Slow Cruise

Sailing Adventures of s/v Alpine Zephyr
"A boat is not a hull, sails, masts & rigging. That is what a boat Needs. What a boat is... is Freedom!" -- Capt Jack Sparrow
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Intro

I have dreamed of sailing the seas since childhood. After years of family living, IT career and multitude of hobbies, I am following up on that dream. It is an open ended journey - no fixed plans and no end date - the time will tell.

My wife joins me on this adventure. As we sail, we learn not to rush, but rather to enjoy the life and beauty of the places we are in - staying as long as we like and moving on when new horizons catch our imagination.

This website is a casual photo chronicle of our journey - a more-or-less daily journal of pretty much what we have seen.
~~ Captain Alex

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain


Logs Archive

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Cruising Virgin Islands

2017-05-05 ...2017-06-22

Northbound Cruising British, US and Spanish Virgin Islands.

BVI

British Virgin Islands

Log#: 254      Date: 2017-05-06 ... 2017-05-15
LatLon: 18 21.378'N 064 34.159'W
LatLon: 18 25.644'N 064 39.578'W
LatLon: 18 26.776'N 064 38.963'W

We didn't stay long second time around in BVI - visited only few places we had missed the last time.

I didn't find BVI very appealing for a regular cruiser. The whole place is geared toward boat chartering business en masse, they go from one mooring ball to another mooring ball, from one restaurant to another restaurant, using boat as a mean of transportation.

Things are expensive here and mooring balls at USD $30 per night take over best places, leaving very few good spots to anchor.

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US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands

Log#: 255      Date: 2017-05-15 ... 2017-06-01
LatLon: 18 19.501'N 064 50.591'W
LatLon: 18 20.181'N 064 55.470'W
LatLon: 18 16.565'N 064 53.850'W

Coming to US VI second time was like coming back home - you know where things are, services and supplies are accessible and reasonably priced, English is spoken, etc.
Just like living at home - taking bus to get around, picking up groceries, walking city streets, sitting in the park, swimming at the beach.

The choice of jewelry here is just overwhelming and prices are quite reasonable, so we got a nice BD present for Larysa (of course, the theme is sea).

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Spanish Virgin Islands Sunrise

Spanish Virgin Islands

Log#: 256      Date: 2017-06-01 ... 2017-06-22
LatLon: 18 04.635'N 065 47.900'W

Spanish VIs have that casual laid-back atmosphere, where it seems no one is in real rush - partying and relaxing takes precedence over work. I kinda like that attitude, except when I need some work to be done.
One day, we rented a golf cart and explored the entire Island of Culebra - it was fun.

This year, we hauling out our yacht in the yard on the East coast of Puerto Rico - we're back on land in Canada for several months.

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