Where is YOLO?

...Off to the Sea for Adventure

...Off to the Sea for Adventure

Friday, November 4, 2011

YOLO 2.0

Hello faithful followers! I am probably writing to myself here as most followers have long since forgotten about the blog. However, if there are some true YOLO readers out there straggling along, here's the latest YOLO update:

Originally the plan was to sail for 6 months and sell the boat to finance the next chapter of our lives. This plan was thwarted by two amazing friends who didn't want to see this beautiful vessel go away. Two of our friends offered to purchase quarter shares of YOLO. With this new influx of money and 2 more ways to split insurance/storage, it was now feasible to keep YOLO for more adventures.

May I introduce to you YOLO's newest crew...

Mark Tinucci is a college buddy of mine as well as Andy. He's in the restaurant business in Newport, MN and is a partner in the family restaurant "Tinucci's". (Go eat at Tinucci's Restaurant in Newport, MN.... shameless plug over) He made time over new years to fly down and catch up with YOLO in the Bahamas. Also, Mark can be credited with the whole idea of fractional ownership of YOLO. It was floating in the water at his cabin where the idea struck him.

Chris Warrington is a fellow Red Wing native and a high school friend of Andy's. He is probably responsible for the whole YOLO idea in the first place. He also owns and captains a 31' Hunter on Lake Pepin. This is certainly where both andy and I got our sea legs. Chris joined the YOLO adventure in February in the Dominican Republic to help aide in our most notorious sail from the DR to Puerto Rico. Because of his expertise, we made it without incident.

In less than 72 hours, Mark and I will be reunited with YOLO which is stored on the hard in Tortola BVI. Mark and I have a laundry list of chores to complete to get YOLO back in ship shape and BRISTOL condition. We are against the clock as Mark only has 8 days with her. Our goal is to have it in the water within the 1st 3 days.

Chris will be joining us on the 14th and Mark will be headed back on the 15th. Lucky for Chris, most of the projects will (hopefully) be done so he can sit back and enjoy some sun and boat drinks.

Stay tuned, another update will come with photos and progress of projects!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

YOLO: A trip of a lifetime!

After we said our goodbyes to the Hufford's aboard Eclipse, preparations were underway to ready the vessel (and ourselves) for separation of YOLO and crew. We were now about to be landlubbers once again as we planned on leaving YOLO under the care of the crew of Eventide. We cleaned her up, stripped the sails and nonessential lines, dove the anchor to ensure a good hold, and briefed Eventide on all of YOLO's idiosyncrasies, for Sally would be making her home aboard YOLO for the summer. On March 30th, Plehal and I flew back to reality while Andy followed a day later. YOLO, 1st edition, has come to an END!

A bit bittersweet. Andy and I had the time of our lives over the last six months. We've seen some beautiful places along the way and done some amazing things. We've met a lot of interesting and amazing people along our journey that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. The Huffords, Sally and the Goulet Brothers, Pete and Ellie, the yellow trimaran crew, Ultra, Seabatticus, The crazy Luperon bunch, the Womacks, Gary & Celeste, Sebastian and his folks, Grandma and Grandpa in key west, John & Erin and Jimmy & Kim from the rivers, the wild St Louis crew, Dick and Dick from Mackinac, all just to name a few. You guys made the trip that much better!

Like anything good, it all must come to an end sometime. Although we were living the life, it was still nice to be able to come home and see everyone we hadn't seen in half a year or more. Neither Andy nor myself could have imagined our blog would be frequented by so many readers. We are certainly flattered by the following and we hope we've inspired others to take a little more of a YOLO approach in life.

The rumors are true. YOLO is currently on the market for sale down in the US Virgin Islands so if anyone wants the opportunity to pick up where we left off, here's your perfect opportunity. She's listed at http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/22744 so check it out!

Both Andy and I will be starting new chapters in our lives. We have a lot to look forward to in the near future and cant wait to get started writing it. Many followers have been asking for before and after shots of the stripping of the YOLO beards. HERE YOU GO:

Nights I can't remember, friends I'll never forget...

