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

Charleston, SC and Beaufort, NC

15 June 2009 | Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
Our passage to Charleston was also great in terms of the weather which we knew could be stormy. We did see and hear a few storms with thunder & lightening but they were far from us. Except for 3 squalls that nearly sandwiched us and that Kim skillfully guided us and s/v Beaudacious to avoid, we just held our breath and prayed that the bad weather would not come our way. Thankfully we did not intersect a single thunder, lightning or rainfall during the entire trip.

For most of the passage there was not a lot of wind except for one day out of the three-day passage in which we clocked speeds of over 9 knots. We arrived to Charleston Harbor safe and sound and entered its harbor in the morning, passing historic Fort Sumter on the way into the city. Fort Sumter is where the American Civil War began as decades of growing strife between the North and the South had made the Confederates weary of having Union troops holding this fort. Finally on April 12, 1861 the Confederate artillery opened fire on the fort, which surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four decades to take it back. After a long trip up the river we arrived to the Charleston City Marina at 11AM.

We had visited Charleston in 3 other occasions, the last 2 in 2004 when we were considering moving to this historic and beautiful place. We loved the city and our stay at the City marina which was conveniently located downtown, making it very easy for us to tour the city. This is one of our most favorite American cities for its historic background, grandeur, imposing architecture and friendly people. We stayed in Charleston for a little over a week but did not do as much as we could as we were busy in our boat working (Kim), Daniel finishing school and Maria getting the boat and the food ready for the passage from Charleston to Beaufort which was also a 3-day passage. We did walk some of the streets, toured the largest historic home in the city and took a Ghost tour at night which took us to a couple of graveyards with stories about ghost sightings. One evening we were invited to one of Maria former colleague's house for dinner. Chris and her husband, Richard, own a very nice home and hosted a delicious dinner for us. We were very thankful for their hospitality. On another evening another one of Maria's former colleagues (Kay) came to our boat for dinner. We had an enjoyable evening with Kay who put her market researcher's hat and asked us great questions that made us reflect upon our voyage.

We left Charleston on a hot day and sailed for 3 days to Beaufort, NC. The trip was good and uneventful, with little to no wind so we had to motor the entire way. In Beaufort we waited for the weather to be optimal to make the passage around Cape Hatteras to Hampton, VA.

We docked Kikuyu at the Beaufort Docks City Marina, right off the town center . Beaufort is also a very historic town, settled in 1609 and founded in 1617. Its historic homes have almost all are refurbished and kept up very well -they are spectacular! There is a nice Maritime museum and many coffee and clothes shops. It appears that the town has a large retiree community.

Unfortunately something happened to our pictures of Charleston and Beaufort when uploading them to our PC and we lost most of them. Some pictures of Charleston are shown in the Gallery of Pictures.
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
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