"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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Merengue, an Island Packet 27, and her crew left Milwaukee, WI on September 2, 2006 for an extended voyage. Merengue sailed through the Great Lakes, Erie Canal, Hudson River, and down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida. She crossed the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas, sailed through the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. She is currently exploring the islands of the Caribbean.
Just a quick update to let readers know that we are still in St. Thomas. I know, we originally only planned to stay 3-4 days. Why do we even plan, we never stick to it! There have been several reasons for the delay but the primary one is the backstay in the picture below. If you look closely you'll see a wire strand hanging from the stay.
On the trip from Leinster Bay to Salt Pond Bay, St. John we heard a Boinggggggg! That's never a good sound! A wire strand in one of our backstays (Merengue Has 2) broke and was unraveling, floating in the breeze. We've been told that it is very unusual for one to break in the middle. They usually break at one of the fittings. We've spent the last week getting price quotes from riggers here and in Tortola for 2 new backstays. We are hopeful, although not completely optimistic, that we will only have to replace the backstays. Merengue's rigging is old and we're sure it will need to be replaced at some point in the near future. But at thousands of dollars we'd like to delay that for as long as possible if we can. Seeing as how the rigging holds the mast up it's not something you can really ignore! Luckily our problem occurred on an island where we have lots of options for repairs so we should be able to get the rig fixed fairly easily, we hope! Stay tuned!