|All the\he kids at Green Turtle Cay|
We can't believe that this blog does not have any mention of the great presentations that Jenny has been doing at schools along the way; its titled "How to make big problems small" and its an introduction to behavior science in a fun way with her guitar and the dogs. Albert goes along and has a part, too.
|One of several shows at Hope Town school|
|Jenny with Tigerlily and Bee at Grand Cay school|
|Grand Cay, Bahamas|
|Sailing in the Gulf Stream|
We left on Sunday, April 16, 2017, with the plan to get seriously north by going all the way to Beaufort, NC, about 550 miles, taking 3.5 or 4 days. We pushed it, and got up to that area in 3 days, and ran into a cold front, with rolly conditions, so we diverted to Southport, NC. The total distance was about 536 miles in 73.5 hours, average speed of 7.3 knots, although we were only going 5 to 6 knots, but the Gulf Stream pushed us up to a speed of 9 knots at times. The last 12 hours were miserable, and the dogs were not happy, either.
We arrived before noon on Wednesday, April 19, at the Southport Marina and paid for a slip. This allowed the US Customs people to visit us that afternoon (instead of us figuring out how to get to Wilmington about an hour away by car.) The next day we motored a short distance to the little basin at the town, tying up to the dock at Provisions restaurant. We had a really nice time in Southport, buying some good American food and beer, and even doing some general shopping. Here is a link to a Facebook post.
|An ICW view from the anchor|
|Theresa and Brian's farm in Dugspur|
|Cows at the farm|
We learned about Zimmerman Marine in Southport, and we planned to go to their facility in Mathews, VA to have some transmission work done. We arrived on April 31, staying a few days on the dock as we learned that more work was needed than we had anticipated. While we pondered our options, we continued with our plan to leave the boat for a week or so while we rented a car to visit our new friends from Manjack Cay, Theresa and Brian, at their 100 acre farm in Dugspur, VA, south of Floyd, which is south of Roanoke, if that helps. On the way there, we stopped in Charlottesville, and somehow arranged to meet all of our three good friends and partners there at the Sedona Taphouse. We then spent most of a week with Theresa and Brian in Dugspur, helping in their garden and being entertained and fed well. On the way back, we saw Albert's brother Andrew and family, daughter Echo in Baltimore, and stayed with other friends. Back in Mathews, we visited with Albert's friends Martin and Keith, who own Compass Marina, where we had spent the night before we got to Zimmermans almost two weeks earlier.
By this time, we knew that Magus would not be ready to sail north for a few weeks or more, because of the several repairs that were needed. We decided to pack up and drive to Maine, planning to come back in August or September and sail Magus the rest of the way home. Oh yeah, and Albert had to have a tooth extracted; he felt much better after that. Did we say it was hot? We finally did enough to prepare the boat for the summer, and then got back in the rental car for the drive to Maine. We stayed with Echo again, then spent a nice night with Jenny's brother Ted and wife Fany in Freehold, NJ. After a miserable day of driving through the city and Connecticut, we arrived at our house in Freeport on Thursday, May 25. The trees had still not completed leafed out.
|Walking in Baltimore|
Although there were a couple of hot days in Maine, we also had a few days that were cooler than it ever got in the Bahamas. The summer is very nice in Maine. And now, we're thinking that Magus does not need to come back to Maine yet, but we should just go back to her in November and sail from there to the Bahamas again.
That decision will let us enjoy the garden, and even bring some fresh produce with us. And, it lets us enjoy this place, Whole Dog Camp, where Jenny can have fun with people and dogs until we move back onto Magus for one more winter away.