November 10, 2016: Exactly one year ago at 1:00am yesterday we finished a grueling 9-day trip across the North Atlantic from Hampton, VA to Tortola, BVI on Rascal. Fred, Chris, Linda and me. Three of us had never been on an ocean-crossing before and didn't know what to expect. The people we met who did it the previous year said they motored most of the way because there was little wind. That wasn't what we experienced. It averaged 20-25 the entire trip and seas were often 8-10 feet. Good thing: along the way our diesel engine broke down and the halyard of our big genoa sail broke. We sailed the whole way with a small storm sail and our mainsail. Luckily, it was all we needed. We hobbled into Tortola and anchored one year ago today near Jost Van Dyke Island. A great adventure.
Rick and Linda Grimes bought a sailboat and left the U S of A for the Caribbean in 2015.