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July 15th 2009 we move aboard S/V Harmony for a year. We will be hanging around cape cod and the islands for the rest of the summer, then heading south to the Florida Keys for ...
June 01, 2010: Heading south again from Marsh Harbor we sailed about 25 miles to Little Harbor, the last stop in the protected Sea of Abaco before the 50 mile jump across the 12000 foot deep Northeast Providence Channel to the island of Eleuthera. We visited Eleuthera about 13 years ago, just after we got married and stayed in a resort for the whole week without leaving the compound, or seeing any of th... » read more40 posts (12706 words) 220 photos 14 comments
ISla Santa Cruz, Galapagos -Pacific Ocean - Big Island, Hawaii - Maui - Oahu
September 12, 2011: After spending nearly four months in Gentry’s Boatyard and Honokohau harbor, it was with some relief that we set off on the morning of September 1st with a plan to visit Homomalino Bay (30 miles or 48 km south) for a few nights and then go around the south end of the Big Island to visit somewhere else. We had enjoyed Kailua Kona but were ready for a change of scene. Anyway, wi... » read more19 posts (24950 words) 204 photos 0 comments
SHADOW, an Australian registered 11.5m Colin Archer cutter heads for Singapore from Fremantle, Western Australia via Cocos Islands.
July 25, 2012: Position 01,17.6N103,45.6ERepublic of Singapore Yacht Club. Last night I fell asleep in the cockpit and suddenly woke up to see a large ship crossing my stern.“Oh Cheeses! (Pecorino, Romano and Jarlsberg!)” I shouted as I jumped up ready to try and save me and the boat.Then I noticed that there was a stern line attached to the jetty. Oh – it iwas alright as I was ti... » read more37 posts (11364 words) 61 photos 8 comments
We are taking a year off from work to sail the Pacific. Our route will take us from Olympia, Washington to Mexico. In the Spring of 2011, we will either travel to French Polynes...
August 01, 2011: First to arrive in Sitka were Nicki and Jan. Jan flew into Sitka bringing along both Jordy and our other mini-aussie Phoebe Buffey. Due to Phoebe’s timidity, we elected not to bring her on the original trip. Now that we have no more off-shore passages—we brought her along to enjoy the rest of the ride home. Nicki, Jan’s daughter, arrived later the same ... » read more27 posts (16704 words) 55 photos 7 comments
Charon departed Tasmania (Launceston) on May 31st - determined to head off before winter set in. Taking on crew, we had a decent trip across Bass Strait and arrived in Batemans ...
September 11, 2011: Charon’s Queensland AdventureWide Bay, Fraser Island and Bundaberg.28th August 2011Being captain of a vessel – if you take it seriously enough – is a full time business and can be relentless if you are dealing with people, both on board and on shore, as well as the rig, hull, mechanical, electrical, medical, structural, provisioning, black water, grey water, fresh water, alcoh... » read more34 posts (17132 words) 192 photos 4 comments
This will follow our activities in the Caribbean this cruising season. Dec 2011 - Jun 2012
July 29, 2012: Quick apology to all our avid readers ( if you are reading this then that’s you!). We have not had great Internet and I have neglected following our trail along the way. Well I now have a data sim card so should be able to post more often and will endeavour to do so.We have travelled to Bequia where we spent some pleasant days including a great jam session with the famous ( lo... » read more29 posts (7407 words) 96 photos 9 comments
We plan to sail from Southern Spain to the Balearics, then on to Sardinia, maybe Corsica, then Scicily, Malta and Greece. Our plans are not cast in stone and may well change as ...
August 01, 2012: It’s a windy day and an opportunity to catch up with the blog as we are disinclined to go ashore. It’s been unsettled weather during June and July, some days have been 38 deg. C., hot and sunny, others overcast and barely making the high 20’s. There hasn’t been much rain though, which is a mixed blessing for the islands. We spent quite some time in Majorca before flying back to England for Ross... » read more21 posts (10968 words) 61 photos 0 comments
Sweden - Gota Canal - Norway - Denmark
August 18, 2011: 15th August :What’s that big yellow ball in the sky ???? Sunshine ?? Are we still in Denmark ?Why move on when we can stay put and do more chores ? We take advantage of the day and polish the stainless steel on deck, do some wax and polish in the cockpit, get all the anchor chain out for a wash and dry. We are way ahead now on our cleaning jobs before leaving the boat.Paul and Jean come t... » read more52 posts (15254 words) 265 photos 0 comments
The first Sailing Holiday's Flotilla in the Northern Sporades since 1984. Orei, Gukf of Volos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, Kyra Panayia, Skantzoura
July 05, 2012: Well today is the last day of the flotilla so there is no question of where we are going, we need to get the fleet back to Orei.The wind got up a bit over night and swung around a bit before settling in from a westerly direction, i.e. straight off the beach.OK so that meant that the raft was getting a good bit of shelter from the mainland but out to sea the white horses were dancing.So it was a... » read more28 posts (9271 words) 203 photos 0 comments
Starting again from La palma (Canary Islands). This time in another yacht (Tegan - a Vancouver 27) with a guy I met in Spain - John Zammitt
February 16, 2013: Boy is it hot here… Wifi is expensive and not very reliable so I shall keep this brief and write it up properly when we get to the Caribbean – hopefully..The sail here was great with no real problems other than landing a massive fish.. Mahi Mahi I am told – anyway it was 30lbs of lean mean fighting machine and John landed it after an epic battle. Damn thing nearly ... » read more11 posts (6260 words) 18 photos 0 comments