Sailing with Nine of Cups

Vessel Name: Nine of Cups
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 458
Hailing Port: Denver, Colorado, USA
Crew: Marcie & David
About: We've lived aboard Nine of Cups since 2000 and have managed to accumulate 86,000+ nm under the keel since that time. We completed a circumnavigation in April 2015 and managed to sail around the five great southern capes. Come along with us for the ride!
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Visit our website at www.nineofcups.com for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at www.justalittlefurther.com. Are some of our links broken? Links break from time to time. Please let us know which ones are broken and we'll fix them. You [...]
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA
06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
29 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
28 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
27 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
22 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
21 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
20 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
19 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
18 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
17 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
16 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Recent Blog Posts
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA

Taking a breather ...

Since we'll be off the boat during July and August, we plan to post only three times per week. The Captain will continue writing a practical Blue View post each week, we'll keep you up to date on what's happening with us and then throw in some cruising nuggets as well.

06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Keeping fit

We’ve written before about keeping fit on the boat. David is so much better at a regimented exercise program than I am. I have all the best intentions, but I can always think of something better to do than sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts and running in place. It doesn’t take much to distract me. Walking, [...]

04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Happy 240th Birthday, America

Growing up in New England, I took for granted just how lovely a summer’s morning can be in Massachusetts. It’s comfortably cool and everything smells clean and fresh. Spider webs glisten with morning dew and it’s just great to be alive and breathe in the new day. Being back at Lin’s house conjures up wonderful childhood memories of summer mornings past. And this is not just any morning … it’s the 4th of July, the best holiday of the summertime in the USA.

02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Leaving Cups and a Road Trip

Leaving Nine of Cups is never easy. We know she’ll pout while we’re gone and so we do our best to make sure she’s as comfortable as possible before we leave. We were whirling dervishes trying to get everything ready.

01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hunting & Gathering - Virginia Beach

We had lots to do before leaving Cups. David was intent on getting as many chores done in advance of our departure as possible so that once we return in September, we can spend time sailing in the Chesapeake rather than doing repairs and maintenance. Much of what we needed in the way of parts and supplies, [...]

30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA

Cups' New Digs - Atlantic Yacht Basin

We had lots of questions and the folks at Atlantic Yacht Basin (AYB) had all the right answers. Yes, they had room for Nine of Cups now until early September and they would make accommodation for her to stay a few months in late autumn till after Christmas as well. Their rates? About half of what we [...]

Re-glued and sandroing

07 September 2011 | Moored in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Marcie
Today was our Vanuatu experiment with third world dentists. Marcie's crown came loose and needed to be re-glued into place. We sought out advice from Hillary at the yacht club and made an appointment with Dr. Thalia at South Pacific Smiles...they had a nice color ad in the Yellow Pages....must be good, right? The dentist was located a ways from town and required a bus ride...always an adventure. Mini-vans run continually along the main road and for $150Vt each, we were dropped off right in front of the dentist's office which we found to be modern and well-equipped. The problem was handled in a jiffy. Both the dentist and cost of service were definitely first world.

We went to the Nasonal Miusium Blong Vanuatu...Bislama for Vanuatu National Museum...for the rest of the afternoon. For 700Vt each, we had a private guide named Edgar, who took us through the small, but interesting museum. A most fascinating art form in the northern islands is sandroing (sand drawing) used for illustrating local legends and stories. Edgar hails from the island of Espiritu Santo and demonstrated sand drawing for us on a large tray of beach sand. He began with a tic/tac/toe type of foundation and then, never raising his finger, completed a most intricate, beautiful design in the sand. All the while he was drawing, he told an accompanying story and then sang a traditional song. We've already posted photos on the website. Throughout the museum, he explained local "kastom", traditions, folklore and tabus. Because of Vanuatu's cultural diversity, certain traditions are only maintained on certain islands. The more he explained, the more we thought..."Why are we hanging around here? Let's get going to see it where it's really happening." A few chores, some provisioning and we'll be ready to head out.

We stopped at Au Bon Marche again on the walk home from the museum. We found out the Meat Department has new hours and is closed between Noon-3pm everyday (what?). Luckily, it was open when we arrived. Unfortunately, no chicken breasts today. They had some yesterday, but sold out. They're not sure about tomorrow. Sigh! As we proceed west, we're becoming more and more acquainted with different fruits and veggies. Scanning the aisles at the fresh market or just looking at tinned goods in Au Bon Marche offers lots of new items with which we're unfamiliar or which we've never seen canned before like endives and Brussel sprouts. New fruits include jackfruit, longan, rambutan and toddy palm, all Asian-exotics according to the internet. And being a former French territory, we found haute cuisine baby food ... smushed artichokes! Just no chicken!!!
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