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Monday, November 12th

At this stage of the voyage, we should be experiencing the prevailing easterly trade winds that provide a comfortable beam reach into Tortola.  But there are no trade winds today.  Instead, the wind is out of the south.  Cutter Loose … Continue reading

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Sunday, November 11th

Wind from the NE at 30 knots make for another rolly day at sea.  Cutter Loose is double reefed and pounding through the waves and swell at 8 knots for most of the day. We are making rapid progress towards … Continue reading

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Saturday, November 10th

During the early hours of the morning, the wind shifts to the NNE at 18 knots.  Cutter Loose is scampering along to the barn on a beam reach at 7 knots.  Clear skies give way to light showers at 1 … Continue reading

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Friday, November 9th

At 1 AM, the distance to Tortola as the crow flies is 600 miles.  The wind this morning is from the NNW at 20 knots which pushes Cutter Loose along on a broad reach at a comfortable speed of 5 … Continue reading

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Thursday, November 8th

Brisk southwesterly winds place Cutter Loose on a spirited, rhumb line beam reach to our destination in Tortola. Despite the deep reefs in the mainsail and genoa, this is a bouncy ride with an abundance of sea water spraying the … Continue reading

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Wednesday, November 7th

At daybreak and still hove to, we inspect Cutter Loose for damage.  Last night’s storm has shredded the protective UV panel on the foot and leach of the furling genoa.  With tattered sections of sailcloth streaming from the edges of … Continue reading

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Tuesday, November 6th

With favorable winds out of the ENE, today is a day to make distance towards our destination.  We are also trying to make as much distance as possible to the south and east in order to avoid the deepening low … Continue reading

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Sunday, November 4th

In the wee small hours of Sunday morning, Cutter Loose is motor sailing south along the Virginia – North Carolina coast in a light northwesterly breeze.  Our mission today is to cross the Gulf Stream at its narrowest point in … Continue reading

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Saturday, November 3rd – Caribbean 1500 Departure

  It has been nine days since we arrived in Hampton.  During this period we have endured Hurricane Sandy, prepared Cutter Loose for departure and interacted with other Caribbean 1500 participants through seminars and social gatherings.  All of our preparatory … Continue reading

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