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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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
15 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
14 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
13 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
12 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
11 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
10 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
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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

Waiting for the next blow

01 February 2011 | Southern Arm, Dagg Sound
Marcie
A much better, calmer night, thank goodness. We got into our usual morning routine...a cuppa, a game of cards, pick up e-mails and the weather. Right out of the shoot, the weather forecast for Puysegur (PYOO-se-ca), our NZ forecast area way at the bottom of the South Island, was rather ominous. "Storm warnings in force. NW 60 kts this evening; easing to 50 kts by morning". At least this time we have warning and we have the whole day to prepare/ fret about it. How come big winds always seem to come at night?

It was actually calm during the day though raining and we made ready for another big blow. We laid out another 35# CQR anchor in series with our big 110# Bruce...a chum system... and let out more scope. It was a good idea, but getting the CQR out from under the aft cabin bunk where it had been stowed was a major disruption. It's under our bunk and all the bedding as well as half the locker had to be emptied in order to get at it and then, of course, re-stowed and the bed remade. The Bruce held during the last big blow, but we thought it could use a bit more help. When the forecast calls for 60 kts, it means sustained winds, so gusts could be much higher. There's no other good all- weather anchorage to move to in this area, so we needed to make the best of where we were.

Several little things went wrong during the day and we were hoping it was not forewarning of bigger things to come. The alternator started smoking during a quick battery charge and melted the wiring on the positive terminal (easily fixed and caused by a nut not being tightened down adequately after the last repair); both flashlights went dead when we needed them most and new batteries only revived one of them; the propane tank ran out when it was raining the hardest and Marcie was trying to make dinner. In trying to connect a new tank, the brass fitting broke...split right down the middle ...which caused some consternation with captain and crew (expletives deleted). Dinner delayed.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. On the one hand, we had all day to prepare for the blow, but on the other hand, now that we've done what we can to prepare, we're still worried about it. Just waiting for the next blow.
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