22 May 2012
22 May 2012 | Mohawk River/Erie Canal
06 May 2012 | Catskill NY
06 May 2012 | Somewhere on the Mohawk River
06 May 2012 | Hudson River
06 May 2012 | The Big Apple
02 May 2012 | Off the coast of Maryland
28 April 2012 | Beaufort NC
28 April 2012 | Off the coast of Cape Fear
27 April 2012 | Off the coast of North Carolina
25 April 2012 | Off the coast of Central Florida
24 April 2012 | Fort Pierce
20 April 2012 | Fort Pierce, Fla
20 April 2012 | Great Sale Cay, Abaco
16 April 2012 | Allens Pensacola
15 April 2012 | Manjack Cay
11 April 2012 | Abacos, Bahamas
11 April 2012 | Abaco
04 April 2012 | Marsh Harbor
03 April 2012 | Hope Town, Abaco

Boat Chores with a prize

03 February 2010 | Tobago Cays

Alan has asked me a number of times to write a blog but up until today I didn't feel that I had anything to add to his experiences. Well, let me tell you, things can change pretty fast around here. For the better you ask! That would depend on your point of view. The day started out as everyday does - up with the sun - Alan brews a fresh pot of coffee and for the next couple of hours we sit in the cockpit and watch the sun come up over the crashing waves, well, sort of, if it wasn't for those damn palm trees getting in the way. Just a small annoyance. Then we decide where we want to go and what island to sail to. I know - it's such a hard decision. Yesterday, we left Bequia (beck-way) and headed back to Tobago Cays - about a 4 ½ hour sail, 6-8 ft seas and 20 knots of wind - between islands you are lucky enough to get the full effect of the Atlantic Ocean. No problem until Alan decides it is time for one of his daily naps. His instructions are to keep watch. I ask myself - watch what? Half the time the waves are so big you can't see the islands much less another sailboat but, since I am no longer a newbe, hey, no problem! Honestly, it is quite a thrill speeding along at 7.5 knots. We get anchored and settle in for the night. Cocktails are still at 5-watch the sunset and eat dinner-shower and read until about 8 and then I am usually fast asleep. It's such a tiring day.
So today proved that every day is not another day in paradise. LAUNDRY ON UNABATED! Women kiss your washing machine. This is how is goes - first, you get 2 - 2 gallon buckets and I'm not kidding either. Then you put about a teaspoon of laundry soap in one because if you but anymore then that you'll never be able to rinse it out in the other 2 gallon bucket. Geez, all I wanted was clean sheets. 90 minutes later I had washed 1 set of sheets and 4 pillow cases and a couple of t-shirts and a bathing suit. I will never complain about my washer and dryer again! Alan had relayed his experience washing a mattress pad cover - he likened it to wrestling with an alligator and I thought he was just complaining. I owe him an apology. No wonder everyone has that boat smell - no one wants to be subjected to Laundry Day! Alan says you have to keep up with it. I think that is the reason you see so many people with so little clothes on and I think I would be joining them if it meant getting out of doing the laundry.
After all of that I was generously rewarded when I saw a Spotted Eagle Ray while snorkeling. I had seen some small rays but I have to tell you that it was about 6 ft across and had about a 5 ft tail. It was the most beautiful, graceful and awe inspiring thing I have ever seen in my life. It glided over the bottom of the sea so effortlessly, it was mesmerizing and something that I will never forget. Yes, I am a long way from the farm! Thanks Alan for an experience of a lifetime and one that I will not soon forget!
Vessel Name: UNABATED
Vessel Make/Model: 1981 Pearson 424 Ketch
Hailing Port: Sodus Bay NY
Crew: Alan Phillips
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