Reflecting back on our year #2 of cruising, we feel so blessed and so lucky to be living this long term planned dream. Our second year took us down the ICW from Maryland to the Florida Keys where we spent another wonderful holiday time at Harbour Cay Club. From Florida, we headed off to the Exumas with our good friend Jeff arriving in Georgetown where Jeff rented a beach front home. From there we continued south to Long Island and then we began our trek northward to the Abacos. We spent a beautiful month in the Abacos where good friends Wendy and Craig flew down for a visit. From the Abacos, we headed for the Island Packet Yachts Factory in Largo, Florida!
We decided to truck our 1994 IP-35 back to the factory for a full refit and a few upgrades. The factory has started a new refit program and we are the first yacht to sign up. Our boat will be in the factory for 6 months, May to November, 2013. While the yacht is in the factory, we will be spending our first summer in 22 years at our home. Usually, we set sail in June and enjoy sailing to New England. This will be our first summer at home since we started sailing our Island Packet 27 in 1991. This will be a different summer for us.
Once the factory completes our refit, we will re-launch the boat in St. Petersburg, Florida, in November. At that point we will then begin year #3 of our Bahamas explorations.
We manage Google Maps of our yearly sailing trips and here is a picture of this past year… the blue pins are for the trip south to the Keys, the yellow pins are south to the Bahamas, the aqua pins represent our return to the US from the Exumas and the green pins show our way across the Okeechobee Waterway to Largo, Florida.
|Team Island Spirit ICW to Exumas to the Island Packet Yachts Factory|
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Hayden & Radeen…..at HOME!