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Story Time


Pre-us ...
Adagio came to her original owners at the Amel Factory in La Rochelle, on the east coast of France, in 1998. After sailing locally the proud new owners took her out for her shake-down cruise ... to New Zealand via the Panama Canal. 

We have learned a bit about Adagio's early sailing history because her oroginal owners wrote two best selling sailing books during their time aboard.  Adagio has successfully circumnavigated and at one time she was selected to be an Official Committee Boat for the Louis Vitton/America's Cup racing series.  As a result of Adagio's participation in those events a Logo was painted on her bow.  

When we took possession of Adagio, I thought to remove that logo as it had begun to fade and peel. However, one afternoon in Annapolis, MD we met cruisers from New Zealand and they announced "Hey, we know that boat!".  At that moment we decided that the logo would remain, as part of Adagio's pedigree. 
 
Adagio was brought back to, and sold in, the USA, where the new owners promptly took off for a 6 year trip around the Caribbean and then to Spain.
Again, we don't have many details but we certainly learned that the Amel Super Maramu does not shy away from making passages.

We met Adagio in Newport, Rhode Island in January of 2014.  After a short time we decided that she was the yacht we wanted to fulfill our sailing dream.  By the end of February we were aboard ... although huddled down tightly against the freezing New England winter.  The adventure began shortly thereafter.
Year 1 (2014-2015) 
Our previous boat was a 28' Sabre sloop.  Learning our way around a much larger and more complex yacht was initially quite intimidating!  I still like to say that there was no learning curve but rather a straight, vertical line.  There was SO much to wrap our heads around, so many things to figure out and so many techniques we were still to discover.  And learn we did! The more we came to know the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of Adagio's complexity, the more we came to appreciate how really well thought out this yacht is.  
So, without further ado:

April, 2014: Delivery sail. Sixty hours in rough seas, squally winds and near freezing temperatures.  Some might call it a "weather window" and some might call it a 'nor easter'.  Nonetheless we arrived safely in Annapolis and will forever remember our first voyage as a bonding experience.  Yep, this boat is tough.
June, 2014:  Joined our first Rally, the ARC DelMarVa rally.  Designed for 'first-timers' this trip left Annapolis and returned a week later via Portsmouth, VA then Cape May, NJ and back thrugh the C&D Canal.  Simply awesome!  We made permanent friends and learned an awful lot on that trip.
November, 2014: our second big trip .. and what a step forward.  Again we joined a Rally; the Caribbean 1500. From Annapolis we sailed to join the Rally in Portsmouth, VA (now familiar to us!) and after a couple of days' delay we set sail for Tortola in the Caribbean.  What an adventure!  Having never tackled anything like it before it was stressful and peaceful and exciting all at once.  We truly felt a sense of accomplishment at having made our first ocean crossing.  For Adagio, it was just another in a series of passages I guess .. she never complains.

We spent the whole winter in the British Virgin Isands, touring and making wonderful friends.
Year 2 (2015-2016)
After such an amazing winter in the Caribbean we decided to sail back to the USA to escape the hurricane season.  We joined a different Rally this time; the Salty Dawgs, and departed from the BVIs in early May. It's pretty cool to have an experienced group of sailors to hang around with and also avail yourself of professional weather routing along the way.  The crossing was mundane, although there is no getting past the anxious preparation and planning that occurs prior to departure.  
We arrived in Hampton, VA about 10 days later and spent a few days poking around before return to the Annapolis area for the summer months.  This is where we were thankful for those air conditioners!

In November we crossed back down to the BVIs with the Salty Dawgs and spent the winter in the Caribbean again.  This time, however, we spread our wings a little more and explored not only BVIs but the USVI and as far south as Martinique.  
In Martinique we met several more Amel owners as the "Amel Dock" at Le Marin is a Service Center for Amels in the Caribbean.  It was amazing to talk to other owners and hear of the adventures of truly seasoned world travelers. 

Year 3 (2016-2017)
OK, it was now time to put Adagio, and us, to a bigger test.  This time we signed up for the ARC Europe Rally and we made preparations to cross the Atlantic Ocean and go to the Mediterranean for the year.  Our goal? .. Turkey.

In early May we departed Nanny Cay, Tortola with the Rally.  What fun it is to join in the pre-rally excitement and fellowship.  
The journey began with an 800nm leg to Bermuda, then an 1,800nm leg to the Azores followed by a 1,000nm leg to Lagos, Portugal.
The Rally made it fun and safe, with tours at the different locales, meals together, parties, local cultural events and greetings from local civic leaders.  
We arrived in Portugal about 6 weeks later, having spent our 10th Anniversary at a mountain resort with volcanic hot pool on an island in the Azores.  I know .. poor us.

After spending a week in Portugal we moved eastward. To Gibraltar, Cartegena (Spain), the Balearic Islands (Formantera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca) and then a long hop straight to Italy.
We spent a month in Italy (near Rome) before heading through the Straights of Messina, rounding the 'boot' and heading toward Greece.  We "officially" arrived in Greece at Patras but our first landfall was actually in Kefalonia, at a small port called Samos (there's a story there .. someday we'll share).  

