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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
A perfect birthday present...
16-Apr-2008, 18d13m N 063d58m W - En route to Puerto Rico

We're en route from Anguilla to Puerto Rico (or more exactly: to Culebra, an island just east of Puerto Rico) and Papa is enjoying the perfect birthday present - a beautiful night sail, going wing-on-wing down-wind at an easy 5 knots with a poled out genoa and a reefed main... a 3/4 moon lights up the secenery and the wind vane is steering happily again. Next update from Puerto Rico - stay tuned...

03 - Caribbean Cruising
Yeek! A long day...
01-Apr-2008, St. Kitts

Weighed anchor at 0600 this morning off Barbuda and dropped it 69 nm and almost 12 hrs later in White House Bay St. Kitts... a long day, reminiscent of the Atlantic crossing - downwind sailing in big and somewhat confused seas... will likely stay put for a few days until seas subside back to "normal" levels, probably next Monday... stay tuned
PS: Picture above was taken on the beach in Low Bay, Barbuda

03 - Caribbean Cruising
Nicky's taste in music
29-Mar-2008, Great Bird Island, Antigua

To his papa's delight and his mom's dismay Nicky has started to express very specific music preferences aboard Namani. He likes music with a very pronounced drum and bass line to which he will either dance or drum along using one or more of his Lego containers (=3D oversized Tupperwares). His most frequent request is "Time" by Pink Floyd (live version from "Pulse" album). The complete "Nicky's Favorites" playlist on our MP3 player includes also: Spin Doctors: Jimmy Olsen's Blues, Little Miss, Two Princes Crowded House: Locked out Counting Crows: Hard Candy, Mr. Jones Beautiful South: Perfect 10 David Gray: Dead in the Water Paul McCartney: Off the Ground U2: Mysterious Ways Manfed Mann's Earth Band: Mighty Quinn (for "Live at Budapest" album)

Not bad taste for a 4 1/2 year-old (at least according to his papa)!

We have been anchored off Great Bird Island which is part of a bigger reef system just north of Antigua (see picture above) for three nights - very beautiful and almost deserted (on our first night here we were the only boat in the anchorage). Our extended stay here is due to another "north swell event" (fall out from a depression and associated frontal system moving off the east coast of North America a few days ago) which is forecast to subside tomorrow. That's when we plan to leave for Barbuda an then on to St. Kitts. Puerto Rico is not that far anymore and the planning and mental preparation for the longer passages from Puerto Rico to Bermuda and Bermuda to Maine has now begun in earnest. Something to keep the mind focused...

03 - Caribbean Cruising

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