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Gayle

who has written 60 posts for Paul and Gayle at Sea.

Feb
11
2013

Bahamas Sailing: Dispatch 2

1/24/13: Hope Town Elbow Cay Conditions were perfect for a quick daysail to Hope Town, about 8 nm from Marsh Harbour. I’d talked in the last dispatch about learning to read the water depth. It is embarrassing to admit, but we hadn’t seen anything yet. As we got close to the lighthouse outside Hope Town, […]

Feb
11
2013

Bahamas Sailing: Dispatch 1

1/17/13, Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas: Thanks to the National Weather Service’s absolutely spot-on forecast and the weather gods, our passage from Lake Worth Inlet to Great Sale Cay was easy. Sailing out the Inlet to the Atlantic, itself, was quite bouncy and the hardest part of the trip, but all else was fine. We […]

Jan
26
2013

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 19

Friday, 4/13/12: Charleston, SC We needed to decide whether to continue heading down the ICW or go outside into the Atlantic. Unlike much of the coast north of here, South Carolina and Georgia both have lots of places (about every 20 – 35 NM) that are safe to duck into to get to more protected […]

Jan
19
2013

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 22

1/14/12, Lake Worth, FL: We’re finally on the move again! We have resumed heading down the ICW, although Paul would rather be offshore. To me, it’s just so much fun (except when powerboats with large engines go by at speed and really rock slower vessels like DW) getting to see the houses of the rich […]

Jan
19
2013

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 21

12/26/12, Cocoa, FL  Well, sometimes things don’t exactly go according to plan. We’ve been here two nights because there was a pretty good blow predicted (and which arrived right on schedule) today. Paul took care of a number of boat-related chores, mostly wiring, including wiring up some 110 volt outlets so we wouldn’t have to […]

Jan
19
2013

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 20

12/18/12**, Green Cove Springs (back in the water at last): (**Back to the US date convention, now that we’ve left CR) Paul spent about two weeks preparing DW for our next voyage: new water tanks, new bottom paint and zincs, plus other minor repairs. I have no doubt whatsoever that regardless of how much Paul […]

Nov
8
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 5

12/10/12: I am more than a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t driven here yet. I think I can handle the traffic in San Ramon, the speed bumps (“reductor” here in CR, for reductor de velocidad), stray dogs, and people walking on the side of the road on the road we take through Los […]

Sep
30
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 4

9/9/12: We did our usual trip to the feria (farmers’ market) on Friday. I have gotten into the routine of stopping at one booth, where there is a large griddle set up and a woman (sometimes with a helper, but usually alone) makes tortillas with a variety of toppings, or pupusas (Salvadoran turnovers), using the […]

Sep
27
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 3

  31/08/12: This week marks San Ramon Days, which culminated in the parade of saints yesterday. There have been all manner of activities and events: food vendors with a different theme each day; singers, dancers, horse parades, parade of the oxcarts (elaborately painted oxcarts, with boyeros, oxcart drivers, urging on their oxen – and from […]

Aug
19
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 2

15/8/12: We’re starting to settle in. Public transportation isn’t as convenient as it was at the cabinas, (anyone taking the bus or ferry in Seattle knows about schedules for commuters, and that’s the case here) so we decided to look for a car. Paul had already been thinking about buying a car. It couldn’t be […]