LeuCat Adventures

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27 March 2017 | 15 nm West of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
26 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
25 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
24 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
23 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
21 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
20 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
19 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
18 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
17 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
16 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
16 March 2017 | Booby's Marina, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
16 March 2017 | Booby's Marina, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
15 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten

Year 10 Day 60 St Croix Bound!

27 March 2017 | 15 nm West of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Dave/Sunny
This morning we tossed our dock lines and then ran over to the marina's fuel dock. We wanted to fill our fuel tanks with duty free diesel. We took 289 liters and it only cost us $189 US. That is just $0.79 a liter or just a little over $3.00 a gallon. Whoo Hoo!

We then went out to the center of Great Bay and anchored. We wanted to clean the bottom of our dinghy before we headed out for St. Croix. We had to have the dinghy in the water while docked to prevent the dinghy from banging into the concrete dock. Thus, the bottom was covered with slime and some barnacles. Since I still have my incision that is partial open, I could not go into the water. The cleaning of the bottom of the dinghy fell to Mary Margaret. The swells were coming into the bay so the dinghy bounced quite a bit in the water. This made it a were challenge to clean its bottom. It took over an hour and by the time Mary Margaret had it sparkling, she was exhausted and a bit water logged. I felt so sorry for her but was greatly appreciative.

Since our passage to St Croix is only about 95 nm, we decided to sit on our anchor until 1500. We have made arraignments with Steve, the Green Cay Marina manager, to arrive around 1400 tomorrow. That will give him time to clear out a boat that will currently where we will be docking. Since we knew we would have no winds during this passage. By leaving at 1500 and motoring at just 4.3 knots, we should arrive right on time.

I took the first 3-hour shift and it was easy, peasy. The starboard engine is running on moderately low RPMs, the swells are coming from our port stern quarter and we are having a leisurely way of it.

Every now and again a puff of wind teases us, coming from the south. I did unfurl the head sail and milked a knot out of the 6-knot breeze which allowed me to back off of on the RPMs. However, after about 30 minutes, the breeze floated away and I had to furl the headsail. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

We are looking forward to spending a short bit of time in St. Croix. Our blog friend, Rick, has invited us to spend some time with him and use his guest house. We are excited about finally meeting him and exploring St. Croix. We will not be spending too much time here since we need to head over to St Thomas so that can pick up our good friends, Portia and Steve, who will be spending a couple of weeks. We can hardly wait to see them. Once they leave, we then get to have our good friends, Valerie and Joe come and sail with us for a few days. They have sailed with us a few times, once in Panama and again in New Zealand.

As you can see, this coming month is power packed with great people and we are anticipating great times!

It is currently 1830, our position is 17 58.92'N: 063 17.85'W, our course is 263 degrees True, our speed is about 4.3 knots, and we have about 80 or so nm to go. The winds are nil and the swells are about a meter, coming from the ESE.

Year 10 Day 59 Meeting Old New Friends

26 March 2017
This photo captures Michael and Sara Lee's friends, Kevin and Robin (on the left), Mary Margaret, Michael's lovely wife, Sara Lee and their daughter, Larissa.

Year 10 Day 59 Meeting Old New Friends

26 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
Dave/Mostly Sunny

It was way back in May 2010 when we received our first blog comment from Michael commenting on our blog and asking a sailing technique question. At that time, we were literally in the middle of the South Pacific, still a few days from making landfall in the Marquesas in French Polynesia. Since that time, we have emailed each other close to 70 times. Whew! Thus, we feel that we have known each other very well. Michael is the proud owner of a Lagoon 440. His boat is only a year younger than ours. As you can see, we have a lot in common.

Well, today, we finally hooked up as he, his lovely wife Sara Lee, his daughter Larissa, and their good friends from Texas, Robin and Keven, came to our boat. They had just arrived up in Simpson Bay this morning. Once cleared in and tied up at the Simson Bay Marina, they rented a car and drove to find us. How great is that!

