Cisnecito Around the World

Who: Julie and Chris Mays
Port: Newport, RI
02 February 2008 | Newport Beach, California
29 January 2008 | Newport Beach, CA
27 January 2008 | Balboa Yacht Club, California
25 January 2008 | San Diego, California
23 January 2008 | Mission Bay, California
20 January 2008 | Public Docks, San Diego
18 January 2008 | Shelter Island, San Diego
18 January 2008 | San Diego, California
17 January 2008 | United States/Mexico Border
17 January 2008 | Ensenada, Mexico
17 January 2008 | Ensenada Mexico
17 January 2008 | Ensenada, Mexico
16 January 2008 | Ensenada, Mexico
16 January 2008 | Ensenada, Mexico
14 January 2008 | Sacramento Reef, Baja California
14 January 2008 | Islas San Benitos
12 January 2008 | Islas San Benitos
12 January 2008 | Islas San Benitos
12 January 2008 | 60 Miles West of Turtle Bay
10 January 2008 | 130 Miles South of Cedros Island

First Offshore Passage

12 November 2004 | Miami, Florida
Julie
This was our first long sail-1,000 miles from New York down to Miami, Florida. We were joined by Chris' dad and a friend who both have a good deal of sailing experience. We left New York on October 30th on a very chilly Saturday morning. The first few days were cold and the wind did not cooperate. It went from no wind to high wind in the wrong direction. We did have a nice birthday celebration for Chris' on Halloween, complete with a fresh-baked chocolate cake.

On 11/3, we rounded Cape Hatteras, marking the end of the cold weather, but also our entry into the Gulf Stream. We now had pretty good wind, but about 3-5 knots of current against us at times. This made for a couple days slow, but very pleasant sailing. Dan pulled in quite a few mahis, which Dick would turn into an excellent ceviche each evening. We were also escorted by dozens of dolphins and a few turtles at times.

Throughout the trip, we did four hour on, four hour off watches, the highlights of which were instant coffee and listening to "Da Vinci Code" on CD. We hit some high seas again off the coast of Cape Canaveral. All of the tension caused us to lose steering and round up in 10 foot seas. We attached the emergency tiller and Chris crawled below and fixed the broken rudder cable in a matter of minutes. Good as new.

Because of the unfavorable sailing conditions, we had gone through most of our fuel and water, so we stopped in the quaint town of St. Fernandina, just south of Cape Canaveral. We filled up and got a few groceries at the mini-mart and were back on our way.

We had another brief scare when the depth meter showed 0 meters, when the charts were showing 30. After some very slow and timid sailing, we figured out that it was the Gulf Stream playing tricks of us and we had plenty of depth. We were now about 50 miles from Miami, and 7 days into the voyage, more anxious than ever to be on land. We battled high seas for the rest of that 100 miles, but arrived safely into the Miamarina just after sunset on Sunday, 11/7.

After cleaning up the boat, we went to Hard Rock Café, in the Marina. Talk about sensory overload after being offshore for a week, but it was a good meal nonetheless. The following night we splurged on a fantastic meal at Joe's Stone Crab before getting on a jet back to New York.
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Vessel Name: Cisnecito
Vessel Make/Model: Swan 46 MkII
Hailing Port: Newport, RI
Crew: Julie and Chris Mays
Extra: After three years of freezing in New York, we decided to give up our corporate careers to set sail on the opportunity of a lifetime...
Home Page: http://www.cisnecito.com/
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Who: Julie and Chris Mays
Port: Newport, RI