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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14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
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12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
11 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
10 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
09 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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Recent Blog Posts
29 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA

Along the ICW - A Change in Plans?

We had every intention of making the 0900 Great Bridge opening, but the VHF wailed a violent weather alert for our area about 0830 and we decided to stick around till the weather passed. At first the thunder was distant and half-hearted, but the squall approached quickly and in no time, the lightning [...]

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

Along the ICW - A Change in Plans?

29 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
Marcie
We had every intention of making the 0900 Great Bridge opening, but the VHF wailed a violent weather alert for our area about 0830 and we decided to stick around till the weather passed. At first the thunder was distant and half-hearted, but the squall approached quickly and in no time, the lightning bolted through the sky, thunder cracked and the heavens opened up and gave us a good dousing. With only 8nm to Norfolk, the end of the ICW (and 8 bridges and a set of locks), there was no rush.

Around 10:00, there was a lull in the rain. We sprung off the dock, made a U-turn in the channel and tied up at the Atlantic Yacht Basin (AYB) fuel dock on the opposite shore for a diesel top-up. The rain began in earnest again and since we were alone at the fuel dock, the dockmaster had no problems delaying the fuel fill till the rain stopped. We decided we’d take a look around.

Come take a look around with us ... JustALittleFurther.com

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
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