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it is stranger than what we can imagine."
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Antigua Boat Show

  •  12/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
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What perfect timing! Just when the U.S. government is about to pass the greatest tax reduction in the history of the universe, Antigua hosts the best way to spend our massive windfall. Starting on Tuesday, the Antigua boat show, opens and expects record crowds to fly down to take advantage of the undoubtedly incredible deals and take possession of these vey pleasurable boats. Of course, they are advertising them as “super mega yachts” and the official name of the show is the Antigua Charter Yac...
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Party On!

  •  11/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
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You deserve a party!” I suppose many would share that sentiment after nearly two weeks in a small sailboat traveling over a thousand miles to a small island in the Atlantic Ocean. Braving dead winds, a stop-over in Bermuda for fuel, more dead winds, some squalls, Trade Winds, a broken boom and adverse conditions, the Salty Dawgs certainly had that in mind for the last week or so here in Antigua. We arrived in Falmouth Harbor with about 50 other Salty Dawgs Rally boats (both before and after we ...
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A Day in the Life at Sea

  •  11/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Many cultures mark the begging of a new day at sunset. Not being Jewish, I always thought this strange but sailing out here in the ocean it makes sense. Maureen and I usually start the new day at sunset. It is an easily recognized natural phenomena and the start of our daily routine. At sunset a light meal is eaten as darkness grows. The sunsets are usually spectacular. Each night is different and depending on the phase of the moon, the night can be very dark with bright stars or the pale white...
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BANG!!

  •  11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
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BANG! “What was that!” Maureen and I quickly looked up from the cockpit expecting to see fraying halyards or other gear swinging about. All looked good. The boat was slowing down but still sailing briskly in the 20 knot easterly trade winds. I took a closer look and saw what the problem was. We were still 600 miles from Antigua. It could be a long voyage. The sail from Hampton VA to the Eastern Caribbean can be divided into 3 legs: crossing the Gulf Stream, sailing south east to the Trade winds...
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Get ready...Get Set...Sail!

  •  11/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
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We have been at Blue Water Yacht Center in Hampton VA for 3 weeks and will be going south to Antigua tomorrow, Thursday November 2. You may ask why that date was picked? Well, for one, our boat insurance doesn’t cover us in the “hurricane box” before November 1. Besides not being covered, who wants to sail in a hurricane? The other reason is that we will be joining the Salty Dawg Rally going south. About 70 other “snow bird” cruisers will be departing to Antigua and other islands on or about th...
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Hampton VA 10/19/2017 18:48

  •  10/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Our Annapolis Boat Show weekend is always a lot of fun. Our good friend, Elaine drove down and stayed with us and we managed to not only go to the show (and man the Salty Dawg Sailing Association booth for a few hours) but eat crabs at Mike’s, visit a cruisers home outside Annapolis, dinner with other cruisers in Annapolis, attend a Salty Dawg rendezvous dinner, buy boat stuff at Bacon’s, Fawcett’s, West marine and various vendors at the show. It all came and went quickly and with the warm great...
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