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?!

Sapphire's Haulout

21 April 2017 | Spice Island Marina, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Caroline
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.
“I have a fun job for us,” he said enthusiastically. “You’ll need your sailing gloves on for this one.”
The next thing I knew we were laying out 200’ of heavy duty chain, on the side deck. Then another 125’ of nylon rope, plus the Secondary 15’ chain with 200’ nylon rope so we could thoroughly hose off all the corroding salt.
Scrubbing off the bimini and dodger, hauling sheets and towels across the boatyard, and up the hill for the ½ mile walk over to our Cool Runnings Apt. Not far, but after my third or fourth roundtrip of lugging stuff, it felt like a lot. I was still folding laundry and fixing supper by 8:30 PM. Totally whooped.
Meanwhile, Moby snuck out of the apt at 6:15 AM to head back over to get started on today’s jobs.
Today we get to sand and paint Sapphire’s bottom.

A Sad Ending

20 April 2017 | Coast Guard Station, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Caroline
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 nestled in for protection next to her Coast Guard rescuer.
On the Cruiser’s Net this morning, during the portion called “Safety and Security” the ending of her story was revealed. Vamp had been found adrift somewhere in the Atlantic. There was a man aboard, a singlehanded sailor, who sadly, had not survived. The Coast Guard was investigating to inform the man’s next of kin.
It begs the question: Why anyone would want to single-hand a sailboat? In a storm, you need extra hands on deck. Sails can weigh a ton and managing them in big winds can take every ounce of stamina you can drum up. Even just having another sailor along to exchange survival ideas in emergency situations. What a lonely way to go.

Preparations to leave

19 April 2017 | All stripped down with sails folded and bagged
Caroline
"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. "
"I'm not surprised," Moby responded. Annoyingly, he only brought a few t-shirts, boxers and shorts and a swimsuit and he was just fine.
It was so hot down here this year that for me, wearing anything besides a bikini or a lightweight dress was too much.
We have three more days before we'll be hauled out of the water. So we are busy doing boat projects that will be too hot to do once we are on the hard.
Moby overhauled the reefing winch and the centerboard winch, and did the caulking between the teak boards on the side decks. I'm sorting through all our provisions so that we can try to eat our way down to having nothing left, and inventorying what supplies we'll leave on the boat.
During the summer in Grenada the inside of the cabin will be well over 100 degrees, so we need to leave fans running, leave all the cupboard doors ajar and put Reynolds wrap over all the portlights and hatches to keep it a little cooler down below. (Our solar panels generate enough electricity to keep up with the fans) We'll hopefully have a lighter breeze day to be able to take down the sails. It can be a real test to try to remove and fold up a 150% jib in a full gale.
Every square inch of the boat needs to be de-salted and scrubbed clean. Then this weekend, we get to sand Sapphire's bottom in preparation for a new coat of bottom paint.
Having Some Fun Now.

Duty Calls

19 April 2017 | Moby to the Rescue
Caroline

“Duty Calls” Moby saluted as he jumped up to stand at attention.
We had just been listening to the morning Cruiser’s Net in Grenada and some cruiser was looking for a dinghy ride in to shore so that her husband could pick up some antibiotics for an infection. They only had a rowing dinghy and the pharmacy was too far of a walk.
“How soon would he like to go?” Moby asked, “My schedule is pretty open.”
“As soon as possible,” the woman replied. “We are a white monohull with a red sail cover.”
“I’m on my way!” responded Mr. EverReady to help.

My night off from the Galley

15 April 2017 | Sapphire's Galley
Caroline
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.
After his half mile swim to shore and back, he climbed up the stern ladder saying “I can make dinner tonight.” Nick had actually offered every night since he had arrived. Not sure what took me so long to take him up on it. It was absolutely glorious getting to read my book in the cockpit instead of standing in front of a hot stove.
I have to admit, the Shrimp Cotton he prepared was the best dinner we’d had all week.

All what effort?!

15 April 2017 | En Route to Grenada
Caroline

“I sure hope we catch a fish after all this effort we’re putting into it,” Nick commented.
“Nick, WHAT effort would that be!?” I couldn’t help but laugh. “You are sitting there with a book in one hand, a beer in the other, and you’re not even holding the rod!” The fishing rod was propped up on his thigh and he had a staysail sheet tied around the handle, just in case he happened to doze off when the big one went for his lure.
Always prepared.
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