Yall made that seem like a short n easy trip, despite catchin zero fish. Was fun hearin from yall along th way, thanks for makin me feel aboard.
Now, dont hurry home on the chat rooms account. Enjoy a few months while yer there. And when ye ready-about, dont forget to round the island twice, since ye touched it! And save a glass of that special water yall are brewin, or bartered for (fuel, right! LOL.!)
Coo-eee Cobbers, I am not sure where we will head this year, but it looks like Westward. How far depends..., maybe out of the Med??? I have been checking your position on Pangolin. With luck our paths may cross near the end of the year. Anyway have a great crossing, have FUN and Take Care.
Hi Can Drac, great network, we just started a sailing Thailand Network. We hope we can be friends and we would very much appreciate it if you can feature our blogpost about Sailing Thailand Network on your homepage!! Happy to blog something back, or please sign up and you can do it yourself on Sailingthailand.ning.com. Thank you, happy sailing! Rolien
It's funny you should ask. It's will be any week now before the big day. I was hopefully yesterday that spring was in the air with temps in the mid 60's. Today, however, was a different tune with a laspe back into winter with snow on the ground. Although at these point of your trip you may have forgotten the anxiety that comes with the end of winter since you managed to avoid it this year. Hope you are doing well and wish you the best!
While anchored at Trellis Bay for the Full Moon Celebration dinghy or jump on the shuttle boat to Marina Cay & walk to the top - join in on the "Conch Blowing Contest" - Christopher Jr was crowned "King Conch" on Marina Cay. You can also anchor for a night at Marina Cay. Do you have time to travel to Anegada? A few more BVI highlights - Anchor at The Baths, Virgin Gorda, and walk through the boulder "Maze", have lunch at the Top of The Baths. Peter Island - anchor at Deadman's Beach or dock at Sprat Bay Marina. Peter Island has one of the best Spas in the world! Try to visit The Spa at Peter Island -http://www.peterisland.com/spawelcome.html
Rejuvenate your senses! Have a fresh cocnut rub, together, it's perfect for the "wind-swept skin"!
Sail to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda to anchor at The Bitter End Yacht Club, by 1:00 to grab a mooring, dinghy to discover Biras Creek, a "best kept secret" that can only be reached by water, (we LOVED it here!) walk to the top of the Biras Creek Resort, before returning to your boat, dinghy to The Fat Virgin Cafe to dine on genuine island cuisine. (Great for lunch. Conch & island spices.)
Anegagda is worth the venture. (Mother Nature's Coral Reef) Anchor & dinghy to shore. Make a dinner reservation at the Anegada Reef Harbour Hotel & Grill on the beach before you begin your day discovering the island. (The daily entree is cooked on the beach.) You will be eating family style that night with other sailors & yachtsmen. (A great time for stories!) Snorkel at Loblolly Beach & rest in a hamock hanging in the island trees.
Norman Island - the Caves & Willy T! (Be sure to visit the Willy T at night.)
When will CAN DRAC be sailing through the BVI?
Hi Franc!! Regretfully we are not in the BVI's anymore. We are back in St Martin, just joined the Heineken Regatta on a catamaran and made a third position. Our boat Heritage is still in Hodges Creek, Tortola. Enjoy the islands... We are flying to BArcelona this week.. Will keep you posted about our moves!!!
Hi Franc & Andrea,
Peter and I have been enjoying your blog! Dick (his brother) and Carlyn are following your trip too, and it's bringing back fond memories for them, from when they did this trip. They had similar experiences. By the way, their boat is currently in Grenada.
We're counting down the days til "Norma'l Sea" is back in the water!
Your welcome. Our plan (everybody's got a plan right?) is to liveaboard, somewhere from TX to FL, work for X period of time, sail or sabbatical for X period of time. During our sabbatical along with enjoying sailing we are planning on volunteering where ever we can. Makes life just a little sweeter don't yah think?
Remember, the difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude,
Depends on the make/mfg. etc. If no one at the marina office has any other sugggestion, you can try Island Rigging & Hydraulics. They are nearby, and the phone is 774 6833. If they cannot help you, they will probably have another suggestion for you.
I will try and find you Thursday. Would be fun to see you.
I just might be able to do that. The NOAA research Ship BOLD is having an open house from 3:30 to 5 pm on Thursday and I am trying to arrange a trip with some friends to see it. The public is welcome, if that suits your fancy.
Let me know which part of the island you anchor in, or if you come in to a marina. the island is not that big, but the areas are quite separate. I live on the East End, and nothing is far as it is only 13 miles long, but it takes awhile to get around.
"Thanks for all your comments my friends at Seaknots.
The halyard has been rerun without passing through the small stainless steel eye, as seen easily in the pic provided by Chris on 17th August.
All furling now takes place without any undue effort,…"
"Well at least you’ve narrowed it down to the Genoa. I doubt here’s any issue with the hull or running gear. Nor do I think the slight list you have will have an impact either as many boats have the same based on how full the water and or…"
"In the meanwhile, I performed some sailing tests trying to be as impartial as possible.
I was sailing close hauled on the starboard and port side. I used the autopilot steering the boat at 37 degrees to the apparent wind. Apparent wind was 12 to 19…"
"Sounds like your rigging may be in need of tuning?????
(Owned B43#19 for 10 years), Sailed from Mass to Tampa to Bahamas with it, great boat, no major issues at all. Boat has flat bottom basically so no need to put rails in water. I found it a very…"
"I’d also do a test using only the main. The more testing you do the more likely you’ll find the problem. I’d also check to see how much the leeward shrouds sag during all the tests. Let us know what you find. Good luck
"It is only when sailing close-hauled. Unfortunately, this is the only course, where performance really matters.
I‘m going to perform two tests:
- Sailing with genoa only (track cars on the same position). In this case any (unequal) trim…"
"Our 43 had a shaft drive. Depending on how much water or fuel that was in her she would sometimes have a very small imbalance. Nothing that would cause her to sail unevenly. Do you have the problem on all points of sail? Is it more on any particular…"