Where We Are Now
SV Doodlebug is in the USA!!!
On March 16, 2009 at 0945 hours, DoodleBug crossed her outbound track, where at 1015 hours on 3rd. July, 2003, she had passed the end of the same breakwater,before turning then towards Key West. We have done it! We have sailed all the way around the world!
February 5th 2010
At last! Latitudes and Attitudes sailing magazine published our article entitled, "Guns, Coconuts and Pirates". It is in their March, 2010 "13th. Anniversary" edition, pages 55 through 60. This article was originally supposed to make the November, 2008 issue and we had almost forgotten that it was hangin' somewhere in magazine limbo. Nevertheless we are excited to see our tale in print and hope you enjoy it too. The article is reproduced here in Adobe .pdf file format. Lats and Atts Article
July 3rd 2009
I have just finished (finally!!) adding pictures to the 2009 trip logs. Below is the list of ports that we visited during our circumnavigation.
SV DoodleBug Ports of Call
|Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA||7/3/2003|
|7/4/2003||Key West, Florida, USA||7/5/2003|
|7/11/2003||Corpus Christi, Texas, USA||8/7/2003|
|8/9/2003||Kemah, Texas, USA||9/20/2003|
|9/21/2003||Port Aransas, Texas, USA||9/24/2003|
|9/25/2003||Kemah, Texas, USA||12/30/2003|
|1/5/2004||Isla Mujeres, MEXICO||1/13/2004|
|2/29/2004||Santa Cruz, GALAPAGOS||3/5/2004|
|3/30/2004||Fatu Hiva, MARQUESAS||4/1/2004|
|4/1/2004||Hiva Oa, MARQUESAS||4/6/2004|
|4/9/2004||Ua Pou, MARQUESAS||4/14/2004|
|4/14/2004||Nuku Hiva, MARQUESAS||4/18/2004|
|7/3/2004||Bora Bora, SOCIETIES||7/11/2004|
|7/15/2004||Penrhyn Island, COOKS||7/22/2004|
|7/25/2004||Suwarrow Atoll, COOKS||7/30/2004|
|8/2/2004||Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA||8/15/2004|
|8/16/2004||Apia, WEST SAMOA||9/8/2004|
|10/10/2004||Ha’ Ano, TONGA||10/12/2004|
|10/12/2004||Ha’ Afeva, TONGA||10/15/2004|
|10/15/2004||Atata , TONGA||10/16/2004|
|10/16/2004||Pangaimotu Island, TONGA||10/21/2004|
|8/15/2005||Port Resolution, TANNA||8/20/2005|
|9/11/2005||Port Vila, EFATE||9/17/2005|
|9/18/2005||We, ISLE LIFOU||9/17/2005|
|9/23/2005||Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA||10/4/2005|
|10/13/2006||Cocos Keeling Island||10/21/2006|
|10/30/2006||Salomon Island, CHAGOS||11/16/2006|
|1/12/2007||Port Ghalib, EGYPT|
|Port Ghalib, EGYPT||8/10/2007|
|8/16/2007||Port Suez, EGYPT||8/18/2007|
|4/28/2008||Limon Fri, Kassos, GREECE||5/1/2008|
|5/13/2008||Agios Nikolaos, CRETE||5/22/2008|
|6/8/2008||Vibo Valentia, ITALY||6/9/2008|
|6/28/2008||Puerta de Mahon, MENORCA||6/29/2008|
|6/29/2008||Cala Fornells, MENORCA||7/1/2008|
|7/1/2008||Port Colom, MALLORCA||7/3/2008|
|7/4/2008||Ensenada del Cabrito, FORMENTERA||7/6/2008|
|7/20/2008||Puerto Calero, LANZAROTE|
|Puerto Calero, LANZAROTE||11/24/2008|
|11/30/2008||Porto Grande, ILHA SAO VICENTE||12/3/2008|
|12/18/2008||Port Elizabeth, BEQUIA||12/28/2008|
|12/28/2008||Wallilabou, ST. VINCENT||12/29/2008|
|12/29/2008||Marigot Bay, ST. LUCIA||12/30/2008|
|12/30/2008||Rodney Bay, ST. LUCIA||1/22/2009|
|1/22/2009||Port Marin, MARTINIQUE||1/26/2009|
|1/26/2009||Trois Islets, MARTINIQUE||1/27/2009|
|1/27/2009||Fort de France, MARTINIQUE||1/31/2009|
|2/1/2009||Terre-en-Haut, ILES DES SAINTES||2/4/2009|
|2/4/2009||Point a Pitre, GUADELOUPE||2/7/2009|
|2/9/2009||Basseterre, ST. KITTS||2/14/2009|
|2/14/2009||Road Bay, ANGUILLA||2/16/2009|
|2/16/2009||Spanish Town, VIRGIN GORDA||2/18/2009|
|2/18/2009||Road Town, TORTOLA||2/21/2009|
|2/21/2009||Charlotte Amalie, ST. THOMAS||2/23/2009|
|2/23/2009||San Juan, PUERTO RICO||2/27/2009|
|3/1/2009||Cockburn Harbour, SOUTH CAICOS||3/4/2009|
|3/4/2009||Sapodilla bay, PROVIDENCIALE||3/7/2009|
