The Start - October 1992
In the crisp Fall weather we headed South - full of confidence but (as
it turns out) somewhat ignorant about long distance cruising.
We had company - lots of 'snowbirds' take their boats south right after
the Annapolis Boat Show. A week or so
on the Chesapeake Bay, with its beautiful anchorages and calm waters got us all
used to the routine as we passed the Potomac and Solomon Islands on the way to
At the Norfolk marina we compared our gleaming varnish with the many weather-beaten cruising boats heading
South for the season - little did we know what the hot tropical sun had in store
for us. Then "The Ditch" a 200 mile motoring exercise with the
bottom 6" under the keel at times - but beautiful foliage and nice people
at all of the marinas. A week in Beaufort, NC waiting for good
weather - and we were off!
Down "Highway 64"
Sailing close-hauled we attempted to reach 64 degrees West so that we
could turn South to the Virgin Islands. We almost
made it, but
after 4 hours of dodging lightning it finally
nailed us! Two days later we made it into Charlotte Amalie
Harbor in St Thomas, the US Virgin Islands - a little worse for the wear, but
glad to be in warm waters!
For the full story, see Newsletter 1
The Return -
Back in the USA
In December, 2006 Long Passages returned to the USA,
in this case being treated to an easy Atlantic crossing by returning
aboard a Dockwise Yacht Transport ship. She was loaded in
Mallorca, Spain and offloaded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where we
took her to a marina to do the final preparations before putting her
up for sale. It was a low-key return to a very exciting period
of our lives. To read more about this experience check
Our Experience with Dockwise.