Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
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
12 April 2017 | Gingerbread House, after tennis
11 April 2017 | Dive at Devil's Table, Bequia
10 April 2017 | Along shoreline path back to boat, after our ridiculous hike
10 April 2017 | On the road to our Hike in Bequia
10 April 2017 | After 3 hours of tennis
09 April 2017 | Blue Lagoon Marina, St Vincent
09 April 2017 | Getting through the Breaking Reefs, St Vincent
08 April 2017 | Sunset dip in the Infinity pool at Sweet Mango,
08 April 2017 | Susan and John , après Tennis on Bequia
07 April 2017 | Off the Stern, Bequia
04 April 2017 | Sapphire under sail to Bequia, the Grenadines
02 April 2017 | Sunrise departure from the Pitons, St Lucia
Recent Blog Posts
21 April 2017 | Spice Island Marina, Prickly Bay, Grenada

Sapphire's Haulout

Let the work begin. I swear sometimes that Moby must be at least 12 years younger than I am. When it comes to working on boats, he never tires out.

20 April 2017 | Coast Guard Station, Prickly Bay, Grenada

A Sad Ending

If Boats could only talk, I’m sure Vamp would have a scary story to tell. We spotted the little 36’ sloop on our way in to Spice Island Marina for our haulout. Her jib was torn to shreds and there wasn’t much left of her mainsail. Even her hull and topsides were looking pretty beat up as she [...]

19 April 2017 | All stripped down with sails folded and bagged

Preparations to leave

"I really didn't think I'd brought this much stuff." I admitted, jam-packing everything into the one rolling duffle we had brought. "This entire suitcase is filled with stuff I never used or wore. "

19 April 2017 | Moby to the Rescue

Duty Calls

15 April 2017 | Sapphire's Galley

My night off from the Galley

Gorgeous beam reach for the better part of our daylong sail. Then as we rounded the southern tip of Granada, we were able to sail wing and wing heading into Prickly Bay. Nick dove in about as soon as we’d anchored, had put away sails and had blown up the dinghy.

15 April 2017 | En Route to Grenada

All what effort?!

Tyler's Graduation

12 May 2012 | LA at last!
Caroline
I was heading off to my youngest son, Tyler’s, college graduation. It was one of the biggest events of my life, long anticipated from the day he was born, and one that no mother would miss. However, thanks to a four-hour delay by American Airlines, I missed it.

I had managed to retrieve my checked luggage, got my seat moved up to be in position to be the first person off the plane. (Due to lack of storage space on Sapphire, no rolling suitcases are allowed on our boat.) So I then had to sprint two miles, lugging a heavy duffle and carryon. Zipped my way through security to find that my connecting flight had left six minutes earlier. It was the last flight out Thursday night, which meant there would be no possible way that I could make it to Tyler’s 8 AM graduation.
Tyler’s 2nd ceremony, for the USC Engineering School, was due to begin at 10:45 AM and the replacement flight that American Airlines had stuck me on, was due to land at 11 AM. En route, I noticed on the flight path screen that our plane was making all sorts of extreme detours.

“We apologize for the delay” our Captain announced. “Our President is at the LAX Airport saying goodbye to George Clooney, who has just made a significant campaign contribution. Anyway, the detour that you have undoubtably noticed, is due to the fact that there are about 100 planes out here, trying to avoid colliding. We will be back on course as soon as we are given the word that the coast is clear.”

I was still hoping beyond hope that I could somehow make it to USC before Tyler’s name was called to cross the stage. When we at last landed, there was still another delay, due to the malfunction of the flight bridge.

Despite all of the drama, my oldest son, Nick, saved the day. He had borrowed a car from Tyler’s roommate, picked me up and dropped me off at USC not 5 minutes before Ty’s name was called to cross the stage.  I was absolutely ecstatic.

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