CELESTIAL, our IP 440 departed Taylor's Landing Marina on November 4th, 2013 at 3:30 PM EST after two preparation days and one weather delay day which was put to good use. The crew members are: Captain Jack Morton (Florida), First Mate David Gifford (Maryland), Second Mate Tom Tursi (Pennsylvania) and student crew members Claude Bilodeau (Quebec), Theo Wolfensberger (Illinois) and George Norwood (Florida). CELESTIAL will make the passage to St Thomas USVI via a non-stop ocean route. The cruise has an estimated distance of 1500 miles, and will take approximately 11 days, sailing both day and night. We will discuss the route, weather and actual progress here as it happens, so please join us! To follow the discussion,
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Our IP 440 CELESTIAL under sail
Celestial, our Island Packet 440, with an intermediate level crew in the Virgin Islands