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S/V Blue Dawn of Sark: Circumnavigation I & II
Sea's Reflections
Photoshoot by Studio81
02/22/2012, With Emily Batkin

Gorgeous Photoshoot with Emily on board Blue Dawn.
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Pictures courtesy of Studio81

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Merry Christmas
12/19/2011, Auckland, New Zealand

We are wishing you all a wonderful Festive Season and a terrific 2012!

Australia & NZ
Helicopter crash in the Viaduct
11/23/2011, Auckland, New Zealand

We watched for a while the helicopter putting up the Christmas Tree then lost interest and went back downstairs. Suddenly we heard a loud noise and run back on deck to see the helicopter crashed onto the pavement, only across the water from us. Hopefully nobody was hurt, on the picture you can see the pilot being helped out.

Australia & NZ
Auckland 2011, New Zealand
11/14/2011, Viaduct Harbour, Waitemata Plaza Marina

Our new home address for 2012; Viaduct Harbour. If you are coming to visit us click on the Map (in the right margin) and then look at Google map for exact position in the Viaduct. Don't worry if you do not see our boat, the satellite pictures must have been loaded some time ago. There is a motorboat in our berth.

Australia & NZ
Blue Dawn back in New Zealand
11/02/2011, Bay of Islands

Kia Ora, we are back in NZ!

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Runaway Bay marina
11/14/2010, Runaway Bay, QLD, Aussie

Nicely set up in our Marina for the next few months.

Runaway Bay Marina website

Australia & NZ
Sailing to Brisbane, Australia
10/21/2010, Dockside Marina, Brsibane River

Arrived safely the 23rd @ 11pm

Australia & NZ
4th Melanesian Festival
Melanesia at my fingertips
09/17/2010, Noumea, New Caledonia

What an incredible week, all of Melanesia brought together to showcase their culture and traditions. There are dances and music all day long in different parts of the city. From "vernissages" in art galleries to a day at the Djibaou center with our friends, we had a blast. The architecture of this building is quite unusual, several little egg shaped huts made of metal trying to reach out to the sky.
The first performance was the Pele Dance group from the Solomon islands, they wore beautiful tapa around their waist and huge pendant made of turtle shell. Pele dancers of Temotu and Iare panpipers of Makira provinces, have drawn huge crowd attention, the eastern Solomons performers stunned by the groups' electrifying performances displaying a lot of energy in singing and circle dancing which depicts different aspects of life and nature in the culture of Reef Islanders. Each song and dance has a story in its own significance.
The boys who grew up mostly in Honiara have decided to engage in preserving and promoting their culture through songs and dance. Formed two years ago, the group comprised of young village boys, mostly school dropouts.
For the closing of the festival we saw the parade, the exchange of gift: "la coutume". Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon and New Caledonia all lined up with flags singing and everyone was so enthusiastic, it was a lovely spectacle!

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