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2016, I am so torn. On the one hand, you were a year of great personal victories. We completed our first year outside of the United States, pushed the limits of our sailing experience, explored a ton of beautiful places, and made some interesting and wonderful new friends. It was a good year for sailing and for Brian and me personally.

It was a good year for our family, which expanded when we welcomed my new sister-in-law, Maia, and her clan into the fold with open arms.

But, it was also a scary year, watching all the shit that’s unfolded at home and abroad. The “real world” seems more unstable, greedy, and hate-filled than when we left it. Part of me wants to stick my head in the sand (of the nearest beach), but a bigger part of me wants to fight.

In short, 2016 was a good year to be out sailing. Here’s the highlight reel to prove it.

January

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After weeks of waiting for a window to cross the Gulf Stream, we kicked off the first day of 2016 by completing a 27 hour passage from Miami FL to Nassau, Bahamas. We rang in the New Year with an uncomfortable night of motoring into the wind – an appropriate start. This lighthouse in Nassau was one of the first things we saw in the Bahamas on New Years Day.

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Lots of stuff broke this year. This is me using our new winch for the first time, once we had it shipped to the Bahamas from an American eBay seller. I look pretty happy in this photo, because the new winch is THE BOMB.

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First lobstering session was a success thanks to our seasoned friends on s/v Basta showing us the ropes! Too bad we took this totally blurry selfie to remember a super fun day of catching and cooking lobsters.

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Meeting the famous pigs of Staniel Cay.

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The clear Bahamian water – there is nothing else like it.

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We spent at least 30% of our time in the Bahamas seeking protection from cold fronts. This is the view from one of our favorite hidey-holes for when these frequent storms blew through the Exhumas.

February

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The stupefyingly beautiful Bahama Bank

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One of my favorite spots in the Exhumas – Bitter Guana Cay

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The 5F ( First Friday in February Little Farmer’s Cay Festival) regatta.

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With Bo and Allison of s/v Selah in Pipe Creek

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Rachel’s Bath, Compass Cay

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Shearing the Georgetown beard! He’d been growing it for over three months.

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Homemade boat bagels for my sweetie on Valentine’s Day

 

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At the monument to monuments in Georgetown with Deb, and Pete of s/v Delancey, and Allison.

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Pile of kittys at the bar in Volleyball Beach, Georgetown

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Brian’s first mahi mahi!

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March

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We left Georgetown and started making our way to the Out Islands. First stop, Calabash Bay, Long Island, Bahamas

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This sailfish (possibly swordfish?) that we caught en route to Rum Cay was more than we could handle.

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Snorkeling the wild reefs of Mayaguana

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There was no food to be purchased in the Out Islands so I made a lot of bread that month

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Easter aboard s/v Delancey with Deb and Pete. Deb’s got serious skills and turned a canned ham into a culinary masterpiece!

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We waited 2 whole weeks for a weather window to cross to Turks & Caicos. We left on April 1, the same day that our 3 month clearances into the Bahamas expired.

April

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Reunion in Turks & Caicos – Nightingale Tune, Delancey, and Selah crews, together again!

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This shabby marina felt downright luxurious – first land showers in over three months! That’s Delancey, Selah, and Nightingale Tune all lined up at the dock.

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Dumbfounded by the bounty of choices in T&C

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Homemade ice cream and lots of good creature comforts in Turks & Caicos

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View from the top of the mast in T&C – getting ready for passage to Puerto Rico

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Cook-a-thon to refill the freezer with homemade meals

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One last game of bocce before heading to Puerto Rico

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Passage pizza

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After 72 hours, we arrive in Puerto Rico at dawn.

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My favorite house along the “Venice of the Caribbean” in Parguera, PR

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Brian and Bo, exploring the mangroves

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Homemade conch fritters in Coffin Island

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Roadtrip to Old San Juan!

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Arriving in St. John, USVI – an important milestone for us, since it’s where we first sailed a big boat.

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The Longboard in Cruz Bay – my favorite cocktail bar in the Caribbean

May

Snorkeling Waterlemon Cay, USVI

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Visiting Peter and Jody of Mary Christine near where they live in Tortola

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Lobsterfest 2016 – the most epic boat reunion weekend ever with the crews of Selah, Asante, Necesse, Mary Christine, and Kalani

Lobstering with our friend Peter from Mary Christine is a real treat

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Multitasking sundowners and free wi-fi

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Sandy Spit, BVI

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Lunch in Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI

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It was hard parting ways with these two as we moved on south and they returned to Puerto Rico to put their boat on the hard for a while.

