Adventures & Musings: Adventuring
Cuban Logistics
Cuban Logistics

The Cuban Rules: If you don’t like the way something is done, wait an hour, it’ll change. Everything is forbidden, everything is possible. Any information you read is outdated. Nothing changes here, yet everything changes all the time and depending…

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To the Market
To the Market

Here we sit in Marina Hemingway (in Havana) and we have a dilemna, we are out of cabbage. So it is market time! Within a 15 minute bike ride is the market of Santa Fe with a vary reasonable market,…

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Costs of Cuba
Costs of Cuba

And the final tally is…..(drum roll)…..$150 per week. (real US dollars) This is for 2 people over a period of 14 weeks spent in Cuba and leaving with $1,000 of food and wine stashed on board. This makes Cuba a…

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A Political Statement
A Political Statement

Sailorgirl refuses to make one. This is a site for cruising, sharing information and telling adventure tales, not for politics. The only comment I will make is that nothing is black and white and nothing is simple. The battle between…

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Voyage Preparations
Voyage Preparations

the medical kit a Panic Bag communications provisions Medical Kit Sailorgirl is in perfect health and isn’t particulary obsessed with medical issues. We’ve read about various medical disasters on other boats but of course that couldn’t possibly happen to us….

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Cuba – Facts & Figures
Cuba – Facts & Figures

Area: 110,860 sq km Population: 11 million Capital city: Havana (pop 2,200,000) People: 60% Spanish descent, 22% mulatto, 11% African descent, 1% Chinese Language: Spanish Religion: 47% Catholic, 4% Protestant, 2% Santería, many Catholics also practice Santería Government: Communist republic…

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Our Route – a Cuban chart
Our Route – a Cuban chart

Never made it to the Dry Tortugas or Key West. Oh well. While we were hanging out in Marathon getting ready, we found a few other boats heading this way. So we set off in a convoy of 5 boats…

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A Cuban Update
A Cuban Update

Can we spell HOT??? Not as in temperature, as in THE place to be. Everyone is talking about Cuba. While we were hanging out in Key West there were anywhere from 20 – 50 boats debating on going to Cuba….

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Vamos a Cuba 2001
Vamos a Cuba 2001

So we were there, where was Fidel? We waited and waited but he never stopped by for a mojito. We spent 3 1/2 months sailing from Havana to Cienfuegos and back again. It was splendid. It would have been really…

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Los Arroyos
Los Arroyos

“We may as well be painted green and have TV antennae sticking out of our heads”, says Colin. He’s right. The population of Los Arroyos, Cuba has come to a stop to watch us stroll down the main street. In…

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Sundowners
Sundowners

The Sundowner is possibly the most civilized ritual of all. When we first started sailing I thought everyone else was a raving alcoholic. It was drinks on this boat, drinks with your neighbours, drinks with anyone passing by. The idea…

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Bill
Bill

The Pirate Guy wants a parrot. Rather, the Pirate Guy needs a parrot or so he states. What self-respecting pirate doesn’t have a parrot on their shoulder? All the other pirates have parrots, he needs one too. Just one small…

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When Plans Are Not Plans…
When Plans Are Not Plans…

In my previous life I made things happen. Organize, delegate, march through, accomplish, long to-do lists that get mtehodically checked-off, goal-oriented, detail- oriented, that was me, my life, my daily mantra. It’s not easy letting go of it. At first…

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Adventure Is…
Adventure Is…

So I was chatting over sundowners the other night with a fellow cruiser who was regaling me with tales of all his charter trips. He asked me my cruising plans. When I mentioned up the Florida coast to the Abacos…

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In 23 Days…
In 23 Days…

Oh boy oh boy oh boy, I’m going sailing! I can’t wait. In just 23 days at this time I’ll be 2/3 of the way to Fort Lauderdale! I’ll grab my rental car while I wait for my bags. Then…

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Weather Window
Weather Window

So we’re heading to the Bahamas we think, or so we’ve planned. Apparently Mother Nature has some other plans for us. There is no weather window. Crossing to the Bahamas needs a winds that’s SE – SW. We wait. And…

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Checklist For a Day Sail
Checklist For a Day Sail

It’s a gorgeous sunny day, let’s go sailing! Okay, where are we? Most people know where they are, we usually do. We have dual sailing personalities, summers are spend in Canada racing on Lake Ontario, winters (or summer 2) are…

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