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 [...]
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
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14 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
13 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
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18 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Blue View - The Ditch vs. Offshore

Every year there is a migration of yachties from the south to north along the U.S. Atlantic coast in the spring, and then a reverse migration in the fall. They want to get north before hurricane season starts on June 1, and then want to get south before it gets too cold at the end of the hurricane season [...]

17 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 4

A hot and humid night with nary a breeze and little sleep to be had. We’ve been checking the weather daily but still no reasonable weather window to get us all the way to the Chesapeake. The winds are either 5-7 knots variable or strong winds from the north … right on the nose. We plan to continue [...]

16 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 3

We were up with the sun for an early start. All was calm on the Crescent River and the sunrise was spectacular. What a way to start the day. We are working towards at least 60nm per day and early starts, when the day is cool, are advantageous to the plan. Tides are an issues here. The tidal swing is [...]

15 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 2

We woke to a glorious, clear-skied morning on the ICW. We could really get into this. We were anchored just off the National Parks dock and Cumberland Island begged exploration, but we said no this time. We were anchor up by 0630 and on our way heading up the Cumberland River. David had plotted the day's [...]

14 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Breaking Away From St. Augustine

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13 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

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What a night!

31 January 2011 | Southern Arm, Dagg Sound
Marcie
What a night! This was by far the worst night of our trip and rates right up there with storms to remember over the last decade. The day hadn't been very pleasant with high winds and rain, but it was tolerable. By night, however the rain was beyond torrential...it blew in massive sheets across the bay until visibility was nil in the ink-black night. Even in the dark, the waterfall behind us was visible however, shimmery white, and resembled Niagara Falls with its roar louder than the shriek of the wind. This morning there are still at least 20 more cascades plummeting down the cliffsides. We had winds in excess of 60 kts and we can only imagine what it was like at sea.

We were nearly knocked down several times as Cups worked to fend off the blasts of wind. Everything that wasn't stowed for open sea passage went flying, including us. David worked his way to the bow at one point to check the snubber and anchor. It was a trial just walking the length of the deck. It's rare that we feel harnesses and clipping into the jacklines are necessary at anchor, but last night was definitely one of those nights. Several times we thought the wind was abating, but then a blast would catch us and seem to continue forever with the rain pelting down even harder.

We're thankful we re-anchored when we did as we think we may have wound up in an untenable situation with little hope of recovering in 60 knot winds if we had not. The new spot was in deeper water and far enough from shore to let out almost all our anchor chain.

This system was not forecast. As we think back on similar experiences at Easter Island and just off Cape Horn, it seems that the worst weather was never predicted and caught us by surprise. A lesson from Neptune about the sea...never turn your back, never get complacent.
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