November 2002

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Jon & Amanda installing the radar in Prickly Bay, Grenada

Hello!  Welcome to the Hacking family website with Sue, Jon, Chris, Amanda, and Arthur (the sea-cat) on Ocelot, our 45-ft catamaran.  As we write this (Oct, 2002), we're currently in Margarita, Venezuela.   We started in St. Martin in the NE Caribbean in Dec 2001, heading basically south.  We're now heading slowly west towards Panama.  Our goal is to stay out for at least two years, and probably end up in New Zealand or Australia. 

 

Jon, Chris, Amanda & Sue sailing off Grenada

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New On The Site - Check it out!

If you're considering coming down to visit and want to see how much fun our visitors have, check out the Boat Guests pages, including a checklist of what to bring Sue has added to her Recipes page with Cruising Cuisine, with more photos and info on food and food prep on a boat in the tropics.  Jon now has his own pages, with his miscellaneous ramblings, like how the press misled the American public about the 1983 U.S. "intervention" in Grenada.  We continue to update the Landfalls page with completely new maps (thanks Amanda!), more pictures, history of the islands, and impressions on our landfalls through Grenada.  Check out the updated Ocelot pages  to see photos of our actual boat with us on it (as opposed to the photos snatched from other Kronos 45 websites long ago).  If you didn't read Amanda's pages before, check out her Old News area to catch up on what we've been doing.  She also has lots of new photos on her site and Arthur's page.  Chris has added more info on his Energy Budget, and has put more photos on his site especially on the equipment pages. We've also added a site map in case you get lost.  And don't forget to check below for the latest quiz Questions.

 

Latest News (October 2002)

June, July, August, and September sped by.  We played in Martinique with cruising friends, then headed south to St. Lucia again, then to new territory -- the Grenadines and Grenada.  Two sets of friends (Amanda's teacher, John Hamilton, and friend Becky Haiduck, and Chris's buddy Kenny Quayle and his dad, Casey) got to cruise prime vacation land -- the Grenadines -- with their white beaches, palm trees and clear water.  We also participated in the Carriacou Regatta festivities and dinghy race, and danced to steel drums at the Grenada Carnival.  (Yes, it's in August...)  In southern Grenada we did lots of boat work like installing the radar and mounting a 2nd GPS.  Sue took a short trip to Seattle to see her mom, and then we headed off to Venezuela to be with some more cruising friends.

 

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Old News (April to May 2002)

After three and a half months in St. Martin and its surrounding islands we headed south on April 7.  We stopped briefly in St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat (the volcano was wonderful) then sailed on down to Guadeloupe to meet friends.  We sailed with them to the Saintes, Dominica, and ended in Martinique.  We picked up Gina & Terry Cole in Guadeloupe in April and sailed south to Martinique with them.  Then we hopped across the channel down to St. Lucia to pick up Emilie Cobb, and sailed back north to Martinique with her.  We spent a month in Dominica in May, awaiting friends on Sea Eagle to  join us, then all headed south for hurricane season, repeating Martinique and St. Lucia.  Cruisers who don't have friends come visit don't do this sort of thing, but if we didn't have friends come to visit we wouldn't be having half as much fun!

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Click on an island to go to our landfall page about it

 

New Quiz Questions! (You'll find the answers or information for them somewhere on the site.)

  1. How can you tell a rotten egg from a good one without cracking it?

  2. What's the most common seagull in the Caribbean?

  3. What are the two most common activities of a beginning windsurfer?

  4. On which island does everyone have seasoned food?

 

Last Update's Quiz Answers

  1. What is the one fish we have caught in five months? Barracuda.

  2. What skeletons do we collect? Coral.

  3. Why shouldn't you sail near the southwest corner of Montserrat? Ash cloud from the volcano.

  4. What does Arthur hate the most? Sailing.

  5. What  Caribbean island rebelled to win back its colonial status? Anguilla.

 

On The Site

If you're wondering where we are, or where we've been, (and what we each thought about it) check out the Landfalls page.  On the Ocelot page you can see pictures from all over the boat, and read its specifications and our impressions of the boat.  On Jon's pages you can read about the US intervention in Grenada in 1983, and his technical slant on some of the boat systems.  If you want birds, recipes, and comments on the cruising life and changes to the Caribbean in the past 14 years, check out Sue's pages.  Chris writes about his projects and schooling.  Amanda brings lots of pictures, plus stories about our adventures in Africa and New Zealand and Australia from past trips. The Boat Guests pages are designed to make everyone jealous of our visitors and want to come down themselves.

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