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Archive for January, 2013

The DUDE!

Well I am still in St Thomas and after a day of window shopping and finding so many great deals on Admiral Nelson “$2.99” a fifth, I got 4 bottles. I also got a great deal on vodka and Kahlua. I guess your thinking I have a drink problem well I just hate running out of booze when your in some random bay next to nothing but shrubs and the random dumb seagull. I also realize that after a few buddies of mine “Kyle & Bryan” pointed out that I am looking more like the DUDE from the movie “The Big Lebowski” everyday. I guess that may be true and I agree that a lot of my feeling on my personal life has been evolving toward the idea of less is more dude! But my own belief is hard work now play later dude! I take the comparison as a compliment and cant wait to finish my 1 part Kahlua, 2 parts vodka, and half/half cream, yes the White Russian. Just remember the dude has a beverage here man! I am drinking it up!

St Thomas walking around.

St Thomas walking around.

 

The Parents loved this photo and I love lots of colors so here you go!

The Parents loved this photo and I love lots of colors so here you go!

Thanks,

Jacques


Broken Dinghy Motor With Broken Blisters!

Today I spent the day first by moving the boat to a better anchorage and then setting up the dinghy on deck. Then mounted the outboard onto the dinghy but found the engine would not start. I pulled on the engine cord for many pulls to the point that both hands had broken blisters. After waiting patiently I gave it one last finally try and the engine fired up. Thank god, because I was about to rebuild the whole dam thing in the water. After a quick dinghy ride to shore we tied up the dinghy but could not get the lock to work due to the salt binding up the lock. My dad suggested soaking it in the fuel tank to dissolve the salt and being a good idea I did so. After pulling out the lock and working it with the key, my hands covered in gas and oil my open blisters burned with pain. So being the smart person I am I dipped my hands into the ocean only to reminded myself that salt water on open cuts hurts even more. Anyway we walked to Frenchtown to a Scuba shop where I met Scott who owns the shop and purchased all my gear for scuba diving and maybe a compressor system to fill my tanks for the future scuba dives. Then we went to a local taco joint and had some very strong Margareta’s. Then after consuming some good food we walked  miles back to the dinghy. It’s a funny thing trying to find your boat among 100s of sail boats from all over the world anchored in the same place. Its like play the game of where is Waldo? But we found Dragonsbne and made it back so I can wait till mom arrives at 10:30pm. It should be interesting finding Dragonsbane when I bring my mom from shore. I can’t wait for tomorrow and all the window shopping on St. Thomas we can do.

Thanks,

Jacques

Can you Find Dragonsbane?

Can you Find Dragonsbane?

 

Walking the St Thomas Water Front

Walking the St Thomas Water Front


Made To St. Thomas Island

Well we made it to St. Thomas Island where tomorrow my mom will be joining us to tour the British, and US Virgin Islands. We traveled 50 nautical miles from Puerto Rico to a little anchorage in St. Thomas where I am so close to land I can hear the crickets, kind of a nice change. I have been in these waters before when I was 8 or 9 and it feels great to be somewhere familiar. Tomorrow I will go to shore and hopefully not need to speak Spanish as I am getting sick of that game. Hope all is well.

Thanks,

Jacques


Pictures of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico!

In San Juan there where few dogs but enough cats they where falling from the sky. They where everywhere.

In San Juan there where few dogs but enough cats they where falling from the sky. They where everywhere.

You can tell but all the brick in the road was blue and looked very cool. I wondered how they made the brick to look blue. Picture of the road leading to the San Juan Harbor

You can tell but all the brick in the road was blue and looked very cool. I wondered how they made the brick to look blue. Picture of the road leading to the San Juan Harbor

After walking around old San Juan I had a Puerto Rico Lager and it was great so I had 2!

After walking around old San Juan I had a Puerto Rico Lager and it was great so I had 2!

Looking south from the north fort Felipe del Morro to the city of San Juan.

Looking south from the north fort Felipe del Morro to the city of San Juan.

The furthest point of the Fort that looked out over the San Juan Harbor.

The furthest point of the Fort that looked out over the San Juan Harbor.

Looking south out the view look out

Looking south out the view look out

Looking from the look out to the north fort Castillo San Felipe Del Morro and the coast between.

Looking from the look out to the north fort Castillo San Felipe Del Morro and the coast between.

Photo From Fort San Cristobal off the upper gun deck looking into Old San Juan City

Photo From Fort San Cristobal off the upper gun deck looking into Old San Juan City

A view of the Fort Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Jaun Puerto Rico

A view of the Fort Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Jaun Puerto Rico

Thanks,

Jacques


We Made It to Fajardo Puerto Rico

We arrived at 4am in the morning and have been waiting for the US customs agents to come clear us in. It is 13:29 locoal time so I guess they are busy doing other things. Sorry its just a little annoying that you cant get off the but till your passport gets stamped and I have been at the dock for 8 hours. Anyway as I am sitting hear I posted some pictures of the Dominican Landscape as we left.

 

Sunset Over the DR as we sailed away

Sunset Over the DR as we sailed away

 

A Man trolling for fish out on the ocean

A Man trolling for fish out on the ocean

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Thanks,

Jacques

 

 


My World is on a 25 Degree Slant

Day three out on the ocean I am beginning to believe that the world is no longer level. For the last 72 hours and counting the boat has been on a 20 degree plus angle which make everything more challenging to do. For example as the boat bounces up, down, back, fourth the simple task of walking around is accompanied by smacking yourself into the boat. I fell like I am trapped in a human size pin ball machine and I am the ball.

Few other notes I saw a group of 5 whales that came very close to hitting our boat, but where cool to watch. For fun last night a passenger cruise liner came within half nautical mile of me and cut me off forcing me off course. I didn’t understand why he had to be right on top of me. I guess to get some good picture opportunities for the guest, what a A-HOLE. Anyway we have good sunny weather, but the wind is now south east and we won’t make landfall till tomorrow morning.

Current Position: 18deg 57.02min N, 66deg 1.75min W

Thanks,

Jacques


2nd Day On Voyage from DR to Puerto Rico

Good morning everybody hope all is well. We are currently working our way north east so we can turn and make landfall on the east end of the island. I am hoping by tomorrow afternoon we will be there. On a side note as I was typing this post a big wave went over the entire boat and the top rear deck window was open. Guess what it took me 20min of mopping up water ad drying this computer off to finish this post. O well its the ocean and sometimes it gets you wet when you don’t want to be.

current location: 19deg 7.99min N, 67deg 21.25min w

Thanks,

Jacques