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

Hampton Virginia – Back to the Chesapeake Bay!

29 June 2009 | The National Young Women's Sailing Competition in Hampton
After nearly 40 hours of sailing, we arrived to the Chesapeake Bay and anchored in Hampton Flats off Fort Monroe at 10:30PM on the second night of our trip. Again, there was little wind on this trip and we had to motor sail the entire trip. But given that we were rounding Cape Hatteras which can be a bad passage given the currents and counter winds that have wrecked hundreds of ships we were thankful that the weather, though not optimal for sailing, was good for making this passage.

Hampton is the place where our offshore trip started with the 1500 Caribbean Rally in 2007. We crossed nearly 1500 miles in 9 days to Tortola, British Virgin Island with a group of 69 other vessels. It was exhilarating to be back to the Chesapeake and to Hampton. We celebrated 4th of July at the home of one of the Caribbean 1500 volunteers who two years ago had taken Daniel to her house for Halloween. Daniel reported having a fantastic Halloween with Ms. Trudy.

Hampton is also a very historic town. The city has done a marvelous job in restoring and creating a very attractive downtown with a wonderful science center. Their History museum is also worth a visit. We docked Kikuyu at the Hampton Piers, the city marina, right in downtown. From it we walked the town and saw many of the places of interest. We felt very welcome at Hampton and are now considering moving Kikuyu there for some of the time during the year.

After 6 days we headed up the Chesapeake. We said good bye to our friends Paul and Lynne from s/v Beaudacious who decided to dock their boat in Hampton while they returned to their home in Sacramento, CA. We had sailed with them since mid March from San Andres to Providencia, Colombia and had had a wonderful time exploring places together and eating numerous delicious dinners together. For sure we were going to miss not having them as our "neighbors".
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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