Koinonia Sailing

Vessel Name: Koinonia II
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter Marine 41DS
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, Florida
01 November 2015
04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
09 May 2013 | Many islands
10 April 2013
05 March 2013 | Nanny Cay - The Boat Yard
28 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda, Salt Island, and Peter Island
27 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda BVI
26 February 2013
15 February 2013
10 February 2013
26 January 2013 | Caribbean
21 January 2013
Recent Blog Posts
01 November 2015

Carolina Girl for sale

Carolina Girl formally Koinonia II is listed for sale...

05 May 2014

Koinonia II has new owners

Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida

Home Again

Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was [...]

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

Dear Friends,

09 May 2013 | Many islands

Quick Update synopsis

How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

Carolina Girl for sale

01 November 2015
Don
Carolina Girl formally Koinonia II is listed for sale...

Carolina Girl Sale Information Site

Koinonia II has new owners

05 May 2014
Don
Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

Bitter sweet, but I think she will be well taken care of and it is my hope she serves and takes care of the new owners as well as she has for the Gilbert family and guests.

Koinonia II will be renamed to Carolina Girl with the home port of Beaufort, South Carolina. Watch for her and the new owners as they begin their retirement life cruising the East coast and eventually the Caribbean...Oh what a life!

Home Again

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
Don
Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was going to be tight unless we left ASAP. So within a matter of hours we readied the boat and ourselves to make our last passage to Home!

With our early afternoon departure, we arrived at the first anchorage option after dark, which we passed up. As forecasted, this weather window was proven to be much drier after a week of wet weather albeit with lighter winds requiring motor sailing to make distance at a 5 VMG to assure making it to Florida before the weather turned bad.

As we moved closer to the West End, we decided to forego more fuel and rest at marina to get across to Florida. This meant an extra night at sea for Linda making for her longest passage to date. Our float plan called for entering Florida at the Ft. Pierce inlet and heading north in the intracoastal waterway to visit our good friends the Lamberts, in Melbourne Florida. We were looking forward to this visit, even though it meant an extra 4 days getting home on the intracoastal waterway. However, as we tried to kill time in the Gulf Stream waiting for daylight to enter, we had a hard time staying south of the inlet and had to point our boat way south towards Miami. Furthermore, we were picking up NOAA weather forecast calling for bad weather out of the gulf in 2 days, but still unpredictable where it would head. So, we decided to just take advantage of the northern flow of the Gulf Stream and head for Jacksonville, even though it meant another night at sea.

We made good time and made it to north Florida approximately 30 miles off St. Augustine as the sun was setting for Linda's third night at sea. However, the NOAA forecast was reporting severe afternoon thunderstorms heading offshore near Jacksonville. Reports indicated the storm cells were heading northeast. Unfortunately, the weather became more widespread and began to close in on our location! As the skies became darker in front of us, we kept changing our course towards the lighter skies. Eventually we were heading due south away from Jacksonville. Finally the weather caught up with us and we had no other choice but to head directly into it. We rolled in all the sails and secured any loose items. The seas got rough, the wind got high and we set the boat speed and course for the most comfort possible. We could not see 10 ft. In front of us and we just hung on in the cockpit as lightning was occurring as close as a 1/4 mile away. This lasted for about 30 minutes until we broke into the other side. After another 10 minutes or so, the seas calmed down and the skies began to clear and we were back on course for the St. John's river and home!

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
Don
With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

Linda spent the night before her 6:00 am departure in the Jacksonville International airport. She flew first to Miami where she boarded Bahamas Air for her arrival in Nassau Bahamas where after 6 hours she changed to a puddle jumper that first took her to Rock Sound and then on to Georgetown where I met her waiting on her luggage. After she picked up her normal carry on bag, we discovered her main luggage was no where to be found. After filling a missing luggage report, Linda discovered that she was suppose to pull her luggage in Nassau and personally take it through customs and then recheck it, despite being told that the bag was going to be checked all the way to Georgetown. We located the luggage, but had to return the next day to get it. Oh well, it was just another $40 taxi ride!

Linda says it was just as well, because the one mile dinghy ride back to the boat was against the wind and waves and was a wet ride. The next day her luggage had a drier dinghy ride.

While in Georgetown, we joined fellow cruisers at the Chat 'n Chill volleyball beach to play what else, some volleyball. We had a great time, but it was time to head northwest toward home while exploring the Exumas.

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
Hollands
Dear Friends,

How can we ever thank you for the lifetime dream we spent with you. It exceeded anything we could have dreamed of. The sailing was specticular and just stellar. Wonderful memories forever and we enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate you in ways we had not experienced before.

Truly, Don, you are a masterful sailor. Getting out of that slip in St. Kitts was was remarkable. Linda is such a great 1st mate and you compliment each other so well.. As you near your completion of a lifelong dream, i know it is bittersweet but with the upcoming wedding things will be really busy. I hope you had a wonderful time with your girls when they joined you. Nice to have them one at a time. Really excited about the engagement. We will continue to pray for your girls and the choices before them..

Praying that God will give you jobs that will continue you to provide all your needs and many desires too. It is such a privilege to know you better and get to be a part of your lives, esp thru praying for your family. Sarah is doing well.. Baby due Aug 1st. keep in touch and remember we love you and cherish the caribbean memories.

The other night on Househunters on HGTV, they were in Antigua. They showed so much of what we saw and they were at Shirley's heights at night for the party. It was neat and to think we were there and saw the beautiful sunset and Antigua from a mountain top at night. Specticular. Gods blessings to you and yours. It has hit 110 degrees for the past several days. ugh!!!

