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Welcome to, a cruising web site focused on Jan and Terri Buskop's Irwin 52 ketch, Kiva. We left Houston, Texas in June, 2007 starting with Key West, The Bahamas and up the East Coast to North Carolina during the summer.

In late fall 2007, we crossed back to The Bahamas to start cruising through the Caribbean. We spent the summer in 2008 Chaguaramas, Trinidad for hurricane season and spent a lot of time upgrading and fixing Kiva.

For the winter of 2008-09 we were back cruising between the area of Grenada and St. Martin. Our major destinations where Carnival in Trinidad (February) and Classic Race Week in Antigua (April) and we were back in Trinidad for the summer.

For our third year of cruising we plan to stay in the eastern Caribbean again and spend more time in the islands that we have missed in the the previous two years.

We hope everyone enjoys the web site and keep sending us your emails!

Jan & Terri Buskop

The last picture of s/v KIVA.

June 2011 - KIVA anchored in the Bahamas on her way back home to Houston, TX. After four years of sailing around the Caribbean, we sailed her back to where we started from to deliver her to a new owner.

Irwin 52 - "KIVA"

Cruising Updates:
(For earlier updates, go to Cruising Logs by year)

Quick Updates: December 2010
Summer on the hard.

Antigua Classic Race Week
Fifty beautiful classic sailboats racing in the waters around Antigua.

St. Barts Bucket Regatta
Some of the largest mega-yacht sailboats in the world spent a few days racing each other around one of the most expensive islands in the Caribbean.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Heineken, St. Patty's Day and sailing - what else do you need?

Quick Updates: February 2010
St. Kitts

Cruisers dinner on M/Y Never Never Land
Our friends Ron and Janice opened their beautiful Hatterras 58 foot for a pot luck.

California 2009
Traveling in Northern California during the summer.

Back in Trinidad, July 2009
Installing the new generator .

Quick Update: June 2009
Tobago Cays

Quick Updates: April 2009

Antigua Classic Yacht Club 2009
Classic sailboats racing in Antigua.

Quick Updates: March 2009
Tobago Cays and St. Lucia

J'ouvert - The start of Carnival
Paint, mud, "chipping" and beer - the real carnival starts.

Quick Updates: February 2009
Tobago and Carnival in Trinidad

Judging the Kings and Queens, Trinidad
The Senior King & Queen Preliminary and Semi-Final Competition are showcases for the ‘ Mas Designers ’ to show off their skill and artistry.  These costumes are portrayed by individuals and are very large and elaborate.  Costumes range from about 20 ft wide to about 30 ft tall, and the costumes weight more than 200 lbs.  The masqueraders have wheels on the costumes to assist them in carrying it off.  

Red Cross Children's Carnival, Trinidad
Not as elaborate of the Kings and Queens, the children from 1 years old to teenagers still have fantastic costumes and the kids have a ball.

Quick Updates: January 2009
St. Lucia and The Pitons.

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