Our final visitor Andrew James Plehal landed at the St. Thomas airport and after hightailing it 45 miles back from Virgin Gorda we dropped the hook 10 minutes before we saw his plane come in overhead.  Plehal got off his plane and found us, we walked across the street to where our dinghy was and were aboard YOLO within 15 mins.  Then we went for a swim to shore in Lindbergh bay all within the first hour of our visitors touchdown.  It was a great way to start a vacation and we followed it with a short sail over to Charlotte Amelie where our friends aboard Eventide were eager to meet the new guest.  That evening Andrew got a great look at the local St. Thomas nightlife!

Plehal's first night in St. Thomas, joined by the Eventide crew!
We realized there was no way we were going to make it to Tortola for the full moon party at the Bomba Shack.  So next on our itinerary was St. John's.  It was an easy sail on a beautiful day and we moored in time to hike across the island to Cruz Bay.  There was a Blues festival going on at the beach bar and we watched a great band for a little while but decided to make it an early night in order to feel good for our morning passage to Tortola, BVI.
Beach on St. John's

Our guest had the honor of hoisting the Q-flag for clearance into Tortola, BVI

First stop in the British Virgin Islands

Captain Ple-ditty was a natural at the helm of YOLO.  The Naval Admiral in his blood really came out!

We were eager to show Plehal our favorite place in the BVI.  Norman Island has it all; a beautiful beach, snorkeling, caves, and of course the Willy T's.  Dillon was working on the pirate ship again and was as excited to see us as we were to see him.  We anchored our little ship as close as possible to the huge pirate ship and took the dinghy over to say hi.  Dillon welcomed us with a drinks, dinner, and t-shirts on the house! He's was far to generous and we had a phenomenal time.  Earlier we heard Ultra and Sabbaticus on the radio and had planned a reunion.  We hadn't seen them since Luperon, and we all had a great time trying to hatch business ideas that could keep us cruising forever!  It still amazes me how quickly friendships grow when cruising, they already feel like old friends and we only met several months ago.
Great night with great friends at Willy T's pirate ship bar!

We finally met long lost fellow cruisers Bill and Joanne (Ultra), Kevin and Deena (Sabaticus)

Lance laughing about the cougar behind him...

This is Dillon, fellow Bristol owner, ridiculously fun guy, and bartender at Willy T's

Bill and Joanne felt good enough for a scuba dive the next morning.

Snorkeling in the caves on Norman Island

Giant beach Jenga loser buy's frozen drinks (Plehal)

Skype on the beach? typical of YOLO crew.
7am Andrew says:  Were we this close to Willy T's last night?  I jumped out of bed to see that we were indeed much closer!  The giant ship was swinging around it's anchor toward us so I roused the crew and by the time we got the anchor up we could nearly give Dillon a high-five while he was standing on the dock snapping pictures of us and laughing.  I hope some of those pictures will make the slideshow that is always playing at the pirate bar!
Early morning wake-up call, the Willy T' was swinging to within meters of us! We had to spring into action and raise anchor just before impact (we got much closer than this)

The time had come for our final sail back to St. Thomas to say our goodbye's to Eclipse, and Eventide.
Notice Lance bathing in the Dinghy whilst underway

Our guests always have to catch at least one fish, even if it's a nasty Barracuda 
The Hufford family has always been so hospitable to us aboard Eclipse and it was finally our turn to take them out for a daysail.  Geoff, Michelle, Miles, Jerome, and Jared joined us aboard YOLO for a short daysail around Water Island.  The quarters were a bit more cramped than what they are used to aboard their big catamaran, but a good time was had by all.  Both kids got a chance to take the wheel and feel the boat heeling over with the wind (something they're not used to).  We had heard about a beach concert and potluck on water island and Geoff skillfully took us into the bay with the party under sail power alone.  We dropped the anchor without starting the engine and all piled into the dinghy.  Michelle had come prepared with something to share at the potluck and that got us all in for a great meal, she's always ready for anything!  It turned into a gorgeous evening sunset, with a moonlit sail back to Charlotte Amelie.
9 Lobster tails for a dinner party abourd YOLO (all provided by Jared, the lobster slayer)

Jerome at the wheel on our sail to Water Island

Miles took his turn too

So did papa Geoff

Great daysail with the Huffords.

