Koinonia Sailing

Vessel Name: Koinonia II
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter Marine 41DS
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, Florida
04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
09 May 2013 | Many islands
10 April 2013
05 March 2013 | Nanny Cay - The Boat Yard
28 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda, Salt Island, and Peter Island
27 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda BVI
26 February 2013
15 February 2013
10 February 2013
26 January 2013 | Caribbean
21 January 2013
12 January 2013
Recent Blog Posts
05 May 2014

Koinonia II has new owners

Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida

Home Again

Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was [...]

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

Dear Friends,

09 May 2013 | Many islands

Quick Update synopsis

How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

20 April 2013

My Virgin island perspective

The Virgin Islands is a collection of islands owned by the US and the British. Additionally, there are also the Spanish Virgin Islands as part of the US territory of Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands can be thought of as a string of islands that run east to west with the Sir Francis Drake channel running [...]

My first overnight passage

11 May 2012
My First Overnight Passage: Montenegro to Greece

The day had arrived when it was time to make the overnight passage to Greece. This was my first overnight passage. Up to this point, my sailing experience had been purposefully limited to a day's travel, with overnight anchorages between destinations. When a trip called for anything more, (like the days of going from Florida to the Bahamas) my captain/husband would take the boat over, while I traveled with the sky captain, and flew!

The trip from Montenegro to Greece did not have any options for ducking into a nice anchorage after a long day, and flying to Greece was not an option either. The trip required thirty hours at sea. With prayers said, a favorable weather window, and tanks full of fuel and water, we left the quaint protected bays of Montenegro for the headed for the open sea.

We expected the temperature to turn cold during the evening, so we installed the cockpit enclosure panels. The addition provided protection from both sides and helped to minimize the coldness of the night air. The seas were a bit bumpy, but I had already been acclimated to a less than comfortable sea state during the previous two weeks. The wind was not favorable for sailing, so we motor sailed most of the way. With the sun setting, I dreaded the darkness and being at sea overnight. Darkness fell around 9:30 P.M., but it was not completely dark. The lighting from our running lights and the glow emitting from the navigation screen provided just enough light to keep us out of complete darkness when we were in the cockpit. The half moon appeared in the sky around 1:00 A.M. The moon's glow reflected beautifully across our path in the water.

The seas continued to build and were rolling in at our starboard stern. The boat rose and gently fell with each frequent swell. At one point during the evening, we were able to turn off the engine and sail without the assistance of the engine. I must admit, the sound of water rushing around the boat and the sight of the moonlight dancing on the water was very peaceful.

Don and I took turns taking cat naps, while the other slept. During my watch, two dangerous targets appeared on AIS, which is the Automated Identity System used to electronically identify ships which are within a preset distance of our boat. The data indicated that the vessels were large ferries approximately seven miles away, coming from the same direction. One of the ferries was projected to pass about a half mile in front of us within the next thirty minutes and the other vessel was projected to pass about a mile behind. I decided this was a good enough reason to interrupt Don's much needed sleep and request his assistance. Don came topside to the helm and we watched the vessels on the screen, as well as saw them in the distance. The vessels continued on the same course and apparently could not see us. AIS data provided the name of target, so Don hailed the vessel and informed them Koinonia was dead ahead. The fast ferry acknowledged seeing us and she altered her course to go behind us. The slower moving ferry altered her course as well. We watched both ferries pass at a comfortable distance. I was grateful to have this technology on board. At one point during the evening, both the GPS and AIS. briefly went out of service. We were relieved when both systems were functioning again.

I imagined how glorious it would be to see the sunrise after a long night at sea. Don was at the helm and I remained in the cockpit to keep him company and wait for the sunrise. A hint of the impending sunrise began to emerge on the horizon around 4:30 A.M., but my fatigue was greater than my ability to stay wake long enough to see the sunrise. After one last cat nap, I awoke to the sun shining, the start of a new day on the sea, and on target for our arrival in the Greek Islands. The passage went very well. Koinonia II and my captain did a great job!