Quick Update synopsis

09 May 2013 | Many islands
Don
How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

Linda returned home April 17th with her mom, and Rick Elbracht got on board to participate in this odyssey of mine. After a quick introduction tour of the Virgin Islands (see the post on my Virgin Island perspective) Rick and I set sail for Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgin Islands. After arriving in the Spanish Virgin Islands, I realized how crowded the BVIs were due to the large charter bases. We did enjoy one small town and anchorage with fellow cruisers, but we had plenty of space between us. In our subsequent anchorages, however, we were either alone or essentially alone. One such anchorage was a highly publicized bioluminescent bay with a high concentration of these strange sea creatures. That night, I swam around in the glowing soup of the water. It was cool and I got the tee shirt!

After seeing the best of the Spanish Virgin Islands, we headed to the mainland where we anchored off a small resort island one mile from the mainland coast. Due to the lack of Internet, we had not gotten any weather updates in a while, so it was of much interest to find a low pressure system forecasted to settle in over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola in 3 to 5 days lasting for at least 3 days. Rick and I decided to leave the next day for a 350 mile sail up to the Turk and Caicos and then the Bahamas.

Before our departure, we decided to provision groceries. So we took our dinghy over to the resort island where we caught the ferry to the mainland. We found a taxi driver willing to drive us the 4 miles to the grocery store and wait on us while we blazed through the aisles of the store and then get us back to the ferry dock before the weather got ugly. We did it and made it back to the boat with enough groceries for a week.

We set sail the next day to the Turk and Caicos. Since we did not have a cruising guide for these islands, I got on the SSB radio and checked in to the Caribbean net which they call the "Coconut Telegraph" where some fellow cruisers convinced us we did not want to go there due to the exhorts, entry fee and mass resort construction. So we opted to skip them and go the extra hundred miles to Mayaguana, Bahamas where we checked in.


Koinonia II's Photos - Main
Recent pictures of Koinonia II, a Hunter 41 Deck Salon, as she is outfitted and ready for you to start cruising the Caribbean immediately!
81 Photos
Created 29 August 2013
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Created 14 August 2013
Linda's Mom Joins the Crew
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Created 25 April 2013
Pete and Debbie Join the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Olivia Joins the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Victoria and Trey Join the Crew
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Created 11 April 2013
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Created 31 March 2013
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Created 13 March 2013
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Created 6 March 2013
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Created 4 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 2 March 2013
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Created 1 March 2013
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Created 13 February 2013
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Created 2 February 2013
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Created 24 January 2013
Pictures from St. Lucia
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Created 16 January 2013
Pictures from the crew of Koinonia II (Captain Don, Doug Rosen, and Charlie Para) 26 days at sea starting from the Canary Islands to our first Caribbean landfall in Barbados.
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Created 4 January 2013
Pictures of Don and Linda cruising through southern Italy, circumnavigating Sicily, and through the Aeolian Islands and on to Rome.
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Created 30 August 2012
Pictures from Don, Linda, Patty Chambers, and Mike and Debbie Lindell cruising from Athens through the Corinth Canal, the Gulf of Corinth, the Gulf of Patras, and the Greek Ionian islands.
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Created 26 August 2012
Pictures of Don, Linda, Victoria and Emily Jones cruising through the Cyclades in the Aegean sea.
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Created 8 August 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda cruising through the Ionian islands of Greece, the Gulf of Patras, Gulf of Corinth, and the Corinth Canal on the way to Athens where we were joined by Rick and Sandy Elbracht. From there we cruised the Aegean sea all the way to Turkey and back including many of the Greek islands.
60 Photos
Created 30 July 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda visiting the Greek Island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf
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Created 11 June 2012
Pictures of Koinonia II traversing west to east towards Athens through the 3 mile long Corinth Canal
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Created 10 June 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda's shore excursion to Delphi by bus from Galaxidi
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing from Ithaca to Galaxidhi through the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing to and cruising around Ithaca Greece
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don's visits to the islands of Paxos and Levkas and through the Lefkas Canal.
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Created 22 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda in Cavtat, Croatia, our port of exit from Croatia.
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda touring Corfu Greece
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's cruise through the beautiful Gulf of Kotor, Montenegro.
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Created 13 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's visit to this very special and historical town.
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Created 6 May 2012
Pictures of Linda and Don cruising through the Croatian Islands and Mainland
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Created 3 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda returning to Zadar (Sukosan Marina Dalmajia) and Koinonia II which suffered through the cold European winter on the hard.
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Created 1 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Zagreb Croatia.
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Created 25 April 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Paris in April 2012
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Created 25 April 2012
Pictures of family land touring around Italy.
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Created 28 March 2012
Pictures of the Gilbert family in Croatia
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Created 20 March 2012
Pictures from Don, Charlie, and Scott cruising around Croatia mainland and its islands. See sub-Albums.
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Created 19 August 2011
Pictures from our 4 days in Montenegro which includes the towns of Tivat, Kotor, Budva and touring around in a rental car.
19 Photos
Created 14 August 2011
Pictures from a very small resort town on the heal of Italy.
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Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around the port town of Crotone, the old Fort, and the archeological museum.
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Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around Sicily including Palermo
17 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
Pictures of our train ride through the country side of Sardegna.
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Created 28 July 2011
Check out the photos in the Sub-Albums.
5 Sub-Albums
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures from the Spanish Enclave town of Cueta in North Africa. This town had lots of interesting architecture, statues, history and was very lively late at night.
20 Photos
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures of completing our Atlantic crossing and our stay in Gibraltor and our tour of the top of the Rock.
27 Photos
Created 12 July 2011
The second leg from Bermuda to the Azores and the Islands of the Azores
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Created 13 June 2011
The first leg from Jacksonville to Bermuda and the Island of Bermuda
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Created 13 June 2011
Koinonia II
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Created 6 March 2011