In Greece we sailed east in the Gulf of Corinth and then traversed the magnificent Corinth Canal.  From there we "bee-lined" to Rhodes and checked out of Greece. The next passage was a hop to Fethiye, Turkey where we spent the winter.
Photo below is the Corinth Canal. Simply stunnng ... and about $10 per minute... 
Year 4 (2017-2018)
Winter in Turkey: What an amazing experience that simply goes beyond description.  It was as foreign an environment as either of us had ever experienced yet within a very short time we found ourselves welcomed, helped and befriended by some amazing people.  We spent the winter exploring the incredible history and archaeology that this Country has to offer.  One t-shirt said "Turkey; Where the Whole Country is a Museum." and that sums it up better than anything.  We absolutely loved our time there.  We toured several sites, including Ephesus, and being that it was "off season" we often had these amazing places virtually to ourselves. Our stay at the Marina/Hotel Resort was beyond awesome.

In Spring, we set out to explore some of Greek Islands and were rewarded with amazing views, more incredible history, crystal clear anchorages and some really good food.  Our intention was to sail the Greek Islands for the summer, then work our way back out of the Mediterranean and head toward the Canary Islands in order to cross the Atlantic westbound in November.  But .. as things sometimes work out, we couldn't bring ourselves to leave "the Med" just yet, so we decided to postpone our westbound crossing for a whole year.  So, instead of travelling west, we returned to the east and were welcomed back to our familiar marina in Fethiye. It was a good call.
Year 5 (2018-2019)
We left Turkey in Late April and spent time cruising the Greek Islands.  Oh what a treat!  Places beyond beautiful, and some were now familiar to us. We sailed with friends and family that had come to visit us.  It was a remarkable Spring.  As Summer came on we began to slowly head west bound, first through a couple more Greek Islands (sailing through the caldera in Santorini was a bucket list item) and then to Crete.  From Crete we sailed to Malta, an amazing Country with more amazing history, its own language and occasionally sulky racing down the city streets.  Most of all, we will remember the fireworks.  Nearly every day a village has a festival and there are fireworks.  There are fireworks for wedding, civic occasions and parties.  
Here again, we met new friends, reconnected with old ones and explored amazing places.  
By the time we left Malta it was early September and we now had a commitment to be in the Canary Islands for the ARC Rally departing right around Thanksgiving.  
No problem for Adagio, and the miles went by well.  We met the rally a week ahead of departure, prepped the boat and the crew and made our crossing from Gran Canria to St. Lucia in the Caribbean in 19 days and 10 minutes .. never once turning the motor on except for dock maneuvering. 
From St. Lucia back to Martinique for Christmas, then back the USVI and BVI for the rest of the winter.  What an amazing year!
Year 6 (2019-2020)
We spent the first couple of months of 2019 in the familiar waters of the BVI and USVI.  We then decided to return to Martinique for some maintenance and then we returned to the USVI where we once again joined the Salty Dawgs for their Spring Rally back to the U.S.A.  
We worked our way back toward Annapolis and spent part of the summer at our favorite marina.  
Then we set sail to the North.  We ended up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and then returned (a bit earlier than planned thanks to hurricane Dorain) via Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and back to Annapolis.  We didn't stay long though, as we continued south along the U.S. east coast until reaching Brunswick, Georgia .. Which is where this history becomes current events.  
The CoVid-19 has put everything in turmoil right now, so we are just happy and content to self-isolate aboard and pretend this is a very long crossing, complete with shore power. 
Year 7 (2020-2021)
 The story is still being written.  After sheltering in place in Brunswick, GA for most of the Spring moved to Cape Charles, VA .. close to Norfolk.  We then brought Adagio further northward toward Annapolis.  

Hurricane Isaias chased us away from Cape Charles and we sailed North then sheltered in the West River at Galesville, Maryland.  We are currently staying aboard there until the middle of November when we will begin to head South again.

You can come see Adagio at Hartge Yacht Harbor. Notwithstanding the changing Covid restrictions we should be able to accommodate a visit pretty much any time. 

>> Here's praying everyone stays safe and healthy so that the plans and dreams to go sailing can come to fruition<<
Sailing Legs (Major)
Annapolis-Portsmouth-Cape May-Annapolis
Annapolis-Portsmouth-Nanny Cay, Tortola
Nanny Cay, Tortola to Portsmouth, VA
Annapolis-Hampton to Spanish Town, VG
Tortola-Bermuda-Azores to Lagos, Portugal
Lagos, Portugal to Gibraltar
Gibraltar to Cartegena, Spain
Cartegena to Balearic Islands
Menorca to Fiumicino, Italy
Italian Coast southbound to Reggio Calabria
Reggio Calabria - Samos, Kefalonia, Greece
Samos-Patros-Corinth-Kos, Greece
Kos to Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece to Fethiye, Turkey
Fethiye-Patmos-Paros-Santorini to Crete
Crete to Malta
Malta to Gammarth,Tunisia
Tunisia-Sicily-Sardenia to Balearic Islands
Ballearic Islands to Cartegena, Spain
Cartegena-Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco
Tangier to Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
St. Lucia-Martinique-BVI/USVI to Hampton
Hampton to Annapolis
Annapolis-Cape May-Block Island to Halifax
Halifax to Belfast, ME
Belfast to Statue of Liberty, New York
New York back to Annapolis
Annapolis-Hampton to Beaufort, NC
Beaufort-Charleston, SC to Brunswick, GA

All Time Favorites:
Fethiye, Turkey
Patmos, Greece
Virgin Gorda, BVI
St. Thomas, USVI
Valletta, Malta
Funas, Azores