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Spread Out a Blanket

  •  1/14/2019
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It’s a New Year and we are back on Kalunamoo in Antigua. Yes, it was great being in New York for Christmas and New Year’s, seeing family and friends. Fortunately, it was not bitterly cold, but cold enough that I brought all my long pants (both of them!) and my only pair of sneakers (which weren’t worn since the last NY winter) to wear. Maureen was better off but the heavy sweaters at our daughters home were welcomed. My feet don’t adapt to anything more than sandals and the many years old sneake...
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Dad's Home at Christmas

Two Days Before Christmas

  •  12/23/2018
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It’s two days before Christmas and Maureen and I are in Brooklyn, New York. Kalunamoo is as snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug (or is it as tight-as-a-bight-in-a-kite?) in Jolly (as in Jolly old St. Nick) Harbor, Antigua. Our plan was to fly to New York to spend Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends. This was especially so after we saw the price of live Christmas trees advertised in the local supermarket: 6’-8’ live Balsam tree $499.95! Ok that is Eastern Caribbean dollars (about U.S. $190.00) bu...
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The 'Burbs

  •  12/2/2018
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It’s December already! Where has the year gone? Well, you will have to wait for Kalunamoo’s Yearly News to find out! In the meantime we kept busy in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua with the Salty Dawgs (after a quick runup from Trinidad). The Dawgs are those rally cruisers who sailed down from Virginia to Antigua in early November. The weather was not the easiest for them as many diverted to Bermuda and waited for better weather going south. Most started to arrive by mid-November. Our good friend Bob ...
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It's Complicated

  •  11/18/2018
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A few thousand years ago, men (and presumably women) sailed the seas and oceans that they knew. We know this because of the wrecks on the ocean floor. They faced the same storms and seas that modern sailors face in the same waters. But think of the changes that occurred on the vessels that are used. Half the equation didn’t change: the seas. The other half went from dug out-canoes and wood timbered boats with no compasses, to high tech multihulls with instant worldwide communication capabilities...
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The home of "Death in Paradise"

A Hop, Skip, and Jump

  •  11/11/2018
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After the Hop from Trinidad to Carriacou that was written about previously, we stayed in Carriacou only a few days. We were there to say our condolences and farewell to our cruising friend Liz on Moosetracks, anchored in Tyrrel Bay. Her husband Devin passed away suddenly on their boat a few weeks ago. They have been cruising for the last number of years. We first met them in Georgetown, in the Bahamas and traveled with them and crossed paths many times, including road trips here in the islands. ...
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Abandoned doctor's home on Chacachacare

The way of the Main Sail

  •  11/2/2018
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The authorities were waiting with a dozen forms to be filled out, many in triplicate or more. They are however, very accommodating as they supply the carbon paper. To our younger reads, please google “carbon paper” and learn what preceded copy machines and paperless transactions. With a strong British tradition, all forms must be completely filled out, errors corrected with single line and initialed. By now I almost memorized our passport numbers, gross and net tonnage and the odd way Europeans ...
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