This voyage we’ve embarked upon has been in the works for about 4 years – it’s taken lots of saving, a number of major life/career choices and seemingly countless boat projects to get us to this point.
The plan is simply to sail from our home in Boston to the Caribbean for the winter – but we’ll call it a long winter – maybe 9 months or so. The voyage to me is three things – extended honeymoon, sabbatical from work, and an opportunity to play peter pan for a little longer. Just because Kirsten & I are married now, doesn’t mean we have to be fully grown up yet.
We hope our voyage will take us down the east coast of the US to North Carolina – from there we plan to sail to Bermuda. The passage to Bermuda is the biggie, 5-6 days due east and includes crossing the gulf stream. This will likely be the riskiest part of the whole voyage. We’ll spend a short while in Bermuda then head straight south towards St. Maarten – another big passage, about 6-7 days. From there we will island hop south along the leeward islands and then the windward islands. At some point we’ll likely decide we’ve headed south enough and make a big turn back to the north-west and in one big jump (probably 3-4 days) sail to the US & British Virgin Islands. We’ll stay in the VI’s for a while, maybe a month and hopefully play host to friends & family. After that we’ll make another big jump to the south-eastern end of the Bahamas. We’ll slowly work our way up through the Bahamas over the course of a couple months – then end up back in Florida or southern Georgia. From there it’ll be a easy late-spring cruise back up the US east coast to our home in Boston.
All that said – plans are meant to be broken, especially sailing plans. Who knows where we’ll go, how long it will take, and maybe even where we’ll end up.
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