Monthly Archives: May 2015

Five Card Fever

Well our usual quiet marina became alive with noise and action yesterday when boats entered in the BVI Leverick Bay Poker Run fired up!

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Two hundred forty one boats  from the Virgin Islands, U.S., Puerto Rico and other places entered this annual event.  A total of 180 poker hands were sold. For those who don’t know, a Poker Run is when boats quickly motor from a starting point to five locations within the BVI.  Upon arrival at each designated spot, the boat is given one playing card. After collecting a card at each stop, the driver returns to Leverick Bay and creates his best 5 card poker hand.  The best hand wins a cash prize of $10,000.

Apparently the BVI police are very aware that each stop is actually a party scene and they were ready for action as you can see them departing prior to the start of the Poker Run.

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Normally the Sir Frances Drake Channel is dotted with sailboats and aside from the occasional ferry or tender, few motor boats are seen zipping around.  However, yesterday as we were coming into the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, this was the view behind our boat.

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The start and finish of the Poker Run is at Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda where we happened to be heading yesterday. That is why we felt like we were being chased by motor boats all day as they completed their fun in the same bay where we were headed.

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These boats “chug” along a bit faster than we sail and we were overtaken often during our sail from Road Town to Virgin Gorda.

Lest you think the Leverick Bay Poker Run is all about the luck of the draw, there are also prizes for “the most original boat, best boat performance, best dressed crew and best dressed lady.” In total, $15,000 worth of prizes were distributed.

Happily no injuries or accidents were reported this year.

If you are interested in buying a hand in next year’s 14th Annual Leverick Bay Poker Run, get your $250 entry fee and a boat ready.

It’s Such a Little Thing

Perhaps only people with really small spaces can understand this, but I’m really happy about a recent change on Let It Be. 

Fountaine Pajot installed a huge drawer at the foot of each bunk which allows easy use of sub-mattress space:

 
The only problem is that the whole drawer becomes a jumble of disorganization very quickly. 

However, little help from our woodworking friend and voila- organization!

  

  • Cost: a few measurements and a couple American dollars. 
  • Finding items easily: Priceless! 

Trashy Tuesday

Okay, so Tuesdays aren’t really trashy, but I did warn you that I might revisit the whole trash and litter topic.

Today I thought I would share our plan to reduce paper on LIB and add a little touch of class and beauty by using cloth napkins.

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Okay, so we will not be this fancy!

We are on the lookout for cloth napkins that are pretty and easy to wash.  This will eliminate the need for paper napkins and reduce our use of paper towels.  Plus, cloth napkins are a little heavier and less likely to blow into the ocean.

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Cloth napkins can be used as an expression of the season or add a jaunty spark of color to the table.

For anyone who thinks reusing cloth napkins is a way to share germs between washings, we plan on using different designs or colors so we will know which napkin belongs to whom.

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Who knows, maybe napkin folding will become a hobby.

Do you use cloth napkins? If so we would love to know your favorite brand or fabric assuming they are easy to wash and quick to dry.

Any chance you might begin using cloth instead of paper?

Trading “Security” for Life on a Sailboat?

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In 1955, Hunter S. Thompson wrote an interesting piece entitled Security” asking at the outset, “… (security) means safety and freedom from worry. It is said to be the end that all men strive for; but is security a utopian goal or is it another word for rut?”
I will not say that I have found the security within our life a rut, but rather it has offered us the freedom to focus on family or seek out new interests; to pursue new hobbies or increase knowledge.
This freedom to learn and expose ourselves to new things led us to sailing.
Together, Frank and I earned a few sailing certifications and began to immerse ourselves in learning about sailing and the lifestyle of living on a boat full-time.
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Our forays have sparked a desire to live more simply, to be guided more directly by the rhythms of nature and to learn first hand about countries we have yet to see.
The decision to change our lifestyle is not designed to free ourselves from some “rut” but rather a desire to explore and learn new things by living a little differently.
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We look forward to the challenge of using the wind as our major form of propulsion.
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We anticipate buying foods from local markets and figuring out how to prepare them.
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We hope to snorkel and dive some beautiful and remote places.
But I admit, sometimes I fear the idea of navigating without references like “the McDonalds on the corner!”
Learning how to thrive in a sailing environment and working as a team to reach our destinations are goals Frank and I are equally exited about.
As we prepare to uproot ourselves, I admit there is some anxiety about leaving our familiar and secure lifestyle.  But there is also anticipation of learning a huge variety of new skills, expanding our knowledge base and discovering lesser known places.
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We foresee some amazing experiences, yet we sincerely hope family and friends will come to visit because our journey will be deeper and more beautiful by sharing it with those we love.
Thompson concluded Security” this way,  “…who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
We are not UNhappy in our security, nor do we know if we will be happier when we leave the comforts of shore; but we definitely know we will be more greatly challenged!
Hunter S. Thomas (1937-2005) was an American journalist.
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