Thank you readers and commenters, we are overwhelmed by all the supportive and positive comments we have received recently. It is a special experience to have this blog and share it with others. We wish you all the best on your adventures and would love to follow your blogs as well. We could go on and get really mushy, but know we are just really really really thankful and grateful at all the wonderful people reading our blog and watching our videos! We feel the love, thank you!
Just this Friday we had a delicious dinner in St. Augustine with Carlos and Steph who love sailing and had found our blog. The next day we took them out on Velocir for a morning sail. They have a Flying Scot and are interested in cruising one day. It was so amazing to talk with them about cruising—there is so much to talk about! They said they felt like they already knew us from our videos, but that we were much taller in person!!
We also met Richard and Charlotte who are sailing their Albin Vega Alpha Lira to the Bahamas from Charleston. They were so excited to begin their trip and had already done a few successful voyages offshore on the Vega. “Alpha” means brightest star, and the star “Vega” is the brightest star in the constellation “Lira”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega) Such a cool name!
Really it is somewhat difficult to say “Velocir” and have someone understand what you are saying (bridge tenders, other boats). Basically, Amelia and her cousin thought it was a cool boat name when they were younger, and it stuck! The only person who has really gotten it without explanation was a 10 year-old French boy we met in Little Farmer’s Cay. He had lived cruising on the boat his entire life. When we said Velocir he went to the front of the boat for a minute and came back with a book of papers. He took one and carefully unfolded it, revealing a poster of dinosaurs. He found the Velociraptor and pointed at it with a cute grin on his face.
Now we are motor sailing our days away on the ICW, taking in all the wildlife and sunsets. Above is a Osprey eating a huge fish!
Downtown St. Augustine.
The kitchen of the “Oldest House” in St. Augustine.
Video #22: We enjoy some sunny and rainy weather, and at one point get offended by another cruiser who is very vocal about not waiting at a bridge for the "small and slow" Velocir.