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Summer in Maine...Winter in the Caribbean...Not a Bad Life!

26 May 2017 | East River, Mobjack Bay
29 April 2017
28 April 2017
27 April 2017
26 April 2017
25 April 2017
21 April 2017
18 April 2017 | Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands
15 April 2017 | Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands
13 April 2017 | Culebra
11 April 2017 | Francis Bay, St. John USVI
06 April 2017 | Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola
23 March 2017 | Hardyville VA
16 March 2017 | Cushing ME
08 March 2017 | Cushing, Maine
28 February 2017 | Gorda Sound, BVI
23 February 2017 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua
21 February 2017 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua
16 February 2017 | Portsmouth, Dominica
09 February 2017 | The Saintes

Back On Board

26 May 2017 | East River, Mobjack Bay
After almost a month ashore, we are back on board. It feels good. Sailed from a Hampton to the East River in Mobjack Bay to join a Hampton Yacht Club cruise for the weekend. The sail was typical of spring sailing in the Chesapeake Bay.....gusty, blustery winds under sunny blue skies with lots of puffy white clouds. The wind was 20-25, at about 60 degrees, most of the time which allowed us to sail along at about nine knots with spikes to 12 in gusts.

Enjoyed a nice Happy Hour on Chesapeake Lady...our neighbors on the Dock in Hampton.

The wind dropped as sunset neared. A quiet, peaceful evening on one of the prettiest rivers on the Bay!

What a Morning!

29 April 2017
We finally latched on to some Gulf Stream current yesterday evening and enjoyed a 2-3 knot lift for 8 hours or so. Expecting a nice, leisurely reach up the coast of Virginia this morning, we rolled out the reacher and began to move at a respectable 9 knot pace. But within a half hour, the wind moved forward and the apparent wind exceeded our top limit for the reacher (15 knots apparent) by several knots, so down it came. And out rolled the genoa. The wind continued to build to 24 knots apparent, so we put a reef in the main. But, again, within a half hour, the wind dropped like a stone and we were soon motoring. All that before 10 am this morning. Since then. we have alternately sailed and motor sailed to keep up our 8-9 knot pace. We are about 60 miles out of Hampton VA and are ready to tie up in our Hampton Yacht Club slip sometime tonight.

It's been a fun passage!

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DDW -- Dead Down Wind

28 April 2017
We have reached the Gulf Stream. It is giving us a bit of a lift. Running Dead Down Wind under the genoa alone... 7-8 knots. The stream photos are not showing the characteristic western wall with an area of maximum current as they usually do. But the always-recognizable blue of the Gulf Stream is all around us and we are getting about a half a knot assistance. Better than a sharp stick in the eye. We are sailing about the same latitude as Cape Fear/Wilmington NC and will round Hatteras early tomorrow morning.

ETA Hampton ---- sometime early Sunday

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Vessel Name: Archer
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Cushing, ME
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