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

Now that you are here, stick around

20 December 2011 | US Virgin Islands
Admiral Linda / Sunny, lovely
Hey! Don't leave so fast! Although we've taken a flight in cyberspace to a new blog website, we'd love for you to stay and read about our first two years of living aboard. You'll find helpful and informative writing about life on the hard and the year-long refit of our Beneteau Idylle 15.5. You can also enjoy amazing pictures in our Photo Gallery and read stories about our journey as we cruised through the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic (the north, then south coast through the Windward Passage, including a stop at Port Morgan in Ile a Vache, Haiti) and Puerto Rico. And if you are staying for a little while, take a few moments to let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Enjoy!

When you're ready, take off on your cyber flight to our new blog at SailingTroubadour

Just a reminder - we've moved

03 October 2011 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
Admiral Linda
Ahoy! Troubadour Blog Followers!
This is a reminder that we have moved in Cyberspace to Google Blogger and you can find us at SailingTroubadour We hope you keep following us and write to us on our new blog!

After Tormenta Tropical Irene

25 August 2011
Linda
Reminder: Troubadour Sailblogs blog is moving in cyberspace to a new address. You will now find us at sailngtroubadour.blogspot.com on Blogger. Please update your browser to our new address. Facebook automatic feeds will continue. Our aim is to update the blog more often with more pictures in our story so you can live the dream with us!

Read about Troubadour's experience during Hurricane Irene at sailingtroubadour.blogspot.com

We are moving in Cyberspace

21 August 2011 | Ceiba, Puerto Rico
Effective now, our Troubadour Sailblogs Blog is moving in cyberspace to a new address. You will now find us at sailingtroubadour.blogspot.com on Blogger. Please update your browser to our new address. Facebook automatic feeds will continue. Our aim is to update the blog more often with more pictures in our story so you can live the dream with us!

We are looking forward to hearing from you about the new look and feel of our blog.

Journey or Destination, the choice is yours, come sail with us on Troubadour!
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 [...]
Troubadour - Beneteau Idylle 15.50's Photos - Shake Downs & Day Sails!
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Chris flying the shoot!
Dave and Chris (and me) enjoying new friendships and sail stories after our day sail on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Thanda and Alice. Alice enjoys her books while aboard.
The guys discussing the first hoisting of the spinnaker.
Thanda and Alice.
Eloi and Dave, Michel and Chris planning for the spinnaker hoist.
The Captain and crew. From left Eloi, Dave, Chris, Michel.
The ladies, just chillin
Dave and Chris.
Chris scrubbing the hull during. We used a guide line from the bow to the stern to hang on to.
Me hanging on the guideline near the stern preparing to scrub and scrape barnacles.
It was a bit choppy and I felt like I was in a washing machine, bobbing and trying to scrub.
This is a good shot of what it was like trying to scrub the hull. We did pretty good considering the conditions!
The Moore Crew: Jaclynne Nesslar, Chris May, Cindy & Pat Moore, Mary Nesslar, Cody Moore, all enjoying drinks after a beautiful day sail on the Atlantic. We left the slip at 10:30 am and returned at 1:30 pm on Sunday, July 13th.
Cody at the helm. With a little coaching he sailed us smoothly toward the inlet.
Cody, at 14, he
Hey who is steering? Oh, that
It was a beautiful day for a light wind sail. Winds were 5 to 7 knots, waves rolled in one foot swells. We sailed at 3 knots, slow but steady.
Snacks in the shade.
Brother, Pat, looks relaxed.
Sister, Mary, doing what she loves, sunning and sailing!
Sister-in-law, Cindy, found a comfy place to soak up some sun.
Cockpit activity.
Sailing under main and jib.
Jaclynne enjoying the peace and tranquility of waves against the hull, and wind in her hair!
We have lots of room for you sunbathers!
Pat. Looks like he
July 8, 2009 around 10 am, waves 1-2 ft, winds 10 - 15 kts, we sailed with only the jib, and had a boat speed of 5-6 kts. Awesome!
Lying on the deck looking up at the jib.
Lindy May
Linda - just another day in paradise!
Lindy, Chris and Linda (Lindy
The jib catching the wind.
A beautiful day for a sail.
Finally, Crew! Linda winches in the jib sheet.
Linda at the helm, feels good!
A peak at the main. We know it needs to go up a little more.
Keeping her straight into the wind while Chris puts the sail up...(well first he had to take a picture).
A full shot of the main and the stackpack.
Our journey, from point B to the Atlantic, through Ponce de Leon Inlet.
Fueling up at Inlet Harbor.
Leaving the dock.
Troubadour is running under power for the first time since July 2008!
Heading toward Ponce Inlet. New Smyrna beach and Disappearing Island (large sandbar) ahead.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse off the port bow.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Marina.
Ponce Inlet channel. To the right (starboard) is New Smyrna Beach, to the left (port) is Lighthouse Point Park.
Heading through the narrow channel out to the Atlantic Ocean!
Going through the narrow channel, the break wall to port.
Going through the narrow channel, New Smyrna Beach to starboard.
Captain Chris looks at home at the helm.
The view of Daytona Beach from the sea.
Checking the instruments. A green channel marker and New Smyrna Beach in the background.
A close up of the instruments to aid in navigation.
Calm seas ahead.
Turning to head back in, you can see the beaches and just left of center, the red channel marker (red, right, returning -means keep the red marker to your right / starboard when returning from sea).
Returning through the Ponce Inlet channel.
The "old" sail cover.
The new stackpack sail cover that Linda made.
 
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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