It has been a while since I’ve posted and there’s not much to add to the end of the journey aside from the fact that we’re heavily swept up with all that goes into being back home. We miss the boat but it is also nice to be home.
Here is video of a bit of what we experienced with Tropical Storm Isaac.
If we haven’t connected with you in a while we’re not ignoring you so please do connect.
This post is being written somewhere high above the USA on our way north.
After over 5000 nautical miles of sailing, over 20,000 photos and videos, 230 days, 1 tropical storm, and countless memories, we’re on our way home and ready for the next adventure around the corner.
I’m a firm believer that we are defined in many ways by the stories that we create. And, it’s been exciting creating many stories over the past 8 months. What we’ve been able to share was largely only in pictures and captions, and hopefully, you’ve been able to have fun sharing along. I hope you’re creating your own stories too, big and small.
We’re going to dearly miss our friends in the BVI and those we’ve met along the way, but we will cross paths again before too long. The call of the low latitudes is a strong one for our family, and we will need to get back to the good ship Legend.
A little bit more on Legend. The role that she played can’t be overstated. She was our home and shelter. She kept us safe and after a little while even dry. She has been our direct connection to experiencing nature in a wondrous way. And, for all of this, we are grateful for her.
I expect that, as we get ready for September and the fall, you too are preparing for a change of pace and hopefully some adventures this fall as well. We’re looking forward to connecting with friends back home and staying connected with friends down south. So, please do stay in touch and let us know how your adventures are going.
Don’t go too far as I know that we’ll have a few more posts to put up. A video or two of how TS Isaac affected us and maybe I can get Caroline to comment a little. And, of course, there is always the opportunity for us to use this blog for the next legendary adventure. Stay tuned!!
It seems that we faired very well. The storm passed south of us and didn’t increase in intensity. So, it was a relatively quiet day with no even a lot of rain. That meant that we could get a lot of work done and are more or less prepared to head off tomorrow morning.
Here’s an update of where it is.
Sad and glad about heading off. We will miss being on our adventure but will enjoying being back home too. Planning for the next adventures is in the works. (Those who know me well won’t be surprised.)
We have traveled back to our home base for a couple of very good reasons. The first is that we are scheduled to fly out on Friday. The second is that we are expecting the weather to change.
While we’ve been down here, we’ve experienced rather wonderful weather. Sometimes we’d be wet for a few days, or have a couple days of larger swell, but that tended to be about it. With the start of hurricane season, we’ve also done well which is largely what we expected. But, alas, as is usual when we leave the Caribbean at this time of year, the weather tends to want to play a part.
In this case, Tropical Storm Isaac is now approaching the Leeward Islands. It should continue south of the Virgin Islands as is forecast at present. What we expect to have is a fair bit of wind, lots of rain, and high storm swell on the coast. Right now, it looks like it will come and go before we have to leave on Friday which is great news, but, we’ll see.
Here is the present storm track for Isaac.
[We are located just under the ‘R’ in Puerto Rico on the map.]
So, for those of you who may hear about the storm on the news, we are just fine and are ashore safe and sound. Hopefully, it won’t affect Legend or any of the other boats at Nanny Cay, as it is usually a safe harbour.
There’s not much time left on this adventure. We’re back in the BVI and enjoying our last days here. We’ll soon be joined by Christine or Tine as many of you know her. As we start to get our heads around coming back to Canada, we’re also enjoying the beauty that is the BVI. Great weather, calm seas, good wind.
If you’re wanting to see our reality check for our time, just look up at the top left of this page. You’ll see the countdown timer has been started. With the timer started, it is also exciting as we get ready for the next adventure and adventures.
I think that I may have mentioned mangroves before. When storms happen, one of the best places to be (in terms of boats) is within a mangrove lagoon. The water is shallow and the mangroves are definitely not going anywhere, as you can see from the root system.
So far this season, we’ve seen a couple of storms form recently. I’ll give more information on them in a later post, but know that their tracks are quite a distance from us and we’re not affected except for some swell, a little extra wind and some rain.
