The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Our scheme to sail north up the Caribbean chain to the British Virgin Islands and home to New York via Bermuda has been thoroughly hi-jacked by pirate ship “SARS-CoV-2”. As described in “Isolated Sailing”, we were locked down in Antigua from Mid March. When … More The Best Laid Plans…
Currently, we have the perfect isolation bubble. The self-sufficient, prepper’s dream, Genevieve is a long swim from shore, her lockers well-stocked, and no febrile indication that she has taken on a Corona stowaway. But let’s rewind. While Genevieve slept in Peakes Yard, Trinidad & Tobago, John and I had an autumn of land-based exploration … More Isolated Sailing
Its taken us a little while, but finally here is a video of our adventures sailing south from the BVI to Trinidad, exploring along the way: St Martin, St Barths, Antigua, Nevis, St Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, and Grenada. Lots of friends joining in the … More Genevieve in the Caribbean 2019
During our recent sojourn through Guadeloupe, friend Colin asked John and me if we’d like to join him sailing his Swan 62 across the Atlantic: New York to Gibraltar with a brief stop in the Azores. John said “hell no”. Martin said “hell yes!” Memorial Day, Colin (2) assembled his eager crew, Tom (3) Cillian … More Transatlantic Diaries: NY to Gibraltar
It’s been a long slog, but Genevieve is finally back to fighting form: re-rigged, re-fitted, shiny as new, and ready to sail. And what better way to test her mettle than to take her on a non-stop 1500-mile Atlantic romp from Fort Lauderdale to the British Virgin Islands? So, on December 31, 2018, after months … More Hooked on Sailing
You thought we had forgotten you all! Well, we are back, and so is Genevieve: better, shinier, more modern, and fully upgraded (just the boat, not us). In February, we put Genevieve on the float-on float-off DYT yacht transport ship and had her hauled back to Fort Lauderdale to start the long and complicated process of … More She is Risen!
After five long months of waiting while Genevieve lay on her ear, we can now happily report that she is on her feet in the yard at Nanny Cay, British Virgin Islands. We have spent a week going through her every nook and cranny cleaning the gunk left behind by a tsunami of rainwater and muck. … More Standing Tall, Heading for Fort Lauderdale
Experience our adventures via our new video of our 2017 BVI trip…
Genevieve is still laying on her side, and will be for a few more weeks yet. The Nanny Cay boat yard is working on righting all the felled boats and have made great progress. Unfortunately there are a couple of really big yachts hemming us in, and in order to lift these, the yard needs … More Fingers Tapping…
Finally we have some up-close shots of Genevieve and we can see that she is still more or less in one piece! She is leaning forward and on her side, which means the part of the hull that is on the ground is a forward, strongly built part. That is good. Also her rudder–a potentially … More Down, But Not Out
Hey Peeps. Maybe you can find some funds to donate to our friends Erik and Sheryl in Tortola who lost their home, their possessions, and their business in Hurricane Irma? Any amount appreciated and sorely needed to help them rebuild. https://www.gofundme.com/rescue-e-s-in-the-bvi?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sharing_image&utm_campaign=invite_n If you would prefer a more general donation point, Richard Branson’s fund is the … More Donate
We finally have some news. We saw this picture this morning of the Nanny Cay storage area. Most boat are toppled and it looks bad, but Genevieve is identifiable. She is on her ear, leaning over about 30 degrees and it looks like the mast is still up. We won’t know the extent of damage … More Now We Know, Kinda
Genevieve took a direct hit from hurricane Irma and we have not received any direct confirmation of how she did or even if she is still a boat rather than a pile of twisted stainless and fiberglass. Tortola was slammed and most people lost their homes, and some lost loved ones, so our First World … More Poor Virgin Islands!
We left Genevieve sleeping on land in Nanny Cay, British Virgin Islands. We have been enjoying our Summer at West Gilgo, but poor Genevieve is about to be slammed by Category 5 Hurricane Irma. We left her fully prepped to survive a blow, but a Cat 5 is an outrageously powerful storm that will flatten … More Irma is Coming!
The British Virgins have been well and truly explored. Since January we have anchored in every possible bay, snorkeled every reef, seen every sunset, and sampled every beach bar’s conch fritters. So with this season’s guest list completed and waved off, we have decided to head west to more Virgin territory. The British Virgin Islands … More Island Life
We are featured in a Special Report in Cruising World…its a sailing magazine people! Click this: john-and-martin-cruising-world
This from 21º 19’.113N, 065º29’.442W, or in other words, 1000 miles out from Fort Lauderdale with only 200 to go to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on this seven-day ocean adventure via the non-stop, way out there “I-65” route. We have not seen another ship in the North Atlantic Ocean for four days…the crew of … More Big Sail
Winter is on its way and we are outta here! And to get “outta here” we are undertaking our most ambitious and longest ocean passage yet: a non-stop, 1100 mile sail into the Atlantic from Florida to the Virgin Islands. Read on… We left NY just as the chill arrived in late October. We drove to Genevieve in … More Watch Out Virgins…
Despite sitting right in the path of hurricane Matthew, Genevieve came through the storm unscathed as far as we can tell from marina reports from Georgia. Matthew gave us a bit of a scare, but we had left Gen in a very safe marina and had prepared her assuming a storm or two would visit … More Genevieve Takes on Matthew…and Wins!