Water Island party, band, and potluck.  Mama Michelle was of course prepared for the potluck.

What a great family!

Water island was a stellar place to spend one of our last evenings together.

That's is one loaded up dinghy

Plehal looks pretty relaxed, he needed it after taking the bar exam.

Way too many people in Eventide's tiny dinghy!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

USVI/BVI Adventures of a lifetime!

First and foremost, we must give a big thank you to our friends Chris Warrington (for the stellar photos) and Stacy Bengs (for the writing/inside connections) for featuring us in Red Wing's local newspaper, The Republican Eagle! (http://www.republican-eagle.com/event/article/id/72795/).

Us YOLO boys have really been living better than we deserve over the last couple weeks. We have had the pleasure of meeting lots of new friends and reuniting with several old ones. Starting off from the last post, after Red Wing friend Mike Walters and company had to get back to work on their cruise ship (Silver Whisper), we were left alone to explore the rest of Virgin Gorda. On March 11th, we met Jay. Jay was on his laptop in a restaurant working on some online pilot recurrent training. His frustration was unmistakable to a fellow pilot so I had to interrupt him, introduce myself, and ask who he worked for. This obviously led to conversation. Jay was a very interesting and helpful British fellow on a week long vacation with his wife and 18 month old son.
Sir Richard Branson's 120' Sailing Catamaran near Necker Island, BVI
Coming into North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI. Note the seaplane on the mooring ball amidst the sailboats
... also note the hammock
After a bit of talking Andy and I found out he was a sailor as well and had been thinking of selling up and sailing with his wife and kid. We were happy to share our stories and advice with them in hopes to get them started. In return, Jay helped us with some career advice, as we're on the cusp of returning to real life. He was a man with connections and seemed eager to help us as well.
Jay, Alisha, and Dair aboard YOLO
Later that afternoon we invited Jay and fam aboard YOLO to check it out. Two of the three were excited. His 18 mo old son DID NOT like the dinghy ride one bit and his disgust continued throughout his 45 minute stay on YOLO. Jay seemed to enjoy it though! Their visit was cut a bit short, but we made plans for another rendezvous the next day on another part of the island. Jay treated us to dinner at the amazing restaurant on Saba Rock and we said our goodbyes as we had planned on setting sail the next day for Tortola BVI.

It was a serendipitous decision to go to Road Town, Tortola! On the 13th, while anchored in Road Harbor, cooking dinner aboard, getting ready for a night of nothingness... we hear our VHF going off with some old salt calling for YOLO. I respond to the mystery captain hailing our vessel (thinking we were doing something wrong) only to find out it was Captain DAVE!!!! Captain Dave was one of our sailing mentors from up in Bayfield before we started the adventure. A local Bayfielder, he is a staple in the community up there as a sailing instructor. Everyone knows Captain Dave. He was one of the few old salts that truly believed in our success on this adventure given our skill level. Needless to say, however, he was thrilled to see us down here and actually in one piece. He was down here on a one week charter captaining a catamaran sailboat for a family from Iowa he is close with. We spent dinner with him and the family and had a great time catching up with him and sharing stories. It was great to see you Captain Dave!
Captain Dave reunited with his YOLO boys!
The next day, 14th, we set sail for the lesser known Norman Island in hopes of some good snorkeling. Come to find out, there was a lot more than that. Much to our surprise, in the anchorage was a floating steel ship converted into a restaurant/bar. Of course YOLO needed to investigate. We quickly hit it off with Dylan, the bartender of this establishment called Willy T's. Turns out he's also got a Bristol yacht of his own he is working on in Tortola. We swapped cruising stories/aspirations and shared or love of fine Bristol yachts (among other things). Thanks again Dylan, if you're reading this! You made our stay in the BVI a memorable one to say the least.

