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

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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