Browsing Archive: June, 2016

John and Tina

Posted by David Goodman on Monday, June 27, 2016,
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John and Tina from Philadelphia (no, they don’t know my Aunt Lili from Phili) flew direct to St. Thomas from Phili to celebrate their recent marriage. Mini-disaster struck just before we left to pick them up at the airport—the fresh water pump decided it had enough. So Bobbie Rae went to collect them while I stayed behind to replace the pump. As most things go on the boat, it took way longer for me to do what needed to get done, so we put them up at the Secret ...
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Keith and Lucia

Posted by David Goodman on Monday, June 27, 2016,
California meets Mexico with the union of Keith and Lucia, who came aboard Bel Ami to spend their honeymoon. With two medical professionals as guests plus myself, we could have had a continuing medical education voyage. Instead, these two learned how to sail. And sail they did, so much so that I barely touched the wheel. Quickly advancing from swabs to mates, they both showed a keen aptitude for all things nautical. And in the meantime, they enjoyed a marvelous honeymoon vacation, traveling t...
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Tom and Karen

Posted by David Goodman on Monday, June 27, 2016,
Mid April saw Tom and Karen come sailing with us for a week into the BVI. With the continued reversal of the wind, we were literally blown up to Anegada on a southwest wind. The anchorage at Anegada, normally not too bumpy, turned out to be very rough. On the other hand, snorkeling the northside by Loblolly Bay was delightful, if not a little disappointing because of the die off of some of the coral. Although Tom began to have equipment issues early on in the trip, Karen took to the water lik...
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Tara and Kyle

Posted by David Goodman on Wednesday, June 15, 2016,
New Tricks for an Old Dog (Salty) Tara and Kyle needed a getaway from work and kids, were on a budget, so we worked out a win-win and they came aboard in the middle of April. Their 5 day trip took place during some of the most unusual weather, most notably a reversal of the normal weather and wind patterns. Normally the winds blow out of the east, making heading eastward into the BVI sailing grounds a major effort for the first few days of the trip. In their case, we were blown eastward by t...
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