Archive for November 2010

Weekend with friends, then alternator death #2   Leave a comment

        I realized the other day that the boat has become my home. That may sound silly – of course it’s my home…or of course a boat could never really be a home – but the feeling snuck up on me. When I’m away from Pirat I find myself missing the bunk Lee and I share, […]

Posted November 29, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

The first Thanksgiving   Leave a comment

Check out our updated map! Go SWE! I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful Thanksgiving. It was a cool day with some sun and just enough wind. Lee and I left Coinjock, NC around 8:30 in the morning and continued down the Virginia Cut portion of the ICW. My camera could not be resuscitated […]

Posted November 26, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

Plop, camera in the water   Leave a comment

The inevitable tragedy finally happened. I dropped my camera in the water. I stumbled on my way to take the helm from Lee and flung my camera case off my hand, where the strap was looped. At least we found out the case floats! Lee managed to turn the boat around in the narrow ICW […]

Posted November 24, 2010 by Rachel in Uncategorized

One way, baby!   Leave a comment

        Oh yeah, we’re in Norfolk, VA! We are farther south than we’ve ever sailed and this is starting to feel like a one-way trip through territory we’ve never seen before and will probably never see again. There is no turning back. Lee and I are thoroughly converted to cruising life and our hunger for exotic […]

Posted November 22, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

Fingers crossed   Leave a comment

Why do I always leave everything till the last minute when it’s time to leave? Ocean City has been nice. It’s kept Lee and I entertained for the past few days while we wait for our new alternator. Now we’re all spread out, settled in, and spoiled by things like internet and nice showers. Tomorrow […]

Posted November 18, 2010 by Rachel in Uncategorized

Give us a break!   Leave a comment

This is getting ridiculous. You’ll see what I mean. Enjoying tea and reading my kindle on a nice sail to Cape May. On Saturday we dragged ourselves out of Atlantic City. It was somewhat hard to get moving again after what happened on our way there. Plus, the waves were still HUGE (they actually got […]

Posted November 14, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

Shipwrecked, almost   Leave a comment

        One of two things is going to happen: either Lee and I are going to get used to crazy, horrifying disasters or we’re going to perish in the ocean. That’s what I’ve decided the fates have in store for us after our latest and greatest adventure.         Let me set the scene.         We’re motoring South along […]

Posted November 11, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

Might as well go to Manhattan   Leave a comment

We’re so close, how can we not stop in New York city? After spending a few fun-filled days on a mooring at the 79th street boat basin during the summer we know it’s an opportunity not to me missed. This was actually a much more difficult decision than I make it out to be. Pirat […]

Posted November 7, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

Rain, rain, go away   Leave a comment

The timing couldn’t be better. We pulled into the Housatonic River and picked up a (free!) Housatonic Boat Club mooring yesterday afternoon. This morning, the rain began. We’re in for a couple days of solid rain. The past two jumps down the sound have been uneventful. We left Mystic expecting 15-20 knots and were prepared […]

Posted November 4, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

“I think we need to rethink our life plan.”   Leave a comment

Quoting myself, very late on Friday night. One of the handful of pictures I took before things got crazy on Friday. Where do I even begin the account of our sail on Friday? We left Newport at 5 am. It was cold and dark. It got windy as the sun came up. Then it got […]

Posted November 1, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started