To see Pandora’s current location click on this link which will take you to a map page. The “world” is pretty big so you may need to zoom in using the slider on the upper left of the map. Also, click on the “center” button on the left tool bar which will center the map over my last position. Generally, when we are underway, I send a position report once every two hours, and every time we move the boat at least once. My “track” will remain on the map for the entire season so you will know where our travels have taken us. Let me know what you think of this service.
Although the tracker isn’t on when we are anchored, we always leave the AIS transponder on so you can check that way and see where we are. To see us on AIS, search for Pandora, MMSI #367600760. This service only works when we are within VHF range so it’s primarily coastal.
A great AIS app “Marine Traffic” is available in the i-tunes store for your i-phone and when my system is activated, and we are in range, you can see our location in real time, updated every 15 minutes. There is a feature within this app that will allow you to select vessels, such as Pandora and make them part of “your fleet” so that seeing us is that much easier. It’s a pretty nice feature. There is also a feature that will send you an e-mail automatically when we enter or leave a port. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
For the 2018 winter season, Brenda and I will again be cruising aboard Pandora in the eastern Caribbean and hope to make our way down through the Leewards, our second season there, as well as at least part of the Windwards. Just for fun, I did a summary of our 2017 cruise to the Leewards in this post.
This fall I will run Pandora down to Hampton VA in late October to participate in the run-up festivities for the Salty Dawg Rally and then on to the British Virgin Islands as of November 1st, depending on reasonable weather. While or early season plans are up in the air, Brenda may join me once I arrive in the BVI and we will do some cruising there until after Thanksgiving when we will return home for the holidays. After the new year we will return to Pandora and begin our trip south through the Leewards and Windwards.
As of now, it’s a bit unclear as to whether I will bring Pandora home next spring or if I’ll leave her in Grenada. That’s a bit up in the air but making the long run north and south each year is hard on me and the boat and she doesn’t get used much over the warm months in New England. As I write this Pandora is on the hard and just sitting there waiting for something to happen and not much is.
Over the winter of 2016 we spent the winter cruising the Bahamas and the south coast of Cuba. If you are curious about Cuba and the time we spent there, check out the March and April posts. I have to say that the level of interest in Cuba has been amazing and I spoke to many groups about our trip. With what’s going on in Washington (don’t get me started) it’s unclear as to what sorts of restrictions will be put on cruisers visiting going forward. I guess that time will tell. It’s been great sharing our experiences in Cuba . In the September 2016 issue of Blue Water Sailing I have an article about our trip that sums things up nicely. Check it out here. I also have an article about our trip to the Leewards coming out in Blue Water Sailing soon and will put a link to that as soon as it’s out.
In particular, if you want to read more about the process of getting approval to visit Cuba aboard Pandora and the “whole Cuba thing”, I wrote about the “12 reasons” U.S. citizens can visit Cuba. In any event, after much back an forth, and let me tell you there was plenty of “back and forth”, we received approval and went.
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