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 [...]
31 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
30 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
25 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
18 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
17 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
15 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
13 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
31 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Checking out the ' hood - St. Augustine

Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. About 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Spanish established St. Augustine … and here we are! All that’s left of [...]

30 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Life Without Refrigeration

There are some very big pluses to not having refrigeration aboard. Plus #1 is the amount of power we save, or rather have available for other things like computers, iPads and other electronic stuff.

29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Blue View - When It All Goes Wrong

Most of our passage from Puerto Rico to St. Augustine was idyllic – a nice broad reach with 15-20 knots of wind, a kindly following sea, warm sunny weather, a 0.5 to 2 knot favorable current, and a full moon to sail by at night. The prop shaft generator and solar panels were producing more power than [...]

28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Day 9 & Arrival

By all calculations, we should have reached our destination by early this morning, but we haven't. The sea gods, in their ongoing quest for amusement, had some tricks up their proverbial sleeves and provided a few challenges before allowing us to reach St. Augustine.

27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 7-8

Day 7- 278 nm to go

26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 4-6

Day 4 – 675 nm to go

Re-glued and sandroing

07 September 2011 | Moored in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Marcie
Today was our Vanuatu experiment with third world dentists. Marcie's crown came loose and needed to be re-glued into place. We sought out advice from Hillary at the yacht club and made an appointment with Dr. Thalia at South Pacific Smiles...they had a nice color ad in the Yellow Pages....must be good, right? The dentist was located a ways from town and required a bus ride...always an adventure. Mini-vans run continually along the main road and for $150Vt each, we were dropped off right in front of the dentist's office which we found to be modern and well-equipped. The problem was handled in a jiffy. Both the dentist and cost of service were definitely first world.

We went to the Nasonal Miusium Blong Vanuatu...Bislama for Vanuatu National Museum...for the rest of the afternoon. For 700Vt each, we had a private guide named Edgar, who took us through the small, but interesting museum. A most fascinating art form in the northern islands is sandroing (sand drawing) used for illustrating local legends and stories. Edgar hails from the island of Espiritu Santo and demonstrated sand drawing for us on a large tray of beach sand. He began with a tic/tac/toe type of foundation and then, never raising his finger, completed a most intricate, beautiful design in the sand. All the while he was drawing, he told an accompanying story and then sang a traditional song. We've already posted photos on the website. Throughout the museum, he explained local "kastom", traditions, folklore and tabus. Because of Vanuatu's cultural diversity, certain traditions are only maintained on certain islands. The more he explained, the more we thought..."Why are we hanging around here? Let's get going to see it where it's really happening." A few chores, some provisioning and we'll be ready to head out.

We stopped at Au Bon Marche again on the walk home from the museum. We found out the Meat Department has new hours and is closed between Noon-3pm everyday (what?). Luckily, it was open when we arrived. Unfortunately, no chicken breasts today. They had some yesterday, but sold out. They're not sure about tomorrow. Sigh! As we proceed west, we're becoming more and more acquainted with different fruits and veggies. Scanning the aisles at the fresh market or just looking at tinned goods in Au Bon Marche offers lots of new items with which we're unfamiliar or which we've never seen canned before like endives and Brussel sprouts. New fruits include jackfruit, longan, rambutan and toddy palm, all Asian-exotics according to the internet. And being a former French territory, we found haute cuisine baby food ... smushed artichokes! Just no chicken!!!
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