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.

Haul Out Day

17 April 2019 | Laying out 200' of chain on deck
Caroline Burton
"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.
Haul out went smoothly , so now we are in a race with the clock to check off everything else on our "Putting Sapphire to Bed" list before we fly out tomorrow. Everything gets washed and stored away in vacuum tight bags with dryer sheets to try to keep the mildew at bay.
We leave the fans running all summer, powered by our solar panels, to keep the air circulating. Cupboard doors are all left open with mattresses standing on end. Tinfoil covers ever hatch and port light to attempt to keep the interior a little cooler during the hot summer months ahead. If we get it looking like a cyclone has torn through, then we have pretty much accomplished our purpose.
By the time we were finished and lugged all our stuff back to the apt, we were dead tired. Moby just lit the gas stove and happened to leave the box of matches IN the oven. And when doing our wind down crossword puzzle together, I said " Oh , I've got this.... Sonny & Cher song _____ You Babe" I tried writing in, "It ain't You Babe!" Moby, even in his exhausted state, had to laugh..."That's got to be one of the all time great love songs.. "It ain't you Babe!" Try "I've Got You, Babe" .
Now I can't get "It ain't You Babe out" of my head."
Thoughts on leaving: As much as I try to live in the present, I'm always looking ahead to the next adventure, the next occasion that we have to look forward to. I've missed my workout buddies, tennis friends, my family and especially my sons. Happily, my eldest son, Nick, is flying home for Easter weekend, and Tyler will be home too, so we will all be together again, at least for the weekend. Nice homecoming. Lots to get done in the one week we'll be home before I take off with my League team for our tournament down in Kiawah
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