10 November 2017 | Majuro, The Marshall Islands
25 October 2017 | Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
07 October 2017 | Port Denarau, Fiji
05 October 2017 | Denerau, Fiji
23 September 2017 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
15 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
06 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
14 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas
11 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas

Everglades and Beyond

23 February 2016 | Little Shark River, Florida
Michael
Winds were forecast to turn east and fair for several days, so we decided to say good-bye to the Keys for a while and explore something completely different - the Everglades. It meant saying good-bye to many friends we had made in Boot Key Harbor, and I was surprised by how reluctant I was to move on. A month earlier one of our friends had simply left at first light without saying a word. We awoke to find their mooring ball empty. This 15-year cruising couple later emailed us and all of their friends at Boot Key to apologize and explain that they hate good-byes, and so never do them. Interesting solution I thought.

We rose at first light and sailed 40nm to Little Shark River in the southern Everglades. It was a spirited sail in 22kt winds, close hauled with heavy chop. Not at all the "fair" winds predicted. I wish I had counted the number of times I took in and shook out reefs. More than five, for sure. At the start of the sail, to our horror, winds were NE not East as forecast; our heading was Pensacola! But as winds turned East we were able to bring our heading around into Shark River, so no tack was necessary. In fact, we could have sailed onto anchor. We did not.

Once in the river, though winds were blowing a heavy chop out in the Gulf, we were sitting calmly in flat, tea-colored water. It was surreal. We sat on deck to watch the sunset over the Gulf.

The next morning, we weighed anchor and took a cruise up the river. The Little Shark River is an amazing body of water. It holds 6 foot depths for 20nm+ into the heart of the Everglades. We went no where near that far. Still, what we saw was how I imagine an Amazon cruise would be: Tree-lined, deep, dark water with animals slipping into the water as we passed. We saw sharks breach (I didn't know they did that!), manatee, dolphin and LOTS of birds.

We did a tight U-turn in the river to begin our journey to our next stop, Marco Island.

Or so we thought... More on that later.
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Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
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Created 22 April 2016
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Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
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Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
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Created 21 November 2013
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Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
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Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
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Created 1 April 2013
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Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
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Created 26 January 2013
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Created 6 September 2012
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Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
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Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
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Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
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Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
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Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
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Created 3 April 2012
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Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
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Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
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Christmas 2009
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Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
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Created 2 April 2012