Sailing around the Caribbean

In 2007 our family sailed from the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean, visiting most of the islands and stopping in Cartagena, Colombia for hurricane season. We just returned to the Chesapeake after visiting many Central American countries and islands.

11 July 2009 | Kikuyu in Annapolis Harbor, Looking toward the City
29 June 2009 | The National Young Women's Sailing Competition in Hampton
15 June 2009 | Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
02 June 2009 | Kennedy Space Center
01 June 2009 | Beaudacious and Third Boat that Joined us at Anchor in Fort Pierce
31 May 2009 | Our Friends Beaudacions' Mast was Taller than Most Bridges when Opened
25 May 2009 | View of a Canal from Las Olas Marina Boulevard
21 May 2009 | Approaching Miami Harbor
18 May 2009 | One of the Six-toed Cats Sleeping on Hemingway's Master Bed
16 May 2009 | Approaching Key West - Daniel at the bow trying to see land with the binoculars
08 May 2009 | Main Town Harbor
06 May 2009 | Maya Ritual Reenactment
29 April 2009 | Town's Harbor
27 April 2009 | Daniel at the Blue Hole
25 April 2009 | The Weather Turned Bad
22 April 2009 | View of City from Kikuyu
21 April 2009 | Dangriga Harbor -Daniel doing school work!
19 April 2009 | Whale Shark, Picture by Chelsea Tolppanen
15 April 2009 | kikuyu in the Middle at Anchor in East Harbor

Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras - A Rude Anchorage Awakening!

15 April 2009 | kikuyu in the Middle at Anchor in East Harbor
After spending 2 glorious days in Lake Yojoa, we drove to La Ceiba to get Kikuyu ready for the trip to Belize, stopping in Utila to tour the island, clear out of the country of Honduras and stage our trip to Belize.

We sailed to Utila on Wednesday arriving late in the afternoon. Considered to be the least expensive of the Bay Islands to tour, Utila has become a backpackers and divers' destination as it offers reasonable rates for hotel, restaurants and diving packages. With s/v Beaudacious we intended to leave for Glover's reef in Belize on Thursday night, giving us one day to walk around this small island. However, at 10 PM on Thursday we were awoken to a raucous as a French couple's sail boat, s/v Yvelys, broke loose from anchor, came onto s/v Beaudacious which was just ahead of us, then dragged behind them, hit our bow and got stuck in between. The hour it took to help them, fending them off our boat and giving instructions in English to the Eve, the only one who spoke English, seemed like eternity. The winds were roaring in the mid 20s and it was hard to hear or be heard. They finally broke loose and anchored in two other places before settling for the night. We were aware of holding issues in anchorage closer to the shore which we were told there is just a bit of sand above the coral bed holding the anchors.

After the "rush" ended, we realized that our batteries were not charging. We called off the trip to Belize that night, and Kim spent the next day diagnosing the problem which he found to be a faulty alternator. We had to change our trip plans to get our alternator fixed.
Vessel Name: Kikuyu
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 37
Hailing Port: Norfolk, VA
Crew: Cunningham's (Captain: Kim; Crew: Maria & Daniel
About: Maria E. Ramos and Daniel Cunningham
We are delighted to have you as a visitor to our site. Our family (Dad-Kim, Mom-Maria, 12-year-old son: Daniel) started our cruising adventure in our minds a few years ago. We slowly began to take steps toward achieving this dream. In November of 2007 we departed Annapolis, MD in the Chesapeake [...]
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Who: Cunningham's (Captain: Kim; Crew: Maria & Daniel
Port: Norfolk, VA
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