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.

"Dinghy-In Movie!"

20 February 2017 | Porto Cupercoy, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten
Caroline
“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.
It is about a 20 + minute dinghy ride to the far side of the Simpson Bay Lagoon, but we were able to find our way before the sun set. Pretty adventurous, considering the darkened, threatening skies and the fact that we had only a vague idea of where we were going.
The resort had set up a bunch of folding chairs on the terrace. Tonight’s showing was “Manchester by the Sea”. “Oh good. “ I said. “I’ve been wanting to see this movie as it was meant to get all sorts of awards for Casey Affleck and the teenage son’s acting ability.
So the erudite film critics have summed up this movie as “Brilliant! A gem!” But after the show, the four of us looked at each other admitting, “Wow. That was depressing! Well acted, but there was nothing uplifting about that movie. Beautifully filmed though.” Guess we’ll never make the cut as film critics, but the experience of going to our first “Dinghy-In Movie” (as opposed to Drive-In movie) was well worth the trip. We even made it back before the rains started.

Pole Dancing Anyone?

17 February 2017 | Princess Casino, Sint Maarten
Caroline
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 at home for practice.
Very graceful performances, which were good fun!

"Valentine's Dinner"

14 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's, St Maarten
Caroline
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 owner.
We were looking for live music to celebrate Valentine’s Day and happened to end up back at Pineapple Pete’s listening to some smooth sounds of guitars. It would have been perfect had we not then been clobbered at the pool table by a 14 year old and his 18 year old sister!

"Pool Sharks"

13 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's
Caroline
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 lived in Rochester. His father ended up marrying the mother of my closest childhood friends.
Sam & George have since, sold Champlain, as they are starting the next chapter of their lives. Building an exquisite contemporary home on Lake Champlain, felling trees and landscaping much of their 30 acres. They still have a Sabre, so they haven’t given up the sailing life. Luckily for us, they happened to be vacationing down in St Maarten when we arrived, so we were still able to meet up for crab cakes at Pineapple Pete’s followed by a hot game of pool.

"Meeting up Again"

11 February 2017 | Mullet Bay, St Maarten
Caroline
“Sapphire! Sapphire. Sapphire. This is “A Full Day. Come in Please”
No sooner had the Cruisers’ Net program finished for the day, than we heard a familiar voice hailing us over the VHF radio. When we first met them a couple of years ago, Maureen & Craig had chartered for many years but were not-yet-seasoned cruisers. (Difference being, when you graduate to cruiser status, you get to fix things yourself, when they break.)
The two have an abundance of energy and are always up for a swim, or a hike or sharing stories. Back in 2015, we had met them in St Maarten, and did the crossing to St John in tandem with them on their 39’ catamaran. Because they were new to cruising at the time, they were appreciative sponges for any local knowledge that Moby wanted to impart. Each day in St. John, they would head off to explore and couldn’t wait to share all the new adventures that they had experienced.
Their departure to St. John had been delayed a day, so it gave us the chance to have a nice long catch up with them. While they have gained a bunch of experience, their enthusiasm for their new lives aboard “A Full Day” hasn’t been curbed in the slightest.

“A Full Moon Passage”

10 February 2017 | Arriving to St Maarten after the Anegada Passage
Caroline
Rule #1 Do not eat Lobster Tacos before embarking on the Anegada Passage to St. Maarten.
Rule #2 Get an early start.
As passages go, it actually wasn’t that bad. We set sail at 1 AM from North Sound, Virgin Gorda under a beautiful full moon. It lit up the waters and made navigation very easy. Making fairly good time, but in the wrong direction as we couldn’t point directly at St Maarten with the ESE winds. Gorgeous sunrise. We finally decided to take the jib down and motor right into the wind. That made for a bumpy ride with the waves and the wind.
It was 7:15 PM when we finally dropped anchor in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, a full 16+ hours after we had departed. Long sail, but the lights of Simpson Bay were very welcoming.

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