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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
SV Sand Dollar, Bristol 32 - Ketch - Hull 298, Home Port - San Francisco, CA, Home Base - New Smyrna Beach, FL
May 01, 2009: We arrived Friday 9 PM Hawaii time, 6/27/08. It was a 20.5 day passage. We’re very satisfied with Sand Dollar’s performance. Another 32 footer here took 26 days. The first five days were hell. Strong gale conditions, 35-45 kt wind with big confused seas (18 to 21 ft). Katie and I were both seasick for three days. After five days, conditions i... » read more22 posts (2443 words) 8 photos 2 comments
Hilo, Hawaii to Honolulu, Oahu via the islands of Maui and Molokai.
January 28, 2012: We are still at Johnston Atoll. We planned on departing today, but there is a tropical doodad between us and the Marshall Islands, so we’ve decided to sit tight for a few more days. The weather has turned blustery here on the atoll too. We are in a good spot – tucked into a dock at the old small boat harbor.The 90’ motor vessel Searcher with its crew of environmental scient... » read more18 posts (2551 words) 43 photos 3 comments
Honolulu to Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands.
November 22, 2010: Monday afternoonWe spent a couple of pleasant nights anchored off Palau Banggi. It rained quite a bit while we were there and it was good to get the salt washed off SD. We got underway at 0700. Unfortunately the wind was light and we were close hauled, motor sailing the 20-miles to Kudat. The trip was uneventful and we arrived around noon. We are anchored at a place called “the pond”... » read more26 posts (7521 words) 83 photos 2 comments
The decision has been made. We are sailing to Thailand this year.
17.02.2013: After a lovely break in New Zealand with family and friends, we flew back to Malaysia on January 23rd. An overnight stay in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown was most welcome after the long trip from NZ via Sydney. With a few spare hours the following day, we wandered around Chinatown, looking at all the brightly coloured stalls and drooling over the food. From there we cau... » Mehr...15 Einträge (17755 Wörter) 160 Fotos 4 Kommentare
Picked up Hilda May in Gruissan, S France in April 2009. Headed across med to Greece and in 2010 plan to explore Southern Ionian, Pelopponese, and head across to Turkey in Sep...
May 15, 2012: Hilda May wintered on the hard at Marmaris Yat Marina, going in the water on 25 April, so the first blog of the season is somewhat overdue!With help from fellow Tattingstonians Ned and Sheila (aboard Dawn Strike) I managed to get all the neceessary preps down and endeavoured to enjoy the social scene at the marina, in particular the Summer Party. Spurred on by the change in Turkish visa regulat... » read more74 posts (22084 words) 187 photos 41 comments
Via Micronesia, Phillipines, Borneo, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
May 07, 2012: Dear Friends and Family,After enjoying touring the west coast of Phuket Island, we returned to beautiful Chalong Bay in the southeast corner of the island and made it our base of operations. From there we were able to get several items taken care of on Sand Dollar, one of which was having a new awning/rain-catcher made. The girls that made it work in a loft above Rick’s Surf Shop and did ... » read more72 posts (42522 words) 194 photos 9 comments
Cruising from New Zealand to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia then to Australia.
April 23, 2012: I have started a new blog called Ajustralis to Thailand,for the next adventure, so if you haven’t had notification of my first entry, you may need to add your email address again. » read more28 posts (10006 words) 65 photos 73 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
Sailing around the Canary Islands
March 17, 2013: It took until 10th March to un-stick ourselves from Las Palmas Gran Canaria and sail overnight to Tenerife. The principle as ever was to leave and arrive in daylight. With the wind and waves out of the North, I motored J-L up past La Isleta, too lazy to tack for several hours against the current, before turning west and setting main and genoa. It proved to be a beautiful fast sail. I needed to ... » read more1 posts (456 words) 2 photos 0 comments