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in real time (well, alomost real time....)
Le Chépa was in St Martin, FWI for
the year end parties. There are some good friends, places I love
and French food, not a bad place to get back to and enjoy a single
Boat was hauled out, and made ready
to sail toward the BVI by the end of January.
pictures of the year end and January,and already some videos.
Since I'm in St Thomas and expect
to be around for the next few months. So my cell phone works should
you need!.... I'm usually in
Red Hook, on the Eastern end of the Island.
March, back to St Martin, then St
Barth for the Bucket
Ragatta, with large sailing yachts competing around the island.
And a video of the race
here. (re-edited in July, much better quality).
Then back to the BVI and USVI, before
sailling South ahead of Hurricane season. A stop in
St Martin in June, then
Guadeloupe and Dominica on my way to Martinique.
End of July le Chepa is in Martinique,
usually South enough to have a low storm risk, and with 2 excellent
hurricane holes, and within a couple of days to Grenada, just
Early August, for 8 days, Martinique
lives at the rythm of the "Tour
des Yoles", when local teams in wood canots race around
A fantastic ten months cruise with
Nathalie, a journey ended mid-November, as she decided to go back
to Paris, cold weather and working hours, go figure…
We set sail in January, going from
Freeport to Georgetown, Bahamas. We then had a great stay
Conception Island on our way to the Turks & Caicos.
We then spent some time in
Dominican Republic in April, and then sailed to
Puerto Rico and Culebra.
A short cruise in the Virgin
Islands and early June we reached St Martin and the
In August, as hurricane season reached
its peak, we were in Martinique.
And finally to St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines in the
(We shoot near to 30,000 pictures
during these 10 months, and Nathalie was usually behind the camera.
The site showcases about 150 of them, and if Nathalie is not on
it, she likely was behind the lens.)
You can open a new window with a
where is what.
And two short movies : a salty
video and a fresh water
Waiting for some rainy days giving me a chance to
update my sleepy website, juste a few quick additions.
Then I was finally abble to East a bit and spent
in Culebra, and watched the windless Heineken Ragatta leg, then
the huge North swell that hit the Northern Caribbean that year.
I need to dig into my archives and bring up some
more, but here is the first
visit of my brother and his familly aboard Le Chepa.
July 2006 : Bahamas,
Bimini and the Berries with the kids.
May 2006 : Back
to the Bahamas, then Florida early June. Le Chepa is in dear
need of plenty of upgrades and repairs, nothing really major but
a long list anyway.
April 2006 : Puerto
Rico, a quick visit, since I want to be back to
Luperon for Easter.
March 2006 : Martinique,
Saintes, too short of a stay in "Europe", well, the
February 2006 : Puerto
Rico, West coast first then the South one, a short stop in Vieques,
which desserve much more !
A few words about this trip.
January 2006 :After 4
weeks in Provo, including Christmas and New Year's Eve, it is
now time to sail to Luperon, DR. First day motoring across the bank
to Six Hills Cays, second taking to Big Sand Cay, departure mid
morning and arrival on one tack in front of Luperon around 3 am.
Big nice full moon let me do what one should not attempt : entering
during the night. And here I'm in beautiful
time spent in small repairs in Georgetown, Exumas, , the weather
window got wide open, and let me reach Provo, Turks and Caicos,
on a long broad reach, under spinaker most of 3 nights and 2 days.
Catamaran cruising at its best....
I picked up my parent, aunt Nicole and uncle Michel in Nassau, and
took them down the Exumas to Georgestown that we reached around
Thanksgiving. More here
about their trip.
Following Katrina end of August, I got hit by Rita
- Ft Lauderdale - then Tammy in St Augustine, and finally Wilma
is Ft Lauderdale, end of October. This last one almost claimed Le
Chepa, crushing it between a dock and a megayatch which got loose.
A rather tense morning... Some
pictures of that few weeks.
July 2005 : After some time in the Keys, end of
June 2005 I picked up 4 teens - now, that would make you love singlehandling!
just kidding ...So here we go,
the Bahamas with the kids!
May 2005, Nicci decided to be land-based again,
so now I've been since discovering the joys of signle-handling my
catamaran untill such time boat and captain find the right mate
- at press time, I'm still interviewing, it is still time to apply
Bahamas - 1st
Quarter of 2005 !
- December 2004
South - Fall 2004
Orleans - but without the catamaran!
to Maine - Summer 2004
Ft Lauderdale to Norfolk in June 2004.
trip in the Keys, in March / April 2004 .
to the Keys,
Tampa and the Dry Tortugas - February 2004.