The Caribbean, Norway, Scotland, England & Florida
|2000 was a very ambitious year for us cruising wise.
We spent the first part of the year in the eastern Caribbean on our first
Hallberg-Rassy then sold it and delivered it to the new owner in
Charleston, South Carolina. After a short break at home we returned
to Ellos, Sweden to pick up our second Hallberg-Rassy ... this one an
|During the summer of 2000 we cruised Norway, Shetland,
Orkney, Scotland and a little bit in England. In September, 2000 we
shipped the new boat to Ft. Lauderdale, FL You can imagine that
getting this all done was a logistical feat.
|February - March, St. Lucia, Martinique,
Dominica, Antigua: We returned to St. Lucia where we had left the
boat after crossing the Atlantic. While we went home for about six
weeks Dave Hamilton stayed aboard Sister in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.
Andy and I spent a few days in beautiful Marigot Bay and Soufriere.
|Leaving St. Lucia we island hopped north on our way to
meet Rich and Mara in Antigua. We spent a couple of days each on
Martinique (a "department" of France) and Dominica where we observed
|March - May, Antigua, St. Barths, St.
Martin/St. Marteen, the Virgin Islands: Along with a number of
crew members we sailed, ate and snorkeled our way up the island chain to the
Virgin islands then spent a few weeks cruising the US and British Virgin
Islands. Perhaps our favorite cruising area so far.
|May - July, back to the US: Andy and I made an 8 day, 1 stop
(in Spanish Wells, Bahamas) delivery trip to take Sister from St. Thomas,
USVI to her new owners in Charleston. We returned home for a couple
of weeks in June then returned to Sweden to take delivery of our new boat.
|July-September - A new boat - Norway, Scotland,
England: From the yard we took the
new boat to Skagen on the northern tip of Denmark, then up to the west
coast of Norway for a few weeks cruising the coast and fjords. In
August we crossed the North Sea to Shetland then down to Orkney and the
Scottish mainland, across Scotland via the Caledonia canal, down the Irish
Sea and around the southwest corner of England to Falmouth then on to
Southampton where we left the boat for a few weeks.
|October - shipping the boat to Florida: I returned to England to oversee
loading Sister on to a freighter which then brought her to Ft. Lauderdale,
Fl. Subsequently I met the freighter in Ft. Lauderdale to help
offload our boat.
In Ft. Lauderdale the ships crew dropped her (with me aboard) in the water,
removed the sling and away I went. Sister spent the rest of the year
in a small marina in Dania, FL.