Following our adventures in Antigua, it was time to do our next passage. We chose to do a looong passage directly home instead of 2 smaller passages. This meant what could be up to 27 hours of sailing. We ended up having very good winds and pretty good seas so we were able to do it in about 21 hours.
What you may not know is that our GPS SPOT device stopped giving you updates after about halfway through the passage at about 10pm. Now for most everyone that didn’t matter. But, for our unseen crew it did. We’ve been fortunate to have my brother, Garth, and the caregiver extraordinaire, Christine, acting as ground crew and tracking us as we passage. As ground crew, if we do not give them updates and then do not arrive at our destination on time, they have the responsibility to declare to the authorities that our ship has not checked in and to start the appropriate search and rescue. The hope is that long before they start this process, we would already have declared a problem with one of the two tracking devices we have on board the boat.
Needless to say, that not seeing updates is a great way to provide unnecessary stress to our ground crew. So, now would be a great time to thank them for being there to make sure that we were completely safe.
We will not be doing any more major passages which in some way announces the beginning of the end of this particular adventure.
As a follow up to our anniversary yesterday, I came across this article today… timely.
Race 1 of the RS500 World Championship (at Riva del Garda this week) – International Class Chairman Michiel Geerling from the Netherlands rounds the windward mark and his beautiful girlfriend Hilde van Susante hoists the gennaker – sewn into the sail are the words WIL JE MET MIJ TROUWEN? (translation – Will you marry me?).
There’s no shortage of fish throwing themselves at us. One more passage and we’ve collected another fish. This time in the dinghy. I’m told it’s a Bonito. <shrug> I guess so. It was dead and stiff by the time I we noticed it.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Caroline has just hit the 10 million word mark. She just recently took her 10,000th picture on this adventure of ours. My, how the digital age has changed our behaviour!
I’ll leave you with a picture she likes. The stone statue was at the beach at Key Bay. Very well placed.
Matthew intrigued us with his perspective on something the other day. He was doing some art and drew this picture of his stuffed animal, Hermert. It’s not a top down picture as we would have expected but rather a front on picture. Caught us off guard.
To get back to the BVI to meet the Jacksons, we needed to cross the Sombrero Passage again from Sint Maarten. The weather was going to be basically uneventful but the boat wasn’t the same. Part way through the trip, two aligning screws on the rudder post came loose, were then tighten but then had their heads sheared off. Unfortunately, this left the rudder post sliding back and forth… not a good thing. And, it reminded us of that with each squeak it made. It wasn’t necessarily a dangerous thing but certainly not something that we were happy having either. So, to prevent the rudder post from sliding, I took some broken wood from a shower drain and created a large shimmy to keep the post to one side. It worked fine and got us to the BVI, where we’ve since had it fixed.
Sailing is certainly an activity where you have to improvise with what you’ve got. Fortunately, that’s something that I like doing.
Knowledge about a place before you get there is really important for us. It helps from the standpoint of preparing us for clearing in procedures, to what the anchoring or mooring is like, to where the grocery store is, to what there is to do, the fuel and water offerings, and so on. Having that knowledge helps to guide where we go and with our planning in general.
It is apparently so important for Caroline and I that the kids have realized that it is a source of knowledge for them to.
Something that strikes me, especially when we’re passagemaking is that what you see, is what you think you’re going to get. If you are travelling through flat water, it appears that as far as the eye can see there is flat water. If there is flat or rough water further off, there is no way to tell, it all looks like flat water.
And, the same is true for rough water. If you’re travelling through rough water, your visibility tends to be less and you’re less likely to be able to look off into the distance. But, if you could, you’d not be able to tell if what you’re going into was flat or more rough water.
Of course, this is a great analogy for life and business. And, having said that, the more information you can get about the reality of the water around you from weather reports or other devices, the better. It will help give you a more true depiction of reality as opposed to what you create in your head.
For us, water is metaphorically and realistically important to our survival. It literally supports us and can also punish us from time to time. We need to respect it for what it is and not create it into what it isn’t.