North

Our plan is to spend 2016 hurricane season in the northern Caribbean, so leaving Grenada was emotional. It was easy to fall in love with the country and the people and after spending 2 hurricane seasons there, it was sad to say goodbye. We had stayed the summer in St. George’s anchorage so we had…

Sage: 3 countries and 5 islands boat vacation

Having a 15 year old on board when you’ve never had your own children can be an overwhelming prospect. Especially knowing this kid is very active, both mentally and physically. I am happy to report that we kept up with her for 13 days (although after we found out she and her dad made their…

Nonsuch and Fig Bananas

  Back in Antigua, after a rough night sail from St Barths, we land in Jolly Harbour. Last time we were in Antigua we dropped anchor in the southern anchorage of Falmouth and never moved the boat. Jolly Harbour is so much nicer than I expected. It’s big and wide open and probably only 20…

The Smarter, Younger Crane Sister

One day you’re just sitting on the boat in BVI and you get a message from your sister saying she’d really like to visit. Where are you now? Where will you be next week? Next month? And then within just a day or two of the conversation starting, she decides she’s doing it. Not next…

525,600 Minutes

The song, Seasons of Love, in the musical, Rent, is about how people choose to measure a year. They sing “do you measure in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee? . . . How do you measure a year in the life?” February 11 marked the end of our first 525,600 minutes.…

St. Thomas and St. John

From Culebrita we sailed about 4 hours to St. Thomas, USVI. Normally this can be a pretty rough crossing and you really need to wait for a good weather window to go back to the USVI. You are sailing into the swell so there is a lot of bouncing and spray as you pound through…

Culebrita and turtles

We left Culebra and motored about 2 hours to a little cove in Culebrita. The trip was a little rough, but we didn’t lose anyone or anything overboard so I guess it could have been worse. Culebrita is a small deserted island on the east side of Culebra. There is an abandoned lighthouse at the…

Culebra and Flying Fish!

We started our sail to Culebra from Great Lameshur Bay on St. John just as the sun was rising. We actually had to set our alarm (an extremely rare event in cruiser world) for 5:00 a.m. to make sure we got our coffee and the boat was ready to go by 6:00 a.m. The sail…

The great St. John

We have been at Great Lameshur Bay on St. John for almost a week now (and I am posting this a little late since this is the first time we’ve actually had good internet so I can post to the blog). It’s a great little bay, very quiet with no road noise or ambient light.…

The “epic” sail to the US Virgin Islands

Well it’s just a few days later (and this is still Susan writing!) and we have done our “epic” 20 hour crossing from St. Maarten to the US Virgin Islands. We started sail at about 1:00 p.m on the 31st. and got into Great Lameshur Bay on St. John at about 9:00 a.m. on Jan.…