The Bight at Norman Island
Willy T's!!!!!
While spending a bit of our afternoon on the 15th at Willy T's I met Kelly, a wonderful woman visiting the BVI on a beautiful Westport 112' power yacht (aptly named "Kelly Sea"). We hit it off right away as she seemed quite interested in our story. After a bit of conversation, she told us she had some extra tickets for a regatta party and insisted we return to Virgin Gorda for it. After some discussion, we decided it was too good an offer to pass up, so early the next day we again headed east towards which we came only a few days ago.

After an early departure on the 16th from Norman Island, we began an ALL DAY beat into the wind to make it back to North Sound, Virgin Gorda. We questioned our decision all day but pressed on. Let me tell you, IT WAS WORTH IT! We made it just in time for the YCCS Marina Grand Opening Party which was in conjunction with the sailing regatta party. We had no idea how big this event was going to be and our imagination couldn't even have prepared us for what was in store. All the sailboats in the regatta were multi million dollar 100+ foot sailboats, including the famous "Twizzle", a 189' Ketch rigged racing sailing yacht. You will not see any finer group of sailing yachts anywhere in the world. Accompanying the dozen or so mega-sailing yachts were 10-12 mega-poweryachts there (including "Kelly Sea") to watch the show and enjoy the party. Kelly introduced us to several interesting people. It was pretty amazing to be in such company. We were wined and dined at this event with food and drink finer than we've ever had for the whole trip, perhaps my whole life! It was a unique and memorable night. I couldn't believe that in such company, Andy and I seemed to be the most interesting people at the party, people were waiting to talk to US, rather than the other way around, the way I'd have expected it to be. Of course the beards were sticking out like a sore thumb, but it started conversations I thought I'd never have.

The most notable guest of that evening, however, was definately not the YOLO boys. Sir Richard Branson himself made an appearance at this party as well. Andy and I were fortunate enough to talk with him for a few minutes. Mostly superficial conversation, but still it was an exciting experience. I guess we made an impression on him though as when he left, he sought "the beards" out to say goodbye and to let us know it was his pleasure to meet us. WHAT A NIGHT!
Andy and Sir Richard Branson at the regatta party. That's Kelly on the right in the dark. I was nervous so of course I messed up and partially covered the flash.
here's a website better describing what we got ourselves into: http://www.superyachtregattaandrendezvous.com

Before saying our goodbyes for the evening, Kelly invited the YOLO boys for a St Patty's day cruise aboard Kelly Sea on a daytrip/luncheon to nearby Peter Island. We gladly accepted and returned to Kelly Sea the next morning and went on a beautiful cruise aboard Kelly Sea. It gave us a chance to meet the 4 crewmembers of Kelly Sea (Captain Bryce, 1st Mate NickStewardess Jesse, and Chef Heather). All were interesting and hardworking folks, especially Nick!

Kelly sea at anchor at Peter Island
The bridge of Kelly Sea enroute back to Virgin Gorda. Captain Bryce at the helm
Captain Lance at the flybridge!
Learning the ropes from Captain Bryce
Jesse stepped away so I had to fill in as the ships bartender.
Kelly and I posing for a picture for the website. The photographer told us she wanted a photo of us and wanted to call it "a rose between two thorns"
We made it to Peter Island just in time for lunch and were once again treated to another amazing meal of food much finer than us YOLOers are accustomed to! Many of the power yachts that were at the marina had the same plan and reconvened at this resort on Peter Island (http://www.peterisland.com/villas/falcons_nest). We had a great time with great food and great company then headed back to Virgin Gorda in the early afternoon. What a way to spend St Patties Day!
Random hawksbill turtle discovered whilst snorkeling Norman Island
Square rigged tall ship sailing by.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A HUGE entry to cover LOTS of miles, LOTS of places, and LOTS of guests!

Whilst anchored in Salinas we had the chance to leave our boat in a safe place for an exploration of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.  The feeling of this place was very much more American than the D.R. and our friends on Eclipse invited us to travel to San Juan in the minivan they rented.  Their friend Adrian and our friend Amy both had to fly home and our 5am departure got them to the San Juan airport on time.  The kids all wanted McDonald’s for breakfast and our first order of business after the airport was a search of epic proportions that Geoff wrote about on Eclipse’s blog (www.huffordfamily.com).  Finally we made it to Old San Juan, a part of town built by the Spanish and enclosed in a 2 mile long wall and protected by 2 forts.  The view from the top of the fort was spectacular as was the walk around the old town.  There were beautiful open pastures, parks, narrow streets, and great restaurants that made it feel like Spain.  By the time we made it back to Salinas we were all exhausted and went to sleep. 

