On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. – Rumi
Indeed it is. With my family joining me on Silver Lining to sail into the New Year, it’s not just the wind that is perfect. We’re off to an early start on our crossing to the Spanish Virgin Islands, also known as the Puerto Rican Virgin Islands. We motored into the channel, then sailed dead down wind for a good part of the way and made it to Playa del Rey in Puerto Rico in 5.5 hours; averaging 7 knots.
We will be exploring the area and will let you know what we find. One advantage: you don’t need a US passport, as we won’t leave US territories for the whole week. Also, Puerto Ricans know how to have fun in and near the water.
Here’s wishing you many rainbow-framed adventures in 2014.
How we’re thinking about the holidays. Come join us for a moment or twenty?
To all the sailors and other veterans who have served our country, we extend our deepest thanks. We owe you.
A little inspiration to get you over the hump this week.
Winter is approaching, which in the USVIs means the days are shorter but not by much, being that we’re pretty near to the equator. It is high season for adventure here – how about setting yourself up for some?
“The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head. The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun.” – Steve Sabol
Autumn in the northern latitudes marks the end of hurricane season down our way. As you settle in to sweater weather, we are busy readying for the high season closer to the equator. Hope to make your acquaintance down our way soon!