"Not only is the universe stranger than what we imagine,
it is stranger than what we can imagine."
Sir Arthur Eddington

The Pharmcaie in The Saints, Guadeloupe, F.W.I.

Docteur

  •  2/18/2019
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“Aller chez le docteur or le medecin (I need to see a doctor).” A concern of many of our non-cruising friends, or those sailors considering a “cruising life style”, is the question of what to do when you need a doctor. Back home, it was simple, go see your GP. Living on a boat, in a foreign country, or out at sea, it is not so simple. In a foreign country you may even have a language problem. In the eight years of cruising and living aboard we have been fortunate not to have any serious emergen...
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A Little Green Flash

  •  2/6/2019
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On top of a cement tower on the French island of Marie Galante, Guadeloupe, West Indies, sits a light that, for sailors, marks the town of St. Louis. It is a diminutive structure. It is not a great noble lighthouse that captures the imagination, or love, that so many people hold for these structures. It is not a famous Eddystone perched on a wave swept rock outcropping in the North Sea nor the tall diamond painted Hatteras light that marks the grave of countless hulls swept up on Diamond Shoal. ...
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Anchored in the Grenadines

Freedom of Navigation

  •  1/31/2019
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A frequent question asked by our non-boating, non-cruising friends is where do we go each night to sleep on the boat? What they assume is that we go to a marina each night. That becomes very expensive. When we tell them we anchor out, they are surprised that we can do that at will and at no cost! From the standpoint of a non-boater that is surprising. Whenever they go away, the cost of hotel, motel or even a camp ground is not free. Even if they don’t go away, they have a mortgage or rent or rea...
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On Guadeloupe for lunch

Guadeloupe 1/28/2019 07:39

  •  1/28/2019
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We made for Guadeloupe from Falmouth at first light. The Trades were moderate for January to make the open water passage so the beam reach was a great sail. The ultimate concern was with the coming north swell later in the week. They were forecasted to be over 10’ from the north, rendering any open anchorage facing north to be rolly, at least. Even the normal anchorages on the lee side of the islands, the west coast, may feel the effects. These conditions are not unusual in the winter and are no...
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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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