Rule #1: Keep Debbie Warm!

With temperatures in the low 60’s and threatening to go lower, it is time to get serious about getting out of dodge!

Our plan is to leave for Bermuda on or about Oct. 23rd, and then sail from Bermuda on to the Caribbean leaving Bermuda on the 6th of November.

Lots of people ask, why not just harbor hop your way South along the Atlantic Coast and then leave for the Caribbean from Miami?

Well, that seemed like a great idea to me right up until a couple of months ago when I started talking to folks that have done the trip before.  There are two very good reasons that the Bermuda route is a “no brainer”.

  1. Check out the map above.  When you head South along the Atlantic Coast you are also putting in some significant miles to the West.  If you take this route it basically a 3,000 mile trip by the time you reach St. Martin.  If, on the otherhand, you take the Bermuda route the trip is 1700 miles.  Over a thousand miles shorter!
  2. The Caribbean trade winds blow from the East.  So, if you make the trip to Miami and put in all those miles to the West, you then need to regain your Easterly position by sailing 1,000 miles upwind into the Trades.  No thanks!!

Cruising with Mom!

After surviving Irene with no issues, Morpheus was back in the water and anchored off the Newport Bridge by 4pm on Monday.  There was plenty to do to get her back to cruise ready status – reinstall the boom, rerun halyards, get the sails back onboard, etc, etc. 

My Mother and Debbie returned from their visit to New York and we left Newport for Block Island just after noon on Tuesday. 

Deb and Mom – How long until we can leave??

Sunset cocktails at the Narragansett Inn, dinner at Eli’s, and a stop at Aldo’s bakery were next.

Sunset at the Narragansett

We left Block Island Wed. morning and made our way 35 miles to the West where we stopped at Shelter Island Yacht Club.  We are still there today, and will move on to Sag Harbor tomorrow.  A big trip consisting of 6.5 miles!

Block Island’s Great Salt Pond

Classic Block Island Photo

On our way to Shelter Island