All is Swell on El Gato

Sunset on El Gato

Any sailor will tell you that a”schedule” is merely a suggested date and time. After 19 days, however, J Cruise has not only stayed on schedule, but earned a day, as well. We have managed to depart within 10 minutes of “tee-time” each travel day, and have arrived close enough to … Continue reading


Adventures at Two Harbors

“Whale!” I shriek, lunging for the lifeline on the beam of El Gato. “Grab my camera!” It’s barely moving,, just a long stretch of its brownish back, but it’s a WHALE!! No, wait. It’s not moving at all, I realize as we pass it by. Is it dead? No, turns … Continue reading


That’s the Maine Thing.


SHIT! SHIP!! SHIP!!!! Jeff drops, no, slings, the chart aside as he grabs the wheel and slams it to port (left). Directly off our starbird (right) side is what at first appears to be a mega yacht cruising full speed ahead toward our beam. On a second, less hysterical look, … Continue reading


Fun on Block Island, RI

When Jeff and I decided to sail Kismet to New England this Summer, the only reason Rhode Island was even on our radar was because I could then mark it off as one of the remaining 3 or 4 states I have yet to visit. Other than that, no plans … Continue reading


Spoil Yourself at Highbourne Cay, Exumas

Bring it!

“Sputt…Sputt….” Nothing. Silence. No engine running. Just the sound of waves and current. “Shit! Jesus, take the wheel” (A joke we use, referring to a Carrie Underwood song, when someone else needs to steer the boat) We are heading into the cut to take us to Highbourne Cay, a beautiful marina/resort … Continue reading


It’s Happening in Black Point, Exumas

Another view of the laundry deck

Who would expect a laundromat  to be a highlight of a sailing destination? Ida’s Rockside Laundry is, indeed, a landmark not to be missed. Blackpoint is a small settlement in the Central Exumas, Bahamas. It is “famous” among cruisers for several things: Lorraine’s Cafe, which serves typical Bahamian cuisine and hosts … Continue reading


Blow Me!

Ty's. The sunsets are free.

“Blow it!” He demands in drunken enthusiasm. I shake my head, faking a polite smile, but this merely encourages him. Spewing thick smoke from his soggy, hand-rolled cigarette, he demonstrates, again, how he likes his conch blown. We are at Little Farmers Cay, a tiny settlement in the Exuma Chain … Continue reading