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Goodbye from Musetta!

We are sad to inform all our followers that Musetta’s Blue Water Odyssey has come to an end!

We thank you all for coming with us, it was good to know that others were able to share our travels, our achievements, the places we have been to and all the wonderful people we have met along the way!

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Musetta Ashore at Norview Marina, Deltaville!

 

 

 

 

The Chesapeake Bay

Cruising in The Bay ~ 1st – 22nd June

We had spent a week in Broad Creek, Deltaville recovering from our eleven day passage from the British Virgin Islands and sorting our shore power leads and connectors to accommodate the American 110v power supply!  All done and so it was now time to move on….!

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Broad Creek, Deltaville!

We had arranged a few months ago to join an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) rally which started on the 10th June from St Michael’sMD and finish in Baltimore,MD! We had 10 days to get there and so we planned to anchor at several spots on the way! Continue reading “The Chesapeake Bay”

Passage to Chesapeake Bay!

13th ~ 24th May, Soper’s Hole to Chesapeake Bay!

We got up early on the morning of 13th May with a sense of expectation!  We were about to set off on the next stage of our Odyssey to America! We first of all had to check out of the British Virgin Islands, always an interesting process?! This done we went back to Musetta and prepared to set off.

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Leaving Soper’s Hole, Tortola!

We didn’t have to rush as we had calculated that the passage would take at least 10 days! We had promised ourselves one last swim in the beautiful Caribbean sea and so we headed out for Jost Van Dyke, as described in my last post! Continue reading “Passage to Chesapeake Bay!”

The British Virgin Islands ~ 1st – 13th May!

The British Virgin Islands ~ Nature’s Little Secrets!

We first visited these islands 20 years ago when we took a bareboat (non-skippered) charter holiday with friends, it was so good to be sailing under blue skies and warm sunshine!  There followed three more charter sailing holidays, including one which incorporated our wedding in 2001, we resolved to return in our own boat one day and this has been a major part of the planning of our Blue Water Odyssey! 

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The magic of the British Virgin Islands!

We fell in love with the beauty of the islands then and the wonderful sailing in between them all, it was so good to be back! Continue reading “The British Virgin Islands ~ 1st – 13th May!”

St. Barthelemy and St. Martin ~ 19th April to 30th April

19th April ~ Passage to St Barthélemy from Barbuda!

We had a journey of 67 nautical miles to complete and so we ‘weighed’ anchor early in the morning – 06.20 – and set off for Gustavia, the capital of St. Barts!! We were sad to be leaving the beautiful island of Barbuda and Petit Goustan, hopefully we will see them both again!

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Princess Diana Beach

I couldn’t resist including this photo taken the previous evening!

Continue reading “St. Barthelemy and St. Martin ~ 19th April to 30th April”

Antigua and Barbuda!

The Leeward Islands of Antigua and Barbuda!

…..are the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, there being several outlying islands too. Independence was granted in November 1981 but it remains a member of the Commonwealth with our Queen Elizabeth 11 as head of state!

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The flag of Antigua and Barbuda!

Antigua is best known for its many sandy beaches. Also for English Harbour and the newly restored Nelson’s Dockyard, which Admiral Horatio Nelson made his base in the 1780s, living there himself for three years! The dockyard these days includes a marina, restaurants and shops and the Dockyard Museum.

Historically after England acquired the colonies of Antigua and Barbuda in the 1600’s, English Harbour became a focal point for the establishment of a naval base. Its position on the south side of the island allowed the monitoring of the neighbouring French island of Guadeloupe! The harbour was naturally well-suited to protect ships and cargo from hurricanes especially into the furthest reaches of the harbour in the mangroves and of course remains so today! Continue reading “Antigua and Barbuda!”

Montserrat ~ ‘The Emerald Isle’

Montserrat ~ 5th to 7th April

We left Guadeloupe with Petit Goustan at 6am, an early start for us!!

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We wanted to cover the 40 nautical miles with plenty of daylight to spare and because we weren’t sure that the winds would be as predicted! We also had to negotiate, due to the Soufrière Hills Volcano, the exclusion zone at the southern half of Montserrat which extends well out into the sea, right into our path! Continue reading “Montserrat ~ ‘The Emerald Isle’”

Guadeloupe ~ Les Saintes!

29th March ~ Prince Rupert Bay to Pain de Sucre

We are now going to join our friends on “Petit Goustan” and so we set off from Prince Rupert Bay to sail the short distance, 22 nautical miles to Les Saintes, Guadeloupe!

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Approaching Les Saintes!

It was a very pleasant sail and we arrived into the little bay named Pain de Sucre at just about lunchtime!

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A large patch of Sargassum weed!

 

 

 

 

We did see a lot of the Sargassum weed on our journey though! This weed is becoming a real problem for the livelihoods of the resorts on the islands in the Caribbean, some even having to close as they have been overwhelmed by the weed.

Continue reading “Guadeloupe ~ Les Saintes!”

Dominica!

25th – 29th March ~ Dominica

We left Saint-Pierre, Martinique in the early morning to sail to Roseau, Dominica and had one of the best sails of the year so far! It was approximately 44 miles and we averaged 6.2knots, taking nearly 6 hours to arrive! It was exhilarating to say the least and because of Musetta’s clean ‘bottom’ we flew, very satisfying as we overtook boat after boat ‘en route’!!

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Later as we checked in, we met the owners of one of the boats we had passed, who mentioned the fact that we had shown them a ‘clean pair of heels’!

 

 

Sailing north to Roseau!

Hmm, not that we race but very nice to have others recognise that Musetta was sailing well!!

Continue reading “Dominica!”

Martinique!

Martinique ~ 16th – 25th March

Martinique is an overseas region of France and consists of a single department! The island is one of the eighteen regions of France and is an integral part of the French Republic.  It is therefore part of the European union and it’s currency is the Euro! 

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The National Flag of Martinique!

The official language is French.  However, almost all Martinique people speak a Creole too which is like a patois and completely unintelligible!

Continue reading “Martinique!”