Getting Ready

IMG_0219We are one week out from kicking off Alyosha’s around the world voyage.  Let me explain how this all going down- there are so many facets of the trip and many players are involved.  Th easiest way to explain where the BOAT itself will be going is to pull down the menu and click on World Trip.   This will explain where the boat is going and approximate dates.

The kids and I (Lisa) will be joining “Captain” Steve and his Dad, Tom participating in the Annapolis to Bermuda Race (A2B http://www.bermudaoceanrace.com ) June 10th.  The Crew is ready- I myself have completed my WFR certification (Wilderness First Responder), US Sailing Safety at Sea Certification, and Cpr/First aid Red Cross.  Steve has re-certed in all along with charting/navigation & mechanical/electrical classes and extensive weather training, practically becoming a meteorologist!

The boat is almost ready to go- we added our dinghy, “JEPIC” on the back for jetting into various beaches, grocery runs, exploring interesting nooks and crannies of the islands new lands we will be discovering!  Just a few more provisions and we will put on our Sperrys and gloves and off we go!  (and yes mom, we have our harnesses & PFDS!)

Steve and crew will take the boat from Bermuda to the Azores.  The kids and Lisa fly home from Bermuda, then meet Steve on the island of Flores, Azores, Portugal the first of July.  The family will cruise the islands and eventually head over to the mainland of Europe, headed for Lisbon, Portugal.  We will spend the month of August there, traveling inland by Euro-train, meeting friends in Madrid & Barcelona, and making new friends along the way.   The kids will return to school for the following school year- no home schooling quite yet!  Steve has to get the boat around to Australia where Lisa & kids will rejoin him this time next year-  I hope that clarifies things!

We will try to post as much as we can- we will be ‘wi-fi dependent’- but more likely we will post a few quick pictures on either Facebook or Instagram!

 

 

Its been a while….

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Just to catch everyone up- Steve and a crew of friends- Clay, Jeff, & Adrian sailed Alyosha down to the Bahamas back in the fall of 2015.  It has been on a mooring at the St. Francis Resort just outside Georgetown.  (George, we can not thank you enough for keeping an eye of the ship while we have been working and the kids have been in school, all the while we are gearing up for the round-the-world voyage which truly kicks off this summer on June 10th, 2016.

In December, Steve & kids & I flew down to the Bahamas and sailed around the islands for a few days- many many cool things to see and do- from hanging in Staniel Cay on a beach with wild domestic pigs to diving under water rocks and snorkeling inside a rock formation where the 1964 James Bond movie ‘Thunderball’ was filmed.

Here’s a 5 minute video on our winter trip!

Now there were a LOT of mosquitoes and noseeums- we looked like we had the chicken pox- so many bites. Not fun 😦  And no air conditioning. And very sticky.  But we loved it and are ready to go back for spring break- back down to the St. Francis resort to provision the boat and get ready to sail down to the Turks and Caicos.  Until then….

The Butz Family

 

 

Nantucket, MA to Newport, RI

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For the past 3 days we have had unfavorable weather conditions.  Right now, we are in Newport, RI- it is pouring rain- luckily, the kids have taken to playing “store” on the boat, creating little stores & coming up with play & ways to entertain themselves (along with a lot of ‘screen’)…  but wow is it raining!!!  We tried shopping today but got soaked!  We saw an indoor arcade with skeeball we might hit later today! If the rain subsides!!!  Other than that, we are boat bound- Steve arranged for some work to get done

In Nantucket, our anchor spot in the harbor was not the best…. an incredibly crowded harbor, we were pretty far from the town & we couldn’t dinghy in.  The weather was rainy-ish & the winds very strong, we had to take the water taxi in & out.  The boat was getting bounced all over the place, and we constantly had to do anchor watch (which made for not the best sleep…. )  But Nantucket was very fun once we got to land.  We rented bikes and biked all the way to Cisco beach which was beautiful small cliffs that lead to some really great surfing!  (But to Sam’s major disappointment, we didn’t  surf….)  We shopped around and met Meghan Trainor’s Mom & Dad (who own a jewelry store on the island- they have all her magazine covers framed & gold records hanging in the store!)  We had dinner at the Tavern.  *I have sampled clam chowder in every port- so far the best was just outside Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard at the Lighthouse Grill.

We left Nantucket Sunday morning headed into misty-rain, 25-30 knot winds and 2-4 ft choppy swells- a bit nauseating for Max & Sam- Sara managed to make 6 or 7 pom pom pets with yarn & a fork- while the boys laid around for the 4 hour sail- we ducked into a place called Woods Hole, MA and grabbed a mooring- just off the mainland, the sun had come out & we got to shore via dinghy to walk around.  A quirky town- the home of the the campus of MBL-Marine Biological Laboratory.   They had these cool house shantys built on little barges at moorings- Steve seemed to think they were man caves!  We found ‘not the best playground in the world’, but one, nonetheless & the kids ran around.  Then we walked around the town, found a hands on science attraction of the Buzzards Bay eco-system, and walked to pebble beach.   Pretty unimpressive, but quaint, dry & calm. 🙂

We left in the morning-Monday- and had to motor into Newport- no winds, and the sea looked like  a sheet of ice…

 

Some Video- Kids Blogs

Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island have been amazing, but we have struggled with connectivity to the internet… Posting texts (and maybe a picture) to this website occasionally has been possible, but we have not had strong enough connection to post any video- until now. Max, Sara and Sam have been keeping some video logs (especially when they are at sea) and here they are… 

Martha’s Vineyard

This place is unbelievable!! Gorgeous, no humidity, and the streets of Edgartown just drip with money-LOL!! Its quite a sight- and I’m sure the regulars here are getting a sight from our crazy loud family (& Yes, for those of you who ‘know’-especially Sam in his crazy neon outfits & mismatched knee high socks amongst the khaki clad locals )!!!
Sailboats are everywhere in the harbor and the kids can swim right off the boat over to this neat little beach with a light house right on it. (yes mom, they have a pfd!)  They made up a game called American Water Ninja Warriors!  …with noodle walks, surfboard balancing, and jumping into blow up rings!  I was worried they would be bored on this trip, but not a second has gone by (in ports) that they have not found a new adventure!  Going to a Sand Castle Building contest today, renting bicycles, and eating lunch in town before a dinner meal cooked by Max, and a movie on the boat…

First over night sail

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30 hours- light winds-big swells.  The family was over all bored-LOL and in awww of the ocean.   We saw 2 giant sea turtles (very cool) and had lots of biting flies on board (very UNcool).  The kids did fantastic, making GoPro videos (all which need to be edited or the viewer WILL be sea sick!), read books, bickered, the usual!  Lisa took 2 naps!  And Steve was up and excited and setting up the boat as we went along preparing for the dark night.  We all watched an incredible sunset, a moon rise, an d Sam and Sara took their first watch with Steve making it til 11pm (Sara) and midnight (Sam)….and boy are we paying for his lack of sleep today, with the little guy waking up at 6 am!!!!  Steve had to dodge a few boats going through the NYC shipping channel, but other than that a calm evening.  Max & Mom did the 5am watch, downing Mountain Dews and coffee to wake up!  We watched the sun RISE & THE MOON set.  We got to Block island around 11 am, and pulled into a incredible port full of hundreds of boats anchored and moored.  It is about 80 degrees. breezy, and the kids (and Steve) enjoyed swimming off the boat!    We stayed here all day & made dinner on the boat- its going to be an early to bed night for us- we are all pooped!  But what an adventure!