Saturday, January 14, 2023

Sailing North and Big News


Chavez delivering fresh baguettes, bread and croissants in Bequia.  That is Sandy on Dakota Dream getting her daily cinnamon roll too.

Buying eggs from the local fruit stand is always interesting.  One never knows what the daily truck will bring.

Our route up the volcano on St. Vincent “La Soufrière”.  The volcano last erupted in September 2021 - ouch!

Our group of climbing sailors in the cool air, high up on the volcano

Yes, “La Soufrière” erupts a LOT of ash

Dawn on Cat Tales showing the way to climb into the clouds

This area was completely barren in September 2021, after the volcano erupted.  Look how quickly things grow in the tropics.

On the Bequia Express ferry at 0630, going to Kingstown, St. Vincent for our volcano climb

Kingstown, St. Vincent

Our climbing bus, led by the tour guide Fraser.  A local guide is required to hike or climb the volcano.

The trail on “La Soufrière” was in really good shape, even after so much destruction following the last eruption in September 2021.

Sailing on Bequia's "Friendship Rose" schooner with so many sailor friends. Charlie and Anina (Prism), Bill and Joanna (Cloud Street), Dawn and Laurie (Cat Tales), Fred and Sandy (Dakota Dream), Linda and Garry (X-July Indian), Barry and Monica (MoBata) and a nice British couple on the far left.  Maria and I are in the picture too, ha ha!

Maria with Savannah Sky at the dock in the Netherlands
Savannah Sky being stored for winter in the Netherlands

S/Y Aspen – January 14, 2023 – Log #188

Aspen Position: 14 degrees 04’ N, 60 degrees 56’ W

Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, Caribbean


Sailing North and Big News


Leaving sweet Bequia, just after midnight, is necessary for Aspen to arrive in St. Lucia before another sunset overtakes us.


It was a good sail with Aspen flying along at 6.5 – 7.8 knots, skipping across the endless waves like a thoroughbred horse.  Well, if horses could charge across the water, you might picture that?


Twelve hours later we enjoyed peaceful Rodney Bay Marina, after visiting Customs & Immigration of course.  Yes, they even let us into the country, despite our bedraggled appearance, after spending all night and half the day sailing amongst tropical trade winds in the Caribbean Sea.


Rodney Bay Marina is recovering nicely from the world shutdown due to Covid.  Restaurants welcome sailors once again and the docks are busy with boats coming and going from all points of the globe.


Walking the docks in the marina is quite a reunion; seeing sailors and boats we haven’t seen since 2019.  The friendly comradery doesn’t change, only a few more gray hairs and sun-dried skin with several more wrinkles have changed everyone’s appearance; Except our ageless bodies, of course.  Ha ha.


Maria’s and my big news is: we bought another boat.  What???


It was a deal too good to pass up, as the saying goes.


We purchased an Island Packet 485 sailboat.  Yes, the same factory that built Aspen so long ago.


The name of our new sailboat is “Savannah Sky”, because Maria likes that sweet name.


She is a 52-foot sailboat, big enough to take on whatever adventure lies on the horizon for us.


Oh, there is one more little detail about the new boat.  It is in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Woa.


Ah, it will be a grand adventure sailing Savannah Sky south to the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic to our beloved Caribbean during November 2023.


Sail on, sail on Aspen and Savannah Sky…


Steve and Maria

PS -

1.     You can follow Aspen’s route here:

2.     Aspen also has a Garmin tracker working so you can follow along:

Sunday, January 1, 2023


New Years Eve party on Dakota Dream (Sandy & Fred)

Happy New Years Eve gathering on Dakota Dream in sweet Bequia

Hope Bay beach in Bequia with Dawn (Cat Tales)

Hope Bay beach is stunning, after a long hike

The view from Hope Beach, Bequia

Christmas party at the Fig Tree Restaurant, Bequia with Fred (Dakota Dream)

Great friends at the Christmas party at the Fig Tree Restaurant, Bequia. Garry & Linda (X-July Indian), Cheryl (Fig Tree owner and good friend), Fred (Dakota Dream), Dawn and Laurie (Cat Tales)

Just another nice hike on sweet Bequia

Sailing away...

Club Med cruise ship visiting for the day in Bequia

Maria never knows how the eggs will look.  Big and small, they still taste yummy!

S/Y Aspen – January 1, 2023 – Log #187

Aspen Position: 13 degrees 08’ N, 61 degrees 14’ W

Admiralty Bay, Bequia, Caribbean


Happy New Year!


Fireworks painted the night sky in sweet Bequia, celebrating a new year for sailors gathered from all parts of the world.


We had a fun celebration on our friend’s catamaran named Dakota Dream (Fred and Sandy, from North Dakota of course).


Sandy from Dakota Dream, flew in from North Dakota just in time to attend her own party, with twenty sailors welcoming her back to her watery home.  Going from -10F in the north country to +85 tropical degrees is always a shock this time of year!


This morning, things are moving even slower than normal in the anchorage, with the New Year festivities continuing until sunrise on both land and sea.  Sleep will come, once the pulsating music dies down.


Happy New Year 2023 to all from Aspen and her crew!


Sail on, sail on Aspen…


Steve and Maria

PS -

1.     You can follow Aspen’s route here:

2.     Aspen also has a Garmin tracker working so you can follow along: