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Rosario Video Slideshow

Posted by David Newhoff on October 10th, 2008

Here’s our year-long trip in a four minute video…

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We left Almerimar in the morning to make the our 36 hour, 243 nautical mile passage to The Balearics. The first 6-8 hours brought light winds and an easy motor-sail around Cabo de Gata. As the sun went down a dense fog surrounded us. It’s one of my least favorite things when sailing. A target […]

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Don’t touch the monkeys!

Posted by David Newhoff on September 6th, 2007

We spent about a week in Gibraltar. For the most part it’s a pretty avoidable destination, but sailing into the port was fun and felt historical. One day we took the cable car to the top of the famous Rock. Signs were posted everywhere warning visitors to avoid touching or feeding the wild monkeys that […]

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Racing Rosario in Lagos

Posted by David Newhoff on August 5th, 2007

After arriving from the Azores and completing the Atlantic Crossing, we stayed in the marina without doing any sailing for a week. The rest was nice, but we soon felt the hunger to sail. The local sailing club (Lagos Navigator’s Club) was holding a friendly regatta and we figured why not. It was the first […]

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Resting in Lagos

Posted by David Newhoff on July 6th, 2007

It’s hard to describe the tranquility on Rosario right now. A week ago the boat was pounding through tall seas while healed at 45 degrees. Motionless in the marina, we find it hard to believe it’s even on water anymore. We love the change. Lagos is a wonderful seaside, European town. The streets are all […]

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Safe in Flores, Azores

Posted by David Newhoff on June 12th, 2007

Landfall!!!! Diverted by a strong low pressure system, we managed to sneak into Flores. Flores is about 130 miles from our original destination of Horta. All of us feel incredibly lucky to arrive here ahead of the strong wind and waves. It´s also a treat to visit one of the islands that most skip enroute […]

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A Simple Truth

Posted by David Newhoff on June 6th, 2007

Something changes the human ear on long passages; it becomes ultrasonic. As a result I’ve had a hard time sleeping. I can hear a wind shift, a slacking jib sheet or even loose parts in one of the lockers. It has come in handy once or twice, but most of the time it just keeps […]

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BVI to St Martin

Posted by David Newhoff on March 18th, 2007

We had a very nice crossing from the British Virgin Islands to St. Martin, leaving at 4:00pm and arriving the next morning around 7:00am. Winds were favorable for the first 7 hours, so we enjoyed some great sailing. It was one of those rare passages of nice winds, light seas and beautiful stars. There were […]

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A Very Old Distillery

Posted by David Newhoff on March 4th, 2007

Today we visited a two hundred year old rum distillery in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. We were struck by the texture of the the heavily worn machinery and the incredibly old building. During their production season they bottle about 25 gallons a day. The simplicity of the process and ingredients were fascinating. They start with […]

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Georgetown Cruisers VHF Net

Posted by David Newhoff on January 14th, 2007

Georgetown is a haven for cruising yachts enjoying the winter season or as a stopover on the route South to the Caribbean. There are hundreds of boats in the area that form a rather solid community. Each morning they have a cruising net broadcast on VHF channel 72 where boats can share information or organize […]

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Big Majors and the Bay of Pigs

Posted by David Newhoff on January 12th, 2007

We spent several days in the heart of the Exumas at a wonderful anchorage off Staniel Cay called Big Majors Spot. It offered great protection from the wind and waves, as well as an abundance of activities. We started immediately by snorkeling and having a cold beer. Jon helped me replace the propellor zinc, which […]

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More prep work…

Posted by David Newhoff on December 18th, 2006

So today I put my fear of heights to the test. With a harness attached to a jib halyard, Tni raised me up the mast using the electric winch in the cockpit. It took a while to get comfortable. I first installed a radar reflector before getting up the courage to go to the top […]

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Some Rosario Photos

Posted by David Newhoff on December 14th, 2006

Hi all, Here are a few shots of Rosario. We are almost done with the commissioning and only have a few projects left. Weather permitting, we’ll leave Sunday for the Bahamas. Let’s hope the weather improves; right now it’s raining cats and dogs. My brother would say, “yeah, I just stepped in a poodle.” John: […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by David Newhoff on November 22nd, 2006

Hey everyone, we obviously have a lot to be thankful for these days. We’ve been here for two weeks and have loved every minute. We’ll miss sharing Thanksgiving with family this year. There’s much still to do, but the process is very fun. We had our first sail the other day. The boat is amazing […]

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