Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Countdown to Charter!

Our sailing adventure began in 1999 when we built a home in the boating community of Colington Harbour on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.  http://www.colingtonharbour.net/dev/

Our first boat was a Grady White 208 and we still love "June Bug".  She has taken us on many ocean excursions.  We have seen more dolphin than we can count, sea turtles, ocean sunfish, jumping marlins and even a humpback whale up close and personal.  She has also helped us catch many fish including winning 2 fishing tournaments.

Many of our neighbors, however, had sailboats.  What's that about?  We thought every boat's purpose was to get you to somewhere quickly - the bigger the motor the better.  But, we decided to take sailboat lessons so that we could talk intelligently with our neighbors.  So we signed up for a weekend session with Annapolis Sailing School.  Ok, we get it.  It is the journey - not just the destination.

Well, we were hooked and added to our fleet a Catalina Capri 22.  "Lagniappe" has been very patient with us during the last 6 years.  She is an absolute blast to sail in the Albermarle Sound.  We became more and more interested in sailing and started attending the annual sailboat shows in Annapolis, MD.  That's dangerous. 

So we have decided to bareboat charter our dream boat, an Island Packet 370, in the US and British Virgin Islands for 10 days starting on Monday, January 9th.  We arrive Sunday and spend the night onboard before the charter actually begins.

We hope to document this adventure in words and pictures on this blog.


  1. I hope yall are having a safe trip down there!! I am so excited for yall! I cant wait to see pictures! We love you,

    ~Emily & Tyler

  2. We, too, are following along! What a great adventure...I am even having fun vicariously! Please stay safe. Tracey

  3. We are following and dreaming about what fun you guys are having. Seems you are far, far away. Can't wait to hear about your first day and your first meal prepared onboard! Marsha