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!
Although theoretically away from sailing for the Summer at West Gilgo Beach in Long Island, we have managed to stay damp and moist with some hydro-adventures…read on. Missing the discomfort and damp of sailing, we decided to head for the Adirondacks with our sea kayaks to do a kayaking/camping expedition with paddling pal Thom Dunn. Although … More On Dry Land, But Not Quite Dry
Genevieve may be resting in Georgia, but I was barely back home in NY before setting off on another sailing adventure. This time aboard Mahina Tiare III, starting in the Scottish Orkney islands and heading across the boisterous North Sea to Norway, then up the Norwegian coast to the far arctic north. John and Amanda Neal’s … More Don’t Tell Genevieve…
We are back in New York reflecting on our first season afloat…read on. After our sojourn in the Exumas, making it as far south to Black Point in Great Guana Cay, we started to make our way north back up the island chain, then a jump across to New Providence island. On the way, we … More Full Circle/Graduation
We are in the Exumas and find ourselves in a zone of unusual biological diversity at the moment, most of it marine, but some land-based fauna are exhibiting rather unusual opportunistic adaption to the sea. Read on… We had a great time skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with the Stettners/Bohnes and returned to Marsh Harbour … More Darwin Confounded
The Whale passage eventually calmed down enough for us to pass through and access a new set of Cays in the south end of the Sea of Abaco. These Cays are a bit more populated and busy compared to the deserted, or at best, thinly-populated islands in the north. We had an instant “in” with … More Nippers, Nippers!
We have sailed to our first foreign country–we are in the Bahamas! This is a big step, mainly because we crossed the infamous Gulf Stream to these islands on our own, overnight. Just us. It was a little trepidatious heading out of Port Everglades inlet into the pitch-black, moonless ocean, but we had an unexpected send-off from … More Resistance to Reggae & Rum is Useless
We have been hanging in Florida getting used to the new normal (see below). Weather warm, sun shining. But now its time for a bit of an adventure. Before our sailing guru contacts put us right, the plan was to leave the safety of Fort Lauderdale and slowly meander south down the Florida coast to … More We’ve Completely Lost Our Head
We made it! A long slog south from Annapolis, with one stop in Jacksonville, Florida, but now safely and comfortably ensconced in Loggerhead Marina, Aventura. A Whole Foods round the corner, WiFi, and our car and bikes on hand. It feels like we have only been flirting with Genevieve until now, but this trip was the first … More Far From Land…But Far From Alone
We have had a great summer at West Gilgo Beach, but busy on the boat front. We have been getting Genevieve and ourselves ready to sail south for the winter. No small task this. While she was already well equipped, there were a myriad of things to add to make her ocean-ready: offshore liferaft, back-up navigation … More Sail into the Atlantic, turn right
Check out a video of our sailing trip aboard Uxorious IV from Tahiti to the Cook Islands with our friends Sue and Colin Sailing the Pacific on Uxorious IV
So, we are several months into our new life. People—particularly those whom I know from work life—keep asking how we are doing? Are we bored? Do we miss the challenge and stimulation of work? I am sorry to disappoint, and to confirm the horrible secret truth that not working is absolutely fantastic! Gone is the nagging background stress … More Don’t grocery shop when you’re hungry…
Hi I’m Martin and I have decided to write a blog about what’s next. Hopefully it will be the narrative of life post- “Working for The Man” as my partner John and I forge ahead on a new adventure. Yes, we have decided to stop working for a salary. Certainly, we have sold our … More I quit work today. Forever.