to move on to Nova Scotia for a couple of weeks before
heading home to the United States.
Most of their time was spent in Halifax, Lunenberg,
and Shelburne, each town exhibiting a different type of
Nova Scotia charm.
Halifax, although the largest city in the Maritimes,
is filled with renovated and preserved buildings within
walking distance of the downtown public wharf where
Three@Sea was docked. Kathryn enjoyed the fresh
produce from the farmer’s market, the oldest in North
America, located across the street from the dock.
If Halifax is the commercial center of Nova Scotia,
Lunenberg is the tourist center, and for good reason.
Historic preservation is king, followed closely by
maritime history as represented by the Bluenose
schooner and the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic,
where they docked for their visit.
Shelburne was the final chapter in their visit to Nova
Scotia. They participated in the historic town’s annual
chili cook-off and the Whirligig Festival.
On September 20, 2009, Three@Sea left Shelburne
on her final voyage out of Canada, across the Bay of
Fundy, and back into the United States. After some
initial challenges from strong currents generated by the
extreme tides, they enjoyed a smooth cruise into the
Gulf of Maine where they saw the colorful floats of the
AUTUMN ON THE EAST COAST
Having arrived in New England so late in the season,
the shorter days and smaller weather windows dictated a
quick passage down the shore with stops at Marblehead
and Boston, where Ayla celebrated her 13th birthday.
She had been invited to give her “Save Our Seas”
presentation to a youth group and they were prepared
for her visit, complete with a nautical-inspired birthday
cake. The Besemers then moved on to Portsmouth,
Rhode Island, where they tied up at the docks of the
Northeast offices of Nordhavn. It was a coming-home
party of sorts, with Nordhavn personnel and other
owners sharing in the joy of their year-long cruise.
With Cape May, New Jersey, as their next destination,
an unusually placid forecast gave them an opportunity
to cruise down to the Delaware/Maryland shore and
into Norfolk, Virginia. As they passed the entrance to
New York Harbor, the family closed the loop they had
started in late April. In approximately six months they
had accomplished their goal: A family of three with
little cruising experience when they began this loop,
were seasoned veterans as they moved on to Norfolk. It
was hardly a leisurely cruise, but a great education for
Ayla, David, and Kathryn. As they prepared themselves
and the boat for the next phase of their journey, the
Besemers spent the winter of 2009–10 in Florida and
the Bahamas and returned to the Chesapeake in the
spring. David went back to work, commuting by air to
Top: The soul is soothed by the sparkling blue waters of the
North Sound anchorage on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin
Islands. Above: The girls joyfully return to the dinghy after a
grand adventure with their folding bikes on Vieques, Spanish
his office in California, and visiting customers around
the world. Ayla and Kathryn stayed with the boat while
working on possible sponsorships from media who
might be interested in this unique voyage.
SNOWBIRDS HEAD SOUTH
After spending the summer cruising the mid-Atlantic
coast, the family spent the month of November 2010 in
New Bern, North Carolina. December found them back
in Florida preparing to depart on the next leg of their
voyage: a 1,000nm cruise through the Bahamas chain,
on to Turks and Caicos, and then south to Puerto Rico
for the winter. David took two weeks off from work
for the trip and they dropped anchor off the island of