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New Cruising Adventures - A Need for Speed

This site is the virtual home of our journeys afloat. Until the summer of 2013, we traveled on sailboats. For the 2014 season and onward, we're traveling in the US on a powerboat. We've finished the maiden season on our Grand Banks Heritage Classic 47, which took place entirely on Lake Michigan.

If you have visited this site before, you'll know that we spent the summer seasons 2000-2005 on a Hallberg-Rassy 46 sailboat named Swept Away and 2007-2013 cruising on a Hallberg-Rassy 54 named Second Wind. When it came time to come home to the US, we decided that it was time to move a little faster.

It's a mental more than a physical transition to go from sail to power, some of which has been documented in our 2014 Letters to Home. In the end, adventure and newness is replaced to a large degree by comfort. It's less of an exploration and more of a vacay.

Grand Banks 47 Heritage Classic

Actually, this photo of a vessel just like ours came from the Grand Banks web site, as did the images in the gallery carousel above (thanks, Grand Banks!).

We've archived the travels of Second Wind, in case you want to go back in time.

You can also see the travels of Swept Away, our Hallberg-Rassy 46.

Latest News:

Most recent update: August 2, 2015

Here's our weather:

And here are our weekly letters to home. For those of you who want to see what we're eating, check out our blog about food and travel. Our most recent post....

We send letters back to family every Sunday, just like we're at camp. The letters cover our life aboard and span more than just our sightseeing.

Here are our Letters to Home for 2015:

May 31, 2015 (in Charlevoix, Michigan)
June 7, 2015 (in Little Current, Ontario, Canada)
June 14, 2015 (in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada)
June 28, 2015 (in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin)
July 5, 2015 (still in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin)
July 14, 2015 (in Sister Bay, Wisconsin)
July 26, 2015 (in Manistee, Michigan)
August 2, 2015 (still in Manistee, Michigan)

Haven't seen enough? You can read the archives from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.