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Winter in The Bahamas

Having spent the summer and fall in Tampa Bay (catch up here), it was time to get moving on our late start to the season. It was now early December, and with Omicron heating up, we knew border restrictions would be increasing and so we wanted to get to The Bahamas as quickly as we could. But a serious lack of wind was causing waves of fog to cover Tampa Bay and the west coast of Florida all morning for days on end. Eventually, we just had to go for it and carefully navigate in the heavy fog. This means …

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Our Summer in St. Pete

We arrived to St. Petersburg in mid May from our passage from Puerto Rico with our friend Rollo (catch up here). We would be spending the entire summer, and most of fall, at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. We looked forward to a long time of catching up with family and friends! We spent the first few days getting settled into city life again and giving Galatea a really thorough cleaning; she was absolutely covered in salt after nearly 1,500nm at sea since her last bath a few weeks ago. And then, it was Frank’s birthday! After a slow morning …

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Deep Dive: Bees on a Boat

As described in our last blog post, we’d been anchored in Puerto Real for several days awaiting our upcoming weather window to make the 925 mile, 6-day passage from southwest Puerto Rico to Key West, Florida. We’d been preparing for this passage for some time, and we had our window – several days of agreeable weather for the long journey. But then, on the eve of our journey, a swarm of bees decided Galatea would make a fit new home. But we weren’t prepared for stowaways. We couldn’t do enough for that swarm of bees, who in hindsight were a …

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Puerto Rico to Tampa Bay Passage

Still playing catch up around here! The events of this blog post took place in May. Having cruised the south coast of Puerto Rico and staged on the west coast at Puerto Real (catch up here), we were ready to catch the next bit of good weather to Florida with our friend Rollo on board. We were heading to Tampa Bay where we would spend hurricane season catching up with friends and family. The longest part of this journey was the passage from Puerto Real to Key West, which would be about 925 nautical miles and take about 6 days. Our …

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Puerto Rico, Otra Vez

We’re slowly catching up on our blog posts now that we have reliable wifi. The events of this blog post took place in March and April. Having arrived to Culebra after an overnight passage from Antigua (catch up here), we began to reacclimatize ourselves with one of our favorite places: Puerto Rico. This is our fourth time to Puerto Rico in a little over one year. Culebra, which is part of the Puerto Rican territory, lies between the Puerto Rican mainland and St. Thomas. Culebra, along with another Puerto Rican island Vieques nearby, are often referred to as the “Spanish …

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Passage Back to Puerto Rico

We are playing a bit of catchup on the blog now that we have reliable wifi. The events of this post took place in late February. Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two months of the new year in Antigua (catch up here), our 3-month visa was running out. We had an option to renew it for another 3 months, but at a decent expense and hassle. We didn’t really have an agenda for the spring except to be back in Florida by the end of May or so. We decided that rather than renew our visa, we would sail back to …

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Winter in Antigua

After a wonderful holiday season in Antigua (catch up here), we were ready to explore more of this beautiful country with our two months remaining. One of our first agenda items was to visit Great Bird Island. Great Bird Island is located on the eastern end of North Sound, a large bay on the northeast corner of Antigua. It is full of reefs which make for great snorkeling, but also necessitate good sunlight overhead to illuminate underwater dangers when navigating. We sailed up on a day when the wind was moderate, and though a bit of bashing about took place …

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Holidays in Antigua

Having just cleared into Antigua on December 8th (catch up here), we began to explore this beautiful country and celebrate the holidays. We were also low on food and water after spending two weeks quarantined, and could use a top off on gasoline and diesel. So after stopping into the Jolly Harbor fuel dock for all of the above, we checked out our first new anchorage around the corner at Hermitage Bay. Five Islands Bay is usually just called Hermitage Bay, although technically Hermitage Bay is just a small cove inside of Five Islands. Five Islands Bay, so called because …

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Passage to Antigua

Having spent more than twice the amount of time than anticipated at Puerto del Rey in Fajardo, Puerto Rico getting Galatea launched for our second season (her 14th), we were ready to get out of the marina and head east to new places. The rudder that so dramatically delayed us had also given us more time to do other projects to have the boat ready to go and that was a real positive, allowing to focus our attention on the next destination. We wanted to head east to new locations. This is the toughest direction to go in this region. The dominant trade …

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El Yunque

Coming back to Puerto Rico to prep the boat and splash into a new season (catch up here) had multiple perks. Chief among them being another trip to the majestic forests and waterfalls in El Yunque National Forest. Puerto Rico is loaded with natural beauty but El Yunque is literally the tops. Today’s blog post sheds a little light into the history, culture and majesty of this truly unique place. El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. Sitting at 29,000 acres, it’s on the smaller side but one of the most biologically diverse with many …

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