Friday, November 28, 2014

Sailing Again

Debbie and I returned to Bellaluna in October and spend an enjoyable month getting her ready to sail after being shut down for the summer.  We have had her moored at our friends Tom and Betty's house in Palm City, FL.  Great location, Tom's pilot hawk eyes on it, well protected and easy access to the ICW and the Atlantic ocean.

We had been watching the weather for a crossing of the Gulf Stream for about two weeks and finally got a good conditions report.  Now down the St. Lucie River to the Intracoastal Waterway, to Lake Worth, (Palm Beach) out to the Atlantic to the Bahamas West End and arrived at Old Bahama Bay Resort.

Laundry day on the ICW.  From mangroves, to mansions and condos and water fun…

Pensive Gord living slowly at the helm.

More scenery...

Morning Java as we sail east across the Gulf Stream.

and out to the great blue!

Blowing the conch.  We're HERE!!!

Debbie and Gord doing junkanoo after a delicious traditional American Thanksgiving turkey dinner with new friends on the beach.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Two Sail Magazine articles.


Debbie and I have returned to Canada for the summer and Bellaluna will remain in Florida awaiting our next adventure.

The two attached links are articles published in Sail Magazine.  Hope you enjoy them.

Living on the Water in a Multihull | Sail Magazine

Brazil's Costa Verde | Sail Magazine

Greetings from Florida.

Debbie and I enjoyed two months of warm weather in the Palm City area and then on February 1st we set sail for Miami.  We wanted to experience at least once the Inter coastal waterway that runs along the east coast of the USA.  So we left Palm City and motored south towards Miami.  There is no sailing in the ICW and no night navigation.  There are many bridges along the route that cause many delays and interesting navigation situations.
There are approximately 55 bridges from the Florida/Georgia border to Miami.  Here are some of the different types.

Selfie cruising the ICW 

Also along the way are many large homes and many meta yachts.  Very interesting scenery.

The high rise condos of Miami

After three days of ICW motoring we arrived in Miami.  We had been asked by Antares ( the company that built our boat) to use Bellaluna as the Miami boat show boat.  We arrived in plenty of time to detail  and ready her for the show.

Bellaluna moored for the boat show

We then spent an enjoyable week touring the boat show and the Miami area.

Gilligan's Island

After the Miami boat show Debbie and I along with our two friends Dave and Duncan set sail for the Florida Keys.

I am not saying who is who in the next two pictures.

OK, it's Duncan
The three boys

Boca Chita Key anchorage

Boca Chita lighthouse

Dave working hard.  Believe it or not he did finish the book.

Sailing south to Fiesta Key

We had a great week together.  Sailed for four days to Marathon.  Enjoyed a number of quiet anchorages, swimming and warm sunny weather.  Welcome change for theses two guys.  One from Orillia and the other from Calgary.

three hour tour

Key West

The boys leaving.  Sad

Monday, November 25, 2013

Yes, I know.  I have heard it from many people about the lack of blogging going on for the last few months.  We are sorry and will make every effort to keep you up to date.

BellaLuna was in the Annapolis boat show in October and if I don't say so myself she looked really good.  After the show Bellaluna was hauled out of the water for a fresh coat of bottom paint.  Debbie and I took this opportunity to drive home and deal with some outstanding business.  My Mother also experienced a health setback so we were able to care for her.  She is getting her energy back and doing much better.

Debbie decided to stay back in Orillia for a few more weeks but I needed to get Bellaluna to warmer climates.  So our friend Tim traveled back to Annapolis to sail with me to Charleston, South Carolina.  We had a great but cold trip.

Tim and I sailed south on Chesapeake Bay and into Norfolk, Virginia.  The US has many navel boat yards in the area making the sail through the area very interesting.  Also, many other boat yards and cargo ship docks.

Naval boat yards

Floating hospital under repair

Cargo ships in Chesapeake Bay

After the many boat yards, the Inter-coastal Waterway starts.  The ICW is a canal, river system that runs from Virginia to Florida.  The main ICW route was closed just south of Norfolk because a lock was broken.  So we took route # 2 through the Dismal Swamp.

Moored overnight at the start of the Dismal Swamp
 The Dismal Swamp is actually a 21 mile long narrow canal with two locks.  Beautiful scenery but one must keep a sharp eye out for logs, branches and wild animals.  After leaving the first lock we traveled with the group from the lock.  So we all watched out and would radio any obstructions.
Two locks raised us 9' each
Traveling between locks

Narrow channel.  Glad we did not meet another catamaran at this point.

Tim at the helm with his five layers of clothing on.  Yes, it was cold!!

Sunrise on a frosty morning

Note the SNOW!!

Tim and I arrived in Charleston, South Carolina.  Tim was a great crew member and I thank him for helping me sail Bellaluna south.  Tim has left and I have been looking after some small jobs on the boat.  Debbie returns tomorrow and we will wait for our weather window and continue south to Florida.