07/04/2011, Salih Adasi
Are we ever going to get North I ask myself. As I write this we are anchored in the Aquarium (aptly named for the amount of fish in the bay) just outside Bodrum. We have returned here after riding out a Meltimi (a summer wind that lasted two days and reached 35 knots) in Gumsuluk, a delightful little cove about half a day north of Bodrum.
Why have we returned to Bodrum? Well after a few weeks of fighting with the batteries, and checking everything, we are resigned to the fact that they are (in the wonderful Australian, often used, word) buggered. They are only supposed to last five years and we have had them since we bought Ta-b, so we are not totally surprised, although we were hoping they might last the summer.
Ooops I can't believe how long it has been since I wrote this blog, my apologies; time seems to get the better of me on board. We have also been a tad busy.
We left Marmaris eventually on the 18th May, plan was 21st April, but with boating we have found agendas never work. However, we had to get to Bodrum quickly as we had guests arriving. So we headed straight towards Datca so that we could be there for their Saturday market; which proved to be fantastic and spent a few days doing last minute prep work on Ta-b while meeting up with some of our cruising friends. With no favourable wind we ended up motoring the whole way to Bodrum, stopping on the way at the ancient harbour of Kindos.
In Bodrum we spent a couple of days stocking up the boat so that we would be ready to go into the Gulf of Gokova; which is a bit off the beaten track. When our guests arrived the heavens opened and we had a massive squall come through, another boat dragged nearly hitting us and took up our anchor, so as Russell brought them aboard totally drenched, it was interesting (stressful?) as we had to up anchor and sort out the mess. As they were all smiles and ready for the "adventure" we instantly knew they were going to be great crew.
The Hoare family had never been sailing before and we really enjoyed sharing our life aboard Ta-b with them. Luckily we had great weather from Day 2 and a wonderful sail across the Gulf, nearly got to 10 knots (clocked 9.9) so a perfect start. We popped back and forth across the Gulf, but only had good wind for a few days otherwise we had to motor or motor sail (not something we normally tend to do). We did a lot of snorkeling, kayaking and also had a ton of fun with our inflatable kneeboard and by the end of nine days everyone had got into "chill" mode. On leaving we were told that they had had the best holiday ever and being on board had exceeded their expectations, so sounds like we did a pucker (one of Russell's favorite words) job.
While we were in the Gulf of Gokova we went into English Harbour onto a restaurant dock. The dock boy messed up the mooring lines and before we knew it we were down one engine (lots of wind, no steerage, no panic - I helm). Once safely tied up, the offending line was cut off and it looked like our prop was okay, but no such luck. By the time we got to Cleopatra's Island we were down one engine and we knew that we would have to put the old girl on the hard (out of the water) to check out the problem. Managed to get back to Bodrum okay (interesting when you can only go to starboard until you have way - speed up) and then spent four days on land fixing the problem, cost a bomb, but not quite enough to claim insurance. If being on the hard is not hard enough (like the pun?) I got sick. Had to go on antibiotics (yup that bad as I do not do antibiotics) and had a violent reaction to the first lot I was given, holy .... I was not well.
Thank goodness for Turkish Baths, found a great one in Bodrum and for 50 TL ($30) and I was able to sweat/scrub/soap and massage all the nasties out of me!!! That and all the amazing local fruit and vegetables that we get from the market (must be organic as you can really taste them) got me back on my feet. Talking about markets, Turkey hardly imports anything and therefore all their produce is fresh, local, in season, and cheap. Currently we are buying cherries, peaches, apricots for 4/6 TL a kilo and tomatoes, cucumbers, and other veg for 1 TL a kilo. You can also buy cheese, olives, nuts and dried fruit from the market very cheaply (great sundowner snacks).
Anyway once Ta-b and I were back on our feet we went back into the Gulf to chill with our friends Dick and Marian from Vancouver who have a boat based in Bodrum. It was fun to kick back and get to know another Kiwi boat Tangerine; that they are friends with, before looking at heading north before the weather gets too hot.
We popped over to Kos in Greece to sort out our visas and transit log for a few days (long bureaucratic story) a lovely island, which we really enjoyed. The Meltimi slowed us down; which in the circumstances is probably not such a bad thing as it has been an easy run back to Bodrum. In fact today we had a fantastic sail from Gumsuluk with just the genni out, nearly clocking 10 knots and surfing some of the waves - great fun.
