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Our lovely boat still sitting in Sicily while she waits for us, waiting, waiting
May 10, 2013: Now ready to leave our lovely New Zealand as winter has set in and is getting cold, should be with our Zee Kiwi in Sicily by the end of this month. » read more1 posts (32 words) 0 photos 0 comments
Tracen J was recently bought by Texas sailor Charlie Singstad. Charlie, and his intrepid crew will be taking her from Annapolis, Maryland, as far as Key West on this, her maide...
April 29, 2013: We’ve taken a hitch offshore in order to gain sea room before continuing back south towards Flagler Beach (17nm North of Daytona Beach). Twenty miles offshore, in the dark of the Atlantic Ocean, we made out the lights of another sailboat heading North towards us. So strange being out in the middle of nowhere and running directly into the path of someone else. We prepared to tack to avoi... » read more15 posts (3104 words) 0 photos 0 comments
A Ladies only Sailing Course on the West Coast of Antigua, Caribbean
April 30, 2013: After living in Antigua for a year I decided it was time to learn to sail! Antigua really is the Mecca of sailing in the Caribbean, so this was the place to do it I thought. After making some enquiries, I decided to make a booking with Miramar Sailing – a company based in Jolly Harbour where I live. Being a complete beginner, I was advised to book the RYA Competent Crew Course... » read more1 posts (3304 words) 3 photos 0 comments
Orie , Pighadi , Koukanares, Nea Klima, Skopelos, Stenni Vala, Plantis, Stenni Vala, Skantzura, Patitiri, Skopelos, Loutraki. Skiathos, Plantini, Ayai Kiriaki, Orie
November 08, 2012: The morning broke with little wind in Plantis but we were soon receiving a change of paln bradcast from Ben over the VHF.The forecast was for strong southerly winds in the evening and overnight which would make our original planned destination of Peristera Bay a non-starter.So now the plan is to meet up back in Stenni Vala and to have the beach party there.Ok, so that is where we need to get to... » read more11 posts (3199 words) 40 photos 0 comments
Prince Rupert - Port McNeill - Desolation Sound - Nanaimo - Sidney - San Juan Islands - Bellingham - Seattle - Olympia
March 22, 2013: I have not quite decided whether or not I like “Bucket Lists”. Specifically, I am not concerned about the concept of a list of things to do before “kicking the bucket” that was popularized by the 2007 film of the same name but perhaps I find it a bit discomforting that people talk about them so glibly. It is not the implied anticipation of death that bothers ... » read more32 posts (43009 words) 379 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
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
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