After introductions and a brief stay on Leu Cat we all walked over to The Green House to have lunch that Michael was gracious enough to insist on treating all of us to a lunch/dinner. We swapped stories and share views and just had a wonderful time. We so enjoyed each other that we ended up staying at our table until almost 1730. At that time, we then walked over to the boardwalk and find a gelato shop. As we spooned down our frozen goodness we continued to learn more about each of us and so enjoyed what we learned. By the time we finally said goodbye it close to 1900 and it was like saying farewell to friends that we had known forever. What a great day and wonderful friends.

Tomorrow, we sail off to St Croix. It is just about 95 nm and will be an overnight sail. The winds are predicted to be light so we might end up motoring most of the way. Once there, we will be greeted by Rick, another blog reader friend. He and his wife have kindly invited us to spend a few days with them and have offered us their guest house. They used to own a Lagoon 500 and we can hardly wait to meet them and listen to the stories that they can share with us regarding their cruising days.

If you have kept up with our blog, you know that it has led us to meeting all kinds of great people from all around the world and we are so fortunate to have that opportunity.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
Without a doubt, this was the best diving spot we have come across in the Antilles. If you ever get a chance to come, be sure to stop at the Cousteau Marine Park in Guadeloupe.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
We saw lots of colorful sponges and plenty of fish.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
One last view of the Lionfish. He was very protective of his territory near this one coral bommie.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
From this angle you can see his spins that run down his back.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017
THis is a bit blurry but you can see how puffed out his fins have become.

More Of The Cousteau Marine Park

25 March 2017 | Bobby's Marina, Philipsburg, SInt Maarten
Dave/Overcast
We are slowly getting ready to head off to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands to visit our blog reader friend, Rick. Thus, they really it not much to write about right now. Instead, I thought I would continue with the posting of more pictures that I took when we were at the Cousteau Marine Reserve in Guadeloupe.

On one our our dives, we came across this Lionfish. Such fish have a deadly poison in their spines and it is best to let them have a wide berth. This one, as I approached, let me know that he was not too happy with my arrival as the closer I got, the more he opened up his fins and waved them around. I backed off quickly!
Vessel Name: Leu Cat
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA
Crew: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
About: Our goals are to spend the next 10 to 15 years cruising around the world and sharing this adventure with family and friends.
Extra: S/V Leu Cat is Lagoon 440 rigged for blue water sailing. It is 44 feet long with a 25 foot beam
Leu Cat's Photos - (Main)
1 Photo
Created 27 February 2017
Wedding and Reception photos April 18, 2015, Yosemite, CA
49 Photos
Created 30 April 2015
Here are some pics that I took while visiting w/ my parents in the Galapagos Islands
22 Photos
Created 29 March 2010
Our Photos of this very magically place
94 Photos
Created 21 September 2009
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 1 April 2009
A tour of St. Kitts that Mary Margaret and I did
75 Photos
Created 7 May 2008
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Created 25 March 2008
Pictures of the sea life in the cut between Little Jost Van Dyke and Green Cay, BVI
30 Photos
Created 17 March 2008
Here are a number of pictures of St. Maarten and the places we visited
36 Photos
Created 21 January 2008
Photos of Nanny Cay
6 Photos
Created 11 January 2008
Here what the idoit charter did to Leu Cat
11 Photos
Created 9 January 2008
Join us as we explore the Spanish, American, and British Virgin Ilsands.
15 Photos
Created 20 October 2007
To help get you ready to go sailing with us, we wish to introduce you to Leu Cat so you will know what to expect when you get here! Just click on the first photo and then use the "next" button to advance through this slide show.
19 Photos
Created 19 October 2007
This is a collection of photos documenting our sail through the Windward Islands during May/June 2006 with our son, David Paul.
62 Photos
Created 14 October 2007

Who: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
Port: Dana Point, CA