The weather has been very kind to us; most days are sunny and warm with a gentle wind; which keeps us from getting too hot. The snorkeling has proved to be the best since we have been in the Med and I am enjoying checking out my "fishy friends" on a daily basis; while making sure the anchor is secure. Recently we are finding anchorages are getting more and more day-tripper Gulets (good looking party boats), but they only appear for a few hours and then disappear which works for us. We understand that in July and August this is not the place to be as it gets very hot and crowded, so that is why we are planning on moving north. In the meantime we feel very lucky to be able to enjoy this amazing coastline at this time of year.
We hope that this finds you all happy and healthy, will try and update blog more often (no promises), photos in gallery for you to enjoy - hugs JR
05/10/2011, Marmaris, Turkey
We hope to leave Marmaris this weekend, have had to wait for a new windlass (thingy that helps pull up anchor) yup more boat $$, but we are nearly on our way. Wow what a fun and busy time we have had the last couple of months or so, it will be sad to say goodbye, but good to know that we will return for next winter.
Apart from boat projects, crazy social life and getting to know the area we have also been on a few trips which Gwen, our wonderful local guru of knowledge, arranges for us cruisers.
Our first trip was to Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, a beautiful natural world heritage site in southwestern Turkey. The city's hillside is covered with bright white, smoothly flowing, stone and travertine terraces which are created by heavily mineralized springs that trickle down the slopes. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 8,860 ft long, 1,970 ft wide and 525 ft high and can be seen from miles away. It must have been quite luxurious in its day and the museum there had some lovely engraved tombs and artifacts. We stayed in a hotel close by and thoroughly enjoyed the inside/outside spa pools feed from the local springs.
We visited various other places on our way there and back. One of them was the Greek-Roman city of Laodicea and another a huge rug factory. There were 69 rooms full of carpets and the staff shared with us how each type is made and the history behind the designs - it was fascinating. A few of our small group of 12 bought some, after the ritual haggling, but sadly we decided Ta-b could not accommodate any more rugs.
At the end of March we went to Capadocia via Konya passing through the spectacular Lake District on our way. The trip was magical. Konya is the original lodge of the whirling dervishes and a very religious city. The Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum there with the tomb of Rumi was very educational with objects like gold-engraved Korans from the 13th century and among the fabulous ancient prayer rugs there is the most valuable silk carpet in the world.
Capadocia was breathtaking and much larger than we had thought. We visited Uchisar Castle a natural skyscraper which provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area, Cavusin old Greek village, Devrent Imagination Valley with its animal shaped chimneys, Pasabagi with its triple fairy chimneys, Love valley with its phallic chimneys and Monks valley. The Goreme Open Air Museum contained the finest rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes.
There was so much to see. We were treated to a pottery demonstration in Avanos, the center of pottery since the hitites and bought some beautiful hand painted bowls, had an amazing Turkish night with whirling dervishes and fantastic local entertainment, plus all you could drink (yes a good evening for all). Restaurants in caves, shops in caves and yes we even stayed three nights in a cave hotel and were given the honeymoon suite, which we shared with our friends by hosting evening cocktails.
So what more could we see? Well on our last day we went to Derinkuyu underground city. There many huge underground cities in the area and Derinkuyu is the deepest with stables, cellars, storage rooms, churches, etc.; with an underground river running at the very bottom. It was surreal.
Apart from our time off the boat we have enjoyed getting to know Marmaris and the locals, many who have become friends. The Turkish are some of the most delightful and trusting people we have ever met. The other week I was given three cushions to bring back to the boat, to check out, no money exchanged just a smile and see you soon - amazing. They are such a happy race that look after one other and who really work hard. Mind you they have no idea of safety. A one-way street - what is that as a car comes towards you while you bike along the narrow area with people on the road darting in and out. Helmets, no one wears one, not even on a motorbike that more often then not has a family of four on board. Haggling is part of their culture too, we start at 50% off the asked price and everyone has fun over Turkish tea or coffee that the vendors all over the place balance on swinging trays. Always "you're killing me" is said by them or us; with big smiles when the deal is done, hands shaken with appreciation that we bargained well.
