We have so much to be thankful for. 2017 was an interesting year and the treasures for us have been the people we have met this year, the relationships we have been fortunate to hold and acquiring our new family member: TIMBALERO.
We are blessed and grateful for all our friends, family and an abundant year of auld lang syne*.
Our travel-school takes a winter break on the same schedule as most regular schools. So we filled our days around the holidays with plenty of action and quality family outings… also we had a boat to learn. We are all getting used to our new chores and docking, anchoring, navigating and provisioning require everyone’s attention and help.
Below are a few photos from our family’s “12 Days of Christmas” (Dec 20- Jan 1) enjoy! ~
12.20 Dolphins playing in our wake as we cruised south – We consider happy dolphins a good omen.
12.21 We baked our first birthday cake (Happy 14th Sophia!) in our new galley – Chocolate with berries and Vanilla ice cream.
12.25 Christmas was SO MUCH FUN with Sydney and Dan onboard. We stretched our time with them cruising south Florida for ten amazing, fun, easy winter days.
Christmas day at anchor!
Lucky are those, visited by a South Pole manatee (we named him Edwin).
12.27 – 12.30 After Christmas, Timbalero was the finish line boat for the 2017 Orange Bowl International Opti Regatta. For four gorgeous days on Biscayne Bay we hosted a full race committee onboard of dedicated parents and professionals who set up and called the finish of every race. The Coral Reef Yacht Club was home to the Orange Bowl and kids were competing from Malta, Greece, Bermuda, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, NZ, among others… and of course many from the USA. There were over 700 sailors in this junior regatta. We were pleased to help out and Timbalero shined in her role at the finish.
1.1 New Year’s Day began with our family’s annual “Polar Bear Plunge” in the ocean – signifying a fresh and clean start for the New Year.
2017 has been a great year for us and we are grateful for every minute, every watershed* moment. Thanks for following along our adventures; stay tuned for more in 2018!
Wishing you all the best of luck, good health and instauration* where/if you need it…
The Coral Reef Yacht Club and Orange Bowl Regatta are internationally renowned. We were impressed to learn that the CRYC supports “Sailors for the Sea” and is a certified “Clean Regatta.” Very cool, Coral Reef! See more here.
Wynwood Walls is a colorful and creative outdoor art space in urban Miami featuring artists from all over the world.
*We subscribe to dictionary.com’s “word of the day” and are always trying to use our new words as we learn them. I used a few in our post today so, here is a special shout out to …
“Auld lang syne” (noun)
“Watershed” (noun) an important point of division or transition between two phases.