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Back to Galatea for Season 2

Ahoy friends! It’s been a while, we know. Since we returned to the states in early May, we’ve been laying low and staying safe, bubbled with our families in Alabama. Despite the global anxiety and pandemic, we’ve had the good fortune of spending time at the lake with our family, soaking it up with our nieces and nephews, learning to wake board and enjoying the fresh water, watching lots of movies and most importantly, eating loads of take out (Frank could claim a second residence at Nothing But Noodles, but I digress). Although we thoroughly enjoyed our time on land …

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Cruising in the Time of Coronavirus

We had already spent a month cruising the Virgin Islands (catch up here), and after the last couple weeks in the British Virgins, we were bouncing back to the US Virgins. We left Nanny Cay Marina after replacing our broken fresh water pump with a fancy, new, quiet one. We then stopped into Soper’s Hole where Frank went into the ferry terminal to clear us out of BVI. Then we hopped over to Francis Bay in St. John.  We had come back to Francis Bay to see one of our favorite musicians, Keller Williams. He was playing three nights for …

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The Virgin Islands

Having spent way too little time in Puerto Rico (catch up here), we reluctantly left Culebra and set sail for St. Thomas to receive our new mainsail. We set the hook in Charlotte Amalie harbor, where all the cruise ships dock, which is a protected, but utilitarian anchorage due to the incessant wake from other boats and stirred up sediment from all the cruise ships docking and leaving port. We pulled our old mainsail down and removed some of the hardware that we would be reusing and took it to the Quantum sail loft who would be receiving our sail …

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Puerto Rico

Having spent most of January in Dominican Republic (catch up here), we were ready to head to Puerto Rico at the end of the month when a bit of a weather window opened up, the first one in weeks. Going from Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico requires crossing the Mona Passage, a section of open water that is not horribly long, but renowned for its rough seas and violent thunderstorms. It is considered one of the most treacherous passages through the Caribbean islands. Not one to take lightly… The weather window that was created by an incoming cold front wasn’t …

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Cruising During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Is there a better place to be during the coronavirus pandemic than on a self-sufficient sailboat in the Caribbean? Probably not! But actually, the pandemic has affected how we go about our daily lives and who we spend time with. Since our friends back home probably assume nothing has changed for us, we wanted to take a few minutes to show how this pandemic even affects us out here on our floating home in the relatively isolated islands. We’ve changed both our social protocols, our sanitizing practices, shopping habits, and rules about who is allowed to visit our boat. We’re …

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Dominican Republic

We arrived in the Dominican Republic on New Year’s Day, having completed a 155nm passage from Turks & Caicos (catch up here). What better way to bring in a new year than by traveling to a new country? We had a choice of landing in Luperon, a cruiser favorite and hurricane hole, or Ocean World Marina, a resort complex. Because the next cold front that would take us 120nm east down the coast to Samana Bay would arrive in three days, we went to Ocean World Marina. Clearing in and out of customs is easier here and it would be …

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Turks and Caicos

Upon making landfall in Turks and Caicos after the overnight passage from Mayaguana (catch up here), we navigated to South Side Marina on the main island of Providenciales (or “Provo”). The approach to the marina is fairly shallow and riddled with coral, so visual navigation and a rising tide are a must. Our buddy boat, Starting Over, had arrived before us and was picking their way through. We did the same, and made our way in slowly without any difficulties. We tied up at South Side Marina, a cruiser favorite, and cleared into customs. We chose to stay at a …

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Through The Bahamas

Having made it to Nassau just after Thanksgiving (catch up here), our friends John and Emily flew back to the boat and we prepared to cruise through The Bahamas. We went to the grocery, the last one we’d see for three weeks until Turks and Caicos, and stocked up on fresh things. We went to the beer store and, with sticker shock, bought just 24 Kalik beers for $50, which it turns out would last us through three weeks. We were to leave the next day but there was one more project that had to be taken care of which was …

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To the Bahamas

After an impromptu stay in Miami that we ended up loving (catch up here), it was time to head for The Bahamas. We were preparing to leave from Coconut Grove Sailing Club and one of the last tasks to handle was to top up the batteries using the generator. But then, the generator wouldn’t stay on. We feared that yet again our Gulf Stream crossing was derailed by a mechanical issue. Frank hopped in the generator room and pulled it apart. He fairly quickly traced it to some wires in the shutdown relay that had obviously been repaired before and …

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Bienvenidos a Miami

It was time to leave Key West and head up the Florida Keys to prepare to hop to Bimini. Our first stop would be Marathon, and because of the constant wave of cold fronts, we knew we would be pinned down there for a bit, but, wanting to make progress no matter how slow, we grabbed a one day weather window to head to Marathon. It was a fairly smooth day, with just light rollers. All was smooth and we made great time. The entrance to Marathon is a little tricky though. We wanted to get inside the harbor because …

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