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.)

Tyler's Graduation

12 May 2012 | LA at last!
I was heading off to my youngest son, Tyler’s, college graduation. It was one of the biggest events of my life, long anticipated from the day he was born, and one that no mother would miss. However, thanks to a four-hour delay by American Airlines, I missed it.

I had managed to retrieve my checked luggage, got my seat moved up to be in position to be the first person off the plane. (Due to lack of storage space on Sapphire, no rolling suitcases are allowed on our boat.) So I then had to sprint two miles, lugging a heavy duffle and carryon. Zipped my way through security to find that my connecting flight had left six minutes earlier. It was the last flight out Thursday night, which meant there would be no possible way that I could make it to Tyler’s 8 AM graduation.
Tyler’s 2nd ceremony, for the USC Engineering School, was due to begin at 10:45 AM and the replacement flight that American Airlines had stuck me on, was due to land at 11 AM. En route, I noticed on the flight path screen that our plane was making all sorts of extreme detours.

“We apologize for the delay” our Captain announced. “Our President is at the LAX Airport saying goodbye to George Clooney, who has just made a significant campaign contribution. Anyway, the detour that you have undoubtably noticed, is due to the fact that there are about 100 planes out here, trying to avoid colliding. We will be back on course as soon as we are given the word that the coast is clear.”

I was still hoping beyond hope that I could somehow make it to USC before Tyler’s name was called to cross the stage. When we at last landed, there was still another delay, due to the malfunction of the flight bridge.

Despite all of the drama, my oldest son, Nick, saved the day. He had borrowed a car from Tyler’s roommate, picked me up and dropped me off at USC not 5 minutes before Ty’s name was called to cross the stage.  I was absolutely ecstatic.

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