1750 nautical miles: Abaco to Portland, Maine 

Adam, our friend Tony and I just finished a 13 day trip up the U.S. Eastern seaboard. I left Abaco on June 1st and cleared into ft. pierce, fl. The crossing took 7 hours. On June 2nd we began the voyage up the coast on the Sabre 48′ salon express, “Bahamian Rhapsody”. The boat performed like a top in a range of different conditions. We played the weather and went offshore on nice days and use the ICW when it was too rough on the ocean. 

Here’s a few photos from our trip. South to north: 

  
Rob Decker helping me bring the boat from Abaco to Ft. Pierce. Flat calm. 

  
Adam checking oil. Standard engine room check before each morning departure. 

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 Exploring the beach in Wrightsville, NC

  

Getting photo bombed by this pretty schooner, the Down East Rover. This photo is for you, Brad Gunn! 

  
Cape Charles, VA. A stunning marina with very few boats. 
Stay tuned for more photos!

 

 

Captaining M/Y Bahamian Rhapsody

It’s been a while since my last update, so here’s a few photos of the new boat I’m running, a 2015 Sabre 48′ Salon Express. Twin cummins 550s with Zeus pods. Tops out at 34 knots and handles well in large and choppy conditions. Took these pics yesterday on our trip up to Green Turtle Cay.

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Sabre 42′ sailing with this fine, young couple!

Today was 15-20 knots out of the NE, a perfect day for sailing with my new friends from the UK. Prime sailing conditions on the Sea of Abaco aboard S/V Equanimity.

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Fish & Sharks

Spent the day fishing and watching bull sharks feed on fresh grouper carcasses! #catchandrelease #bullsharks #abaco

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ASA Flotilla in the Abacos

Cruise Abaco hosted a wonderful flotilla through American Sailing Association. There was four boats, two captained and two bareboat. We sailed around the sea of Abaco, snorkeled, had bonfires, ate great food and explored.  Here’s just a few photos:

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ASA Women’s Sailing Certification Courses

This February I will be teaching two Women’s Sailing courses with Abaco Sailing, the American Sailing Association school division of Cruise Abaco. Dates are February 7-13 & February 22-28th. For more information please visit http://www.CruiseAbaco.com.

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One of my greatest passions as a female captain and educator is teaching other women how to sail; it is my goal to instill the skills that build confidence on boats in different environments and circumstances. I like to use visual and hands on methods for instruction, first demonstrating the proper method and then practicing until the person feels comfortable doing it on their own, with it ultimately becoming second nature. During a week long sailing course I like to set challenging yet obtainable daily goals for each individual focusing on their strengths and finding fun ways to build on the tasks that are harder to grasp. Throughout the course we will be sailing north and south on the Sea of Abaco, taking advantage of the diverse surroundings and beautiful waters. We will focus on competent boat handling skills, sail trim, navigation, anchoring, docking and so much more. I promise that during this ASA course you will feel empowered, educated, relaxed and inspired to continue sailing and sharing it with those you love

For me, sailing started when I was a few years old, cruising aboard my parents 34′ sailboat between the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. I grew up in a marine towing and salvage company in Maryland and got involved with competitive dinghy and big boat sailing. I graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2008 and moved that fall to the Bahamas were I was a live aboard cruiser and captaining charters and teaching ASA classes for Cruise Abaco. In 2012 I sailed my 41′ Morgan ketch down to the Caribbean and returned to the Bahamas a year later continuing to my passion of teaching sailing, deliveries, charters and life on the water. For a full list of my credentials, please visit my resume page.

I got Married!!!!

On September 5th I married the man of my dreams, Adam Lawrence. We had a small wedding at my Mom’s house in Maryland. After the wedding we went to Italy, France & London for our honeymoon!! Here’s a few photos.

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Maryland has my heart <3

Leaving Maryland for the past 6 years has given me a much deeper appreciation for the State. When I come home to visit, I try to soak in all of the small details that I took for grated while growing up here. The smell of freshly cut grass, watermen baiting their trot lines, my Mom’s gardens, pizza from Rusticana’s and kayaking with my best friend all make up the part of the wonderful essence that makes Maryland home. Here are a few pics from the last few days.

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Sheeba & Sushi go Hawaiian!

My Hawaiian girls!!! Took this Saturday morning after we had been to a 1yr olds birthday party. Our weekends are getting pretty crazy these days ;)

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