It has been a great summer for sailing in Chicago. Beautiful weather and favorable conditions have been the norm rather than the exception. While we're on this mini-hiatus from full-time cruising, it sure is nice to be able to go sailing on my dad's beautiful boat whenever we'd like. We've been getting our 'fix' weekly and Isla is a regular ole sea salt by now. She loves the feeling of wind in her hair and watching the water from the rail.
Meanwhile, Scott is enjoying his current rotation (week two of four) as Captain aboard s/v Diamant. He's posting pics of him and all our cruising friends that are in Grenada for hurricane season, as well as sending me images of the beautiful Grenadines while underway, keeping me thouroughly jealous. He's loving it - and while we miss him here, it's great to know he's happy!
Lots of good stuff going on with the new boat. I've got her on the hard in a yard, her deck work begins today, and the bottom work will begin this week. We have begun the process of re-naming her (more on this later!), she will be USCG Documented shortly and insurance has been purchased. All of this requires a ton of organization and paperwork, but it's worth it! Hoping to get down to Lauderdale and check out our new 'baby' in the next week or so. Speaking of babies, Isla is now a rolling, laughing, cooing and smiling machine. It is so awesome being her momma.
We'll keep you posted! Lots of exciting stuff happening!
Brittany, Scott & Isla