Magic city

So we did finally arrive, didn't we? It's all a blur. Feeling the tiredness kicking in hardcore now a couple days after arrival. Sailing literally non-stop for 4-5 weeks whereof 90% of the trip was done in cold temperatures is draining on your body. Although you might not notice it as much before you stop what you're doing and allow yourself to take a moment to relax. So very tired now. But this is anyway what greeted us as we pulled into our new home town the other night. It's always a grande experience arriving to a new city ocean side, but somehow this neon colored town on water additionally pimped with christmas lights carried extra magical sparkle. It feels good to be here. Real good in fact. Though a tad surreal still.

North Carolina to Georgia

Sing Hallelujah, we're back in the sun! Or at least in an anchorage on the coast of Georgia. The final state before our new home state, Florida. It's quite chilly in the air still, but that's ok, nothing beats Boston when it comes to cold. Just a little tan now and we're ready to roll like winter never happened. And um, a hair wash would be good too..

Did I tell you we are moving to Miami? Will tell you all about why etcetera another day, but we are extremely excited for a bunch of reasons. More sunshine hours in each day being the primary of course. We have 3-5 more days of sailing/motoring along the long coast of Florida before we arrive though but hot damn how marvelous being able to soak in some Vitamin D again!

Unfortunately no time to launch the dinghy and explore the state of Georgia today but be sure we'll be back here with the bike some time soon. Charleston we had to pass this time too, we loved it last time we visited and will definitely be back one day again.

After 48 hours of uncomfortable sailing with mixed swells and much stronger winds than predicted (never since we left MA has the forecast been right, winter is like that I suppose), it's suddenly so calm out so looking much forward to a few hours sound and steady sleep. More miles to make tomorrow..

New York

Who does not love New York? Although we hadn't planned to stop there on this particular trip since our intention was to get where the sun shines asap, fate had it that we had to make a two day stop there anyway. If you follow us on Facebook you might be familiar with the accident that another boater brought upon us by ramming into our transom while we were leisurely cruising through the final part of East River. I know, it's so stupid that it's hard to even imagine such a thing possible. Such an incident is at the least of ones concerns when planning for a long sail. But it did happen, and we had to pause the trip for a couple days to look through the damage and deal with insurance companies. Of course it happened on a Sunday of Thanksgiving so that delayed us even further. We had the other boats insurance company visiting us to look over the damage while we later on arrived in Norfolk which we're happy they could accommodate so fast, and we're hoping this whole ordeal will have a good ending. At least I managed to get some pretty nice photos of New York in the process :)

We stayed at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey, super nice facilities and great views over the Financial District of Manhattan as you can tell. Had a nice dinner at the Liberty House one of those nights and as many hot showers as we could possibly squeeze in within 48 hours..

New Bedford

Buzzards Bay can be a nasty son of a bitch to get through in the wrong conditions, and instead of the predicted NW 10-15 knots, it quickly turned into SW 25-30 on the day we had planned to move forward from Mattapoisett to Newport. South West which was exactly the direction we were heading and instead of fighting currents and banging into steep ice cold waves for an eternity, we decided to call it quits and ducked into safe harbour in the beautiful fishing town of New Bedford. These photos are from when we arrive in the late afternoon, tied up just before sunset, an early morning wake up and headed right back out to the bay.

We have a friend sailing with us, on his lovely Fuji 35 that you can see in the photos. We'll be sailing much of the trip down to Florida together. Christian who is from Montpellier in France, has lived in Boston for approx. fifteen years for work and love, but though it seemed a good idea to escape the cold now as well. It's a very nice new thing for us. We have never really sailed much with other people/boats, and although our boat is a little faster,  it's pretty sweet having someone to hook up with on arrival to various ports and anchorages.

We stayed at Pope's Marina in New Bedford for a very reasonable winter rate of $0.50/ft. A great place and friendly service, but the dock we pulled into didn't have 30 amp shore power so we slept the whole night without heater which was a freezing experience, somewhere under zero degrees Celsius. Stupidly we had in the rush forgotten to buy additional propane bottles for the non-electric gas heater. I guess we could have moved to another dock and get the electric heaters connected but you know you're tired when you rather choose to sleep in freezing cold bedded under two hundred wool sweaters, than having to move and re-tie up the boat. Or maybe we're just getting used to the cold?

We're now finally in Newport after a night at anchor by Cuttyhunk island, and have finally got a hold on propane bottles for our MrHeater space heater so the nights at anchor will be less chilly. Luckily we have the cold Cape Cold behind us now and air and water is already a tad warmer. We're thinking of sailing over to Long Island Sound tonight or early tomorrow morning so we get that leg done before the arrival of a new Nor'Easter storm that is fast approaching.

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