Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
20 February 2017 | Porto Cupercoy, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten
17 February 2017 | Princess Casino, Sint Maarten
14 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's, St Maarten
13 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's
11 February 2017 | Mullet Bay, St Maarten
10 February 2017 | Arriving to St Maarten after the Anegada Passage
09 February 2017 | Saba Rock, Virgin Gorda
08 February 2017 | En route to Soper's Hole
06 February 2017 | Dinghy Dock in Cruz Bay, St John
05 February 2017 | Rum Hut, St John
04 February 2017 | Caneel Bay, St John
04 February 2017 | Caneel Bay
04 February 2017 | Caneel Bay, St John
03 February 2017 | Caneel Bay, St John, USVI
02 February 2017 | Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke
01 February 2017 | “White Bay, Guana Island”
31 January 2017 | Anegada
31 January 2017 | Loblolly Beach, Anegada
30 January 2017 | En route to Anegada
Recent Blog Posts
20 February 2017 | Porto Cupercoy, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten

"Dinghy-In Movie!"

“On Monday nights, they offer free 1st Run movies on the terrace at Porto Cupercoy, if you are interested”, our new tennis buddies, Terry & Jim, informed us after 2 hours of running around the court.

17 February 2017 | Princess Casino, Sint Maarten

Pole Dancing Anyone?

Just for kicks, Moby and I decided to head over to the Princess Casino last night where they were featuring a Pole Dancing Competition. Looks like a great way to get really fit. On the boat, I could probably use the mast to practice on, but we are still trying to decide where we could intall a pole [...]

14 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's, St Maarten

"Valentine's Dinner"

It had been a great Valentine’s Day so far. We’d taken a dinghy excursion over to the French side of St. Martin and a man in a store actually asked me if I spoke English. I’ve been working on my French for awhile, so I was flattered when he asked if I could translate something to the French shop [...]

13 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's

"Pool Sharks"

We are so lucky to have met so many great people in our sailing lives. We had first met Sam & George Chandler when they sailed their gorgeous 56’ Oyster “Champlain” into Fort Louis, St. Martin back in 2011. We have an incredible amount in common, dating back to growing up days when George actually [...]

11 February 2017 | Mullet Bay, St Maarten

"Meeting up Again"

“Sapphire! Sapphire. Sapphire. This is “A Full Day. Come in Please”

10 February 2017 | Arriving to St Maarten after the Anegada Passage

“A Full Moon Passage”

Rule #1 Do not eat Lobster Tacos before embarking on the Anegada Passage to St. Maarten.

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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