Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
17 April 2018 | Winfield sanding down our toerail
16 April 2018 | Walkway in Bequia
14 April 2018 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia The Grenadines
11 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
10 April 2018 | Broken Lifeline, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
10 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
09 April 2018 | Martinique to St Lucia passage
07 April 2018 | View from Anchorage in Ste Anne, Martinique
07 April 2018 | Ste Anne, Martinique
07 April 2018 | Grande Anse de Saline
07 April 2018 | Ste Anne, Martinique
05 April 2018 | Petite Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
05 April 2018 | Sail to Petite Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
03 April 2018 | Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
03 April 2018 | View from Le Chameau Lookout Tower, Iles des Saintes
31 March 2018 | Les Galeries, Marie-Galante
31 March 2018 | Marie-Galante
31 March 2018 | Bantana Cafe, Le Plage de la Feuillere
30 March 2018 | Ste Louis Harbour, Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
30 March 2018 | Ile de Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
Recent Blog Posts
17 April 2018 | Winfield sanding down our toerail

Keeping up with the Brightwork

Winfield Sargeant owns our toerail. The first time I met Winfield, Moby told him he had to clear it with the "boss" if he wanted to do our varnish work.

16 April 2018 | Walkway in Bequia

"Bequia Magic"

The island of Bequia in the Grenadines, is an unspoiled jewel. It is especially a draw to sailors. We like to anchor off of Princess Margaret Beach, close enough to swim or paddleboard into shore. There is a great little path into town, past all the beach bars. Tucked behind the Gingerbread House, [...]

14 April 2018 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia The Grenadines

Happy as Clams

"Those kids are having a blast over there," I said, pointing to our neighboring sailboat. There on the foredeck at 8:30 PM were 4 little ones, ages 3-8, I'd guess, each wearing a headlamp dancing and bouncing around. When they got tired of dancing, they would climb on the boom and ride it back and [...]

11 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

"Things most people don't have to think about!"

“The teeth of the starter mechanism are breaking off from our Honda outboard, Caroline…” Moby said dejectedly, “ so it won’t be long before I’ll have to take the engine apart to manually start the engine, every time we go anywhere in little dinghy.”

10 April 2018 | Broken Lifeline, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

"There Goes the Lifeline!"

Luckily we were just re-rigging little Dinghy when the lower lifeline snapped. Talk about good timing! When we are underway and heeling over, if we are overpowered by having too much sail up, Moby makes his way to the mast to set another reef. He makes his way forward by holding onto the handrail [...]

10 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Floating Fruit Delivery

“Limes. Mangoes, fresh tomatoes….perhaps a nice pineapple? What can I bring you today?” the Fruit & Veg-e-table Man called out to us. (The locals enunciate every syllable down here.)

Keeping up with the Brightwork

17 April 2018 | Winfield sanding down our toerail
Caroline
Winfield Sargeant owns our toerail. The first time I met Winfield, Moby told him he had to clear it with the "boss" if he wanted to do our varnish work.
"I do the varnish work whenever I find the time," I told Winfield, quite proud of my handiwork.
"Well, Missy," Winfield chuckling, " Looks like you need to find more time!"
That was 2011 when we first started coming to Bequia. Now, each year Winfield offers his professional services to scrape, sand and varnish our teak toerail. We pick up varnish and other supplies for him at half price in St Maarten and to pay us back for the supplies, Winfield takes care of our brightwork. Moby and I will sand and varnish the coaming (pronounced koe-ming) around the cockpit, but we leave the toerail and sometimes the handrails to Winfield's meticulous touch. In between the frequent quick rain showers, Winfield will spend the day sanding the toerail, put a coat of varnish on it, let that coat dry overnight and be back the next morning to sand before apply coat #2. By building up to six coats of varnish, we are fairly protected from the harsh UV rays over the course of the summer.
We returned from a hike this morning to find that he had re-sanded the cockpit coming for us. Guess our preparation wasn't up to his standards. So now I suppose that means he owns the toerail, handrails AND the coaming. Thanks to Winfield, we keep our Bristol in Bristol condition.

"Bequia Magic"

16 April 2018 | Walkway in Bequia
Caroline
The island of Bequia in the Grenadines, is an unspoiled jewel. It is especially a draw to sailors. We like to anchor off of Princess Margaret Beach, close enough to swim or paddleboard into shore. There is a great little path into town, past all the beach bars. Tucked behind the Gingerbread House, just down the hill from the one room school house, is a falling apart tennis court. (Used to be $10 to rent the court but this year they have doubled the fee to try to raise money to resurface it.) Better get to the bakery early if you want one of their freshly baked cinnamon buns, as there is always a line waiting for them.
Following the path into town, there are lots of fresh fruit & vegetable stands and Doris’ Fresh Foods can supply any tasty morsels for which you really have a hankering.
There are trails all over the island to explore, if you are into hiking.
On Tuesday nights, Jack’s Beach Bar has a live band, so we get a front row seat from our cockpit as the music wafts over the water.
“Moby, they are offering salsa lessons at the Fig Tree at 9 AM.. We can probably just make it in time.” I laughed, doing a little two-step in the galley, while knowing full well what his answer would be.

