Sara Hefti

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Still Working…

Although all the real major refitting was done on Free Range before leaving Oriental, there’s ALWAYS little projects that need to be done along the way. The other day we found ourselves anchored at Redhook – an anchorage on the east coast of St. Thomas – because our buddy boat had broken his forestay. Within walking distance …

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Adjusting the Sails

Until the money runs out or it isn’t fun anymore. Our canned response to those who asked how long we’d be gone on our sailing adventure.   Surprisingly (to us anyways), the “it isn’t fun anymore” came first. And, it’s come much sooner than anticipated. We thought we’d be sailing for at least a few …

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**Pour Anthony et Thierry ** – Nous Cherchons Blackbeard!!

Pour Anthony et Thierry!!!          

St. Thomas: Tourist Paradise

We’ve spent most of our time in quiet, sparsely-populated anchorages. Because we prefer it. So in St. Thomas, we thought it would be a fun change of pace to go where all the crowds go. So we went: The Inner Harbor. Getting into the inner harbor was interesting – we had a giant cruise ship …

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Speed Tourism

It’s the latest trend, created by and us and practiced probably only by us: Speed Tourism. Because you can’t see everything and some things require less time than others.       10:15am – snorkel     11:35am – praise Stéphane for the amazing photos he took atop the crumbling walls of the lighthouse.   …

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Culebran Creatives

There’s got to be an artist colony on Culebra. Either that, or there’s one really creative, overly-ambitious Culebran artist because art is all over the place here. It’s on the most mundane things, which makes it even cooler.                   Culebra is a small island just east of …

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Puerto Rico catch-up

We’ve been in Puerto Rico for almost two weeks with NO posts on eeeeeep! Time for a photo catch-up:                                

H2O

Back home in Montrose our local water supplier, Chipeta Water District, charges each home $23 a month for 10,000 gallons of water. We flush our toilets, stand under our hot showers, run our baths and dishwashers and water our grass all without a second thought. So that’s 10,000 gallons of water per household each month (to …

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When Rice & Beans Go Bad…

Just in case you were wondering about the life expectancy of black beans and rice…   For future reference, after said black beans and rice have been prepared and eaten, leftovers will serve you best in the refrigerator, not in the pan on the stove in the 90 degree 90% humidity on Free Range.   Just in case …

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Crossing Mona

After a week of waiting, our patience is rewarded with a weather window that will allow us to safely cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico. We check out with immigrations, check out with the navy (who board our ship and bring the DR-equivalent of the DEA). We give them twenty dollars and the remaining cold …

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In search of chicharones

We spent a day exploring the town of Samaná. Actually, searching is a better term – we were searching Samaná: our mission was to find Bob this certain delicacy he has been talking about for the last three weeks: fried pork. Problem is, it’s not just any fried pork – you see, it’s fried pork rind – basically, fried fat. …

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Cascades de Limon

Before leaving the Dominican Republic, we checked out the waterfalls of Limon. To get to the waterfalls, you could spend mucho dinero and get on the large, “modern” (for the DR), air-conditioned gringo tourbus OR, roll out with the locals for 70 pesos ($1.50). We decided to blend in with the natives and used the local …

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Los Haitises National Park

We’ve swum in the infinity pools (both). We’ve checked e-mail. We’ve poked around Samana. We’ve had pizza at the marina restaurant three nights in a row (good but not Colorado Boy good). And we keep waiting for our weather window to Puerto Rico. And we get antsy. So…   Time to go to Los Hiatises National …

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Don’t F with Mona

You can’t just go from A to B whenever you feel like it. Well, I suppose you can – free will and all – but you wouldn’t last very long. For the more prudent sailor that bows to the will of the weather (which really seems to be most sailors I’ve met – you get …

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The DR Bubble

The Marina de puerto Bahia in Samana, Dominican Republic: Quiet. Calm. Clean. Posh. The music is playing at a soothing decibel. No honking. No garbage. Where are the stray dogs? We still in the DR? Doesn’t feel like it. Shiny, glazed white ceramics – in shape of coral; sea anemones – sit atop white ottomans; …

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It’s Loud in Luperon

The countryside around Luperon is beautiful: lush, green mountains, waves exploding against craggy cliffs; the people are kind but oh-so poor. Everyone wears US baseball hats, basketball jerseys; Ambercrombie and Fitch and Old Navy shirts. The Dominican Republic is completely different from the Bahamas: it’s not about the water anymore – it’s about the people …