Salinas was a great time because we were surrounded by all of our buddy boaters.  Eclipse, Eventide, and Hejira were anchored so close together we could yell to each other.  After we got our jibsail sewn up by the local sail loft Pete invited us aboard Hejira for a night sail.  The Yellow trimaran was anchored only 1 mile outside the bay and we wanted to make the flotilla complete.  Local Puerto Ricans had their boats rafted up alongside the yellow trimaran with salsa music blasting and everyone swimming in the night.  It was an exciting local party but we felt a little out of place so we found a nice beach out of the way and Chris started a bonfire for us.  It got late so we sailed back to YOLO at about 2am and I went straight to the Airport to meet my lovely girlfriend who came all the way from India and landed at 5am. 

After a night with no sleep I was just as tired as she was from her travels so the next day we spent sleeping and beaching.  I still had the car and Miles convinced us with promises of free ice cream to take him to the grocery store so he could buy supplies for his ice cream delivery business.  He put the ice cream in a cooler and drove the dinghy around the harbor selling cones for a dollar to all the cruisers sitting in the hot sun.  He made a profit and got some ice cream for himself so Myles was a happy 12 year old.  Titli had made plans with Michelle on Eclipse to make some Indian food for Lances 27th birthday.  We brought it over and she surprised him with a birthday cake!  Another great meal of aloo gobi, and chicken curry and the great chocolate cake for dessert. 

The sail to Palmas Del Mar was quite rough and of course into the wind.  We motored most of the way because we had yet another guest to meet in San Jaun (Gina, our friend from college).  Chris had heard good things about the marina in Palmas and we were all ready for a pool and hot shower.  The marina was great, and thank god it was adjacent to the nicest beach we found in Puerto Rico, because the pool was closed.  Lance rented a car to meet Gina at the airport, so we thought it would be the perfect day to check out El Yunque national park.  The park has 2 entrances that have roads and trails to fresh waterfalls and an actual rainforest.  The problem started when we entered the park on the wrong side.  We arrived at a waterfall and Lance realized he was out of time and had to leave for the airport.  There was an old Puerto Rican that spoke no English but we thought he said we could hike up the waterfalls to the other entrance in 45 minutes.  I convinced Titls and Chris that we could hike over to the other side and Lance would meet us over there after he picked up Gina at the airport.  Before we knew it he was on his way down the hill and we started hiking up the trail which ended about 100 yards away!  I went back and used my best Spanish to ask the same muchacho where the trail was.  He said to just climb the waterfalls (cascada) and rocks and it would be 45 minuto.  So off we went climbing steep cliffs with our bare feet because it was too slippery for sandals or shoes.  We were having a blast for the first hour.  The falls were cool and refreshing and the view was great so we kept going.  Eventually when the scenery never changed we started to worry.  Chris went ahead to find any signs of civilization, because Titls’s feet were starting to hurt on the sharp rocks and we couldn’t keep a good pace.  By the time we saw Chris again on his way back down it had been 2.5 hours and we had seen no trails, or any signs of humans, definitely not the parking lot we were supposed to be meeting Lance at.  It was decision time, there were 2 hours of daylight left and we had no light.  These falls would be a deathtrap at night so we decided to go back from whence we came.  If we hurried and we were lucky we could get back before dark hopefully without injuries.  I was worried we wouldn’t make it because my cute little lady was hurting and made the going slow.  When she saw that I was prepared to camp overnight in the rainforest using whatever was in my backpack, she realized how important it was and through the pain we traversed down these falls twice as fast as on the way up.  We got to the bottom as the last bit of twilight slipped away and were able to send Lance a text telling him to meet us where he left us.  He arrived with Gina but there was no way to describe what we had just been through except that we needed a feast.  On the way back to Salinas we found a Chili’s where we devoured a meal that was especially appreciated by the hiking crew. 

