Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
20 March 2017 | Domenica Sunset
18 March 2017 | Portsmouth, Domenica
17 March 2017 | Dinghy Dock, Isles de Saintes
16 March 2017 | Iles de Saintes
15 March 2017 | Isles de Saintes, Guadeloupe
13 March 2017 | Captain Awesome in Sapphire's Main Salon
12 March 2017 | Sint Maarten Yacht Club, Our buddies waving goodbye
10 March 2017 | Port de Plaissance dinghy parking lot, Sint Maarten
09 March 2017 | Simpson Bay Lagoon
09 March 2017 | Sint Maarten, the dock behind the Carrousel
07 March 2017 | Cabin Chaos aka things to do on a rainy, windy day
05 March 2017 | Starting line of the Heineken Regatta
05 March 2017 | Enroute to Sint Maarten
04 March 2017 | Tarzan Swing, aboard Sapphire
02 March 2017 | Four Seasons Villa
01 March 2017 | Four Seasons Villa Patio, Catered dinner under the Pergola (left to right, Craig & Jocelyn Beni, Graham & Lulu, Moby (half hidden) , Caroline & Alexa (the nanny)
28 February 2017 | Villa Balcony
25 February 2017 | Sunset view from the Aleta Pool, the Four Seasons, Anguila
25 February 2017 | Buccaneer's Beach Bar, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten
24 February 2017 | Port de Plaissance Country Club, Sint Maarten
Recent Blog Posts
20 March 2017 | Domenica Sunset

Back outta Whack!

You haven’t heard from me for awhile because my back went out of whack and I didn’t think you’d want to hear about that. Overnight, I turned into my mother…not being able to stand up past a 45 degree angle.

18 March 2017 | Portsmouth, Domenica

Goin' for a Ride!!

I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough the first time I saw this couple go by. Hanging happily over the bow of their dinghy was a bear of a dog. Looked like a veerrry happy Bernese Mountain Dog who Loved his dinghy rides. Both paws out front, ears flapping in the wind and a huge smile on his face. It [...]

17 March 2017 | Dinghy Dock, Isles de Saintes

Just Posin'

Watching pelicans can be so entertaining. I especially love it when they swoop high in the sky and then dive bomb straight down to catch their dinner. This one was nice enough to pose for a close-up.

16 March 2017 | Iles de Saintes

When I grow up....

"When I grow up," says the little Opti to the big 4 masted schooner, Sea Cloud, “I want to be Just like you!”

15 March 2017 | Isles de Saintes, Guadeloupe

Isles de Saintes

“What I like about Isles de Saintes is the quaint streets and colorful roofs, the homemade ice cream they serve on the main square in town, and the fact that they only speak French here.” I divulged to Moby.

13 March 2017 | Captain Awesome in Sapphire's Main Salon

Captain Awesome Strikes Again!

I should have gotten a picture of him with his mask and fins on, and the knife in his teeth! It had been a long day of close hauled sailing. Bumpy, but not awful, by any means. We had departed St. Maarten at 1st light and were just reaching Nevis as the sun was setting.

Back outta Whack!

20 March 2017 | Domenica Sunset
Caroline
You haven’t heard from me for awhile because my back went out of whack and I didn’t think you’d want to hear about that. Overnight, I turned into my mother…not being able to stand up past a 45 degree angle.
“Well, you could swim along behind the boat on our next passage, “ Moby suggested helpfully. “It’s only 68 miles. That ought to loosen you right up!”
During the bad back time, we (aka I) hobbled around Isles de Saintes for a few days; made a quick 20 mile passage to Dominica, followed by an even longer 12 hour day of motor-sailing to Grande Anse d’Arlet, Martinique.
Because of the bad back (of which we are not speaking), about the only comfortable position for me on passages was to lay flat on my back in the cockpit. We figured out a way to relieve the boredom though.
“What’s a 6 letter word for a Tube- nosed seabird?” Moby would quiz me, as we worked our crossword puzzles together. Apparently as you get older, doing crossword puzzles is purported to be one way to ward off dementia. What studies have actually found, however, is that doing daily crossword puzzles actually only makes you better at… doing crossword puzzles!
(But it does help to pass the time on long bumpy motorsails.)
The answer, BTW was “Petrel” for a tube-nosed seabird.

Goin' for a Ride!!

18 March 2017 | Portsmouth, Domenica
Caroline
I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough the first time I saw this couple go by. Hanging happily over the bow of their dinghy was a bear of a dog. Looked like a veerrry happy Bernese Mountain Dog who Loved his dinghy rides. Both paws out front, ears flapping in the wind and a huge smile on his face.
It was possibly an hour later, when I spotted the good parents of the bear out taking their big pup for a kayak ride. Sitting right up front with his life jacket on. There’s something truly to love about owners who make sure their pups have fun on a cruise.

Just Posin'

17 March 2017 | Dinghy Dock, Isles de Saintes
Caroline
Watching pelicans can be so entertaining. I especially love it when they swoop high in the sky and then dive bomb straight down to catch their dinner. This one was nice enough to pose for a close-up.

When I grow up....

16 March 2017 | Iles de Saintes
Caroline
"When I grow up," says the little Opti to the big 4 masted schooner, Sea Cloud, “I want to be Just like you!”

Isles de Saintes

15 March 2017 | Isles de Saintes, Guadeloupe
Caroline
“What I like about Isles de Saintes is the quaint streets and colorful roofs, the homemade ice cream they serve on the main square in town, and the fact that they only speak French here.” I divulged to Moby.
“What I dislike most about Isles de Saintes,” Moby replied , “is that they only speak French here. The ice cream is pretty good, though.”

Captain Awesome Strikes Again!

13 March 2017 | Captain Awesome in Sapphire's Main Salon
Nurse Caroline
I should have gotten a picture of him with his mask and fins on, and the knife in his teeth! It had been a long day of close hauled sailing. Bumpy, but not awful, by any means. We had departed St. Maarten at 1st light and were just reaching Nevis as the sun was setting.
Just about 1 yard away from hooking a mooring line, Moby yelled, “Caroline! We’ve lost power. I think we’ve run over something, and it’s caught in the propeller.
Moby has always been a quick thinker, and faster still at racing into action. “Put the wheel all the way to the right and lock it.” He instructed, as he dove into the water, coming up for air …”and get me a sharp knife.”
With his mask and fins on, he kept diving down to try to free the line that had wrapped itself around our propeller. We tried winching it free, but to no avail. Turns out it was the tail end of our starboard running back that had come undone and slipped overboard when we were powering through the waves to approach the mooring.
The whole time Captain Awesome was in the water though, I could see his bloody arm and shoulder, cut by the barnacles on the bottom of the boat. Then he’d dive down again to work the line free. I’m thinking, “OK…what can I use to knock out the sharks when they come to check out Moby’s bleeding arm?
He finally managed to cut it free and get the engine started so we could head back and grab a mooring for the night., so no dinner tonight for any underwater creatures lurking out there. Sorry fellas!
(Just as an aside, Moby did comment that this picture will probably NOT help me get into nursing school.)


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