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Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby GidgetPicklebrain » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:34 pm

we sipped rum and watched the moon.



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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby Lovermont » Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:29 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post this terrific report!
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby Marcia (Mrs. Pete) » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:16 pm

Rick, I loved this report. Thank you for posting.
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby bigred » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:30 pm

Your post prompted me to finally join the forum so i could post a big THANK YOU for your sailing report. My husband, another couple, and I will be doing a bareboat charter in the BVI in mid-March - it's our first bareboat (we've previously done two crewed charters there) so it was good to read about specific places to check out. We've been spending a week in March on the rock for several years but the lure of the water really got to us last year so we'll start out with a week in our Westin villa and then head to Tortola to pick up the boat - can't wait!
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby seagrape » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:28 am

FANTASTIC OMGs! :) Glad you had such a wonderful time!!
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby cindygad » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:06 am

Thank you for your report. I have always loved reading about your adventures!The pictures were wonderful.
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby papabou » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:48 am

bravo! job well done. your shirt needs to be changed to "chief - vi promotions" from "chief - st john promotions". keep up the good work and enjoy while you are still young (relative to this 70th year fan).

I forwarded link to your post to both single daughter who has done the airline groups fall regatta a couple of times and son in law who did a bare boat charter from tortolla fall of 2012. both after me to plan a "family sail" to vi's". they don't really want the old man, just someone to pickup tab.

cheers to you rickg,

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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby Tracy in WI » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:45 pm

Excellent report! I've never sailed and fear seasickness, but this makes it so much more tempting. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your adventures.
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby Kentuckygirl » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:12 pm

What a fun trip! I am going to do this one day. Thank you for the detailed report!
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby RickG » Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:19 pm

papabou, sailing is fun, but it is very close quarters. You need to be very comfortable living with all of the folks in pretty tight spaces. It's certainly wonderful to fall asleep and wake up in a beautiful anchorage. But, there is real work involved. As always, a no whiners rule solves most problems!

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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby ColumbiaSCTraveler » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:18 pm

WOW! What a dream vaca! I think I can sail after reading that descriptive report! Okay, probably not. But makes me wanna learn! THANKS for sharing y'alls amazing trip!
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby RickG » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:35 pm

Hey Columbia, thanks! I took up sailing a year ago after 30+ trips to the islands. I love it, and Sweet Christine admits that she enjoys sailing even more than staying on STJ. We won't be 100% sailing, we have two sailing trips and one land trip to STJ planned in 2014.

If you're interested in learning to sail, you can check out my TR on sailing school from January 2013. It was a good time, maybe even a good couples trip for a like-minded couple.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=25639#.UugFomQo418

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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby ColumbiaSCTraveler » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:45 pm

Will definitely check out the TR on sailing school, RickG. How awesome!

Also - LOVED the GoPro video!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby AquaGirl » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:48 am

Great report and pictures. Thanks for sharing. We've had several land based trips to the BVIs and love going for a day sail. Its so scenic and lots of great anchorages for snorkeling.
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Re: Trip Report - Sailing November 15-23, 2013

Postby Bigcheeze » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:46 am

Rick....My Captain,

OK...thank you for sharing and inspiring me to share future TR!

We did the Bareboat trip with 3 other couples in 2005 out of Tortola on a 41' Cat.

It was the trip of a lifetime....I named our boat 'Cat-n tonic' . We didn't sail as much as we did motoring, but the experience of setting our own course and staying under the stars and shooting stars is one that nobody will ever forget.
Staying on the 'hook' and setting your own course is a great metaphor for all of us trying to create our own nirvana. Hard to believe we did it in 2005 almost 10 years ago.

Im glad we did it then and need to to a 10th anniversary...
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