This is SeaSea viewed form the beach of George Dog Island in March 2020. In the background is West George Island and Scrub Island . The dog islands are a small group of islands in the British Virgin Islands. They were named by early sailors for the barking they heard coming from their shores. This was, however, a case of mistaken identity as the sound they heard was not the bark of dogs but rather the yelping of the Caribbean Monk Seal. These creatures were valued for their oil and meat . Which, for them, is unfortunate as the last one was seen in 1952. After an extensive search for survivors they are now officially considered extinct.
For the vacationer the “Dogs ” offer fantastic snorkeling, diving and as you can see secluded beaches.
As crazy and complicated as our world can be , the notion that a dip in Maho Bay can put all those troubles to rest , is therapeutic. Just be sure to partake in the minimal effective dose and know that it is difficult if not impossible to overdose.
” If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. ”
6/24/2020 . Sandy and I returned from the 10 day shake down voyage of SeaSea on March 12 2020. No significant problems . We are thrilled with our new boat. She is just about perfect and the islands are grand.
We return to the real world and … Surprise! It’s closed . What ? Yup . gotta wear a mask and not the snorkeling kind. If it’s not essential its closed. Can our charter guests travel to St Thomas ? Not really , might get a flight there , but if you don’t live there you can not legally check into a hotel , airbnb , or charter yacht so there is no place to stay . Yikes.
Fast forward to June 1 and the USVI finally opens to charter boats. By June 20 SeaSea has completed her first voyage with guests. We sincerely hope she took them on a fantastic adventure . Many thanks.
Not sure Ram Head is what Helen Keller had in mind when she said the above , but its a pretty good description of what this south east point on St John , USVI has been doing for thousands if not millions of years, standing over 100 feet tall and looking straight ahead across the ocean .
This viewpoint is from the end of the peninsula looking back at St. John. It is accessible from Ram Head trail which can in turn be reached from the road or one of the lovely moorings in the calm bays seen in the upper left corner of the picture . To the right is Drunk Bay . You don’t want to swim or anchor there but it’s only a short hike and is spectacular in its ruggedness.
People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
Drunk bay is on of my favorite places anywhere, because its so unexpected . Walk a couple hundred yards from the beautiful quintessential white sand and calm turquoise water of Salt Pond Beach and you will find yourself on a rugged coastline of spectacular beauty and variety. A few thousand miles to the east is the continent of Africa. In between is water , lots of water which is perhaps how this place got its name . Not because this is the place to overindulge in Cruzan rum but because a long time ago someone met their unfortunate watery demise here. Drunkne is the Danish word for drown .
Please don’t drop her. SeaSea arrived in Guadeloupe at 6am , Tuesday January 14 2020.
Interesting job unloading ships. My uncle Harry used to operate a crane at the port of Baltimore. His greatest fear was that someone on the hook end would overload the crane and the whole thing would go tumbling forward. Never happened. SeaSea survived her little flight off the deck as well.
“There are many spokes on the wheel of life . First we’re here to explore new possibilities”
January 11, 2020
Sea Sea is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As of this writing her position is N 22° 49′ 27.58″ W 049° 30’52.19″, as denoted by the blue arrow on the map. On December 28, the vessel departed from La Rochelle, France as a passenger aboard the general cargo ship “Impala”. She’s on a course of 237° at 11.8 knots and scheduled to arrive in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, on January 14 at 6 am . A professional delivery crew will sail her on her own hulls to her new home , CYOA in St. Thomas, USVI.
Most of her commissioning , bottom paint, solar panels , rigging was completed at Uchimata Sailing Services in France . Upon arrival in St Thomas she her natural gas system will be converted to propane and she will be fitted with such amenities as a convection microwave and flat screen TV , decadent yes, but necessary to watch DVDs of Captain Ron . Soon she will be ready to explore new possibilities.
This little project of ours started just about a year ago. At times it does not seem possible that it is actually happening . Our 23,000 pounds of svelte fiberglass reinforced plastic has started her journey. Somehow, it seems appropriate that our life course correction is occurring in the first year of the new decade. Here’s looking forward to good times and good friends . Happy New Year.