Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Sailing suspended

You may have been wondering why the silence and why we are not in St Martin yet?  Well, we successfully picked up our mail and a new mainsail from Red Hook, St Thomas last week and then set off for an overnight passage to St Martin on Saturday afternoon.  The wind was forecast to be SE going to SSE at 18  dropping to 13 knots and our course around 99.. Read More

More images of St Croix

We thoroughly enjoyed our short time in St Croix and found it to be quite different from the rest of the Virgin Islands, larger, less crowded, more fertile, older trees, Danish influence seen in the older architecture and still some menus are in Danish, even though this and the other US Virgin Islands were handed over to the US in 1917 for the princely sum of $25,000,000.  We also enjoyed.. Read More

First impressions of St Croix

We had an easy sail from Virgin Gorda yesterday, reaching most of the way and making good speed (about 7 knots) with winds around 8 to 11 knots. As usual, when the (minor) rain squall hit us, Hope managed to find something to do down below, leaving Howard to have another rinse off at the helm, saving precious water from the tanks. We left at sunrise (~6:30) and anchored off.. Read More

Bye-bye BVI!

So, here we are enjoying Happy Hour and the Tarpin feeding session at Saba Rock for perhaps the last time for a while; it feels very strange. We plan to head out to St Croix early tomorrow morning, having already checked out of the BVI this afternoon.  We then have to stop by St Thomas before heading East to St Martin. Yes, she is wearing Jesus flip flops. We at.. Read More

Repairs Completed

We arrived in Nanny Cay Marina on Sunday afternoon and were hauled on Monday morning so the surveyor could check for any possible issues below the waterline associated with the internal changes we were concerned about.  Nothing of significance was noted so the overall diagnosis remained unchanged; there is no evidence of any damage to the main stringer, only a cracked partial bulkhead. However, we still seem to have some.. Read More

Foxy’s Taboo and Kelly’s Cove

The past couple of days have been spent exploring a couple of new (to us) anchorages  and provisioning on our way to Nanny Cay Marina for the scheduled repairs to begin tomorrow.  We had a good sail from North Sound to Diamond Cay on Jost Van Dyke, with winds ranging from 8 knots up to about 23 knots.  We had initially been tempted to try flying our spinnaker in the.. Read More

Foxy’s Taboo and Kelly’s Cove

The past couple of days have been spent exploring a couple of new (to us) anchorages  and provisioning on our way to Nanny Cay Marina for the scheduled repairs to begin tomorrow.  We had a good sail from North Sound to Diamond Cay on Jost Van Dyke, with winds ranging from 8 knots up to about 23 knots.  We had initially been tempted to try flying our spinnaker in the.. Read More

Rainbows and more trails

We have now trekked almost all of the trails around the Bitter End and just had to share yet another fantastic view.  This time we did the Rock Terrace trail that took us over to Deep Bay and then up to the new marina at Oil Nut Bay that is still under construction.  Most of you will recognize Saba Rock framed by a full rainbow that unfortunately I couldn’t capture.. Read More

A Brief Visit to Anagada

Having enjoyed a few days anchored off Prickly Pear Island, moving across North Sound to Leverick But ay so we could make use of their laundry facilities, yesterday we decided to head off to Anagada with Kim and Mehrnez.   There was a break in the “Christmas Winds” so it was a good time to go.  We had a fabulous fast broad reach there so we made speeds overground of.. Read More

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our friends and family.  If you have a magnifying glass you can see our boat somewhere in the mix in the photo top left. The top left photo is of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, where we have spent the last few days. Top right is of Biras Creek (resort is bankrupt), Deep Bay, and Oil Nut Bay. The lots and the houses in the latter.. Read More