Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
17 April 2019 | Laying out 200' of chain on deck
16 April 2019 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
16 April 2019 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
13 April 2019 | Tyrell Bay, Carriacou
12 April 2019 | Admiralty Bay, teaching William about reading music
11 April 2019 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
10 April 2019 | Pink Sunset off Bequia
10 April 2019 | Papa's Restaurant overlooking Admiralty Bay, Bequia
09 April 2019 | Winfield applying coat #6 of Epiphane Varnish to Sapphire's coaming
08 April 2019 | Tennis Court behind the Gingerbread House, Bequia
04 April 2019 | Floating Beach Bar
04 April 2019 | Bequia
03 April 2019 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
03 April 2019 | Center Hatch on Sapphire
02 April 2019 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia, The Grenadines
02 April 2019 | Sailing past St Lucia across from the Pitons
28 March 2019 | Anse de Salines, Martinique
28 March 2019
28 March 2019 | Sapphire's Cockpit
24 March 2019
Recent Blog Posts
17 April 2019 | Laying out 200' of chain on deck

Haul Out Day

"I always feel like The Ghost from Christmas Past when we do this exercise of hauling the heavy chain out on our side deck to rinse it and let it dry." On our primary alone, we have 200' of chain and 120' of rope. Then our secondary anchor has 200' of rope and 30' of chain.

16 April 2019 | Prickly Bay, Grenada

Getting Ready to be Hauled Out

We enjoyed a lovely leisurely couple of days sailing down to Grenada from Bequia, arriving on Palm Sunday.

16 April 2019 | Prickly Bay, Grenada

Grenada's Cruiser's Net

The cruiser’s net in Grenada is always very lively. On Safety and Security this morning we heard that a sailboat coming up from Trinidad had a boatful of eight ‘Venezuelan looking’ men trying to overtake them. The sailboat was able to get away,. but the hull is riddled with bullet holes. They [...]

13 April 2019 | Tyrell Bay, Carriacou

New Way to Clear into Customs

How do you clear in to Customs, when you arrive at a port and don’t feel like blowing up your dinghy?

12 April 2019 | Admiralty Bay, teaching William about reading music

Teaching William some Notes

I realized that if I set up my piano early in the morning, then I can play before there is too much sun in the cockpit.

11 April 2019 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Paddling around Bequia

As my buddy Joan Dwyer would say, “the goal in paddle boarding is to avoid looking like a little old lady pushing a Wegman’s cart.” Actually, I’ll be doing that soon enough as we are heading home in a week.

More Simultaneous Multiple Failures

06 March 2019 | Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
Moby
For over a week we were looking for a weather window to sail from the BVI to St. Maarten. We would like to have either a North East wind or a very light wind. The best we could come up with was an ESE wind at 15 knots. Not great but better than 20 knots. We left Sopers Hole at 11:00 AM on 3/6 and were in the open ocean of the Anegada Passage by 3:00 PM. It was a nasty slog. We motor sailed tacking back and forth and finally made it into St. Maarten by mid-morning on 3/7. We were exhausted. We had been motor sailing with a reefed main and the staysail. When it came time to furl in the staysail, the furling mechanism wouldn’t work. By now, the wind was howling at 20 to 25 knots with an occasional gust to 30. After several attempts to furl the sail, I gave up and went forward to just drop it on deck. The sail came half way down and then stuck. Apparently, the halyard had jammed in the block at the mast. So, we had no way to get the sail down unless someone went up the mast to free the halyard. We tied off the staysail as best we could but it was flogging wildly in the high winds. We motored the last 4 miles to Simpson Bay with the staysail half up, flogging and occasionally filling with wind. When we reached Simpson Bay, we dropped the anchor and drew straws to see who was going up the mast. Caroline volunteered to hoist me up the mast which takes a lot of effort. Caroline slowly winched me up. The bay was very rolly so I was being tossed around as I went up the mast. About half way up, I noticed the anchor was dragging. Here we were, merrily dragging across Simpson Bay with me half way up the mast. I yelled to Caroling to put out more anchor chain. Finally the anchor held and we could get on with our chore. I was able to clear the halyard and we finally were able to drop the staysail to the deck. We were both totally exhausted since we had been up most of the night tacking back and forth across the Anegada passage. All ended well but I found I was asking myself – “Am I getting to old for this?”.
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