August 19, 2019

Our first cruising season: 2018-2019 recap

While we'll be sailing around the Grenadines and Grenada until November and the end of hurricane season, our island hopping cruising season is over for now.

Here's a recap of our 2018-2019 cruising season:

Our 8-month and 3,200 nm trek from Annapolis, Maryland to Grenada, West Indies

Start date: October 25, 2018

End date: June 16, 2019

Total days: 235

Total nautical miles traveled: 3,200

Night spent at anchor/mooring: 216

Nights spent at sea (overnight sails): 12

Nights spent at a marina/dock: 7

Countries/Territories visited: 8

  • Bahamas
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Grenada

Reflections on our first season of cruising

The decision to quit our jobs, sell our home and sail away is one we'll never regret. While our lifestyle isn't without sacrifice and great challenge, this experience has greatly enriched our lives, and we do our best to take pleasure in every day and whatever it brings.
The day we left the Chesapeake Bay and started our journey south [Image captured by a friend on our marina’s webcam]
Some of our 3,200 nautical mile journey was smooth sailing, but most of those miles didn't come easy - there is a reason why the route we sailed is referred to by many as the "thorny path"!

We are looking forward to November, which is the end of the hurricane season and the beginning of a new cruising season for us and when we will head north to explore the dozen or so islands we missed between the British Virgin Islands and Grenada. Until then we are enjoying our time in Grenada exploring the island and meeting many new cruising friends.

Come spring 2020, we’ll see where life and the wind brings us :)

August 13, 2019

Grenada Boat Yard Blues

When we made plans to head back to the states for a family visit, we decided to haul Borealis and store her on the hard rather than leave her unattended in the water. Since it was nearly a year since Borealis was out of the water, it also gave us an opportunity to inspect the boat's bottom and do some necessary maintenance.

August 1, 2019

Winding down in Grenada

After a wonderfully lazy two weeks in Bequia, St Vincent, on June 2 we sailed 37 nm south to Carriacou, Grenada, where we checked into our eighth country on this trip!

We had a nice sail in calm seas and 15-18 knots of wind off the beam. While we weren't fast enough with the camera, we were lucky enough to spot a humpback whale about 35 feet off our port side as we sailed.

June 25, 2019

Exploring Beautiful Bequia

Exploring Bequia

After a night of rest and then clearing into customs following our sail down from the BVI, on May 19, we headed ashore to explore Bequia's picture-book perfect town, Port Elizabeth. Bequia is the second largest island in the Grenadines (only smaller to the main island of St. Vincent).

June 19, 2019

Spinsheet: From Beginners to Bluewater Cruisers

Awhile back an acquaintance on Facebook passed on our story to the writers at Spinsheet, the sailing magazine for the Chesapeake Bay, our old sailing grounds. 

We had so much fun being interviewed and sharing our sailing journey for their Start Sailing Now column.

Our profile was published in the magazine earlier this month, and you can read it online here!