Our New Sail!
01 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
UPS Tracking had our new, replacement genoa/jib sail arriving in St. Thomas, Crown Bay Marina on February 1st. It was a great big, baby sail weighing 83 pounds. We were such proud sailing-parents! We pulled in to Crown Bay Marina on the 2nd, received the package, and later in the day when the wind was right, we took down our temporary working jib, and installed our new genoa on its furler. The genoa is the driving sail for 'Julia Max', larger than the main sail. We had managed with the little temporary working jib to make it from Bermuda to the Virgin Islands, then through the BVI all the way to Guadaloupe, back to Antigua, then St. Kitts, and to St. Martin before returning through the BVI to the US Virgin Islands and St. Thomas. We were delighted to have the temporary jib to be able to continue on for six weeks. When we installed the new genoa, it fit perfectly on our roller-furler. We can't wait to get out and sail with a full suit of sails again. Looking forward we will spend February in the British Virgin Islands, then west through the US Virgin Islands, to the Spanish Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and on past Hispaniola to Jamaica. We will be then waiting for a weather window to leave Jamaica for the Panama Canal and nearby islands on the Caribbean side near the end of March. A special note about our new sail and the global economy: the sail was ordered from Kerry Poe at North Sails in Portland, Oregon, manufactured in Sri Lanka, shipped to North Sails in Connecticut, and finally UPS brought it to the Virgin Islands, all within about six weeks! Thank you Kerry Poe for the expediting!!