28 November 2013 – Redondo Beach, California

Dear Friends & Family of S/V Beach House!

Happy Thanksgiving and first day of Hanukkah to you and yours, at home or far away…….
Of note, our US Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah will not occur on the same day for another 70,000 years!…

I’ve caught up 95% of what I’ll post before the end of the year. I’m only missing two land trips. One in Southern California and one in Australia.  They were great fun and I’ll share as soon as I can.  But here’s a few as a teaser….:-)

Tomorrow night, I’ll be headed back to Trinidad and have a very busy schedule. I will be hauling the boat out of the water on Monday for a week to complete the bi-annual maintenance, bottom paint, service the sail drives and lots more.

Nikki will arrive the third week of December and re-escape the cold of Norfolk, England.  Right around January 1st, we should depart for the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.  I suspect we’ll head north and visit the BVI, USVI, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, The Bahamas and end up in Florida.  All plans are of course written in the sand at low tide.

Next update around Christmastime!….

Thanks for all your support and wishes, please feel free to write, I enjoy hearing from you all!

KIT, Scott with Nikki soon to return…..

 

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Nikki and I are tentatively planning on sailing through the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean this coming season, starting in January.

Please feel free to leave a comment or send an email; I’d love to hear from all of you!

Explore and Enjoy!

Scott Stolnitz

Tobago to Trinidad…..  To see the Photo Gallery for this post, click here

August 1st, 2013  Time: -3 on GMT

We got up early as we did not want to get into Coral Cove Marina in Chaguaramas too late in the day. I always like to leave a window for “issues” when arriving in a new place.

This would sadly be Nikki’s last sail on “Beach House”, now having sailed aboard her for the better part of 20 months, 16,000 miles and almost 2/3rds of the way around the world.  It was a great sail.  The winds came up in the pass between the islands within an hour of our departure and we were flying across the waves. We hit 12 knots several times and again, once saw over 15.

There was a lot of local boat traffic including high speed catamaran ferry’s between the islands.  These boats were going up to 35 knots!  When we got close to the pass to head into Chaguaramas, a small thunderstorm showed up, but didn’t stay very long.  It’s hot and humid down here, so it certainly was to be expected.

We furled the genoa and mainsail, dropped the spinnaker pole and motored the last 6 miles into the Marina. Gave each other a big hug and reflected on our time together. A glass of wine was duly opened and we drank a toast to us, Cindy and Beach House……

It turns out, it was a local holiday, so we had to guess where we were supposed to dock.  It was a good guess!  We had some help in the tight quarters, but with Beach House’s twin engines, we can pretty much turn in place.  Fortunately, we had dock power to run the little air conditioner and within a few days, had some modifications done to get the whole boat A/C system up and running.

The nice thing about this area is that we can get a LOT of boat projects done quickly and reasonably.  We’ll be mooring the boat here in the water till the end of October when Beach House will have her bi-annual haul out and lots of little projects will be attended to. A few that are not so little too….:-)

Will have a wrap up blog or two, but this one is the end of the actual sailing season.  The boat will be here till around November 1st and then most likely finish our circumnavigation next season.

For now, KIT,

Scott and Nikki