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This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


we made it! we pulled into the anchorage in radiantly turquoise Catalina harbor about 2 PM on Sunday....and have been living an island fantasy ever since! this place is unbelievable! All except the internet connections, that is, which move at a circa 1994 sort of pace, so I´ll keep this brief on the (highly probable) chance that it won´t load at all......anyway, this island is amazing, we are safe, healthy and happy, and we will probably leave here on Friday if the weather experts stick with their prediction of light SE winds for this weekend (sounds too good to be true, but then again that is the norm around here it would seem).

The trip here was great....had to do some motorsailing to power through 25 knots just off our nose, and took a lot of waves on the beam, but it was never unpleasant and certainly was as good as we could hope a northbound passage in the Caribbean to be.

more soon, although it could be a little while, as we plan to check into Honduras on the island of Guanaja, where the computers may be just as high tech as these. Since it takes 12-18 minutes to open one email message here, I entertain myself by pretending this is actually one of those historical reenactment tourist attractions, the type where we will someday take our grandkids to show them what computing was like in the early 90´s....I can hear it now...¨Grandma, did people really wear their hair like Jennifer Aniston and carry mini backpack purses?¨

love to all, and more soon. UTE


Capt Pablo said...

Nice to hear you had a fine passage. You were both a pleasure to meet and some of the greatest company of many that have passed through our docks. Your slip is always there for you and the memories will never fade. Keep your sails full of wind and your dreams within reach.
What a life we have !!!!!!!!!!
Capt Pablo
Bocas Yacht Club & Marina

Susan and Jeff said...

Well, ditto to everything Pablo said so eloquently. So glad you're safe and sound and enjoying the island. We miss you guys so much already. Tomorrow is 'Bocas Day', and we're sorry you aren't here for it. We'd have a blast. Oh and I apologize, I sent an email to you today with a bunch of photos attached, (good ones for the blog),not realizing the internet would be difficult there. Sorry. Have a great passage to Roatan.
Love, hugs, kisses,
Susan and Jeff

Anonymous said...

I'm a good motor sailor!

ncareypaint said...

Fun to read your notes from other in Bocas. Warm weather here - 40's and 50's. Mike and Cally came to a Voices of the Heart Concert last nite. It was quite beautiful - all women's voices singing about home - from poetry others wrote.
My condo has a new coat of paint and red doors - it is so much more attractive than the shipyard grey and brown steps. Now grey with white trim and red doors - ah paint.
Off to painting this morning. Wishing you were going to be here for T day. Yes, you will be here for many more. Hope you are in Honduras already. Fair winds following seas and many beautiful sunsets and sunrises. hugs nmc