The Reys have started 2015 in a place we never thought we would be. Doing something we never imagined we would do. And yet, here we are! We are feeling blessed and grateful for all we have and all we are doing together. 2014 finished with a quiet, peaceful and happy crescendo. At this point, we are not quite sure how to stop – because we love it (family time, boat, flexibility, challenges, achievements, togetherness, learning…) so much. And of greatest importance, is the kid’s education. Our adventure-school model is working so well that we are not too motivated to stop. At some point we will put the boat in storage and fly home to RI, re-enroll the kids in their beloved day-school…but not today.
To re-cap, last time I posted, we were in Key West with Sydney and Dan… We left port on the 30th of December, heading north for about two weeks to, among other things, race Etchell’s in Miami…
Cruising north, on New Years Day.
Our brisk, refreshing New Year’s day plunge: a Rey family tradition.
We spent a quiet New Year’s Eve in Marathon, FL at Hawk’s Cay Resort. New Year’s day we cruised the beautiful Atlantic via Key Largo and Islamorada to Miami in record time, even stopping for a traditional “Polar Bear Plunge” to welcome the new year in Biscayne Bay. The kids and I moved into our friend George’s place for the week, while Tony pressed on with Cortado to a Ft. Lauderdale shipyard. Cortado spent the week getting some engine work done, her bottom and boot-stripe sanded and re-painted, and a few electrical and painting projects. Tony worked hard between managing the boat updates in Ft. Lauderdale, managing his teams and preparing to race the Etchell’s with Chris, Phil and George. It was a big work week!
Fresh paint job on the Cortado’s hull… ok, it looks the same doesn’t it.
After five days of practice and racing, the guys finished 5th overall out of 49 boats in the Etchell’s Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta. The EFYRA III had a great week. One highlight that week for us was an evening of NBA with the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets. We were given courtside tickets by a friend… blessed.
Waiting to get in the back door of the arena. Go Heat!
Meanwhile, the kids and I were very excited to get back into school and our daily routine. We had a solid and welcome re-start in all our subjects and Sophia and Oliver came back to school voracious in their learning. Right before Christmas break we finished the book, “The Witches” by Roald Dahl, a true gem of children’s literature. Next, we read the book, “The Music of Dolphins” by Karen Hesse which takes place in the many island mangroves between Cuba and Miami — exactly the body of water in which we have spent all of December and January. It is a beautiful book and has added a great deal of meaning to our cruising in the waters nearby.
STATE PROJECT UPDATE: As of now, Sophia and Oliver have each completed 9 of their 25 state presentations. Oh yea!
Playing on the cannons at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.
Posing for photos with Dad and trophies. Discussing with the chef, our choice of poisson at Milos in South Beach. We highly recommend it! Milos, Miami
Post-racing, we packed up Cortado with all our school books and headed down to Key West for Race Week with PowerPlay. We took three days to cruise down – making sure to stop often to enjoy the islands but most importantly, to enjoy our family time together. We arrived in Banana Bay, Marathon to a warm welcome from many of the cruisers there. This has to be the single friendliest marina on the planet. We stayed only one night and enjoyed an easy ride down the rest of the keys to Key West. Dolphins played in our wake on every single leg of the trip down south, which we consider to be very good luck.
Knitting on the flybridge a special gift for Mark and Marlena’s new baby due any day now. Getting ready to jump in for a cool swim.
Our goal is to be docked in Kew West by the 15th January for Tony’s next race.
Next stop: Key West Race Week!