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The DR

We left the Bahamas under cover of night, raising anchor from our Mayaguana anchorage at three in the morning on Thursday. Saying goodbye to the Bahamas and its amazingly clear, clean water, we head east and then south to the DR (Dominican Republic, for long). This was our longest sail yet, about 35 hours and …

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The Unspoilt Jewel of the Bahamas

We left George Town with two buddy boats: Steve on s/v Slow Flight and Bob & Judy & Leo (their poodle) on s/v Adastra. Our plan was to make it to Mayaguana Island but Adastra ripped their mainsail so we stopped in Rum Cay to fix the sail and regroup.   On the sail from …

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George Town

We have never seen so many boats – anchored so closely to each other to boot – in one place before. Sailing down the US East Coast and running into the other cruisers, when we asked where they were headed, 98% said the Bahamas. Asked where in the Bahamas, 95% told us they are going to …

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Cut the Cord?

Snorkel over a coral reef or catch up on Facebook? Beach volleyball or bury nose in Kindle? Dinghy over to Surely Boo to play Texas Hold ‘Em or watch a movie? Hunt for lobster or write an eeeeeep blog entry? You’d think we’d choose the former every time, right? It amazes me that we are …

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Like a Rolling Stone

Stéphane’s been bugging me to add music that I like to our iTunes collection. I used to love music of all kinds but for the last ten years or so, I’ve been pretty ambivalent to it; it’s not that I don’t like music, I’ve just forgotten that I love it. So I couldn’t really care …

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Island Hopping

After a busy, fun week in Staniel Cay topped off by a starter scare, we are ready to move along. Our merry band of two boats has expanded to four: Paul and Phyllis on s/v (that stands for “sailing vessel”) Caper, Bill Roy on s/v Providence, our buddies David and Nikki on Surely Boo and …

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Stéphane Saves the Starter (and the day)

Sometimes the engine starts right up and sometimes…well, it doesn’t. So our new routine is Stéphane tapping the starter with a screw driver while I try to start the engine in the cockpit – that was working well enough for us until Compass Cay.   In Compass Cay, this new technique did NOT work but …

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Kish!

You think you’re in the middle of nowhere, swimming with pigs and hanging with a few fellow cruisers and who turns up?   A friend from the Liggett days – how random? Stéphane and I have enjoyed hanging with Kish, his lovely wife Rachel, their blue-eyed, sweet daughter, Stella, and the Sablotskys – they are …

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Da Race

Seventeen sailboats bob and weave in front of the start- an imaginary line between a yellow buoy on one end and the Race Committee boat on the other. The super-light, fast catamarans sail circles around the heavy, double-ender style boats like us; off our port side a stately wooden schooner glides along, looking crafty; at …

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The See-Saw Boats

We came to Staniel Cay for the pigs but we stay for the festivities leading up to New Years. The people of this place are so warm and welcoming: from Miss Ruth at the island’s new laundromat (where you can enjoy cold beers while cleaning your sheets) to our little friend Vontay who was overjoyed …

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Pig Beach

When we first started getting serious about our sailing adventure, Stéphane showed me a video of a magical place with clear water, white sand beaches and PIGS swimming in the water! Giant pigs, baby pigs, spotted pigs, pink pigs – all running around on the beach or swimming out to your dinghy, squealing their little …

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High Maintenance Trash

Have you ever thought about your relationship with trash? Or about trash, period? I never did. No worries about storing it or disposing of it – we have services for such things! The hardest part was remembering to pull the garbage bin the 30 yards across the gravel of the Little House to the front …

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Hunting Sea Monsters & Joyeux Noël

The warriors gear up for battle: armor, masks, spears, belts… plastic bucket? Yup. The boys are  hunting for sea food. Stéphane has done his research and knows what kind of fish are worthy of hunting and what kind will make us sick. But really it’s all about the big, red, tentacle-y LOBSTER. Fish is great …

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Norman’s Cay

We left Allan’s Cay on Saturday, headed for Norman’s Cay – just a short fourteen nautical miles away. In the Exumas, the next beautiful island is only a short day’s sail away. Plenty of wind made for a really fun sail. We raced Surely Boo but they left us in the dust. So, the Exumas are …

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