With so many visitors on YOLO space was getting a bit tight.  For several days we had Chris, Titls, Gina, Lance and I all living and sleeping aboard our 30 foot vessel.  So many old friends onboard made for an excellent time.  We all spent a relaxing day at the awesome beach near our marina, played a rousing game of ultimate Frisbee, and Justin from the yellow trimaran climbed some palm trees for coconuts.  That night we met a woman named Angie, she lives on a boat in the marina that just so happened to be our dream boat!  Lance and I had seen it earlier that day, a vagabond 58!  There was a Vagabond 47 at Pikes Bay marina and we always talked about it as our future boat, they really are pretty.  Anyway, Angie came to our potluck aboard YOLO, and brought an excellent salad, we had over 11 people in our little vessel for dinner.  Afterward she invited us aboard the vagabond and we got to see exactly what boat envy feels like.

Next stop for YOLO, Eclipse, Hejira, and Eventide was the Spanish Virgin islands.  We sailed to Vieques, where we found an anchorage surrounded by another beautiful beach.  It was only a 20 minute walk to the town of Esperanza and a 20 minute walk the other direction to the bioluminescent bay.  This bay has the most bioluminescent water in the world, so after dark we all hiked over to it for a swim/kayak.  We had seen these microorganisms glowing in the water before but never like this.  As you got further from shore it got more intense, every splash is like a firework exploding tiny bits of light in all directions.  We started in a kayak and eventually Titls and I were just swimming in the glowing water splashing it at each other.  Vieques is a beautiful island so we spent several days there swimming, walking, meeting people and getting delicious food at the local establishments. 

Chris's vacation was already coming to an end.  We wanted to get to San Juan a day before they left, so we could go back to Old San Juan.  We took an early morning ferry back to Puerto Rico and checked into a hotel call the Coqui and had a great sushi dinner in Old town.  It was sad to see both of them go.  When I got back to Vieques Lance and Gina were aboard Eclipse so Geoff came to pick me up in his dinghy.  We had to say goodbye to the Huffords because they were heading back to Puerto Rico to get a wind generator installed, and we were heading further into the Virgin Islands.

All the boats in our flotilla went their own directions and we said goodbye knowing it wouldn’t be long before we met up again.  YOLO sailed to Culebrita instead of the main island of Culebra in search of natural jacuzzi’s in the rocks.  They were recommended to us, but we were a bit disappointed to find only small tidal pool that didn’t seem to resemble jacuzzi’s at all.  The sailing in these islands is absolutely phenomenal, being able to see your next destination is nice, and it’s a change for us.  We had a nice sail to St. Thomas where we anchored at Charlotte Amelie and did indeed meet Eventide and Hejira again. 

St. Thomas is a cruise ship destination that is crowded with tourist shops and bars.  We strolled the streets and said goodbye to Gina who had to fly out.  Aaron, Jared, and Sally from Eventide plan on staying on St. Thomas to work for the summer, so we explored more of the island with them and took the taxi to Redhook on the eastern tip of the island.  From there we could see St. John’s, we had to get there for a reggae concert the next day.  The protected waters between St. Thomas and St. John’s are perfect sailing waters, calm protected seas with steady wind. 

St. John’s is mostly national park, the town is in Cruz Bay and that is where the concert was.  Eventide found jobs and decided to take a cruise with us before they had to start the working life again.  We tied to some mooring balls in the national park did some snorkeling and fishing.  Aaron had more luck than any of us so the friendly crew of eventide invited us over for dinner.  Sally made us some fish curry and we brought over some rice and cheap Puerto Rican vino.  We all talked about our excitement and how happy we were to finally be in the Virgin Islands, it felt like the culmination of our whole trip.  The next morning we sailed to Tortola so we could check into BVI customs.  Our goal for the day was to go to the Soggy Dollar bar and have one of their famous “painkillers.” A short but exhilarating sail brought us to Jost Van Dyke and the Soggy Dollar bar.  The place was all we had dreamed it would be and we had a stellar night together.

