Sunday, July 27, 2008

Annapolis, Maryland... "The Mustache Passage"

Today we are in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland! My 9 hour drive went smoothly yesterday, and I was greeted in Annapolis by four salty sailors bearing new mustaches. This has officially been dubbed the "mustache passage". In case you aren't aware, it is usually tradition for the guys to grow out their facial hair while on long passages (something to do with lack of water and showers, I believe). It seems that tradition has grown old with this crew, and they have decided that a mustache demands more respect around the docks that a full beard. They all are beginning to look like Burt Reynolds. Scary!

Their sail from Charleston went smoothly, with up to 2 knots of current bringing up their speed to 12 knots! (Which is great for the Alemar). The next leg of the trip will be to New York for a pit-stop, and then on to Newport, Rhode Island.

I will be leaving early in the morning to finish my drive up the coast, with a stop in New Hampshire for a few days to show Tucker's mom, sister, and gramps my big belly :) I can't wait to see them! New Hampshire is incredible this time of year, and much cooler than the South. I am really looking forward to getting there.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Alemar Passage North - Charleston to Newport

Here is the current route for the Alemar.. at least it is my version :)
The guys should have rounded Cape Hatteras by now, which is known to sailors as being "The Graveyard of the Ocean"... please keep Tucker and his crew in your prayers - it is another world out there.
Fortunately Tucker has become quite the forecasting expert, and is tracking weather patterns daily, along with a professional weather router. These guys really know their stuff.
I should get another satellite call this evening - and will keep you posted :)


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Heading North

This has been a busy week for me and Tucker. Besides finishing up an engine change on Alemar and preparing the boat for passage... Tucker and I just celebrated our very first wedding anniversary on July 21st :) Today is my 29th birthday, and I am 22 weeks pregnant!

We have been fortunate to spend the last month (or two) in Charleston with Tucker's sisters Ann Chambers and Vanessa, brother Dillon, dad Dig (Doug) and step-mom Lisa. Last night, Tucker left Charleston City Marina for the next stop on our list, the sailing capitol of the U.S., Annapolis! I am looking forward to driving up the coast and meeting them there on July 25th. Afterwards, we will all be making way to Newport, Rhode Island (which you just can't beat this time of year)... It's going to be beautiful.

Well I just spoke to Tuck over satellite phone... he, brother Dillon and the rest of the crew just made it through the first gale of their passage with winds at 50 knots! Wow - Glad I'm not out there!

all tucked inn

Welcome to our new blog!

Tucker and I have been so incredibly blessed with a huge, loving family... the tricky part is that we seem to be scattered all over this beautiful country. We think that this will be a great way to keep everyone in the loop.

As you all know, we have a lot going on these days.. with a baby on the way (yay!).. and a move to the Pacific Northwest in our near future. With everything changing so fast, it is more important than ever that we are able to keep up with the people we love most :)

Heather (and Tucker, and baby)