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Enroute to Texas and Canada for another visit with our family before our sailing season begins. Our travels stopped in Istanbul last night, and we shuttled to the Renaissance Hotel. Our 15th floor room overlooks the Sea of Marmara. We’re in Europe, with Asia across the water. The Black Sea flows into the Bosporus passing the Istanbul Palace, the Aga Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and flowing into the Sea of Marmara passing our hotel. In an hour, we will shuttle back to the airport for our flight to Texas and to Courtney, Mike, and Hailey.
High winds have lambasted the marina this season. We clocked 66 knots on the wind indicator in the wee hours a week or so ago. The next morning, Search and Rescue towed in a limping sailboat.
Visit Diaries and scroll to the bottom of the page for more on our road trips and the storm.
Valentine's Day, our daughter Lindsey broke her kneecap when she slipped pushing a neighbour's car stuck in the snow. She went for emergency surgery and I began 20 hours of travel, arriving in Canada at nearly the same time she got home from the hospital.
An article from a few years ago: The Inspirational Philosophy of Sailing Through Life: https://www.nauticalmind.com/blog/2012/02/sailing-through-life/
Visit the 2017 Winter Cartagena pages for stories and pictures of our trip through the Andalusian.
This website documents the adventures of two Canadians, Con and Barb Sprenger aboard their 15-meter sailboat Big Sky.