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.

Getting Ready to be Hauled Out

16 April 2019 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
Caroline Burton
We enjoyed a lovely leisurely couple of days sailing down to Grenada from Bequia, arriving on Palm Sunday.
“You know Moby, the winds in Prickly Bay are always howling. We could go ahead and try to get the sails down now.”
“That’s not a bad idea,” Moby responded. “It’d be pretty calm in Grande Anse.”
“Last year, if you remember, we practically sailed away at anchor when we were raising the sails so that we could drop them on deck and fold them up.”
Not an easy feat since our jib is 150%, which is huge. So to drop the sail and then fold it on the two foot wide side deck, while underway with our mainsail still up, was great to have behind us before we’d even dropped anchor.
Lots of work involved to get ready for being hauled. Moby spent yesterday removing halyards and putting away jib sheets and other lines, cleaning out the water tanks and doing other jobs too numerous to mention while I wiped down every inch of our interior teak and scrubbed the cabin ceiling with a vinegar/water solution to remove any mildew.
“Maybe I should be GoPro videotaping this,” Moby laughed as he watched me plop down on a ziplock bag filled with clothes to vacuum seal the pack.
“This is the Barbara Hufsmith method of packing.” I responded, “It is meant to be very efficient in saving space.”
Today we need to take down and thoroughly scrub the bimini and dodger and polish all the stainless framework. The To Do list is endless, but we are getting hauled out at 8 AM tomorrow, Wed, so we have to keep plugging.
As long as I still have time for my swim to the beach and back. That’s what I’ll miss most when we return to Rochester. The warm Caribbean waters.
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