This blog chronicles the adventures of the sailing vessel Moonraker. We just finished the second year of our cruising life. We explored the US East Coast from Maine to Florida, the Bahamas, Haiti, PR, and the Virgin Islands.

19 May 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
06 April 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
13 February 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
21 January 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
09 December 2015 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
05 November 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
22 October 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
01 October 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
14 August 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
15 July 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 June 2015 | Hillsmere Shores Marina, Annapolis, Maryland
26 May 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
14 May 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
09 March 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
17 February 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 January 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 December 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
31 October 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
20 October 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
04 October 2014 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, Maryland

Spending the Weekend in Anegada

19 April 2014 | Anegada, British Virgin Islands
We have fond memories of the two nights we spent in Anegada when we were here years ago on our charter vacation. We remembered that it was a bit noisy in the harbor where all the boats go and that it was wonderful outside near the beach where we had anchored the second night. Apparently memories are dependent on weather, which must have been much better when we were here last time. This time we went right to anchoring off the beach and it was not very comfortable. We deluded ourselves into thinking that it was probably just as bad in the harbor but when we dinghyed to the beach the next day and walked down to look at the harbor we discovered we were wrong!

First order of business when we got back to the boat, move it into the harbor!! It’s still a bit rolly in here, and the view is not nearly as good but it definitely is better than being anchored where we were. Unfortunately we had to motor through thirty knot winds on our nose to get into the harbor. That means large waves were coming over the bow and I was soaked head to toe. Oh the tribulations of being the helmsperson!

It has been incredibly windy the entire time we have been here, this is the third night. It also has been a bit rainy. We had decided we were going to rent some sort of wheels today to take a tour of the island. Bill had wanted to rent a scooter but with the rain and wind we decided to play it safe and rent a car. We took all our snorkeling stuff with us, and books to sit on the beach with if we so desired. There are a couple of beaches with restaurants and bars on them and we stopped at all of them. We only really spent any time at Cow Wreck Beach though. That is the beach pictured above. The water was pretty rough and we didn't want to get in the water but other people were swimming and snorkeling. We know we would have been disappointed but we did enjoy sitting and watching them.

I’m not sure I would recommend that anyone visiting Anegada should rent a car. It did give us something to do for the day but there wasn't much to see. There were some salt ponds and there are supposed to be pink flamingos but we didn't see any except the plastic kind. We enjoyed the drive and looking at the cows and goats that wander the road. Now I know why there were cow pies everywhere when we walked down the road the first day.

We had planned on spending another day here but we aren't sure we will now. We are going to check the weather tomorrow and see how it looks. It’s supposed to be worse than today. We had an incredible sail here from Virgin Gorda and we are hoping for another incredible sail back to Jost Van Dyke whenever we leave.
Vessel Name: Moonraker
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Bill & Donna Shuman
This blog will record our adventures as we continue our new cruising life. This summer (2013) we plan to head north and explore the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We will return to Annapolis in the fall for the SSCA GAM and then head south on the ICW to Florida. [...]
Moonraker was built in 1986 and had two owners before we bought her in 2005. After spending nearly two years on the hard making all the repairs and improvements that I had promised Donna we wouldn’t have to do if we bought her, we were finally ready to go sailing. For the next several years we [...]
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Who: Bill & Donna Shuman
Port: Annapolis, MD

Where in the World is Moonraker

Our Boat

Moonraker is a 1986 Bayfield 40 designed by the famous Ted Gozzard and built in Ontario, Canada. The rig is a cutter/ketch. Here are some of her specs:

LOA: 45 ft. 6 in.
LWL: 30 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 12 ft.
Draft: 4 ft. 11 in.
Displacement: 21,000 lbs.
Ballast: 8,200 lbs.
Sail Area: 1,009 sq. ft.

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