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 [...]
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Recent Blog Posts
28 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 13

It was a boisterous, no-sleep night. The wind howled to 30+ knot winds from the southwest. The anchor alarm sounded about 12:30 am; we were dragging. We were up on deck in a flash. The anchor had evidently broken free and we were traveling at about .5 knot towards the channel. We had plenty of room and [...]

27 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Days 11-12

Day 11 – 182 nm to go

26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 10

Still 206 nm to go- that’s what happens when you don’t move!

25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Blue View - River Rules Apply

As I write this, we have completed most of the 770+ miles of the ICW from St. Augustine, FL to Norfolk, VA. We went outside into the coastal Atlantic waters for only a short stretch between Charleston and Georgetown, SC, primarily because the tides were wrong and we would have either had to wait most [...]

24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 9

STUCK IN SWANSBORO

23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 8

Day 8 – 274 nm to go

Along the ICW - Day 13

28 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Marcie
It was a boisterous, no-sleep night. The wind howled to 30+ knot winds from the southwest. The anchor alarm sounded about 12:30 am; we were dragging. We were up on deck in a flash. The anchor had evidently broken free and we were traveling at about .5 knot towards the channel. We had plenty of room and water all around us, but still it was disconcerting to know that our big, hefty 80# Manson Boss anchor and 100′ of chain couldn’t keep us in place in 12′ of water. We re-anchored and set the hook once again, but what little sleep we got the rest of the night was fitful at best.

Read on ... the day gets better. JustALittleFurther.com

Along the ICW - Days 11-12

27 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Marcie
Day 11 – 182 nm to go

The full moon was bright as the sun rose to meet the day. The sun, not to be outdone by her nocturnal counterpart, splashed on the scene with flashy color and brilliance and soon diminished all thoughts of the previous night. It was duck pond calm and still quite cool . We had on our long-sleeved shirts once again to ward off the early morning chill.

We're close to the end of the ICW ... come on along.
JustALittleFuther.com

Along the ICW - Day 10

26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Marcie
Still 206 nm to go- that’s what happens when you don’t move!

I never thought I’d say this after the heat of the last few months but … BRRRR! With the strong northerlies came a significant drop in temperature and it’s been downright chilly. This morning we rose to 64F/18C, 93% humidity. The winds had calmed during the night, but there was still a brisk 15+ knot winds blowing. Despite the sun, in the cockpit as the wind whistled through, it was cold and raw. I dug out long-sleeved shirts to keep us warm, but we just couldn’t face long pants or shoes. Even though it was cool, the high humidity kept everything dewy and sticky. We had to squeegee the windscreen so we could see through it. No defrosters or windshield wipers on the boat!

Put on a fleece and join us on the ICW ... JustALittleFurther.com

Blue View - River Rules Apply

25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
David
As I write this, we have completed most of the 770+ miles of the ICW from St. Augustine, FL to Norfolk, VA. We went outside into the coastal Atlantic waters for only a short stretch between Charleston and Georgetown, SC, primarily because the tides were wrong and we would have either had to wait most of a day or would have had an almost 100% certainty of running aground in a particular shallow stretch of water.

So far we have enjoyed the trip immensely. The scenery and wildlife have been fantastic, and at 6 knots, we’ve had the time to see it as we navigated our way along the hundreds of lakes, rivers and canals that make up the ICW. Our only regret is that we were pushed for time (as usual) and couldn’t stop as much as we would have liked. Maybe next time – and we’re pretty sure there will be a next time.

Check out David's list of River Rules at JustALittleFurther.com

Along the ICW - Day 9

24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Marcie
STUCK IN SWANSBORO
Day 9 – 206 nm to go

With a forecast of gale force winds offshore and high winds and rainy weather inland, we decided we’d take a day off and stay put in our pleasant little anchorage just off Swansboro Village. Launching the dinghy would have been akin to flying a kite, so we happily stayed aboard for the day. Thanks to nearby Caspers Marina, we enjoyed free wifi all day. Though we didn’t get into the village at all, we think it’s probably a hopping place as the music went on both nights we were anchored here till well into the wee hours of the morning.

It's a good day to relax and catch up on boat stuff. Come laze around with us ... you deserve a break. JustALittleFurther.com

Along the ICW - Day 8

23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Marcie
Day 8 – 274 nm to go

Today was one of the more challenging days on the ICW. The lengthening days have been working to our advantage. We’re up at 0515 and anchor up by 0545. We witness spectacular sunrise after sunrise. The rising tide gave us a good push this morning up the Cape Fear River. All was calm and we were on our way. Despite the shining sun, a long, compact, cigar-shaped roll cloud came into view in front of us, reminiscent of the roll cloud we experienced for the first time in the Great Australian Bight. Within seconds, nearly 30 knots of wind barreled through the rigging and pommeled us for 3-4 minutes, then departed as quickly as it had arrived, apparently planning to harass some other unsuspecting sailor down the river. A good morning, adrenaline rush of a wake-up call to start our day.

Okay ... got that adrenaline out of the way ... come along for the rest of the day. JustALittleFurther.com
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