sail all day and night. The wind is directly behind us, so the boat rocks back and forth with the waves.

Again we had a fish chase our fishing lure, this time it was a sail fish, you could see the fins on top of the water, but didn't catch it. Denny changed the lure.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Day 1 - Head in the Bucket

26 April 2017 | 200 Miles offshore from Orlando, FL
Becky/80 degrees, sunny
6 foot swells in the ocean equals sick Denny. It wasn't so bad, we had 15 knot wind from our side so we were sailing pretty fast. The one fun thing was we saw a wahoo chasing our fishing lure. It hit it a couple times, but we never hooked it. We have 4 more days to hook a fish.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Good-Bye Bahamas

25 April 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas
Becky/80 degrees, sunny & beautiful
Today begins our crossing to the U.S.A. We will be posting our blog remotely via our single side band radio. I will try and post our lat & long so you can see on the map where we are. Denny has been listening to the weather man Chris Parker and this should be an easy crossing of 10-15 knots of wind. Just what I like, the boat moves at a comfortable speed.

The above photo is our son Drew and his wife Erica. They went to a military ball. Such a good-looking couple!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Good-Bye Family

24 April 2017 | Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas
Becky/80 degrees, sunny & beautiful
Denny and his mom walking the beach at Bakers Bay. What a wonderful 5 days! So nice to spend time with Kaeje, Joanne & Joy! The boat will be very quiet now that they are on their way home.

We will be provisioning, cleaning up and resting today. In a couple days, probably Wednesday we leave for a 5 day crossing from the Bahamas to Dennis Point in Maryland. Here we will take the boat out of the water for 3 months while we do some repairs, cleaning the bottom, varnish the toe rail and waxing the haul. Kokomo needs some love.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Kaeje Memories

23 April 2017 | Great Guana Cay, Bahamas
Becky/80 degrees, windy, cloudy
We have been having such great family time! Denny has been calling Kaeje "niecey", as she is our only and favorite niece! I've been blessed to have made such good memories with Kaeje!

We swam together


Helped in the kitchen, here she made a cake, it was delicious!


Played on the beach


We collected shells and made bracelets


We made up our hair to match


Kaeje and Joy took us out to dinner to Grabbers. It was so good!

Life is great 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 and two grandson'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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Port: Tacoma, Washington

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