13 May 2009


The Piers Marina

We've arrived at our final destination! Philadelphia. Since our last posting, well, Kit Kat's last posting, we've visited friends in Norfolk and Deltaville, VA; sailed north up the Chesapeake Bay via Tangier Island, Solomon's Island (the BEST crab cakes ever), to Annapolis where we were anchored for two weeks. Kristen flew back to the Virgin Islands to work as first mate on s/y Felicia and Hans flew to Barbados to photograph a wedding. No matter how hard we try, we can't really leave the Caribbean! It took two days to sail up to Philadelphia from Annapolis; we arrived at 8PM on Sunday. We are tied up to our new home at the Pier's Marina right in downtown Philadelphia. It's a great location, just a two minute walk from the Old City, 5 minutes from Center City and a bike ride for Hans to Temple. He starts classes on Monday.

Our cruise is over: we're connected to shore power, but we're not swallowing the anchor yet. We plan on living aboard at the marina on Whisper or a slightly bigger boat for the near future. We're both excited about the new prospects that lie ahead in Philadelphia but also a little daunted by the change in lifestyle.

This will be our last Log of Whisper posting. Thanks for reading and for all the comments. It's been great for us to keep a blog for our memories, and knowing that you all were avid readers encouraged us to keep posting. If you ever find yourselves in Philadelphia, get in touch!

Fair winds!
Hans & Kristen
and Kit Kat too. meow!

We were hit with some pretty bad squalls sailing up the Bay. This one included not only thunder and lightning, but hail. HAIL!

Tangier Island

Crab shacks surrounding Tangier Island's harbor.

Whisper flies all of her courtesy flags to celebrate arrival back in Annapolis 2.5 years after we left.

Kristen and Suzanne dance the night away in Annapolis

taking our cocktails for a dinghy cruise around Spa Creek in Annapolis

Kristen and Suzanne catch up

Sunset over West End, Tortola, BVI

squally weather off Virgin Gorda

Captain Chris Bennett helms Felicia. average speed was around 8 knots, we hit over 11 sailing into the north sound!

Culebra from above

Sailing underneath the Bay Bridge just north of Annapolis.

Entering Philadelphia on Whisper.