Sailing with Inspiration

a journal detailing the cruising adventures of the sailing catamaran Inspiration

03 July 2016 | Prickley Bay, Grenada
14 May 2016 | Ste. Anne, Martinique
05 April 2016 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
05 April 2016 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
20 March 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
20 March 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
29 February 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
08 July 2015 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
03 July 2015 | Grenada, WI
06 June 2015 | Fort de France, Martinique
25 May 2015 | Portsmouth, Dominica
17 May 2015 | Barbuda
15 May 2015 | Portsmouth, Dominica
30 April 2015 | Barbuda
24 April 2015 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
13 April 2015 | Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
30 March 2015 | Deshaies, Guadalupe
23 March 2015 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
23 March 2015 | Calviny Bay, Grenada
12 March 2015 | Grenada, WI

In South Caicos, TCI

22 May 2012 | Cockburn Harbor, South Caicos
We left Provo, Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) at 8am on Sunday (May 20) for what was predicted to be a easy wind and sailing day. In addition to Inspiration, Free Fallin & Mandolin also headed out for the same destination.

An hour out we ran into a massive rainstorm with lightning scattered around (none close). After getting out of the rain, the wind was not quite what was predicted - so no sailing. Finally, close to noon, we veered off course by 10 degrees, put up both sails & throttled back to 1 engine at a fast idle (to power the autopilot). That gave us 7kts (about 8.5 mph). (: We held that course for just over 2 hours before we had to drop sail & motor back to our original course. After another hour of motoring against the wind we rounded the south end of Lonf Cay and sailed NE along its eastern shore to the entrance to Cockburn Harbor and South Caicos. We pulled in along the western side of Long Cay about a mile south of the harbor entrance and dropped anchor before 6pm.

We had met another couple at Sapodilla Bay the day before leaving. They are Cynthis & Mike in a Lagoon 42 (catamaran) and they were just ahead of us the whole trip. So we went into the town of South Caicos yesterday - saw most all of it in a couple hours. Although, the sun beats down so hard that we saw several places from a distance & skipped walking around them (including an awesome, huge, deserted house up on a hill overlooking the ocean). The people in S Caicos are all extremely friendly, but it's still rather expensive - $6.50/gal for gas or diesel fuel, $4 for a loaf of home-made bread.

Our next destination is the Dominican Republic - Luperon if we can make it. That's a bit more than 100 miles from here. we can (in theory) sail it IF we get the right winds, so we'll be here for a couple more days waiting for the wind to swing more to the east (from the SE).

The picture is Margi on Long Cay with Inspiration in the background & S Caicos across the water.
Vessel Name: Inspiration
Vessel Make/Model: PDQ 36 LRC
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Gary Lehnertz / Margi Lehnertz
About: Margi has wrapped up her tax returns and has now joined the boat. (Brad is back in Alaska - until next winter. Brad has lived in Alaska for the past 30+ years. He's now wintering in south Florida and is assisting on the trip to the eastern Caribbean.)
We are taking my sailboat cruising through the Bahamas, then to the Virgin Islands followed by the eastern Caribbean (Leeward & Windward Islands). With the late start we go leaving George Town, we are working our way East & South. We will probably skip the Virgin Islands & the Leeward islands [...]
Inspiration's Photos - Main
Photos of Martinique
3 Photos
Created 3 July 2016
Pictures from visiting Trinidad
214 Photos
Created 25 February 2016
7 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 15 April 2015
pictures from Dominica
18 Photos
Created 17 March 2014
Parades & sights during Carnival at Port de France, Martinique
95 Photos
Created 19 February 2013
Pictures from the Grenada Carnival
20 Photos
Created 14 August 2012
more sunsets - sun rise comes too early!
29 Photos
Created 2 June 2012
Places we have been, People we have met
116 Photos | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 28 March 2012
Pictures of Inspirations crew (2 & 4 legged)
51 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 28 March 2012
shots around the inside & outside of the boat
39 Photos
Created 15 March 2012