shows by example how easily you can eliminate stress, become more independent, raise your children in a safer environment (while spending more time with them, instilling values not based on the mighty dollar) and avoid the traps of commercialism. Because we live and sail simply, we have been wandering for 11 years with no intention of stopping. This is not a trip for us; it is our life, and I hope to share our success with stories of laughter and tears, as well as how-to tips and DIY projects for preparing, sailing and making a boat a home, so that others can join us.

St. Patrick's Day Island Style

March 20, 2017

We interrupt your regularly scheduled ramble about life on the water to share a bit of island life. The Caribbean's inhabitants are known for their good-natured outlook and love of a good party, and St. Croix is not to be outdone come St. Patty's Day. It's the one day every Crucian thinks he's Irish. The "floats" aren't what you'd expect if you've ever been to Mardi Gras, and the music and dancing get a bit borderline for young viewers at times, but the Jell-O-shots flow freely and the festive mood is contagious.

For those of you who have never experienced a St. Patty's Day on STX, here is a taste. The vibe, the heart-pounding music, and the general good-time feel may not shine through in the videos and pictures, but we feel the love. Today and every day, it's good to call a rock home.

Marching Band Island Style


I love when the little kids get involved.

MONDAY we'll go back to sharing useful information for those afloat.


Connie McBride's work has been published in Good Old Boat, Sail Magazine, Small Craft Advisor, Cruising World, All at Sea, and Blue Water Sailing. As a full-time liveaboard cruiser for over 15 years, she has written several books and in her spare time, well, who has spare time?

It's here! My latest book, Years of Ideas from a Simple Sailor is now available on Amazon.

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