This past week marked the end of one era and the beginning of the next in our boating lives. The final wire transfers were completed yesterday, concluding the sale of our beloved Tayana Vancouver 42 sailboat Jubilee.
Some say the two happiest days of a boater's life are the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it. I don't know that I agree. On the "sale" side, bittersweet might be a better word. Sweet in that the sale went well and both Jubilee and we will now be off on new and different adventures, but it's more than a bit sad parting with a boat that took us on 20,000+ magical miles of cruising experiences across Great Lakes and ocean passages to a half dozen or so countries and countless islands.
As indicated in the immediate prior post, we decided last spring to switch from a more casual approach to listing and selling our Jubilee to listing with a more specialized broker, Rogue Wave, located in one of the the country's hottest "sailing capitals", Annapolis, Maryland. Both decisions turned out to be spot on. We couldn't have been more pleased than having Rogue Wave as our broker, and Annapolis, plus Rogue Wave, brought the traffic that we were looking for to seriously market the boat.
But first we needed to get to Annapolis. We published the details of that trip on Facebook, but for purposes of completeness we'll also capture the high points on this Jubilee blog too. April had brought almost constant stronger northerly winds along the east coast, which kept us pinned in Brunswick attending to several miscellaneous boat chores prior to departure. Our break finally came on April 19th when the winds shifted and we departed Brunswick Landings for the last time with crew-mate Jeff Burton from the Twin Cities. Our first destination was Charleston, South Carolina, a 164.8-mile, 23-hour, run on the outside (if at all possible we try to avoid the ICW).
As shown on the accompanying chart, we then hopped north from Charleston to Southport, North Carolina, where we stopped to pick up a part we had sent to a marina there. While the part finally did make it, it turned out to be the wrong part (we hate when that happens). As the part wasn't absolutely crucial, we made adjustments to run without it and headed north from there the afternoon of April 25th, proceeding out around Cape Fear, continuing on around Cape Lookout, and finally rounding Cape Hatteras. We arrived near the entrance to the Chesapeake at Little Creek, Norfolk, VA., at 6:30pm on the 27th ... a 51-hour run.
From the Norfolk area we proceeded up the bay in five hops (four interim stops) for the final legs of our travels to Annapolis. In total we traveled 629 miles in three offshore jumps from Brunswick, GA, to Norfolk, VA., and then another 158 miles up Chesapeake Bay with 4 stops along the way, for a total of 787 nautical miles (906 total statute miles) form Brunswick to Port Annapolis. Along the way we celebrated Judy's birthday with long time sailing friends Chuck and Barrie Carmichael at their home off the Piankatank River along the eastern shores of the Bay, had several wonderful seafood meals at our various stops, worked in a bit of local touring, and were even boarded by the US Coast Guard or a safety check just short of our final destination in Annapolis (we passed with flying colors).
Now it's on to shopping for a trawler. Our next "new-to-us" boat, whatever she may be, will no doubt bring its own special experiences. We'll have to see how they compare with tropical crossings under sail aboard Jubilee with the North Star off the starboard bow and the Southern Cross off the port stern, or with dolphins playing in our bow wave and whales spouting nearby.
Jubilee's new owners are a wonderful and very experienced sailing couple from Montreal, Louis and Christine. To the left and right are two photos of Jubilee with her new owners. Chris and Louis come to Jubilee with the same kind of dreams we had back in 2000. After Louis retires in 5 years they hope to embark on some serious long distance cruising. Jubilee's adventures will most definitely continue, albeit under a new and no doubt French name. Au revoir beloved Jubilee!
Below are a couple of our favorite photos, capturing special memories of of our cruising days aboard Jubilee. Hopefully in the not too distant future we'll be creating new memories like those aboard our "next" boat. We'll be keeping this cruising blog site up, so stay tuned as the search for our next magic carpet begins.