The social life here has been crazy, mind you we have been working hard so the nights are for fun. Recently we had a big St. George's day bash, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day aboard Storm Vogel a beautiful 74' yacht (the first Maxi built, 50 years old on Monday and the boat in Dead Calm); which is skippered by a 26 year old kiwi friend from Russell's home town of Timaru (boat builder who has made us a custom wakeboard), weekly happy hours, onboard entertaining and so it goes on. I have even found time to work with my NuSkin business; which is going very well, however we are hoping life will be a bit quieter once we leave.
I could write so much more, but I have nearly filled two pages; which is enough. Instead we look forward to sharing our adventures with you in person. We attach lots of photos in our gallery (we were asked for more) and will try and update our blog more often now that we are able to kick back a bit. Hope this finds you healthy and happy - enjoy.
When the sun shines in England it is very special, today is one of those days - yippee. At this time of the year, sadly, it's sunny only a couple of times a month. Otherwise we have found that the weather is grey, damp and (although not that cold) we feels it in our bones - yucky. Although I am getting used to it I must admit I am really looking forward to getting back to the boat; which we feel is now very much our home. Russell is already there, taking a few weeks to do boy/blue/messy jobs while I spend some extra time in England with my Mum and family.
Since leaving the boat in mid December we have been on a social roller coaster. Getting back to Vancouver we found that trying to cram a years worth of seeing friends and family into 3 weeks over Xmas/New Year was a real exercise in organization. We feel we did really well and it was wonderful to see so many dear friends, some of whom we had not seen for quite some time. Thank you everyone for making it work, and to those we did not see let's make sure that we get together next time we are over. Whilst our social agenda was packed we also found time to walk the dog we were looking after a couple of times a day, visit Doctors, dentists, eye specialists, etc... so we are now confirmed fit to go off sailing for another season. The weather was kind and we loved the sunny days with the hoare frost; which was spectacular.
We had a wonderful week ski-ing in Whistler with Amy and Edwin (boarding of course for them) after New Year. Russell has at long last given the reigns over to them as they proved that they can now out ski/board us ..... just. The kids both love the mountains and Edwin is planning a third trip to New Zealand this summer to go boarding in Wanaka again. They both have their season's passes to Whistler and are also able to board the local mountains for free, Amy through her part time job at Showcase, where she has worked for several years, and Edwin through his contacts. Amy is studying hard at Langara and hoping to transfer to UBC in the near future and Edwin is still working at Finest at Sea where he is now second in charge and getting paid very well. They are delightful, fun, interesting and independent young adults, and we treasure our time with them.
We arrived in England mid January and decided, as we had use of a car, that we would drive around the countryside and visit as many old friends as possible. Over a ten-day period we put 1000 miles on the car and had a terrific trip. We were exhausted at the end of it, however, we had a ton of fun and enjoyed lots of laughter and reminiscing. The countryside is beautiful with lots of quaint villages heaped in history, there are many terrific gastro pubs (gourmet food) to chose from and it is very green - the rain obviously helps. I must admit however we were not used to all the rubbish/garbage that could be seen all over the place, even way out in the sticks beside the roads (translation middle of nowhere). It was a shame and hopefully will be addressed soon.
Russell and I visited Istanbul in December - what a city, it really does have a lot of charm and we both loved our time there. Can't wait for our next visit. We have planned a trip to Capadoccia with a group of friends in March; which we are really looking forward to. It is an area towards the center of Turkey with volcanic mushroom shaped chimneys and underground cities dating back to the Bronze Age.
We leave our berth at Netsel on the 21st April and then the idea is to head North up the Turkish coast until it is cool enough for us to travel back down to Marmaris via the Greek Islands. If you think you may be in the area, please let us know as we always enjoy visitors and it would not difficult to find us. I apologise for the lack of pictures and will rectify for the next blog. Thanks for reading our blog we enjoy sharing them with you.
11/11/2010, Marmaris, Turkey
We have already been in Marmaris for two weeks, or is it three? I am only just doing our blog - oops. What have we been up to? Lots. This place is buzzing. Our first week was race week with a ton of people in town and entertainment every evening, luckily it is a bit quieter now.