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The Anegada Passage – or as I like to call it – 17 hours of nausea

June

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My Champagne birthday in St. Martin

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St. Martin is all about the food for us, in case you couldn’t tell.

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View of Marigot bay from the fort

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Beach bumming in St. Martin

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Down at the lolo

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Oh la la, St. Barts!

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My favorite beach in the Leewards – Colombier Bay, St. Barts. This is where we first met Corpse Pounder, but we didn’t take any photos.

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Learning how to rig a stern anchor – a critical tool for surviving the swell in these Leeward Island anchorages

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Lovely Nevis volcano

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Favorite beach bar in the Caribbean. Boom.

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Double rainbow over Guadeloupe

Jacques Cousteau underwater park

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Brian, holding down the fort in Fort de France, Martinique

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Introduction to Rhum Agricole and Ti Punch

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I don’t care that every other sailor hates this anchorage – I <3 Fort de France

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The pier in Petit Anse, Martinique

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Martinique sunset

July

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Homemade buns for our Forth of July burgers

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Fishing boats in Anse de Arlet, Martinique

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The Pitons at dawn – St. Lucia

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Blue Bequia

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Celebrating 3,500 miles and our arrival in Grenada

August

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Mango festival in Grenada

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Fish market awesomeness

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Carnival – kicking it off with the pre-dawn party, Jouvert

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Partying in the streets for Monday night mas

Just as Carnival was ending, I flew home to the States. Brian joined me two weeks later.

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Boston – throwing my sister and her soon-to-be wife a bachelorette

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Hanging out with my parents in Maine. They still take me out for ice cream like I’m five.

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Working on one of the four cakes I made for the wedding – everybody played a role in making the big day happen.

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Tory and Maia with my family on their wedding day. My sister, Tory, is the redhead.

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Tory and Brian, cutting a rug

September

After the wedding, we bounced to New York for visits with Brian’s family on Long Island and our friends in the city. I didn’t take a lot of photos, unfortunately. I guess it was nice not feeling like a tourist in a place where we belonged. The one below is of the place I miss most in the whole city.

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Union Square Farmer’s Market – NYC

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Back in Grenada, waiting for a bus outside Port Louis Marina

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St. Georges, Grenada at sunset

September

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In Whisper Cove, Grenada

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Rivers Rum Plantation

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Diving Annandale Falls

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River tubing

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Waterfall selfie

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Lulu watching over Corpse Pounder at Le Phare Bleu Marina. I am in love with her – luckily Jen and John let me smother her whenever we’re together.

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Sky of s/v Abby Singer

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Boat crawl party, the last hurrah before the end of hurricane season

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Daily soak in the Le Phare Bleu pool

October

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Tons of prep to get the boat ready for season 2

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Nico + vinyl piping

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the dinghy chaps project

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Season 2 begins!

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Beth and Randy of s/v Moorahme, celebrating Brian’s birthday

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Birthday watercolor of Nightingale Tune, painted by Beth

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Happy Island Bar, Union Island, St. Vincent

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Mopion Island, Petit St. Vincent

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With the crew of Vidorra, plus Beth

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Tobago Cays BBQ with crews of Renaissance II, Discofish, and Corpse Pounder

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It rained a lot while we were in Mustique, but we still had a really good time with our friends on Corpse Pounder

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Lunch at Firefly

November

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Two weeks of rain, mostly in Bequia. And the election. These were not happy days.

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The night we said, “fuck it, let’s go hang out in St. Lucia!” Oh hey, the sun came out for a second.

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Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. Life at the pool is pretty sweet!

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We ate a LOT of Indian food at the marina in Marigot Bay.

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Thanksgiving morning in Marigot Bay.

December

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First day of learning the ukulele

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Boat spa weekend in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

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Hopefully, our terrifying night at anchor will be the scariest boat moment of 2016.

Leaving St. Lucia to begin a week long sailing marathon to avoid getting stuck too far south in the Christmas Winds.

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Cheese pit stop in Fort de France

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Anchored in St. Pierre, Martinique

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A fun rest stop in Iles Des Saintes

Watching turtles under our boat in Guadeloupe

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On day 5 of 6 days of sailing – “can we please take a break?”

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Nightingale Tune, under sail en route to Iles Des Saintes (photo: Jennifer Millard)

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A zesty upwind sail to Antigua

I’m smiling like this sail was fun, but it was truly not my fave.

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Hiking up to the party in Shirley Heights, Antigua with friends from Planet Waves, Discofish, and Neko

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The view from Shirley Heights

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Mary and Pete of s/v Neko – we ate an embarrassing amount of Italian food with these two in Antigua.

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2017 on the horizon…