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

Twinkies saved from extinction

26 July 2013 | Boston, USA
Marcie
Hallelujah and thank the Lord, Hostess Twinkies, those "golden sponge cakes with creamy filling" will survive. I've read not one, but innumerable articles concerning the potential demise of this iconic cellophane-wrapped, long-life lunchbox filler. All you Aussie and Kiwis out there, no snickering. What's it like when Vegemite and Marmite are in short supply, huh?

Devil Dogs, RingDings, Yodels, Hostess Cupcakes, Little Debbies ... all these junk food "snack cakes" stand second tier to Twinkies in my book. Granted none of them have any nutritional value, all are super high in sugar, calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, but still Twinkies have been around forever (or 1930, whichever came first). Urban legend has it that the same original Twinkies produced in the 1930's are still available for sale, having an eternal shelf life, but that's been debunked. They're only good for 45 days according to the latest info I could gather. Sometimes they're shipped frozen so retailers can mark their own expiration dates on them. That's very trusting.

So, here's the story in a nutshell. The Hostess Company filed bankruptcy in 2012 when they couldn't come to terms with the baker's union and thus had to stop production and went belly up. Twinkie consumption was down, too. Part of the problem they reckon, is that more people are eating healthy. (darn!) They got bought out and the new company doesn't use union labor, so their costs are lower and they're hoping they can make a go of it and junk food junkies will consume more. Touted as "the sweetest comeback in the history of ever" (man, who's their marketer?), the new Twinkies hit the shelves of WalMart on July 14, a day before the rest of the country. WalMart knows its customers! The new Twinkies are also a little smaller, and therefore have 15 less calories. I think that means you can eat more. I might add that Twinkies are also available in Mexico, manufactured by a subsidiary of Bimbo Bread. That in itself says something, huh?

For some crazy Twinkie trivia, take a look at www.justalittlefurther.com.
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