Koinonia II's Photos - Main
Recent pictures of Koinonia II, a Hunter 41 Deck Salon, as she is outfitted and ready for you to start cruising the Caribbean immediately!
81 Photos
Created 29 August 2013
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Created 14 August 2013
Linda's Mom Joins the Crew
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Created 25 April 2013
Pete and Debbie Join the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Olivia Joins the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Victoria and Trey Join the Crew
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Created 11 April 2013
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Created 31 March 2013
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Created 13 March 2013
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Created 6 March 2013
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Created 4 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 2 March 2013
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Created 1 March 2013
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Created 13 February 2013
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Created 2 February 2013
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Created 24 January 2013
Pictures from St. Lucia
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Created 16 January 2013
Pictures from the crew of Koinonia II (Captain Don, Doug Rosen, and Charlie Para) 26 days at sea starting from the Canary Islands to our first Caribbean landfall in Barbados.
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Created 4 January 2013
Pictures of Don and Linda cruising through southern Italy, circumnavigating Sicily, and through the Aeolian Islands and on to Rome.
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Created 30 August 2012
Pictures from Don, Linda, Patty Chambers, and Mike and Debbie Lindell cruising from Athens through the Corinth Canal, the Gulf of Corinth, the Gulf of Patras, and the Greek Ionian islands.
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Created 26 August 2012
Pictures of Don, Linda, Victoria and Emily Jones cruising through the Cyclades in the Aegean sea.
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Created 8 August 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda cruising through the Ionian islands of Greece, the Gulf of Patras, Gulf of Corinth, and the Corinth Canal on the way to Athens where we were joined by Rick and Sandy Elbracht. From there we cruised the Aegean sea all the way to Turkey and back including many of the Greek islands.
60 Photos
Created 30 July 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda visiting the Greek Island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf
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Created 11 June 2012
Pictures of Koinonia II traversing west to east towards Athens through the 3 mile long Corinth Canal
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Created 10 June 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda's shore excursion to Delphi by bus from Galaxidi
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing from Ithaca to Galaxidhi through the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing to and cruising around Ithaca Greece
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don's visits to the islands of Paxos and Levkas and through the Lefkas Canal.
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Created 22 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda in Cavtat, Croatia, our port of exit from Croatia.
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda touring Corfu Greece
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's cruise through the beautiful Gulf of Kotor, Montenegro.
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Created 13 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's visit to this very special and historical town.
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Created 6 May 2012
Pictures of Linda and Don cruising through the Croatian Islands and Mainland
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Created 3 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda returning to Zadar (Sukosan Marina Dalmajia) and Koinonia II which suffered through the cold European winter on the hard.
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Created 1 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Zagreb Croatia.
16 Photos
Created 25 April 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Paris in April 2012
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Created 25 April 2012
Pictures of family land touring around Italy.
11 Photos
Created 28 March 2012
Pictures of the Gilbert family in Croatia
20 Photos
Created 20 March 2012
Pictures from Don, Charlie, and Scott cruising around Croatia mainland and its islands. See sub-Albums.
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 19 August 2011
Pictures from our 4 days in Montenegro which includes the towns of Tivat, Kotor, Budva and touring around in a rental car.
19 Photos
Created 14 August 2011
Pictures from a very small resort town on the heal of Italy.
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Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around the port town of Crotone, the old Fort, and the archeological museum.
39 Photos
Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around Sicily including Palermo
17 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
Pictures of our train ride through the country side of Sardegna.
37 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
Check out the photos in the Sub-Albums.
5 Sub-Albums
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures from the Spanish Enclave town of Cueta in North Africa. This town had lots of interesting architecture, statues, history and was very lively late at night.
20 Photos
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures of completing our Atlantic crossing and our stay in Gibraltor and our tour of the top of the Rock.
27 Photos
Created 12 July 2011
The second leg from Bermuda to the Azores and the Islands of the Azores
57 Photos
Created 13 June 2011
The first leg from Jacksonville to Bermuda and the Island of Bermuda
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Created 13 June 2011
Koinonia II
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Created 6 March 2011