21 April 2019 | English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
21 April 2019 | English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
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19 April 2019 | English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies
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Jib is a Job

11 March 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina Antigua, West Indies
Annette Brown
We were determined to leave our berth in Jolly Harbor (JH) on Friday 08 March even if it was to just go to anchor and finish getting ready to transit to Domininca. We checked out of Customs & Immigration, the Marina office and were ready to go finally at around 1130. We topped off at the fuel dock and transited the well-marked channel passed the mooring buoys to the anchorage area.

Anchored: Lat/Long: 17 08.6677N 061 22.7986

In this photo you see Peter preparing the jib sail (much larger than the sta’sl) on Saturday AM for being hauled up once. Although by virtue of being at anchor we were usually headed into the wind, the wind was very strong and wanted to sail the boat as we hauled up the jib. So it took longer than desired and it was not pretty.

THEN we tackled the outboard and dinghy. Pete secured the falls around the electric winch which allowed us to haul up the outboard. Then he reattached the falls & winch to haul up the dinghy. It was our first time attempting any use of the electric winch so were unprepared for the overrides of the line - undoing those overrides took more time than we had planned (sounds familiar!).

We finished that evolution Saturday around 1700 – totally exhausted. However, we thought the winds & waves were calm enough (motoring calm) that we could get underway as the sun was setting and get some sleep. We were wrong. As soon as we came out from the island’s wind shadow we were hit with much stronger gusts and confused seas. The ride was extremely uncomfortable. We decided that safety outweighed pride and turned around for the JH anchorage.

We arrived and anchored around daylight, Sunday, showered and crashed. Basically we slept all Sunday day and then all night! Today, 3/11/19 was spent returning the boat to order and make safe for underway in rough seas.
Vessel Name: TwoLoose
Vessel Make/Model: IP45
Hailing Port: Everett, WA, USA
Crew: Captain Pete Cisek & Wife/Navigator Annette Brown
Both of us are retired US Navy. Upon retirement 1/2006 we moved aboard our second TwoLoose (TL) - living aboard & cruising full time for the next 11 years. [...]
This is the third sailboat "TwoLoose" we have owned; having purchased her in 2008. These are her specifics: Make/Model: Island Packet 45 (IP45) Year: 1998 (Hull #28) Length Over All (LOA) 45'3"/13.8m Length of Waterline (LWL) 37'3"/11.3m Beam: 13'4"/4m Draft: 5.2"/1.6m Height of Mast: [...]
TwoLoose's Photos - Main
After two years of being on the hard in Jolly Harbor Marina, we returned to TwoLoose at the end of Dec 2018 to put her back together again. It took us about two months to do all the things required to make her habitable as well as operational. Clearly she did not like being left untended for that long!
16 Photos | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 26 February 2019
We flew to Cancun, MX to join Peter's eldest daughter (Cindi) and her family for an Island Christmas before we flew off to Antigua to rejoin the boat after a 2 year absence. Cindi's husband, Arturo, son Andres (22) and daughter Amaya (18) and their collection of animals (1 horse, 2 cats, 3 dogs and only one male amongst them!) all made us feel quite welcome. It had been TOO long since seeing them.
21 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 19 January 2019
After 21 days (including Christmas & NYE) at sea S/V TwoLoose with Captain Pete, Crew Bob “Hokie” Baran and Crew Annette arrived Jolly Harbor, Antigua. The crossing from Pasito Blanco, Grand Canary was basically uneventful. We used the jib the entire transit - never put up the main and motored only a few days in the beginning as we escaped the wind shadow created by the Canary Islands. Winds & seas were predominantly from the NE (as predicted); on our starboard quarter creating the somewhat unnerving “washing machine/corkscrewing” effect on boat & crew. Only serious impact was on Captain Pete who injured his back while refueling immediately before our departure. Thank goodness Bob had brought a back brace which Pete used to improve his mobility greatly!
30 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 2 January 2017
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Created 7 April 2015
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Created 15 October 2014
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Created 22 July 2014
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Created 22 July 2014
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Created 20 May 2014
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26 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
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Created 30 December 2013
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Created 26 December 2013
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Created 9 November 2013
Our well protected all-round anchorage plus FREE entertainment!
12 Photos
Created 21 October 2013
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21 Photos
Created 30 September 2013
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12 Photos
Created 30 September 2013
Our short but memorable visit to this intriguing country.
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Created 30 September 2013
To use the overused description: Awesome! Venice has not only the usual Italian charm & intriguing history, it is unique in it's watery ways and amazing feats of engineering! Like Rome there just isn't enough time to take it all in.
40 Photos
Created 29 August 2013
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Created 24 August 2013
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Created 22 August 2013