Two Steps Forward, Three Back

Ever since we committed to the idea of returning home this past spring it has felt like we’ve been taking two steps forward only to follow up by taking three steps back.  This past week has been no exception although…

Thoughts on Anchors

Thoughts on Anchors

Other than the bilge drain plug, I can’t think of a single piece of gear that has seen more hours of use doing what it was intended to do than our anchor. Sure puts it’s importance in perspective doesn’t it. …

Road Trip

Road Trip

For our first week back in Canada we took a break from sailing, grabbed a rental car and hammered out 1708 km.  In a week me managed to have a quick visit with most of the family and even a…

350 Miles on the Erie Canal

350 Miles on the Erie Canal

Some 350 miles, 35 locks and 15 lift bridges later, we finally made it across New York State to reach Lake Erie.  The historic Erie Canal that was quite the feat over 100 years ago when it was built does…

NYC – A Revisit of a Favourite

NYC – A Revisit of a Favourite

For the past two weeks we have been moving along like clockwork, completing our final ocean passage, riding the tide up the Hudson River, un-stepping the mast and are now partway through the Erie Canal.  But the most enjoyable part…

200 miles of Intracoastal Waterway

200 miles of Intracoastal Waterway

Last week we were faced with a dilemma of a brief window to sail around Cape Hatteras with rather brisk winds on the stern and a high risk of thunder squalls or we could commit ourselves to 200 miles of…

Familiar Old Beaufort

Familiar Old Beaufort

After 3 of the most uncomfortable days we’ve had at sea we deliberated if we would continue north and round cape Hatteras or pull into our familiar stop from last year, Beaufort, North Carolina.  Despite barrelling along at 9 knots…

A few Abaco Cays

A few Abaco Cays

Having missed the last weather window to jump north by about a day, we have instead slowly explored a couple of Cays in the Abacos, while we wait out tropical storm systems passing north of us.  The past few days…

Cat & Little San Salvador Islands

Cat & Little San Salvador Islands

We made the decision to try a different route north through the Bahamas this year and instead of returning to the Exuma island chain despite how much we enjoyed it last year.  Instead we toured Cat island and Little San…

Conception Island

Conception Island

We departed Clarencetown, Long Island sailing nearly due north to Conception Island, part of the Bahamas protected National Trust. Originally intended as an overnight stop on our route to Cat Island, we decided to pause for a few days to…