S/V Delilah

A Blog to track the wanderings of the S/V Delilah, a 37-foot Tayana sailboat.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Latest Plan

En route to Spanish Virgins
N 17 degrees, 59.2 minutes
W 065 degrees, 50.4 minutes

It has become clear to me lately that we have managed to confuse everybody regarding our plans for the next year or so. Part of the reason for our silence is that we were not so sure ourselves how things would go along the Thorny Path. We have changed plans so many times along the way, we wanted to be certain that this one would take. And now that we are nearing the end of the difficult part of our journey, having burned a lot of diesel but avoided beating ourselves up along the way, and having managed so far to stay within our meager budget, I think we can release the latest version of our tentative plans.

This afternoon we will arrive on the south coast of Vieques, PR, erstwhile bombing range for the U.S. Navy and a diving paradise that lies between the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. From here we will continue to sail east and south, stopping whenever we want in the Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands, and Windward Islands, until we get to Trinidad, where we will anchor until hurricane seasone ends in November. Why Trinidad? It is, allegedly, outside the hurricane zone.

After that we will do this whole trip again in reverse. And we hope that all those winds that we reported "on the nose" will be pushing us from behind, on a glorious reach back up to Florida, and so on. We think we will be home in Boston just before the kitty runs dry in June of 2007.

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