Posted by: bearcruzer | December 21, 2010

Sailing with Santa

We left early in the morning and made our way over to St. Maarten to avoid some strong winds and weather that was predicted to be heading our way.    The timing of our arrival couldn’t have been better,  we sailed into Simpson Bay and right through the open bridge into the Lagoon.   While the winds gusted up to 25mph inside the lagoon, Mike and I spent the better part of the next few days doing maintenance on DD and wandering around the local Simpson Bay area.  We found a really cool Ice Cream parlor with a Carousel.   We also spent some time with some new friends.   Ever wonder what Santa does to relax prior to the hectic holiday season……well,  He, Mrs. Claus and their favorite Elf sail off to the Islands,  incognito, of course aboard their sailboat Tanana ll.    We spent time with our new friends Charlie and Robin Boulding and their daughter Tory who truely are from way up north,  Alaska to be precise.  Charlie and Robin bred and raced Sled Dogs in Alaska for many years including the famous Iditarod.    They live in a cabin and have a fishing camp in the woods along the Tan-a-na River that can only be reached by boat, or sled.  We enjoyed hearing about the life they lead in the wilds of Alaska and the interesting details of their remote way of life as well as Sled dog breeding and racing.     We all watched the weather reports for an opportunity to make our way over to the Virgin Islands.  We finally saw a small window where the winds were supposed to be favorable but the seas were expected to still be a little big.    We left  at 6:00am to cross the Oh my Godda (Anagada) passage to the VI on Thanksgiving Day along with our friends Charlie, Robin, and Tory.   It was the first time they had buddy boated and Tory was excited to see DD sailing along beside them.   The seas that were predicted to be upwards of 8-10 ft fortunately had dropped to around 6 – 8 ft.   The winds were out of the ENE and gave us a nice push along with the current.  We were lucky to be visited by a pod of small dolphins who were having a great time surfing the waves and the bows of DD.   It was a great Thanksgiving day treat.    We arrived in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda at Sunset.  We anchored  and caught a ride with Charlie, Robin and Tory over to have a really bad Thanksgiving dinner at the Rock Cafe but the company was great and it was a fun evening together.

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  1. Merry Christmas Mike and Crystal,

    Peace

    Gil

  2. I just read your post about the Bouldings. For several years I housed Charlie and Robin when he finished the Iditarod race in Nomw. What wonderful people. His lead dog Punk Rocker, mostly hound, even slept on my couch! What great memories I have of those years. I was the volunteer coordinator so I met many people from all over the world. Thanks for posting the picture of them in the boat. I loved it.

    Yes, Santa and his helpers do take off for a warmer climate. They need to thaw out.

  3. CHARLIE IS MY COUSIN. HE WAS MY FAVORITE COUSIN. I LIVE IN GEORGIA. I SO MUCH ENJOY READING ABOUT CHARLIE, ROBIN & TORI’S EXPERIENCES IN ALASKA AND SAILING. SEEM LIKE A HARD WORKING COUPLE. THE LAST TIME I SAW CHARLIE & ROBIN WAS WHEN MY BROTHER PASSED AWAY IN N.C., ABOUT 10 OR 12 YEARS AGO. ACCORDING TO PICS I’VE SEEN, TORI IS A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL.

  4. Hey! Wondering if you are still on land. Let us know. Rebecca graduated May 14th from high school and then headed to Pagosa with a friend for a visit. Davey is on tour with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp both have been in touch with Sage and Dave is working in Wisconsin!! Your friend Cathy


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