Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh

A landlocked, new sailor’s journey to finding freedom and adventure at sea.

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March 18, 2022 6 min

In this episode with have a few issues before getting off the dock, but are able to make our way to Shroud Cay with a stop along the way to visit some iguanas.

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In this episode I recount our travel day and the beginning of our most recent charter in the Exumas, Bahamas in 2021.

Watch our highlight video from this charter - https://youtu.be/Kqix3SL7sDc


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In this episode we head out early and make our way back to the Dream Yacht Charter base at Compass Point Marina on St. Thomas.

Video Highlights from this Charter - https://bit.ly/usvi21

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In this episode, our luck finally changes and we finally get to fill our sails with wind!

Video Highlights from this Charter - https://bit.ly/usvi21

"Sailing" by Christopher Cross (on Spotify)

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In this episode, we sit on a mooring ball, waiting on a tech boat and to find out what the rest of our charter would look like. We also have a great meal ashore at Lovango Cay, learn Tripp's foolproof way to eat a great meal and run into "Captain Crack Sparrow!"

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In this logbook episode, we were hoping our luck would turn around, after discovering diesel in the bilge. Unfortunately, we were about to discover what real trouble looks like.

Video highlights from this trip: https://bit.ly/usvi21

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In this episode we continue our adventures in the U.S. Virgin Islands, discover a cool sailboat with a storied history, drop Karen off to head to the airport and snag the last mooring ball at our anchorage.


Show Notes:

  • Silver Cloud History
  • AYH Red Hook Marina
  • Salt Pond Bay, St. John Beach Guide
  • Apps:

  • Anchor.fm
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    September 3, 2021 6 min

    In this episode the plumbing issue is cleared up, we start making water, we do some snorkeling and once again enjoy some of the best tacos anywhere from Lime Out, a floating taco bar!

    Links from this episode

  • Lime Out
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    August 27, 2021 8 min

    "The Seas Were Angry That Day"
    This episode details the second sailing day of our May 2021 USVI sailing trip. We start the day in rough seas, enjoy lunch at Pizza Pi and end up in Cruz Bay for dinner. Oh yeah, and our head got clogged!

    Mentioned in this episode:

  • Pizza Pi - Christmas Cove, St. Thomas
  • Zozo's - Caneel Bay, St. John
  • Beach Bar - Cruz Bay, St. John
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    August 20, 2021 9 min

    After an extended break, Anchors Aweigh is back for season two! We kick off this season with logbook entries from a USVI sailing charter in May of 2021 - and this one was quite the adventure!

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    In this episode I discuss planning a sailing charter in the U.S. Virgin Islands on short notice. We are setting sail in May on a 42ft catamaran and it's time to start planning!

    Show Notes:

  • Dream Yacht Charter
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    In this episode, I discuss the tools and workflow that I use to capture the details of our sailing trips. It took three charter trips to find the best solution for me, so I thought I would share it here.

    Apps:

  • Day One App - https://dayoneapp.com/
  • Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Journal at Amazon
  • Logbook App - https://logbook-app.com/
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    In this final logbook episode from our St Petersburg sailing charter, we cover the short 9.5 nautical miles from Antigua Cove back to the Vinoy Marina and wrap up our trip with a visit to the St Pete Pier.

    Show Notes:

  • Renaissance Vinoy Marina
  • St Pete Pier
  • Teak St Pete
  • Sailing Florida
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    March 5, 2021 6 min

    This is the third logbook episode from our first family sailing charter in St Petersburg, Florida. This entry covers the 24.7 nautical miles from the Twin Dolphin Marina to Antigua Cove at Little Harbor.

    Show Notes:

  • Litte Harbor Marina
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    February 26, 2021 4 min

    This is the second logbook episode from our first family sailing charter in St Petersburg, Florida. This entry covers the 15.9 nautical miles from Desoto Point to the Twin Dolphin Marina with an attempted stop at Egmont Key.

    St Petersburg Sailing Video

    Show Notes:

  • Twin Dolphin Marina
  • Oak & Stone
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    February 19, 2021 6 min

    This episode is day one of the logbook from our very first charter as a family in St Petersburg, Florida.

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    February 12, 2021 11 min

    In this episode I discuss my preparation for our upcoming charter, including crew briefings and some of the documents I've prepared to hopefully make our trip smoother.

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    February 5, 2021 7 min

    In this episode, I discuss my initial sailing gear purchases as I prepare to head on my very first charter as skipper.

    Show Notes:

  • Standard Horizon HX890 VHF
  • Garmin InReach MIni
  • ACR ResQlink 400
  • RescueMe MOB1
  • Helly Hansen Hydro Power Pants
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    January 22, 2021 8 min

    In this episode, I recap the ASA 104/114 combo course that I recently took with Capt Jim and Sailing Florida, in St. Petersburg.

    A short highlight video of our course can be found here:
    https://youtu.be/GEpKrYl47a4

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