GHOST

A blog account of the activities of yacht GHOST.

Vessel Name: GHOST
Vessel Make/Model: Hanse 470e
Hailing Port: Southampton
Crew: Brad and Kat McMaster
06 May 2011 | Melbourne
01 February 2011 | Melbourne
05 December 2010 | Sydney Harbour, Australia
28 November 2010 | Pittwater, NSW, Australia
28 November 2010 | Sydney Harbour, Australia
28 November 2010 | Pittwater, NSW, Australia
23 November 2010 | Pittwater, NSW, Australia
17 November 2010 | Coffs Harbour
12 November 2010 | 100nm NE of Coffs Harbour
10 November 2010 | closing on Australian coast east of Brisbane
08 November 2010 | On route to Oz
07 November 2010 | Baie de Prony, New Caledonia
06 November 2010 | Vanuatu & New Caledonia
03 November 2010 | Noumea, New Caledonia
25 October 2010 | Santo, Vanuatu
14 October 2010 | Aore Island, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
13 October 2010 | Aore Island, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
12 October 2010 | Aore Island, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
05 October 2010 | Aore Island, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
16 September 2010 | On route to Vanuatu
Recent Blog Posts
06 May 2011 | Melbourne

It's Official

It's a sad but good thing, we no longer own GHOST. She is now owned by an architect in Sydney who has plans of sailing the South Pacific once again.

01 February 2011 | Melbourne

Reality bites!!

It's been a while since we updated the blog. Apologies for that but we've been busy fighting off the onslaught of reality, not really wanting to admit it's over! After arriving it was the welcome party in Sydney, followed by a hectic week of moving ALL our personal stuff off GHOST. On a side note, it [...]

05 December 2010 | Sydney Harbour, Australia

Pictures from the party & sailing around Sydney harbour

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28 November 2010 | Pittwater, NSW, Australia

GHOST for sale!

Well it's sad news but GHOST is now officially up for sale!

28 November 2010 | Sydney Harbour, Australia

Welcome to Sydney GHOST

Well it was a brilliantly sunny day as we set off from Pittwater in GHOST, entering the Sydney heads about lunchtime. It was a pretty emotional sail through this iconic harbour which Brad has envisaged sailing into as long as he's dreamt of sailing home to Australia. Soon we were pulling up to the [...]

Loving Galapagos

03 May 2010 | Galapagos
Kat
We've had a really wonderful 2.5 weeks here in the Galapagos. I think the overwhelming feeling is just how much wildlife is all around you, from frigate birds flying overhead, sealions swimming around the boat to pelicans and sealions competing for fish ends from the local fish market. Just a short walk from the anchorage is a surf beach and at the end of the beach there is a rocky area where marine iguanas perch on the black volcanic rocks and warm up before their next foray into the sea for food watched by loads of red sally lightfoot crabs covering the rocks. It's just amazing how colourful most of the species are - why are the crabs so red and the boobies feet so blue?

In between a few urgent jobs to get the boat ready for the big crossing (replacing the fan belt as the alternator was not charging sufficiently and installing a fan in the beer fridge which was overheating and cutting out) we've dived and walked around the islands taking loads of photos as we go. We've also enjoyed just hanging out around the town here on Santa Cruz which has a really friendly feel to it, and we've made the most of the bars and nightclub and local restaurants where you can eat a fantastic fish curry for US$4. Steve has returned to his trip around South America so we're back to just 3 of us.

On Saturday Jay and I went to the local fruit and veg market and stocked up for the next leg of the trip so today it's time to do a final clothes & sheet wash ashore (as it's pretty cheap here we've given the washing machine a rest!), for a few last minor jobs and a clean of the boat. Then we will leave tomorrow for the c.3000nm trip to the Marquesas. Recent reports from boats that we know ahead of us have them completing the trip from between 17-20 days, so fingers crossed. The long range weather forecasts have been pretty consistent in showing 15-20 knot trade winds around a day's sail south of us here at the Galapagos.

Thought you may be interested in some pics of the land-based wildlife here:
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/bradmcmaster1/GalapagosWildlife#
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