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We decided that our initial destination after leaving Marina Puerto Bahia on the northeast side of the Dominican Republic would be St. Croix in the USVI. After Tropical Storm Bret passed (there were no effects felt in Samana’) we would have a 289nm trip to St. Croix. We left on Sunday, June 25th at 7:00am. … Read more
Our stay in Luperon was brief, only a couple of days. The process of checking into the DR and checking out was quite cumbersome. To check-in the Commandante’, a member of the DR Armada (Navy), came aboard and completed initial paperwork, including taking our photos. We then had to go ashore to the Immigration Office, … Read more
South Caicos Island was a nice place to rest and do a few maintenance tasks before heading to the Dominican Republic. We went into Cockburn Town to clear out. As with many of these islands, some of the locals are always waiting around the dock to help cruisers navigate the town. So we accepted a … Read more
I am coming to realize that cruising is not about sailing. It’s about getting from one place to the other with yourself and the boat intact. Plans are like the weather. They change constantly. We signed on with a weather router to help us with our voyage planning and decision making. He suggested, due to … Read more
After a few nice days in Spanish Wells, it was time to get moving. We delayed our departure from Spanish Wells by one day because acquaintances of ours, Amy and David Alton of S/V Starry Horizons, were coming in for a couple of nights from George Town in the Exumas. David and Amy completed a … Read more
After detecting an earlier than expected weather window, we left Lake Worth bound for Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island. The trip to Lucaya would take about 15 -16 hours. The big consideration when crossing from southern Florida to the Bahamas is taking the weather (wind, waves, and storm potential) into account, but also considering how … Read more
We spent 11 days in St. Augustine, and apart from a challenging mooring field with strong currents and contrary winds, our time there was enjoyable. There were the obligatory boat chores, but we also spent a few days sightseeing. We had never spent much time in St. Augustine, so it was all new to us. … Read more
Ocean Song left the Palmetto Bay Marina dock at 7:00 am on Wednesday, April 5th. There was no wind and we slipped off the dock unassisted. It was slightly foggy, but the visibility was still good. From Palmetto Bay to the open ocean takes about 2 hours. Around 11:00 am we were joined by a … Read more
We ended up spending more time in Beaufort than we originally anticipated. We did several big boat projects and encounter a couple of unexpected delays that had nothing to do with Ocean Song’s readiness to sail. More importantly, we are not trying to stick to any kind of schedule so any delay should really be … Read more
After spending more than 18 months in the Chesapeake Bay we have moved Ocean Song to Beaufort, NC. Ocean Song was berthed at Blue Water Yachting Center in Hampton, Va. the first year in the Chesapeake. Since then she has been berthed at Bay Point Marina in Norfolk, Va. Ocean Song also spent close to … Read more