The above quote is true for life not just for sailing and it looks like we are due for a big adjustment.
They call it "Irmageddon" - a monster storm, a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm to ever make landfall in this hemisphere. With sustained winds of 185mph and gusts of 220mph, it blew right over Nanny Cay marina on Tortola, BVI, where Megerin was stored on land in the boatyard for hurricane season. It was a strange, emotional, and surreal experience to watch on TV the eye of the hurricane pass right over the marina, knowing that everything it's path would be destroyed or terribly damaged. The beautiful Virgin Islands were devastated, thousands of lives were threatened and some lives were lost, so we consider ourselves very lucky as we were in Pittsburgh safe and dry.
Irma on Sept.6th, hurricane Maria 2 weeks later, and many days of torrential rainstorms in between means that most of the eastern Caribbean is in for a very long recovery. At Nanny Cay the docks were destroyed, many boats sank, whole buildings were blown away, and our boat, along with over 300 others in the boatyard, was blown over and demasted. An overwhelming job of recovery in terrible physical circumstances. Priorities were saving and helping people first and the BVI was aided by the Royal Navy who sent troops to instill martial law for the protection of the residents.
A curfew was mandated and no one was allowed on the island for two months. Anyway, the airport was unusable and there was no where for anyone to stay. Communications were spotty at best for quite awhile so we all were without concrete information re' general conditions and the fate of our boats.
What we do know is that Megerin lost her mast and rigging, has some damage to on-deck structures but the hull (the main body of the boat) has no damage found so far. Due to the fallen mast blocking the surveyor (he assesses damage) from getting inside parts of the boat, we are not 100% sure of the final damage report. So.....we are going down to Tortola on Jan.9 to try in person to solve some of these problems. If we do and get Megerin in the water we will try to live on her until she is repaired, which will take months due to the huge number of boats that need fixed. We have been told it is chaos down there. We know many people whose boats have been declared total losses and they will not be back.
Meeting great and interesting people has always been our favorite part of the cruising life, and maybe we'll still do it for awhile. But maybe it is time to adjust the sails for a new chapter in our lives?
Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday, June 13, 2016
Although we love being home with friends and family (and going to Macy's, Target, Giant Eagle and farmers markets), we are already nostalgic for the island life. We are two lucky people!
Here are a few pictures to recap our last weeks. While we did a lot of snorkeling, not many of my underwater pictures turned out - I am seriously bummed. I think I need a new camera.
|I think this is a perfect fixer-upper for us.|
|We also found a small cemetary covered with conch shells and hardhats - not sure why the hardhats.|
|Hard to believe this palm tree is still alive and growing like this but the roots are intact.|
|Backing into the haul out slip at Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI|
|Getting in the sling|
|Out of the water. Our keel is sitting on a cement block but the boat is in the sling while the crew power washes the bottom. Ours was really clean this year - hardly any barnacles.|
|The propellor, which needs a rebuild. Ray removed it (with great difficulty) and we brought it home in our suitcase.|
|46 feet long, 13.5 feet wide, 17 ton vessel being moved to her land home. It's always a little scary to watch.|
|Line up of boats stored on jack stands for hurricane season.|
|Last night at Nanny Cay. See you next year !|
Monday, April 18, 2016
|View from our hotel in Old Town San Juan|
|Old San Juan|
|Narrow Cobblestone streets in Old San Juan|
|Our hotel the El Convento|
|Old San Juan|
|Narrow streets lead right to the water|
Of course, we had no clothes but a trip to Macy's solved that problem for the week. We had some great meals, especially Joe's Crab House, and a new one - City Winery in the West Loop.
|Definitely a change in latitude - and attitude - view from street in front of Megan's building in the West Loop of Chicago. We love this area as it has been gentrified the past few years and all the "in" restaurants are here.|
|Audrey thinks she should also be at the buffet.|
|Signs of Spring in Chicago|
|Amazing breakfast pizza in Chicago|
|Couldn't resist one last picture.|
After a week in Chicago we drove Megan's car to Pittsburgh (she left on a trip to Amsterdam and Italy),
and took Audrey with us to visit family and new additions to the Madson family - puppies Henry and Theo. Guess Erin and Mark just have to have a full house ! It was great to have some beautiful Spring days in Pittsburgh. Here are a few pics. Now back to the Caribbean we go !
|Henry and Theo|
|Love Spring !|
|Henry and his older brother Cooper on a walk in fine Spring weather|
Sunday, March 27, 2016
|We didn't catch it but sure did cook it - after Jim and Ray did some major surgery.|
|Great to spend time together.|
|The colors here are amazing at Cow Wreck, Anegada|
|Conch shells everywhere|
|Ready for sunset watching on Cow Wreck|
|After Jim left Ray got to snorkeling with friend Jerry who caught this huge lobster. We fed about 8 people that night - this poor guy!|
On St. John there is a place called Concordia, which is an eco-resort. On Monday nights they have open mike night where anyone with talent (or not, I guess) can come to jam with the house band. Usually there are some of the same but also travelers, maybe on vacation or frequently someone from a visiting band to the island. Anyway, we get treated to some great music in an incredible setting.
|Check out the view|
|Sky above the band|
|Beautiful reflection on the water.|