Troubadour

Living the Dream

Who: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
20 December 2011 | US Virgin Islands
03 October 2011 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 August 2011 | Ceiba, Puerto Rico
17 August 2011 | Roosevelt Roads Marina, Puerto Rico
24 June 2011 | Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
13 June 2011 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
05 June 2011 | Boca Chica, DR
26 May 2011 | Ile a Vache, Haiti
21 May 2011 | Manzanillo Bay
14 May 2011 | Ocean World Marina
19 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
13 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
05 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
30 March 2011 | Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
28 March 2011 | Clarence Town, Long Island
21 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
15 March 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
13 February 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
29 January 2011 | Georgetown, Great Exuma

Enjoying Caicos

19 April 2011 | Sapodilla Bay, Provo, Turks & Caicos
Captain Chris
Troubadour lies at anchor in the empty West Caicos marina basin, unimproved since construction halted during the Lehman Brothers collapse.

We are back in Sapodilla Bay after three days out at West Caicos. Last Wednesday we sailed over to the Elephant Ear dive site, and got our first wall dive in. It was a nice dive in 80 degree water with around 70' of visibility; we saw the usual culprits highlighted by a large sea turtle and a reef shark. After cleaning up, we headed into the West Caicos marina basin.

The Ritz-Carlton organization has dredged a marina basin, but halted construction some time back (we hear it was funded by Lehman Brothers) before the actual marina and piers were built. As a result, we had a completely protected harbour to anchor in and not have to worry about the swells giving us a rolly night on the boat.

Only one other boat pulled into the marina our first night. No Rehearsal has different problems than we do: they have caught so much fish they didn't have room for it all. We accepted their gift of frozen mackerel and mussels so they could load their new catches into the freezer, then joined them for sundowners to compare notes, as they were headed north to the Bahamas, having come from the Caribbean.

Thursday we did a groundhog day: after waiting for the local dive boats to pick their sites, we grabbed the buoy on Driveway and got in another really nice wall dive. On our way back we noticed the Turks & Caicos Aggressor on Elephant Ear - our liveaboard competes with the big boys!

Having consumed the air in our scuba tanks, we spent Friday beachcombing and lounging on the boat, before sailing out of the basin on Saturday to return to Provo. We headed south past the fishing fleet off the southern point of West Caicos before tacking back up the "Clear Sand Road" channel to return to Sapodilla Bay.

Our friends Sam & Janet on s/v Flying Fish arrived from the Bahamas on Sunday, and we met for dinner (fresh Mahi!) and agreed to split a rental car on Monday after they checked in. We spent Monday touring Provo, going for a long walk at Grace Bay, and returned to the Conch Shack for lunch. Errands must be attended to, and we visited the bank as well as marine, liquor, and grocery stores. The hardest stop was to get our scuba tanks filled: Several of the dive shops would only run their compressors to fill their own tanks, and were not interested in filling ours. Even Caicos Adventures, where we had our tanks filled previously, said they had too many of their tanks to fill and didn't have time for ours. Luckily Flamingo Divers came through and filled our tanks while we waited, overlooking the South Side marina and chatting.

After loading our booty into the dinghys and calling the rental car company to let them know that we were done (Rent-a-Buggy did a great drop-off and pick up at Sapodilla Bay), we returned for another great sunset.

Unfortunately, the pressure switch on our fresh water pump (it turns on the pump when we open a faucet and the pressure starts to drop) picked last night to stop working, so after brushing our teeth with bottled water, I've got my "boat maintenance in exotic places" job for today already selected.
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Vessel Name: Troubadour - Beneteau Idylle 15.50
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Idylle 15.50
Hailing Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Crew: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
About: Chris and Linda chose early retirement from corporate "office space" and cubicle life at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wis., to pursue their dream of going "down island" to the Caribbean.
Extra:
Our backgrounds: ***Linda is an insured PADI Divemaster and Master Scuba Diver. She is also a member of DAN the Divers Alert Network. She is trained as a Red Cross Emergency Responder; has completed the STCW BST (Basic Safety Training), and holds a USCG MMD (Ordinary Seaman). She has been sailing [...]
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Places and faces along the way.
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Created 1 February 2011
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Living the Dream

Who: Captain Chris May & Admiral Linda Moore
Port: Key Largo, Florida (But we're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
"I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand; Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today" -- "Toes" by the Zach Brown Band