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Settling Into Cruising Life On Rabelo | The Adventure Continues

We are on our way, but I can’t say that we have settled into the cruising life.  We are still sorting things out on Rabelo, learning how to operate her many systems.  The other night I threw the wrong switch, and we lost all power.  They don’t call me Admiral for nothing. When I say lost power, not only did we not have lights for cooking, but there was no water.  Without water there were no showers and we couldn’t ...

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Finally! Lisa and I Move Into Rabelo!

We did it.  We finally did it.  Lisa and I moved onto Rabelo.

Two days latter we picked up our first guests, Lisa’s brother Jerry and his wife Arlene.

Rather than going directly to Rabelo we decided to spend the day in Bergen op Zoom as there was a jazz festival going on. What a pleasant surprise. A large tent was set up in the town square for the featured bands, ...

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Relishing The Netherland’s Floriade | Awaiting Completion of our Barge’s Outfit

We’ve been in The Netherlands for over two weeks, and I’m going crazy.  The Hotel Old Dutch is clean, and the proprietors are delightful, but it certainly isn’t five star.  How do you say basic?

Then there is the problem of money.  I’ve never seen it disappear so fast.  Between Wilco and his six full time employees, and what Lisa and I are spending to outfit Rabelo we might as well be shredding it.  Fortunately it is ...

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I’m Going Dutch! These People Have It Figured Out!

That does it. I’m going Dutch. What is with these people?  They are thinner than us. They live longer, smoke like chimneys, and eat everything we’re told not to eat.

Today’s lunch was the last straw.  When it came time to order I asked the waiter to help translate the menu.  He graciously proceeded to explain what each item was, and eventually pointed at something that was supposedly their healthy meal. Feeling unusually virtuous, I ordered the healthy meal without asking ...

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We’re Legal To Drive Rabelo! … In Most European Countries…

It’s been a tough week.  All we did was get up, eat breakfast and then head out to shop.  If there were time we’d grab a quick bite for lunch and then back to the stores.  Normally we didn’t eat dinner until after 8:30pm. When we got back to the Hotel Old Dutch we would check our e-mail and then lights out only to repeat the same schedule the next day.

It’s time to take a break.  We are going to ...

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OMG! What has Wilco done to my barge?

We arrived in Bergen op Zoom yesterday after a long and arduous trip.  We traveled by boat, car, plane and train. The only mode of transportation we missed was horseback. Which was a good thing because we had almost 300 pounds of luggage, and I would have felt terrible loading all that on a horse.

Wilco has been hard at work tearing apart my Big Baby.  Rabelo was a mess.  There was even a drill press and table saw in the ...

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The “Bucket” Sailboat Race | Mediocre Finish But Great Adventure!

We managed to avoid the lightning, but in the light winds the fleet was able to catch up.  For the first race we eked out third in class and seventh overall.  The slower boats sailed a shorter course and were able to avoid the squall, which is why they did better.

 

 

For the second race we had another good start.  The first leg was a close reach, and our brain trust decided we needed the Code Zero.  It was the right ...

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Venice – Nothing Quite Like It | America’s Cup Sailing

We interrupt our current chain of blog posts to bring you a post I thought would be criminal to keep from the internet any longer. Lisa and I just jumped down to Venice this past week to check out the America’s Cup sailing race. Though we were only there for a few days, it really reminded me just how much I love Venice – there truly is no other place in the world like it.

If you have not been to ...

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The “Bucket” Sailboat Race | The Greatest Sailing Spectacle on Earth!

Lisa and I are headed back to The Netherlands.  We need to see how the work on Rabelo is coming, and purchase the myriad of items we still require.  But first we are going to St. Barths in the Caribbean where I will be racing on my friend’s sailboat, Symmetry.  This will be the sixth time I’ve had the privilege of racing on Symmetry in the St. Barths Bucket.  While most people have never heard of the “Bucket” it ...

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The Cruise Down the Seine into Paris | Dreaming and Reminiscing

I’m back home after a long flight.  I’m told Heathrow is the worst airport in the world to travel through.  Now I understand why.  By the time I got to the Virgin Atlantic Lounge I had less than 30 minutes before my flight departed.  I’d heard that the Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow lounge was pretty amazing, and it is.  Maybe the next time I fly Virgin Atlantic I’ll have a chance to spend some time there.

I just received an ...

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