Welcome to the Around ‘n Circles 2017 Advent Calendar. We are counting down every day until Christmas with a fact, tidbit, or useless piece of information about our boat, our crew, and/or our sailing adventures! Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town… (and Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, and Festivus for the rest of us! But who doesn’t love a little surprise every morning when you wake up? So, let’s get on with it…)
By the way, if you’re still looking for gift ideas for your salty sweetheart, don’t forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide!
11 days until Christmas!
In 2016, s/v Giro sailed over 11 hundred nautical miles! We didn’t hit our 2015 numbers despite this being the year we moved aboard and left Texas setting off back across the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately ending up in Marathon, FL. Meeting some pretty awesome peeps and watching some pretty awesome sunsets along the way!
12 days until Christmas!
13 days until Christmas!
The crew of SV Giro have caught and eaten 13 fish! (Technically, we have also caught 3 barracuda and 8 bait fish, but we didn’t eat any of those. But we did find a conch that we ate in The Bahamas! But is a conch a fish? And since Matt just picked it up of the bottom of the anchorage, was it “caught”?)
14 days until Christmas!
SV Giro has called 14 different places “home” since we moved aboard on June 20, 2016! In order:
- Port Aransas, TX (June – July 2016)
- Matagorda Harbor, TX (one night in July 2016)
- Galveston, TX (one night in August 2016)
- Seabrook, TX (August – September 2016)
- St. Petersburg, FL (October 2016)
- Sarasota, FL (November 2016)
- Key West, FL (a week in November – another week in December 2016)
- Stock Island, FL (one week in November 2016)
- Marathon, FL (December 2016 – March 2017)
- Andros Island – The Bahamas (three days in April 2017)
- The Berry Islands – The Bahamas (three days in April 2017)
- Miami, FL (the rest of April 2017)
- Fort Lauderdale, FL (May – one week in July 2017)
- Hampton VA (July 2017 – present!)
15 days until Christmas!
Okay… this number does not reflect the actual number of people we’ve met cruising, HOWEVER, we counted, and we’ve only collected 15 boat cards! Do you have one of our boat cards? Do you hand out boat cards? We want MORE!
16 days until Christmas!
We moved aboard to realize our dream in 2016! Best decision ever. Mostly. Right now, we are in Virginia freezing, while it is sleeting outside with snow on the way. This particular move may not have been our best decision. But the rest of it… the beaches, and warm sun, and warm, crystal clear waters, and friends, and sundowners, and wearing tank tops in the Florida Keys last December… all of that? That was terrific.
This was our first official day living on a boat – June 20, 2016. IT WAS MISERABLY HOT and we had NO AIR CONDITIONING. And today we are MISERABLY COLD, but we do have heaters. Not sure which is worse. 🙂
17 days until Christmas!
We have been living on our boat (no other home) for 17 months now! Holy cow! Totally surprised by how fast it has gone by. We’ve made some of the best memories living on a boat, and met some of the coolest people. Every day is a new adventure. Unfortunately, this morning’s adventure was sleet! 🙂
We’d love to be back in warm water and sunny days… hopefully soon!
18 days until Christmas!
This is a fun stat! The crew of SV Giro have sailed 18 overnight passages. It always gives me a chuckle when we tell people we have a multi-day passage coming up, and someone asks if we anchor out in the middle of ocean. Nope. We are on watch 24/7. We take shifts.
Night sailing can be any combination of boring, scary, spooky, calm, peaceful, beautiful, or a complete beating. Here is the recap of our overnight sails: a 6-night passage from Miami to Texas (thanks to our crew – Ben, Bill, and Dale), 5-night passage from Texas to St. Pete, 1 night from Sarasota to Key West, 1 night from Marathon to The Bahamas, 1 night from The Bahamas to Miami, and 4-night passage from Fort Lauderdale to Hampton, VA.
Moonrise over the Atlantic! A little fuzzy but a full-ish moon is always nice to sail with.
19 days until Christmas!
SV Giro (new Giro) has 19 hatches!! (The extra exclamation point really helps to make this announcement super exciting, don’t you think?) To be fair, I did warn you that there would be “useless piece[s] of information…” included in this list. I did not disappoint.
Hatches to Boats are like Windows to Houses. They give us the awesome breezes throughout the boat.
I’m not even sure I have a photo to go with this… oh wait… here you go.
See all those squares – those are hatches. (Some are hidden by the mast so don’t try to count them in the photo.)
20 days until Christmas!
We have a total of 20 outboard horsepower for our dinghy (the family car) – a 15 hp Yamaha and a back-up 5 hp Mercury. When we bought OG, it came with a deflated dinghy and Mercury 5 hp outboard. We quickly replaced the dinghy, but kept the Mercury. We could not get up on plane and we took forever to go anywhere, but it was fine… until it wasn’t. We upgraded to the 15 hp Yamaha in Key West after a ridiculous trip from shore to boat in which we were literally soaking wet when we arrived back to the boat. We kept the Mercury as back-up in case we ever need it…
This is “on plane” (well, actually it looks like we are coming down) – But being on plane means you sit on top of the water and you go faster.
21 days until Christmas!
SV Giro has spent the night at anchor 21 times! Not nearly enough in my opinion… but 2018 is looking up… This time next year, we should have 10 times that number under our belt.
Here is the lowdown on where we’ve anchored: Biscayne Bay – Miami, Flato Cut – Port Aransas TX, Pumpkin Key FL, Key West FL, Bootkey Harbor FL, Andros Island – The Bahamas
All of the other nights, we’ve either been on a mooring ball, docked in a marina, or overnight sailing.
One of the best sunsets we’ve ever had… anchored in Bootkey Harbor (Marathon), FL in the Florida Keys
22 days until Christmas!
Double Deuces! 22. This one was EASY! We have owned TWO boats, and named them both Giro. And we happened to own BOTH boats at the same time for TWO DAYS! Double TWOs. Two and two.
Original Giro was a 2007 Lagoon 380 with 4 cabins, 2 heads. She was our first boat ever, and we loved her. But we realized after a year aboard, that we wanted a bigger boat (read about our decision here), and fell in love with our new boat, a 2008 Lagoon 420 with 3 cabins, 3 heads. For a tour of our new boat, click here!
OG – Original Giro – Lagoon 380
“New” Giro – Lagoon 420
We’ll be back again tomorrow with more fun stats as we countdown to Christmas!
23 days until Christmas!
This is the only number in the whole calendar that we had to estimate. But if you’ve ever worked on your own boat, I think you will agree that it is possible that we may have underestimated. However, 23 equals the number of trips to West Marine, Home Depot and/or Amazon orders it takes to complete a single boat project.
Thank goodness my photo editing skills are on point.
(The rest of the calendar gets better… promise! See you tomorrow!)
24 days until Christmas!
Starting off our calendar with the number 24. You came, you saw, you probably didn’t go sailing with us, but that’s beside the point… Since we moved aboard in June 2016, we’ve had 24 groups of friends visit us on the boat. Are you on the list??
Top: The Kraken and Izula Crew; Middle left: The Moritzes from Austin; Middle right: Michelle’s mom and Tony; Bottom: Matt’s mom (middle) and aunts
Top left: The Leach family from Keep Your Daydream; Top right: Michelle’s dad; Bottom left: Mr. Toast from The Kraken; Bottom right: Izula on New Year’s Eve
We’ll be updating the post every day until Christmas with a new tidbit of information! See you tomorrow!