|3/7/2009||West Caicos Marina, WEST CAICOS||3/8/2009|
|3/8/2009||Abraham’s Bay, MAYAGUANA||3/9/2009|
|3/9/2009||Attwood Harbor, LADY SLIPPER CAY||3/10/2009|
|3/10/2009||Clarence Town, LONG ISLAND||3/12/2009|
|3/12/2009||West Bay, CONCEPTION ISLAND||3/13/2009|
|3/13/2009||West Bay, LITTLE SAN SALVADOR||3/14/2009|
|3/16/2009||Fort Lauderdale, USA||3/17/2009|
|3/17/2009||Fort Pierce, USA|
June 16, 2009
Today I can announce that we have officially sold DoodleBug. Thank you Kim Korman! DoodleBug has been renamed and we wish the new owners, "Safe Sailing and Fair Winds".
April 8, 2009
As I write this, we have just arrived in Santa Fe, it is snowing heavily and are sitting amongst a sea of cardboard boxes. The past three weeks was spent in a flurry of activity following our arrival in Fort Pierce as we have both cleaned DB and removed our personal effects. We have sadly decided to put DoodleBug up for adoption and she is now listed for sale with a great yacht broker, Kim Korman of FLORIDA COAST MARINE YACHT SALES. Her office is at Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce and for anyone interested, her contact info is as follows:
772-489 5888 fax
Six years ago we set out to circumnavigate this planet by yacht and what an adventure it has been! We are just now beginning to take stock of our journey, to look back at where we have been, remember the peoples we have met, recall what we have seen, felt and experienced. It seems a lifetime ago when Annette and I sailed from Kemah, Texas with DoodleBug loaded to the gunwales with supplies and the waves stretching to the beckoning horizon. When we left, the electoral battle between John Kerry and George Bush had another eleven months to run; an unknown Illinois State Senator named Barack Obama was beginning his run for the US Senate. Nobody had even heard of "American Idol" and the Dow was hovering around 10,000. What amazing changes in society since then!
us sailors, our experiences were of the distant
smudge on a horizon leading to the
excitement of new landfall. Stunningly
pretty anchorages with palm fringed white sand beaches.
Trading with locals who had paddled out to meet us in their
dug-out canoes. We will miss the
fiery sunsets at sea as well as the
beauty of a tranquil dawn. Glittering stars
by night. The moon lighting up
heaving seas. Storms and Calms. New friends from all
around the world. We plan other
adventures but for now at least, this
one is over.
I have rearranged the 2009 logs into a forward chronological sequence and moved them to "Trip Logs from 2009 Cruise". No pictures yet for the 2009 legs. I will try to put these up in the next few weeks.
For those of you living on the Gulf Coast, the March 2008 issue of "Telltales" magazine contains an article I wrote titled, "2003 Harvest Moon Prequel" (Sorry - no website. They are published from Kemah, Texas and their phone number is 281-334-2202). The article describes a "shakedown run" we made shortly before we set sail on our circumnavigation. This was an overnighter and the first bad weather we had experienced since we had begun sailing.
July 18, 2007...I wrote....
I have just added a link under "trip logs" to a trip that Annette's grandparents took in the early 70s. The letters were recently discovered and I have scanned them to electronic form. The Walgrens attempted to transit Africa from South to North in a VW camper. It is interesting to compare their experiences to what is Africa today.
If you find when you click on any of the small pictures ("thumbnails") and the link is missing to the bigger picture, please let me know.
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