Sailing Inspiration


Sailing Inspiration


Former TravelPod Member: inspiration38

Joined: April 8th, 2013
From: lives in Toronto,Canada

"I love my gypsy / vagabond / nomadic lifestyle. I don't know where we're going...but I know I'm EXACTLY where I want to be!" - Me

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 5th 2017

We've got Daystar ready for living aboard. Now it's time to spend time with those we love.... read more

Geo: 18.0404, -63.1042 I've heard other cruisers describe Sint Maarten as "Hotel California", saying: "You can check out, but you can't ever leave." Now I get it. It's happened to us two years in a row. We over stay. SXM is a bit too busy for relaxing. We long to be out in clean clear water, relaxing in a quiet anchorage. Sint Maarten is a lot of, accessible, provisioning Mecca...but quiet ain't one of them. This time, we stayed two weeks more than planned. It's not that SXM isn't fun. It's not that we don't enjoy SXM. We purposely come to SXM for those two reasons and so many more. The problem has become the weather. Talk to any local and they will tell you that weather patterns are changing. Winter winds are stronger, last ... read more

Geo: 18.0404, -63.1042 We made it to Sint Maartin a few days before the start of the Heineken Regatta. We had signed on last year and had so much fun as Water Taxi volunteers that we decided to factor this year's regatta into our cruising plans. It works out quite well, as the Heineken Regatta falls on the first weekend in March, which is just past the middle of our season, this becomes our northern-most point. From here, we head south again. The route we take is a funny one. Like many cruisers, we want to be around the 12 degree line (Grenada) for hurricane season. So we leave Grenada and head north from December to March/April while the winds tend to blow from the north. We turn around and head south again, just in time ... read more
Arrival in SXM. BWB - Big White Boat
BWB - These are for you, Mirko!

Geo: 17.1224, -61.842 Is it solitude if you spend it withe the one you love? I don't know, but what I do know is that it was perfect. Absolute turquoise perfection. Sometimes, okay, a lot of the time, it's nice to be away from it all. In fact, in perfect turquoise water, I could stay anchored out until I run out of food and water!! That's exactly what we did for our last 8 days in Antigua. We had gotten Rob to Antigua in time to meet Vicki at the airport, at which point he moved off the boat and into their rental unit for the week. We had a great birthday week with them, enjoying a beach day for Tony's birthday, some great meals together, getting Vicki out for a sail, and just plain hanging ... read more
pano of jumbo bay.
pano of jumbo bay.
the resort is huge

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis February 10th 2017

Geo: 17.1224, -61.842As promised, we got Rob to Antigua in time to meet his wife, Vicki, at the airport. He moved ashore, and they enjoyed a week's vacation in a rental unit right in Jolly Harbour, just a short dinghy ride from where Inspiration was anchored. With them so close by, we spent an awful lot of time on shore, as it was a week of birthday celebrations. Both Vicki and Tony had birthdays that week. Together we all enjoyed a few of the beaches of Antigua, several restaurants, markets, side of the road roti shacks, goat, donkey and cat watching, and simply relaxing and spending time with good friends on their deck overlooking the water. One day, while Rob and Vicki had fun touring the island, Tony and I spent the day at their rental ... read more
Jolly Harbour
Jolly Harbour
Jolly Harbour

Central America Caribbean » Guadeloupe February 9th 2017

Geo: 16.2594, -61.5511Rob has a great camera, and took SOOO many pictures of his time onboard Inspiration. It's always a bonus to get pictures of Tony and I together! Thanks for letting me steal these, Rob! ... read more
Dinghy dock, Les Saintes
Picture of US!! Major bonus!
Cemeteries in the islands are always fascinating.

Central America Caribbean » Guadeloupe February 5th 2017

Geo: 45.5663, 1.29066After leaving Les Saintes with Rob on board, we stopped twice along the coast of Guadeloupe. Once at Pigeon Island, and then again in Deshaies. We left Deshaies, Guadeloupe, and sailed to Jolly Harbour, Antigua in one tack. Both sails up. Both reefed. Nice. Not much work. We let Rob take the helm. This was, after all, the experience he was looking for. After a number of "S" curves, Rob was starting to get the hang of steering. Until the wind picked up under a few clouds. When the wind picks up, it tries to suck you up into it. Tony and I were both sitting under the dodger, facing backwards, pointing every few moments to the leeward side of the boat to get Rob back on course. Rob was fascinated that we could ... read more
Interesting art.
Showing Rob what 'Ti Punch is all about.
Look at that concentration!

Geo: 15.8585, -61.595Apparently Les Saintes is not the easiest place to find us. That, or Rob isn't as good at finding us as Jimmy is! Our friend Rob, a "power boater" from EYC, wanted to experience a week of sailing with us. We brought he along the coast of Guadeloupe and the crossed to Antigua. I think he enjoyed it. Just a bit. ;) Oh, and Les Saintes are so pretty and quaint! The pics will speak for themselves. ... read more
Touring the town while we wait for the next ferry.
Little roadside veggie market
Roadside market

Central America Caribbean » Dominica » Roseau January 25th 2017

Geo: 15.3, -61.39We knew that our dear EYC friends, Andy and Elva, were going to be in Dominica, and through email we had tried to pinpoint a time and place to find them. We didn't know it was going to be as easy as bumping into them when we went into downtown Roseau to check in! I was sitting at an outdoor cafe waiting for Tony to finish at Customs and Immigration, and spotted Andy walking into the cafe! What a fabulous coincidence! We didn't stay in Dominica for very long on this visit, but we did enjoy three days in Roseau, and then a few days in Portsmouth before we jumped up to Les Saintes to pick up our next guest. ... read more
Although we knew they were in Dominica...
...we didn't expect to bump into them downtown!
Dinner at the Old Stone Mill.

Central America Caribbean » Martinique January 21st 2017

Geo: 14.4932, -61.0973 Quick stop in Anse D'Arlet to visit with Ole and Jette one last time before they head further north than we will be this cruising season.... read more
At anchor
A morning walk

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