Virgin Gorda was only a few hours away and we had a reason to get there.  The famous Michael Wolter was supposed to be there on a break from his career entertaining hundred of people on a cruise ship.  We stayed at the marina and sure enough in the morning we saw an enormous cruise ship in port and at about 10am Michael was brought to shore in one of the lifeboats.  He was accompanied by a buff Italian engine-guy and three nice british girls who were also part of the entertainment on the ship.  We took them all for a short daysail to “The Baths” which are giant boulders on the beach and are known as the coolest thing in the BVI.  It was an overall fun day.

Currently I’m sitting at a restaurant on Saba Rock located just across from the bitter end in Virgin Gorda.  The BVI is renowned as some of the best sailing in the world and we have made it here from Lake Superior, now it’s time to leave the boat for awhile and go back to work.

Saying goodbye to Amy O at the airport in San Juan
Taking a snooze at the fort in San Juan. It was an early morning for all of us to get to the airport on time!
Some of the crew from YOLO and Eclipse exploring the fort.
Geoff and Michelle
Crazy cemetery by the sea
The YOLO bros
Captain Warrington's other ship

Some of the "We Don't Neaux" crew aboard YOLO for festivities in Salinas
Sometimes dance parties happen on yolo. and andy looses his pants
Couldn't resist miss Sally. I forgot what she was trying to do here. (Aboard s/v Hejira on our way to the out island party)
Ellie and I aboard Hejira sorting through something... not sure
Peter, Me, and Drew trying to figure out what we just got ourselves into at the island party.
The boats were rafted about 25 deep and music was blasting. All a big surprise to us when we arrived.
an impromptu beach bonfire with the Yellow Trimaran, Hejira (and guests), Eventide, and YOLO.
Justin being Justin.
t/t Hejira, t/t YOLO, t/t Eventide
Showing Jared the ropes on YOLO
Jared was nice enough to help Andy restring his guitar.
The feast of feasts aboard YOLO. (Jared, Sally, Aaron, Lance, Tits, Andy, Chris)
Titli's wonderful indian cuisine aboard Eclipse!
After dinner rough housing
Michelle baked me a birthday cake! and Jerome decorated it! Love Eclipse!
Receiving absolutely wrong directions from a local, which led to Andy, Tits, and Chris's misadventures in the rainforest.
Justin was so proud of himself cuz he found these "sweet" white pants at a thrift store... little did he know that these were maternity pants. Nor did he even know what maternity pants were. He still rocked them.
New boat buddy Anjie. She had our dream boat... Aboard her Vagabond 47. 
We reciprocated and invited her aboard YOLO. She promised a trade, straight up...
The perfect little family. Ashore in Esperanza, Vieques
Dinghying at a fantastic rate. This always happens with our 3hp johnson.
Amy O's last night out
I'd follow this explorer anywhere. In some caves on Isla Caja de Muertos (coffin island)
Chris trusting the vines/roots to finagle his way out of the caves.
Atop the hill at Coffin Island at the lighthouse building
Ellie struttin her stuff.
Mr and Mrs Lovers. 
On our way to some kind of mis adventures... little did they know what was in store.
Chris and Titls posing before the waterfall. Before they scaled it
And now scaling it.
Birthday dinner in Fajardo, PR! Thanks for dinner andy/chris!
Gina still in shock over my manly quantity of facial hair
Justin doing what he does best. The coconut man.
Gina and I in a standard "Get Jealous" photo
Enjoying the view from inside a delapodated light house on Isla Culebrita
These Eventide guys are just trouble...
Sally rocking it hard in the galley of Eventide fixing the YOLO boys up some super good dinner!
Eventide hot on our trail headed to Jost Van Dyke BVI. 
No caption needed
We met up with another Red Wing friend, Mike Walters. He came bearing gifts in the form of three pretty British girls. Nicole, Georgia, and Victoria
Trying to model. Here we are in "The Baths" on Virgin Gorda BVI.
Mike getting aquatic
Our next saling vessel. These things are everywhere now that we're in the BVI!