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

Puerto Morelos, Mexico –The Life of Luxury!

29 April 2009 | Town's Harbor
Our buddy boat s/v Beaudacious had sailed from Half Moon Cay to Puerto Morelos, Mexico and reported enjoying this place. After learning that checking into Mexico was also a bit difficult in its southern entry city for which we had to cross the Great Barrier Reef and that it would take us longer to navigate through Mexico, we decided to make an overnight passage to Puerto Morelos. The trip was great, with some of the fastest sailing we have done particularly when passing the island of Cozumel where the current runs wickedly fast. With this current, however, came very unstable waves and winds toward its northern part, making sailing very challenging. After passing this area, things calmed down nicely and we reached Puerto Morelos on the perfectly nice and warm late afternoon of April 30. The passage was fast and we covered 220 NM in 30.5 hours.

We spent 2 weeks in Mexico's Maya Riviera as this area of Mexico is called because of the many important Maya groups that inhabited this area in the post classic Maya period (after 900 AD). The marina where we moored Kikuyu was part of a 5-star all inclusive resort "El Cid" where we found a gold mine as they charged us only $10/per day to moor our boat and we could enjoy all the resort facilities, including swimming pools, gyms, internet, etc. Daniel did his long distance school online from the lobby of this hotel which was very comfortable and plush. From here we took trips to see the Maya ruins of Tulum and Chichén Itzá, the last one being one of the 3 most important Maya ruins along with Copan in Honduras and Tikal in Guatemala. We also took a day trip to a popular park Xcaret where there are also some Maya ruins. Because Cozumel was just a 30-minute ferry ride from nearby Playa del Carmen, we took a 2-day drip to this island primarily to dive its waters which have great diving.
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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