Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
11 June 2017 | Our own private showing of the America's Cup Trophy, photo by Jens Hoyer
11 June 2017 | At the finish line
10 June 2017 | Bermuda
09 June 2017 | photo by Jens Hoyer
02 June 2017 | Oracle Team Base Tour, Bermuda
20 May 2017 | Rochester Yacht Club
04 May 2017 | Waterfront dining on Kiawah
03 May 2017 | Match point in a Tiebreaker!
02 May 2017 | Spotted this handsome fellow biking past a pond in Kiawah
01 May 2017 | Oyster Roast at Mingo Point, Kiawah Island
01 May 2017 | Pre-match activies
30 April 2017 | Everybody geared up and ready for the matches to begin, Kiawah Island, S.C.
21 April 2017 | Spice Island Marina, Prickly Bay, Grenada
20 April 2017 | Coast Guard Station, Prickly Bay, Grenada
19 April 2017 | All stripped down with sails folded and bagged
19 April 2017 | Moby to the Rescue
15 April 2017 | Sapphire's Galley
15 April 2017 | En Route to Grenada
13 April 2017 | Tobago Cays, Afta da Lobstah
13 April 2017 | Snorkeling the Reef in Tobago Cays
Recent Blog Posts
11 June 2017 | Our own private showing of the America's Cup Trophy, photo by Jens Hoyer

The America's Cup

The America's Cup Trophy is priceless. It is actually guarded 24/7 by two guards wearing white gloves and bulletproof vests. If you try to shake their hand, they can't let your hand touch their palm of their gloves.

11 June 2017 | At the finish line

A 1 second Delta!

In the elimination races, New Zealand finishing 1 second ahead of Sweden

09 June 2017 | photo by Jens Hoyer

Off to the Races

02 June 2017 | Oracle Team Base Tour, Bermuda

Our Fantasy Weekend

The email came in on June 2 that we had supposedly won an all expense paid BMW America’s Cup Sweepstakes to include roundrip airfare for two to Bermuda; accommodations at the luxurious Hamilton Princess & Beach Club Bermuda; two days of premium race viewing aboard a BMW Yachtsport 28; a sunset dinner [...]

20 May 2017 | Rochester Yacht Club

Commodore's Ball

Trading in my tennis shoes for heels, headed on back to Rochester in time for the Commodore's Ball and a chance to see Moby all dressed up in a tux.

Replacing Sapphire Piece by Piece

11 May 2012 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
Caroline & Moby
Caroline: I left Moby in the torrential rains on Thursday morning to deal with a six hour single-handed sail back up to Rodney Bay, followed by 2 full days of dealing with a hot water heater replacement. He had to extract the old heater from a place too small for any human being to squeeze into, and then install a new water heater into the same space, located just behind the engine. It would, no doubt, entail every impossible yoga posture ever invented, and many expletives that no one would be around to hear.

Moby: I knew we had a minor water leak but over the past month it was getting worse. Since water is our most scarce commodity, I knew it had to be fixed. Unfortunately, the leak was in the worst place – the hot water heater. While in Rodney Bay St. Lucia, the local chandlery, Island Water Works, told me they could have one shipped in by Fed Ex from Miami. I ordered the water heater and then delivered Caroline to Vieux Fort so she could fly to California for Tyler’s graduation. Upon my return to Rodney Bay, I picked up the hot water heater which cost about 3 times what a water heater for a house costs (plus $300 shipping, plus $75 customs fee, plus $50 credit card fee).
The hot water heater is located behind the engine and under the steering station. In order to change out the heater, I had to clear out the “garage”. This is a storage area behind the aft stateroom where we store all the stuff we will never need again – 4 five gallon jerry cans, a styrofoam cooler, 5 blankets, a Christmas tree, Christmas wrapping paper, etc, etc. Then I had to remove the shore powered refrigeration system and remove the panels between the storage compartment and the engine room. It took me a whole day to get access to the water heater and remove it. It then took the entire next day – including 3 trips to the chandlery – to install the new one. The following day I restored order to the “garage” and took a hot shower.
Now, all is well with Sapphire until the next boat part fails.





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