Regenero's Great Escape

06 February 2016 | Francis Bay, St John, USVI
31 January 2016 | Privateer Bay, Norman Island
16 January 2016 | Christmas Cove
07 January 2016
30 November 2015 | Puerto Del Rey, Puerto Rico
25 February 2015
04 February 2015
18 January 2015
11 January 2015
01 January 2015
31 December 2014
28 December 2014
18 December 2014
09 December 2014
06 December 2014

Winter Solstice

21 December 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013

Well, a week has past, and today finds us in Sopers Hole, West End Tortola. We left Francis bay this morning after 8 days there enjoying the peace and quiet. Frank & Denise left us last Thursday, but caught up with us again today here and we had Breakfast at the little café here. Then had to take care of a few of our OJ support team tasks as they start charter tomorrow.

We really love the BVI’s and already the weather is better than at Francis where we had rain and rain a good portion of the time we were there. We did, however have 2 days of clear weather which allowed us to get a snorkel in at Cinnamon Bay, and Jim and I finally were able to replace the two Aft Cabin hatches. In the past the hatches we replaced were not over berths, so if they leaked, it was ok until we fixed them. But, now the real test came, since one of these is over our berth – NO LEAKING ALLOWED! As it turned out, Thursday started out promising, and stayed clear all day til very late afternoon, and we were able to break out the old hatches, clean the openings and bed the new ones, then allow them to cure a little before they were tested in the rain. Lucky for us it all worked.

Over the past week Denise and I, with the help of the boys, also managed to finish nearly all of the canvas work for OJ. Replacing screen with plastic, adding zippers, reconfiguring openings, etc. This was a HUGE job, but so necessary to keep the rain out of the cockpit. We had to take down and put up the material so many times our arms ached! Between ripping out seams, cutting new pieces and calculating appropriate seam allowances, in addition to figuring out how to manipulate the pieced material to get it thru the sewing machine! That is really where the boys came in as one person was sewing, and three people were holding on to the material, helping to get it thru the machine. (Be impressed…One of the panels we worked on was 8 feet long). Then fixing snaps and straps, and reconfiguring zippers – it was quite the job. But it’s done and not only does it look totally professional, it works! KDEngineering at its finest. Denise and I would go into business doing this…if it wasn’t so much blasted work!

In between jobs we shared a brilliant Flank Steak dinner with homemade bread with Charles, Leslie, Frank and Denise, a happy hour with some other people to discuss the northbound trip routes, another yummy pork tenderloin dinner aboard OJ, and a met some new friends from Crystal Lake who stopped over to say ‘hey…we’re from your neck of the woods’.

This morning it was time to move on from St. John, and so after arriving in Tortola and attending to immigration, breakfast, chores, saying farewell to our friends, getting groceries and ice, we were ready to relax and enjoy the show here in this busy harbor. With ferries coming in and out, boats coming in to pick up mooring and clear customs, then departing to other points, other boats coming in to fuel or get a spot at the marina there is always something to see. Right now, as we sit here at 7:30pm it is pitch dark; the moon has not risen yet. The final (we think) Ferries have dropped their passengers, the customs/immigration office is packed, and there are at least 4 or 5 boats, one a 45+ foot catamaran, all circling around waiting their turn to tie up to the immigration dock. Busy, busy, busy….
Vessel Name: Regenero
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 41 S2
Hailing Port: Chicago, IL
Crew: Jim & Karen Doyle
Jim retired from the legal field but continues to lecture and teach as an adjunct professor at several Universities both in Illinois and as well as a US MBA program in Eastern Europe. Karen is currently on hiatus from her job. [...]

Who: Jim & Karen Doyle
Port: Chicago, IL