In 2013, in a small boatyard in Reedville, Virginia, in the United States, I came across an old, sun-bleached boat named Ave Del Mar.
She looked tired but she looked solid. Intrigued, I called the number on her For Sale sign, and soon she became mine.
I moved the boat to Annapolis, Maryland, where I lived aboard her in a marina and spent every waking moment fixing things, buying things, and dreaming of adventures yet to come.
In September of 2014 we finally untied the dock lines and had our first sail on the South River just outside of Annapolis. Soon after, I resigned from my job and set sail south, headed for the Caribbean.
We made our way down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida, where we settled in for a bit in West Palm Beach to make some more repairs and preparations for the greater voyage to come.
Aboard my beloved vessel, I sailed through most of the Bahamian islands, down the Windward Passage to several stops in Haiti, and onward to Jamaica. From Jamaica we sailed back to the Florida Keys, and then out in the Atlantic and back up to Reedville, Virginia, back to where it all started some 4,500 miles before.
In December of 2018 we left again, this time with my new girlfriend Coby aboard. Our voyage took us back to Florida and then on to the Bahamas, where we spent a glorious summer.
As the cruising season waned we left Ave lovingly stored in the best boatyard in the Abacos on a small island called Green Turtle Cay. This is how she sat as we left, just two weeks before hurricane Dorian rampaged through as the strongest storm ever to make landfall in the Bahamas.
Dorian left his mark, sending Ave del Mar and so many other boats down off of their stands in the yard. Many were lost for good, but we currently assume that Ave will be fixable, and we are aiming to get back down as soon as is practical to get back to work on her.
Thank you for following along. It has been a wild ride so far, and I am confident that the best is yet to come.