Ahoy Land dwellers ~
It has been some time since I have penned a blog update. Truth is a lot of LIFE got in the way that prevented me from doing so or it was too painful to frame it up in words. The good news is…the Jones’ are back on board the good ship ‘Ocean Pearl’ cruising in the oh so familiar New England waters this summer.
To back up some…we capped off our Northern European cruising late Fall of 2015 whereby we revisited Gibraltar and set off into the Mediterranean for the Spanish Balearic Islands. There we enjoyed a rendezvous of the original GSSR (Great Siberian Sushi Run ’09) group; ‘N68 Sans Souci and N62 ‘Seabird’ in Palma, Mallorca. After thoughtful consideration, we decided to ship the boat back on a yacht transporter across the Atlantic in October 2015. Early in 2016 we faced some challenging health issues. The boat ultimately landed in Key Largo, FL where we have access to a slip at the Ocean Reef Club. We were thrilled to enjoy the 2017 winter on board in the Keys.
Hanging out in ORC...our Cruising Club of America burgee flying
Braun feeding beeg thirsty manatee fresh water!
Fast forward...we had the boat back in Annapolis, MD during the Spring 2017 and brought her up to New England for July and August. Presently, we are in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard.
Braun, granddaughter, Julia and grandson, Logan in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Fab friends and Buddy boat pals, Steven and Carol Argosy, N62 'Seabird', Martha's Vineyard
After much consideration and mixed emotions!…Braun and I have decided it is time to sell the boat…as Braun would say, “swallow the anchor”. We were winding down when we made the decision to ship her back to the Caribbean late 2015. We traveled beyond our wildest dreams for 12 years on our beloved Nordhavn 62 ‘Grey Pearl’…and, as most know – we lost her to a fire while at the dock in Phuket, Thailand. Not to be discouraged…we turned around and bought N64 ‘Ocean Pearl’ six months later. We outfitted her and did some shake down voyages and set off across the North Atlantic from Newfoundland, Canada, to Ireland the following year. Every year thereafter just got better and better…the JOY this boat has given us is immeasurable! 5 GREAT years.
Time for another chapter ~
We thank you for following along…for your comments, support and advice.
It’s hard to say goodbye!!
Tina and Braun Jones, Newport, RI
Tina and Braun Jones