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 [...]
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

No shadows on Groundhog's Day!

02 February 2011 | Southern Arm, Dagg Sound
Marcie
Happy Groundhog's Day! The groundhog did NOT see his shadow here in Dagg Sound this morning (not sure there are any groundhogs in NZ actually). Though the wind blew a gale, it never got above 40 kts last night and we felt quite secure on Cups who swung around a bit, but conducted herself quite nicely. This is a usual occurrence: if we really, really prepare, it means it won't be as bad as predicted....not a problem for us at all and much better than the converse.

Weather today is on-again, off-again...sun then rain with just enough wind to keep the wind generator spinning. There's a promising forecast for tomorrow and three days following which might allow us to leave Dagg Sound and head a bit further south to Breaksea and Dusky Sounds. The wind is in the right direction, but the swells are still 15-20' which is off-putting.

David filled the propane tanks (he put in just enough last night to manage dinner, popcorn and cuppas this morning). I made fresh yogurt last night for this morning's breakfast and some hummus for snack time later. We're out of most packaged things now...cookies, granola bars, nuts. All of our favorites went fast. David tends to save things while "eat it while you can" is my motto. I emptied the freezer this morning of the last steak and piece of chicken. From now on, we'll manage on fish we catch and jarred chicken, etc, that I pressure-canned before leaving Opua. No more fresh veggies or fruit...only stuff in tins. We don't feel too badly about this at all. It gives us a chance to use up old stores/inventory. Lots of food, but the combinations are sometimes a bit weird.

We watched the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog's Day. We've seen it so many times we know most of the lines, but it is still one of our favorites.
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