Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mighty and Mini

The cruise ships that sit in the harbour can be 16 stories high, huge floating cities the dwarf the rest of us cruisers.
Watch out Mini Mouse, here comes Mighty Mouse

Bowling and Golf !!! On a Sailboat???

That's right Gord, Sue, Bill & Cathy had a great game of bowling, played some golf, a little tennis and wrapped up the evening with some wakeboarding. Co mpliments of wii and the luck of have a large salon to jump around in.  Fun "A"


Mishaps


Boats they tend to rock and roll, sometimes when you least expect it.  We're in the process of installing our new davits and its definitely a larger project than the designer led us to believe.  Gord was tidying up after a sweaty day of work when one of those unexpected rock 'n rolls happened and his toe and the lazarette hatch competed for the same space. Gords toe lost. The hatch slammed down and almost cut the end of his toe off- well needless to say there was a little  *%#*#! and of course squeemish me ended up prone on the deck while he doctored himself. Sorry Gord! So, there's been no swimming for Gord, but still the sweaty work days. The Davits are almost fully installed, the toe is healing and he can't wait for to get the snorkel out.  Check out the new Davits

Sitting at Anchor

We'll I've been here a week now, had a wonderful time over Christmas, we were invited to a home on Water Island for Christmas eve ( which happens to be the same place that Joe Bidden- US VP is currently holidaying on)  long walk up the hill from the dinghy dock, but wonderful hospitable  people with loads of food- including caviar, free booze and a great Christmas carol sing. Christmas day we shared with 2 other boats and had turkey and the fixins on " Dream Maker" owned by Bill and Cathy fom Vancouver.  Not the same as home and family but the next best thing, new friends in a tropical paradise.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rocking to sleep tonight

Wow was it hot when I arrived.  It's taken a little time to get used to the heat, but it was nice to get rocked to sleep by the motion of the gentle waves and the slight swaying of the boat.

We started on installing the new Davits- now that's a challenge, but they're looking pretty good and it will be so nice to have the solar panels moved off the deck and also to get the dinghy out ofthe water at night, it makes for a cleaner bottom and way less scrubbing at the end of the season as well as protects it from theft, which can be prevalent in some areas.. As we were sitting in Lindburg Bay last night, enjoying a rum punch, the sun set spectaculariy over the water and the most gorgeously decorated sailboat came cruising thru the bay with christmas lights on just about every surface possible. It was spectacular.
Tonight there is a lovely cooler breeze so I know I'll sleep well.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Can't believe I'm on my way

Well its been 7 weeks now that Gord has been in the Virgin Islands while I worked away up here in the cold. My work is done, I've helped my daughter move and settle in, gathered hundreds of pounds of stuff to go to the boat from a grapefruit knife to 20 lbs of frozen steak. I've driven it to Florida, crashed at my Mom's for a week and managed to get it all shipped and on its way.
 I finally take off tomorrow.
I'll miss my daughter "Tiffany" and grandaughter "Sadie" at Christmas, but definitely will not miss the cold and snow, besides they're planning a trip in January to see this floating retirement for themselves.
Life is getting fun and adventurous again after many years of heartache.
If you're up there in the cold, just close your eyes and pretend you're sailing with us. I'll keep the blogs posted and will include pics when possible, you can feel like you're right there too.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, Fair skies to all!
Sailboat owners Gord and Sue aboard their 55' Whitby Ketch "Ocean Wings" share their adventures and travels as they start their retirement, living their dream of seeing the world from oceanside.
Ocean Wings is a recent purchase and our first foray into the Sailing Lifestyle. We're excited and a little scared. Join us in our adventure.