After the quick stop at Sombrero, we went onward to The Dogs, Anguilla. On the way, we deployed some of those fantastic lures we picked up at Neptune. The new lures were “skirts” that our frozen, rigged Ballyhoo were supposed to wear as we trolled them. The bait was all dolled up and ready for the big dance. All that was missing was the lipstick. Right after we deployed our lines… HOLY MOLY, we had two strikes by GIANT Marlin. We’re gonna need a bigger boat! Or at least
The next morning we were off to St. Maarten for Customs and Croissants*. We had the great opportunity to meet up at Orient Bay Beach with our buddies, the Castines, and the friends they were traveling with on a cruise ship. Thanks for bringing those great sandwiches for lunch, Julie! What a beautiful beach it is! Dirk got to do a little bit more kiteboarding while Sandy and Aaron watched him from Catatonic and served as the retrieval vessel once he kite surfed downwind. A
St. Barth’s was next on the agenda. Though we missed this year’s Bucket Regatta, some of the fabulous 100’-plus sailboats were still in Gustavia Harbor. We also saw many fabulous mega yachts. Limitless and Eclipse were among them. A quick spin through Gustavia netted us fresh baguettes, pate de foie, a few fantastic cheeses and a few fabulous (and relatively inexpensive!) French wines. After a couple of days of seeing how the 1% live, it was back to St. Maarten to bid Will
Sadly, the next day we had to bid farewell to Dory and Cat, so we were off to St. Maarten, where we dinghied them right to the airport! On the way we caught a beautiful Spanish Mackerel which we would cook up that evening Crispy Asian style, with a side of stir fried Zucchini and Lemon Bisque for dessert. While in the anchorage, we ran into S/Y Spellbound (Leopard 45) and met Captain Ian, who very graciously invited us aboard for happy hour. We had a drink and a few good lau
In the morning, Virgin Gorda was in our sights and we moored right at Eustatia Reef for a great morning dive. A stay at Eustatia Reef wouldn’t be complete without kiteboarding, so Dirk gave it a go, even though the winds were down a bit. Kiteboarding was not to be had that afternoon, so we packed it in and enjoyed happy hour featuring a Crab, Avocado, Mango Stack appetizer before our dinner of gourmet bacon cheeseburgers and baked beans.
After crashing the BVI Race Week regatta (via our drone), we had a “work from boat” session with Bob and Dirk digging deep to get the internet up and running at a new site in Sao Paulo. For a couple of hours, the boys worked on establishing web service in Brazil while Sandy navigated and motored to Norman Island. When the conference call was finished and the site was up and running, we were ready for a dive, but the sun was long set. Always ready for adventure, Bob suited u
The next day we were back to the USVI to check into the US, say goodbye to Bob and spend the last night of our fantastic two weeks aboard. Captain Dirk and I went back to our favorite USVI spot, Leinster Bay, enjoyed a fantastic afternoon and evening, and in the morning set off for Red Hook to let Captain Robert start preparing Catatonic for her next charter, and at the same time started planning our next adventure aboard. We love you, S/Y Catatonic, and we’ll be back soon!