Tropical Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Maestro
Vessel Make/Model: 72' Custum Irwin Ketch
Hailing Port: Dover, Delaware
About:
"I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth. A nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and wihtout borders, where life is lived in the present. [...]
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01 December 2012 | Ecuador
02 November 2012 | Columbia
30 September 2012 | Amazon Peru
26 September 2012 | Peru
20 September 2012
19 September 2012 | Peru
17 September 2012
14 September 2012 | Andies Mountains, Peru
08 September 2012 | Peru
25 August 2012 | Guayaquil
21 May 2012 | Ecuador
03 April 2012 | Crossing the line
26 March 2012 | Bahia Pinas
07 March 2012 | Panama
03 March 2012 | Portobello, Panama
19 February 2012 | Saboga Island - Las Perlas
18 February 2012 | Contadora Island
25 December 2011 | Contadora Island
21 December 2011 | Panama - Las Perlas
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Recent Blog Posts
18 February 2016 | Mexico - Puerto Vallarta

19 months & counting

Trenten Reef Paul turned 19 months yesterday and I can hardly believe how quickly the time has past since his birth in Papeete, Tahiti. We have been on quite an adventure, as always.

08 February 2014

Thailand/Malaysia

Severely behind in my blog update but we've been busy!

23 October 2013 | Phuket, Thailand

Up on dry land

(Above photo flying into Sydney, AUS on our way to Phuket, Thailand)

02 October 2013

Bora Bora

10/2/13

22 August 2013 | Raiatea, French Polynesia

GOOD FORTUNE IN RAIATEA

8/22/13

22 July 2013 | Island of Huahine - least commercial island in French Poly

Huahine

7/18/13

18 July 2013

Tuamotos Shark Encounter

26 June 2013 | French Polynesia

Moorea

We have, (sadly), just dropped Christina and Nicola off at the airport in Tahiti after a week out anchored off the island of Moorea. What a wonderful week full of fun. The ladies hit the spa!, hiking and swimming with Sting Rays and Sharks. The water in Moorea is really clear blue hues. We had a [...]

01 June 2013

Surfs Up Tahiti

http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/8812-big-wave-madness-continues-in-teahupoo (10 days ago we had another big southern swell)

25 May 2013

Papeete, Tahiti

We are anchored off marina Taina in Papeete, the main city on the island of Tahiti. This is the only 'big city' (250,000) we have seen in several months. It is a mix of European French & casual islander. The large verdant island soars into the sky and is mostly surrounded by a coral barrier reef. [...]

19 months & counting

18 February 2016 | Mexico - Puerto Vallarta
Erin - Perfect Weather
Trenten Reef Paul turned 19 months yesterday and I can hardly believe how quickly the time has past since his birth in Papeete, Tahiti. We have been on quite an adventure, as always.

Once we returned from Asia we settled in on the boat at the marina for the remaining 4 months of my pregnancy. His birth was 100% natural in a clinic downtown Tahiti. It was quite quick being only 7 hours of hard labor. I had a great midwife, doula & Len to help in the process. It was an unforgettable experience.

Shannon, my sister, arrived in Tahiti 10 days later where we sailed out to Moorea. Trent's colic kicked in right around that time and lasted about 3.5 months. Yes, folks... around the clock crying. We pushed through and anchored off of Bora Bora for about 6 weeks. It wasnt easy being on the boat 24/7 with a crying baby but we did a lot of dinghy rides & bouncing in the rocker for hours on end - the only thing that would help! It was too much to move on to Tonga and we had to leave French Poly due to immigration status so we opted to put the boat back in the marina in Tahiti and wait out the storm on land while in Mexico. We stopped for business in San Diego, a trip to Canada to meet the grandparents, a retreat up to Tahoe and then packed up the truck and drove to our beloved Puerto Vallarta. By this time Trent's colic was subsiding. (a little) In come teething.... Having a baby is like making the longest passage of our lives... intermittent sleep patterns, uncontrollable circumstances and mother nature combined into a very long challenging storm of events. And not unlike cruising the highs are as extreme as the lows... totally addicting.

We flew back to Tahiti at the start of the cruising season 2015, I made a trip to meet my sister's new little girl in New Zealand. We enjoyed another season in the leewards of French Polynesia - the place is really wonderful. The new law allows your boat 3 years in territory waters so we have taken full advantage... this year the boat must move on. It is going to KILL us to move past the Tahitian islands but we have been here before... the toughest part of the cruising life is making friends in beautiful places and then having to leave those places too soon. As hard as leaving is, it is also very exciting to enter a new chapter. In April Len will take crew and make passage to Fiji where Trent and I will fly in for the cruising season 2016.

