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 [...]
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
09 June 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
Recent Blog Posts
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

23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk

Along the ICW - Day 8

Day 8 – 274 nm to go

Anchored in paradise

08 October 2011 | Moored Peterson Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Marcie
We slipped the mooring off Aore Island and motor sailed in light winds, 17 miles up the east coast of Santo to Peterson Bay yesterday. We passed by Million Dollar Point, where the US military deposited all of its excess gear and equipment into the sea after WWII. It's all still there...some things sunk and rusting in the sand at low tide; other equipment in deeper water now a manmade reef and natural habitat for the local underwater fauna and flora.

The route into the anchorage had us maneuvering through reefs and coral heads with lots of turns and twists. With good waypoints from friends on Active Transport, Marcie on the bow and good visibility, we managed to touch bottom only once, gliding over a 7' spot, and finally reaching the anchorage off Oyster Island Resort. We are anchored with eight other boats at the moment. This anchorage is considered a "hurricane hole" and is very well protected although with the current mild forecast, we're not expecting any problems.

Oyster Island is welcoming to yachties and there are several walks to take, reefs to snorkel and explore and beaches to visit on their 25 hectare (50+ acres) property. There's also a trip via dinghy up the Nalaiafu River to a blue hole which many people rave about. David still has deck work to do so we're hoping to combine work and pleasure over the next week or so here. The area surrounding the anchorage is absolutely beautiful. Palm trees, white sand beaches and thick green foliage. Looking forward to exploration in the coming days.

An extra added bonus is free internet at the resort which we're able to pick up on the boat. Unfortunately, it's very, very slow, but not having had internet in several weeks, free and slow trumps costly and unavailable every time. Amazing how cruising mellows us!
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