Happy as Clams

14 April 2018 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia The Grenadines
Caroline
"Those kids are having a blast over there," I said, pointing to our neighboring sailboat. There on the foredeck at 8:30 PM were 4 little ones, ages 3-8, I'd guess, each wearing a headlamp dancing and bouncing around. When they got tired of dancing, they would climb on the boom and ride it back and forth.
"I bet they'll sleep well tonight. They've been playing happily for an hour!"
This morning, there was a spinnaker pole set up with a sling swing so they could swing out onto the water and drop in.
I love the fact that parents weren't having to hover over them. The parents had set up netting around the lifelines to create a large, safe playpen and then they just let them have fun. No television or video games were necessary as babysitters. They had created their own onboard gymnasium.
I betcha those kids will grow up with better social skills, more imagination, better balance and agility and probably better reading skills than many of their classmates who were raised with television and video games to entertain them.
It is great seeing families raised on the water.

"Things most people don't have to think about!"

11 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Caroline
“The teeth of the starter mechanism are breaking off from our Honda outboard, Caroline…” Moby said dejectedly, “ so it won’t be long before I’ll have to take the engine apart to manually start the engine, every time we go anywhere in little dinghy.”
“You can’t get a new starter?” I asked
“No. They don’t sell or service Hondas down here so I’ll have to order one from the manufacturer. And in the meantime, it will mean wrapping the cord around the pulley to hand start it. A real pain in the ass.”

“Moby, why is it saying “OFF” in red letters underneath our stove? “
“Oh, shit. That is the refrigeration. “
So much for our relaxing happy hour where we sit in the cockpit and read for an hour before dinner.
Moby is digging out the owners manual to diagnose why the refrigeration has suddenly stopped working. Bad timing too, since I had just provisioned, so our refrig was jam packed with 630 EC of food. (2.50 EC to a dollar, so not that bad…but still a waste.)

The winds are going to be waay up on Thursday and Friday, especially for the crossing between the Pitons and Bequia.. Ugh. It is howling even as we are anchored here in Rodney Bay, with the wind swaying us in one direction til the anchor catches us and swings us back in the opposite direction.

There is a real world out there with real problems. But for four months a year, we have no clue what is going on in the real world. These are the types of mini-problems we need to deal with.

“It’s raining” Moby calls down from the cockpit. That’s my firedrill to run around closing hatches as Moby throws down the cockpit cushions and anything else that we don’t want to get wet.

“Caroline, can you help me move the little freezer? I need to replace the float switch on the bilge pump”

Most people don’t worry about running out of water or having enough sun for the solar panels to keep the batteries at full charge. We only have internet when we go ashore with our computers to reconnect with people. These are daily considerations for cruisers. Living off the grid is simple but we definitely miss some of the conveniences of home life.

BTW, as a post note, our hero managed to avert what would have been a major problem when our refrigeration stopped working. Not sure how he did it, but it is working again. It really helps being married to a sailor who happens to be an engineer.

"There Goes the Lifeline!"

10 April 2018 | Broken Lifeline, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
Caroline
Luckily we were just re-rigging little Dinghy when the lower lifeline snapped. Talk about good timing! When we are underway and heeling over, if we are overpowered by having too much sail up, Moby makes his way to the mast to set another reef. He makes his way forward by holding onto the handrail and the lifeline. If the lifeline had snapped when we were underway, even in conditions such as we had for yesterday’s sail, Moby could have easily gone overboard. Then, it would have been up to me to roll in the jib, let the mainsail flog and turn the boat around to go pick him up. Not an easy feat when you are heeling over at 35 degrees.
The lifeline broke due to stress corrosion, which you couldn’t see because of the plastic covering the wire cable. Lifelines are no longer allowed to have plastic covering for just that reason. Looks like we’ll be in the market for new lifelines next year. For now, mon Capitaine has rigged a temporary fix.

Floating Fruit Delivery

10 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Caroline
“Limes. Mangoes, fresh tomatoes….perhaps a nice pineapple? What can I bring you today?” the Fruit & Veg-e-table Man called out to us. (The locals enunciate every syllable down here.)
Definitely a different slant on Wegman’s home delivery service.
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