The Trip

Here’s the plan so far. We will move aboard on July 29, 2009 and spend the month of August living aboard and frantically finishing some of the outstanding projects on Bojangles. We’ll also spend that time finalizing our life logisitics for being away for a year. If all goes well – or at least not terribly bad -we’ll leave from Port Credit Yacht Club on (or about) September 8.

We’ll head across Lake Ontario to Oswego, NY where we will take our sails off and masts down. This will be necessary so that we can transit the New York State Canal System which will allow us to motor south on the Oswego Canal and then connect to the Erie Canal that will take us down to Albany, NY. Albany is on the Hudson River, so from there we will put our masts and sails back up and then sail down the Hudson until we get to New York City and the Atlantic Ocean.

canal_map2

Once we’re south of New York, we’ll travel down the Jersey shore to Cape May, turn north into the Delaware Bay, proceed through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (C&D) to the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay and then head south as far as Hampton Virginia.

Below is an overview of the Jersey Shore, the C&D Canal, and Chesapeake Bay.  Hampton is at the southern end of the bay

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Chesapeake Bay Small

Then it gets interesting!

On Nov 2 (or about), we’ll begin the Caribbean 1500, an offshore sailing rally that will see 50 or so boats depart en masse from Hampton VA and sail offshore, non-stop to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.   As shown below, it’s about a 1500 mile trip and should take us between 8 and 10 days.  So, if all goes well we’ll be in the Caribbean by November 11.

Route to BVI

After a suitable rest after arriving in the BVI’s, we’ll say goodbye to our offshore crewmates (who will fly home) and then we’ll explore the Caribbean islands for the remainder of the winter.

Beyond this, our plans are somewhat sketchy.  We do intend to be back in time for the start of the Sept 2010 school year, but we don’t yet know how we’ll go about getting back.  I guess we can jump off that bridge when we get to it.

You can follow our progress by following our blog entries here.

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