Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Sometimes, a couple of necessary boat projects lead us to marvelous locations; maybe Detour has it’s own agenda. We’d made several attempts to refill our composite, 10lb propane tank; each time unsuccessfully.  This is nothing new.  For some reason, unbeknownst to me, in the United States people are terrified of composite propane tanks and refuse to…

Hint of the Arctic

On a particularly dreary day, sailing along Maine’s coast and shivering beneath two layers of clothing beneath foul-weather gear, nothing lifts morale quite like puffins! Puffins live their lives at sea; they return to rocky shoreline burrows on remote islands only during breeding season when they re-join their mates.  There’s a lot of catching up…

Damariscove Island

Brian and I enjoyed this little gem, all to ourselves, for the afternoon. Damariscove Island was one of the earliest settlements in Maine. The Abenaki Native American tribe were the first to inhabit the island. During the 1600’s, Europeans arrived and transformed the island into a bustling fishing harbour. Later, Damariscove became a family owned…

Jewell Island

Spring hasn’t sprung yet in Maine. Off-season sailing means that all the best moorings and anchorages are free for the taking and the islands are crowd-less, ready to roam! * Photo credit – Detour sailing toward Portland (above). Thanks, Dan! We had a fabulous sail from the Isles of Shoals, with a light southerly breeze…

Haven’t the Foggiest

We’ve cast off the dock lines! Detour motored out of the harbour on a sunny, yet chilly, morning bound for the Isles of Shoals. The fog never quite burned off at sea, offshore we had a grim view. Soaking up the solitude at the Isles of Shoals, Detour swung peacefully on a mooring ball and…

That’s a Wrap!

Brian and I winterized Detour this past December at the Wentworth by the Sea Marina, and then we jumped ship for the winter and headed out to our family in San Francisco for a taste of the real world without the messy snow. We’ve just returned to New Castle, New Hampshire and weren’t sure what…

Outer Island Antics

Our second look at Guadeloupe brought us to outer islands and cozy nooks where we found amazing scenery, delicious food, and surprisingly friendly, French islanders.  The touristic ‘Les Saintes’ was our first stop; here we explored from the anchorage behind tiny, Ilet a Cabrit, accompanied by S/Y Tilly Whim and S/Y Calico Skies.  There are nice…

Indian River

It’s a lazy day in the Caribbean, just like the day we took a relaxing ride down the Indian River at Dominica.  Our guide, Alexis, painted us a lovely picture of the history of Dominica and the Carib Indians who lived on the Indian River.  The river is a protected area of Dominica’s National Parks; no…

Boiling Hot

I’m sweating at a standstill, slinking into the shady corners of Detour, still determining which combination of open hatches and portholes will create the best downdraft to suck inside any hint of a breeze.  “You don’t have any fans!?!” our friend, Bill, frequently observes, “How do you stand it?”  At Antigua, we’ve had no other choice…

Mahna Mahna

It’s a calm, clear night with a light breeze keeping us cool and keeping uninvited mosquitoes away.  Brian, Bill (S/V Calico Skies), and I are sitting in the cockpit sipping ti punch and conjuring constellations from the display of anchor lights below a starry sky.  Detour is anchored at Jolly Harbour, Antigua; the harbour is familiar,…