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Entries from January 2008

Weekend Warriors

January 27th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Closeout Fest 2008…. wishing he stayed on the beach Not much too much to get but Ty smacked a turn or two and Kyber got some digi-footy. This weeks features: Peter Island’s North Shore and the adventures on the “Red Rocket” – free boarding shananigens, Cane Garden Bay, Apple Bay Will we ever leave Tortola? […]

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Full Moon Fever

January 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Today is our last day in the toxic oven formally called the boatyard. After two grueling weeks of sweating it out here in sauna-like cabin temperatures, we’re all glad to be leaving the yard. You see, we had to keep all windows cracked and the door shut so our little Houdini cat wouldn’t turn Chicken […]

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Life in the Boatyard

January 23rd, 2008 · 7 Comments

Picture a boatyard with weeds sprouting out of the dirt, chickens running from the occaisional cat or dog willing to give chase, and no real concern for pollution.  I have worked in boatyards in the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Key West, and now even Rhode Island; I can assure you that none of […]

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slideshow and video

January 19th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Here’s a slideshow of images taken in Newport and Hampton. I’ll include this video BUT only with a disclaimer: This footage is from the first kite session of this trip. The riding is sub-par, the video is handheld, and the lighting is overhead. I can assure you that what you’re viewing here will end up […]

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winds return to Tortola

January 18th, 2008 · 11 Comments

The beach is empty because we’re back at it in the water. Like a much needed prescription, Dr. Nature sent us a good dose of north-easterly winds. They arrived Wednesday and have continued to build and are currently blowing at about 24 knots. A little time was needed to reacquaint the kites with the wind […]

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Passage to the caribbean

January 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I awoke, sweating in my foul-weather gear, the pungent odor of cat urine filling my head.  Through watery eyes, I glanced out into the gray light of a stormy morning and saw fifteen-foot waves break behind the boat.  The anemometer was consistently reading thirty to forty knots, with gusts even higher, and our boat was […]

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“painkillers”, fiberglass dust, rooster wake-ups, and shipwreck nightmares

January 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

There’s only one way to beat the heat… the “painkiller”. This fruity, frothy drinks consists mainly of rum. Add a little coconut milk, OJ, pineapple juice and ice, blend or better yet- it’s more slam-able on the rocks. Top it off with a dash of nutmeg and… shazamm, your in flavor country. YES I know, […]

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Meeeow Meeow Haul Out

January 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Nanny Cay Marina/Boatyard is a good operation, they were ready to promptly haul us out at 7am sharp and it all went super smoothly and they took great care in making sure our boat was correctly chalked and no damage would occur to her. They were much more through and nicer to work with than […]

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Peter Island Resort

January 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

hey there, I just thought I’d post some shots I got while we moored off Peter Island Resort. Right now I’m dripping sweat, baking in the 95 degree, humid, windless, sunny afternoon. P-Kiddy is in a coma-like state due to the heat and his abundance of fur and fat. Seems we’re both in the same […]

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Were Hangin In Here

January 10th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Well, we are a little more rested and starting to get into the relaxing atmosphere of the place, the BVI’s truly are gorgeous and a sailors dream as there are so many anchorages, beautiful beaches and cool places to checkout.  The “Baths” on Virgin Gorda (yes, translates to Fat Virgin, named by C. Columbus as […]

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