North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, Golfito to Victoria, BC and home

19 January 2019 | Antigua
17 January 2019 | Antigua
13 January 2019 | Guadalupe
11 January 2019 | Guadalupe
08 January 2019 | Virgin Gorda, BVI
05 January 2019 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
30 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
28 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
27 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
26 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
24 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
20 December 2018 | St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
19 December 2018 | Approaching the Virgin Islands from Bermuda
16 December 2018 | South of Bermuda
15 December 2018 | South of Bermuda
14 December 2018 | South of Bermuda
08 December 2018 | South of Bermuda
08 December 2018 | Bermuda
08 December 2018 | Bermuda
04 December 2018 | Bermuda

Royal Treatment

12 August 2018 | Newport, Rhode Island
George Stonecliffe
As we motored into Newport, RI, we focused on finding a mooring ball in Old Port Marina waters. The harbor master had us come up to a buoy for Tall Ship #9 which was empty for the three days we were staying! We were in the front row at the middle of downtown Newport along with all the mega yachts and tall sailing ships. We were dwarfed! So the weather is overcast and constantly threatening rain. But our My Radar app shows that we will dodge getting wet.... We quickly went and bought some souvenirs: dish towel, 2 books, Christmas ornament, nautical tie, etc. Had a great dinner ashore. Today we are off sightseeing: The Breakers, the Cliff Walk (3.5 miles), and other places. Particularly, in a book '1421' by Gavin Menzies, there is an 'enigmatic structure' in a city park in Newport that Gavin says was built as a lighthouse by the Chinese in 1421. There are a few other explanations, but what convinces me is that there is an identical structure in existence today in China. It has a second story window (opening) that looks out to sea, and could display light from a fire to guide ships at sea. Gavin's story says one of the Chinese treasure fleet left people there because of shipwrecks and no capacity to carry them further. With the promise to come back and pick them up in the next year, those left behind built this 'lighthouse' so that the rescue fleet could find them. What a romantic idea!
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Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 12/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; home 6/2019
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