Our family is currently back in Puerto Vallarta since Dec 1, 2015 for the 'land' based cyclone pacific season. It has been wonderful being surrounded by good friends here in PV, the mexican people are so wonderful to children and families. We always feel 'at home' when we arrive here.

Hope everyone is well - we are blessed, enjoying our new life with Trenten and doing great. xxoo
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Holy moses.... what or WHO just happened?
51 Photos
Created 18 February 2016
Visiting the orphanage, Angkor Wat and great cruising friends!
45 Photos
Created 23 June 2014
A resort island - extremely tourist oriented but we had a great boutique hotel for a few days
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Created 8 February 2014
Highly diverse city of 6+ million - we loved it!
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Created 8 February 2014
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Created 8 February 2014
Things we've been doing! Oct '13 - present
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Created 7 February 2014
Phuket Preview
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Created 23 October 2013
Oct 5 - Oct 11 - Quick & wonderful family visit in Tauranga, New Zealand.
12 Photos
Created 22 October 2013
What dreams are made of
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Created 2 October 2013
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Created 4 August 2013
Island Of Moorea - Annual Puddle Jump Party for the cruisers who have crossed the Pacific
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Created 4 August 2013
Moorea with Christina and Nicola, great cruising friends and perfect weather!
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Created 23 July 2013
Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuka Hiva
24 Photos
Created 13 May 2013
Relaxing in the calm blue waters of the Tuamotos
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Created 13 May 2013
Santa Fe Island, Santa Cruz, Isabella, South Plaza
47 Photos
Created 15 March 2013
Around Santa Cruz, Galapagos
38 Photos
Created 3 March 2013
southern Ecuador in a tropical region - traquillity awaits
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Created 7 February 2013
with our Ecuador friends a wonderful day in the sun, great conversation, lobster & laughs!
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Created 7 February 2013
One week vacation for Erin's Bday
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Created 18 December 2012
Two days up and two days back by panga up the Tambopata river to the most remote Research lodge in all of South America
42 Photos
Created 30 October 2012
Happy 10th Anniversary mi Amor!
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Created 30 October 2012
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Created 23 September 2012
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Created 23 September 2012
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Created 23 September 2012
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Created 22 September 2012
One of the worlds largest flying birds, the condor soars on ten-foot (three-meter) wingspans and can weigh up to 33 pounds
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Created 22 September 2012
Three days in this beautiful colonial town.
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Created 22 September 2012
Located 15 minutes from Nazca - quite an interesting site
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Created 22 September 2012
series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru
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Created 22 September 2012
beautiful islands, with many caves and arches, provide a haven for its sea life creatures, which include sea lions, Humboldt penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans.
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Created 22 September 2012
Lima
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Created 21 September 2012
Around the beach area where we are staying
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Created 25 August 2012
A Wonderful weekend in the colonial mountain town of Cuenca
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Created 25 August 2012
Amazon Adventure, Quito and the Northern Highlands of Ecuador
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Created 15 June 2012
Guayaquil To Banos To Ruta Del Sol
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Created 26 April 2012
A little slice of the vast Darien Jungle
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Created 5 April 2012
Day trip from Panama City to visit our beloved historic Portobello on the Caribbean
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Created 3 March 2012
An pearl farming village south Las Perlas where we spent new years anchored near by.
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Created 19 February 2012
Bahia Honda To Panama City Dec 5 - 19, 2011
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Created 18 February 2012
Marina Papagayo To Panama - Everything in between!
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Created 30 November 2011
Marina Papagayo - Costa Rica hosted a great dinner for the departing cruisers
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Created 31 October 2011
Tizate Wellness Center and Arenal/Tabacon with friends on s/v Perfect Wave. Trip to the mountain town of Guerra De Dota and back at the beach in Papagayo.
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Created 3 October 2011
Annual Summer Trip to the Sierras couldnt be missed!
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Created 10 September 2011
We helped save a turtle stuck in the mud....(i've had those days!)
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Created 10 September 2011
Hiking and Hotsprings
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Created 10 September 2011
Puerto Viejo
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Created 10 September 2011
Santa Elena Area, Volcan Arenal, Punteranus, Manuel Antonio, Nicoya Pennisula
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Created 6 August 2011
We hit the road East To West and West to East
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Created 15 June 2011
El Salvador - Our first bar crossing ... lots of worry - no event. Gracias.
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Created 1 June 2011
We drove to the Rio Dolce and stopped at stopped along the way at the Quirigua ruins
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Created 29 May 2011
Various Yacht Pictures
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Created 18 May 2011
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Created 16 May 2011
Hopefully the album speaks for itself - We loved the dramatic color and culture of Guatemala
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Created 16 May 2011
Various beauties we are lucky to cross
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Created 16 May 2011
Stopped in to pick up a new propellor
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Created 16 May 2011
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Created 15 May 2011