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 [...]
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
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
Recent Blog Posts
26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 4-6

Day 4 – 675 nm to go

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

About the Bermuda Triangle

We’ll be entering the Bermuda Triangle soon, on our way north to the USA. Just Google “Bermuda Triangle” and you get over 3 million hits. I had to research carefully, because if we believed all the fantastic stories written about occurrences in this area, we’d never sail there. Check out some interesting facts about the Bermuda Triangle at

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

Culebra to St Augustine - Days 1 -3

Once again, it was a flurry of activity as we prepared to up-anchor and head out from Culebra to St Augustine. We woke with the dawn, checked the weather again, and after a cuppa and a few more checks, we were off across Ensenada Honda on an overcast morning and heading back into the Caribbean Sea. We’d [...]

23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Heading to St. Augustine

I know, I know … we were supposed to head over to San Juan for a few days and hang out, but surprise! We’ve changed our minds. We’re looking at the calendar, feeling pressed to be moving north more quickly than we’d prefer, but hurricane season is soon upon us and the further north we are, the [...]

22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Tarpons, Seagulls and Cold Beer

Despite all the very appealing local restaurants we’ve seen, we really haven’t eaten out at all since we arrived in Culebra. Each morning we agree “Let’s have dinner out tonight” and every evening, it’s “Feel like going in to shore for dinner or shall we just make something aboard and watch [...]

21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Blue View - Patching the Dinghy

Our venerable dinghy is well into her ninth year aboard Nine of Cups. She's seen a lot of nice soft sand beaches, but she's also seen her share of barnacle encrusted, concrete jetties, rocky shores and coral reefs. On several occasions, she's gotten roughed up by an amorous fisherman's panga as well. [...]

Anchored in paradise

08 October 2011 | Moored Peterson Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
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!
Nine of Cups's Photos - Main
No items in this gallery.

About & Links

SailBlogs Groups
SailBlogs Friends
Leu Cat
Tiger Lilly
Hello World
Tender Spirit
Valiam and Lati
Echo Echo