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Our sailing journey…an update.

I just realized we’ve done a pretty crappy job updating our little travel map. I had *planned* to do this more regularly. For our own sake more than anything. We really want to be able to look back and see where all we’ve been and how far we’ve come on this sailing journey of ours.

So seeing as we’ve *just about* made our way through the Bahamas, what better time for an update?


^^a very general idea of where we’ve stopped along the way.^^

Here’s a peek at our journey {by the numbers} so far…

  • 836…nautical miles sailed (that’s a rough estimate based on our GPS “tracks”)
  • 312…cans of beer we started with. ;)) Only 30 remain. :((
  • 83…days as real “cruisers.”
  • 61…nights at anchor (plus 17 on a mooring ball, mostly in Boot Key Harbor, and 5 nights in a marina. Anchoring is free!)
  • 18…islands of the Bahamas visited.
  • 17…fish caught (plus 1 garbage bag and 1 massive wad of seaweed)
  • 7…loads of laundry washed. Pretty good for almost three months!
  • 3…falls off the dinghy for Oliver. (1 each for Jereme and I)
  • 1…dinghy lost. And then recovered.
  • 1…tank of propane used. And we cook almost every meal on the boat.
  • 0…need to plug in to shore power (electricity). Yay for solar panels!

It sure looks like a lot on the map, but I suppose 800 miles doesn’t really seem like too far of a distance, does it? I mean, you can drive that far in one lousy day! But on a sailboat, that’s pretty darn far. At least for us!

We have seen so many gorgeous islands here in the Bahamas. >>Some<< a little more special than others. ;)) And most of which we would never in a million years have had the opportunity to experience if we weren’t traveling by boat.

We are now super excited to keep this party moving as we head to Turks + Caicos!!! Which should be happening any day now. After that, we will be heading to the Dominican Republic, and then to Puerto Rico…where we will likely hunker down for the main chunk of Hurricane Season, and then continue on down the eastern Caribbean thereafter.

I cannot wait to see what else this journey has in store!

>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing, as we cruise the Bahamas + Caribbean.

BillJune 11, 2014 - 11:50 am

Awesome trip so far and congratulations on your engagement :)

Jennifer - Luna SeaJune 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm

I always love your graphics. And now I’ve been inspired to finally update our blog! Thanks for the updates – it’s great following along!

EricaJune 11, 2014 - 1:34 pm

You guys are killin’ it!!!

BreezyJune 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

>>>1…engagement ring!

Congratulations! On cruising and on the engagement! Enjoy everything that is being engaged. It’s easy dive into planning, but this is the only time you’ll call each other fiancé, and it’s pretty fun :)

Mark and Cindy - s/v Cream PuffJune 11, 2014 - 6:12 pm

How many Diet Cokes are left? We remember gazillions being loaded.

Also, is there some safe haven hurricane hole in Puerto Rico? You are the 2nd people this month that have told me they plan to summer there. We have always thought that Grenada and South or North of NC were the only options. Am interested to hear your prospective on this.

Mark and Cindy
s/v Cream Puff

Jesse K on s/v SmittyJune 13, 2014 - 12:05 pm

I am with Mark and Cindy, I can’t wait to here more about waiting out hurricane season on PR. That could really change our plans if we use that as an option.

Really jealous of your 800 miles up here in the north. I can’t wait to visit many of these same islands. Only 16 more months to go. Seems like such a long time :(

Fair winds,


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