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!
Visit our website at for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at 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 [...]
20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
18 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
15 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
13 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
12 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
11 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
10 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
09 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
08 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
07 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
06 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
05 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
04 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
03 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
02 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
01 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra Signs and Street Art

Though our stay in Culebra has been short, we've managed to walk around a bit and gather a few signs and street art pix for our ever-growing collection. Thought you'd enjoy seeing a few that we thought were especially interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not able to post pix or links on SailBlogs at the moment. You'll have to head on over to to view the sign/street collection.

19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Rotten eggs and other boat smells

One of the things about boats is they smell. Sometimes it's the garlic and onion you're sauteing, but more likely it's something else or a combination of ¬"something elses¬". My sister, Lin, always hugs me rather tenuously when we first arrive home after a long stay on the boat and wrinkles [...]

18 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

A Walk to Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach is touted as ¬"one of the world's top beaches¬", so we couldn't leave Culebra without visiting it. Getting there wasn't as easy as we had imagined. We were up and off the boat around 0800 on an overcast morning, having packed our snorkel gear, towels, apples, water, etc. We parked [...]

16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Exploring Dewey

This is our third day here and we haven't managed to get ashore yet. What's up with that? We were tired and we wanted to make sure the anchor was set well ¬... and oh yeah, the dink needed repair. So, those were our excuses on Day 1. Yesterday, it rained all day long. No sense in getting wet, right? [...]

16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

To do or not to do - Culebra, PR

I only put our location in the title to differentiate it from what seems like hundreds of other anchorage paradises that have to-do lists longer than the time we plan to spend in port and the fact that I probably grouse about this every time. As soon as everything was tidied up from the passage, we sat [...]

15 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Arrival in Culebra

We jibed all through the night, waiting till the change of the watches, so it didn't disrupt our sleep scheds. The shore lights and loom of St. Croix dimmed as we skirted around its west end and then we could see the hazy lights of Vieques, Culebra and an all-but-glowing, very well-lit St. Thomas. We [...]

A patch of blue and then...

02 May 2011 | Moored in Opua, Bay of Islands, NZ
finally, some sunshine! The night was windy and rainy once again with gale warnings still in effect. When we first awoke, it was foggy and misty and we had to wear our foul weather gear ashore to keep from getting soaked. By around 2PM however, the wind calmed, the sky cleared and the sun shone.

Marcie managed quite a bit on the bimini and estimates just another two days till fitting and hopefully completion. David finished up his current work project at Ted's shed. We popped into the little Opua General Store for an ice cream...all work and no play, etc! Back to the boat with the sunshine, David prepped the forestay for removal when we haul out tomorrow while Marcie worked on cleaning out lockers, wiping them down with vinegar and airing out the contents. We hauled the dink and were in the for the night by 6pm.

Short days, but spirits rise when the sun comes out.
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