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Florida!   Leave a comment

Some miles have passed, and some time. One state fell away over the horizon and another surfaced ahead. Lee, Pirat and I are in Florida now. The temperatures are in the 70’s. The water is blue and clear. Only one port stands between us and the Bahamas. I can’t believe we’re here! Florida is a […]

Posted January 21, 2011 by Rachel in Getting started

Person, place, or thing?   Leave a comment

Is home a place, a thing, or a state of mind? View from Mom’s house on a clear and frosty New Year’s eve morning.         I say it’s at least one but as many as all three of the above. I only came to this conclusion after spending all of yesterday deep in thought. Long, cross […]

Posted January 1, 2011 by Rachel in Getting started

The routine at rest   Leave a comment

It’s Santa’s feet! Without an intense schedule of passage making, Lee and I have settled into a routine not unlike that of teenagers in their first days of vacation. At least we don’t stay up till the wee hours of the morning or drive to the mall to hang out with our friends. We have […]

Posted December 18, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

Sail sail sail sail sail…sleep   Leave a comment

Charleston at last! I never thought this city would feel like such an important destination on our journey. It turns out Charleston is special for several reasons. One, it’s our first stop in South Carolina (a new stat for us). Two, we sailed here offshore overnight in the cold and wind without mishap or disaster! […]

Posted December 11, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

I know we’re not in the Bahamas yet but does it have to be this cold?   Leave a comment

Lee said this last week and now it pops into my head a few times a day. It’s not every day that I get to do extreme things, just most days. It’s so true. By extreme things, he means driving the dinghy miles upwind back to Pirat in the dark through steep wind chop after […]

Posted December 7, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

The holiday spirit   Leave a comment

My uncle just sent me a picture of Doc, my dog, from Thanksgiving. I miss Doc but he would not like boat life at all. He gets the starring role here because he makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This morning, like many mornings, Lee and I are transfixed by our various electronic […]

Posted December 4, 2010 by Rachel in Getting started

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

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

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