We have already met many cruisers/liveaboards. There are two very large marinas here, one has 2300 boats and is one of the biggest in the Med Sea, and ours seems small at 850 boats. We are at Netsel; which is right by the town and very convenient. There is a large market nearby twice a week, a daily fish market, hundreds of restaurants of every type especially along the quay, lots of shops, chandlers, etc... Life has been busy socializing and we have been to boat jumbles, BBQs, Happy Hours/Dinners, a large Halloween party, oil wrestling (a Turkish tradition), visiting other boats, bowling, pilates, yoga and in our spare time of course we are working on Ta-b. The weather has been warm and sunny since we have been here, currently it is a sunny 26 degrees outside while I write this at 1530 hours. The early mornings and evenings are a little cooler, but still pleasant for sitting outside of an evening. As you can imagine we are finding it hard not to really enjoy ourselves hereJ.
Since our last blog, we had a few fun filled sightseeing days before we left Salerno. We rented a car for a couple of days and braved driving the most scenic coast road in Europe along the Amalfi Coast. It was spectacular, and better still we survived the crazy Italian drivers; just. There was one moment when a lunatic passed us on a blind corner and a car was coming the other way, close is all I can say, luckily Russ is a fantastic driver. We also spent an amazing day around Pompeii - see gallery for lots of pictures. Vesuvius buried the city of 66 Ha in 79AD under rock and ash, in 1748 the Italians started to excavate and they are still doing so. A large earthquake in 1988 caused a huge amount of damage and the statues, mosaics, etc. that I remember from a trip in my teens, are now in Museums, however the place is still a treasure.
While we had the car we did a massive shop for our trip to Turkey and then we were off south for the overnight trip to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands off the NE coast. Stromboli Isola is probably the oldest lighthouse in the world being an active volcano that spits fire and lava into sky every 6-8 minutes, quite the sight. Vulcano Islola is also active and you can see steam rising off the sides of the volcano with fantastic rock colour formations. We had a fun evening there sneaking into the hot mud pools and soaking in the warm bubbles, they close the pools at night, but the Italians love breaking the rules and so we were not the only couple there.
We passed through the Messina strait and stopped at Taomina which has a delightful town perched high above the bay, quite the walk there and back straight up the hill. A bus would have been too easy. A weather opportunity showed itself while we were there and so we left promising ourselves that we would see a little bit more of Sicily on our return trip to the Caribbean. We had a fantastic two day sail across to Methoni in Greece; a place we fell in love with.
In Methoni we met a wonderful English family, with 6 and 4 year old girls, who are taking a year off and home schooling the kids on board. They had found a preying mantis ashore and that night we enjoyed drinks on board while we played with the incredibly friendly insect. With a hand held microscope with a light connected to their computer we were able to examine and take pictures, next day internet computer research completed the lesson. What a wonderful way to learn about the world.
We spent several days cruising with Steve, Charlie and the girls around the Peloponnisos coastline finally saying goodbye as we took off for the Greek Islands and they headed for Crete. We loved the Greek mainland and we found the Greeks wonderfully friendly, happy people.
Another wonderful sail to Sifnos, we were going to Milos but arrived too early so kept going to Vathi a gorgeous protected anchorage. Sifnos has 365 churches on an island that is only approx. 10 miles long and 5 miles wide; at one point when we were in the main town of Apollonia we were able to see 8 churches all at once!! A very pretty place, white houses with mostly blue doors, white painted cobbled paths, so like one imagines the Greek islands to be. We stayed longer than planned, as we had to wait another weather window so rather than getting caught again we decided to grab the opportunity and spent an amazing three days sailing straight to Marmaris only stopping at night. One day we averaged 7.7 knots over 11 hours; which we were very happy with.
We found our last two stops very bleak with hardly any vegetation to be seen, the islands are all very different and it will be interesting to get some feedback from our new friends here as to which are the best bays, islands and harbours to visit. Local knowledge is always best and it is fun to share.
We will be in Marmaris until 21 April; which is when our contract at Netsel runs out. On the 7 Dec we are going to Istanbul and then we will fly to Vancouver via England. We will be in Vancouver from 14 Dec until 12 Jan and are planning on taking the kids up to Whistler ski-ing from 2 - 9 Jan. Then we will be in England for a little while before returning to Ta-b in Feb. It would be lovely to see as many of our friends as possible, so please email us and let us know if you are around.
Hope that you enjoy the photos in our gallery, be warned there are a few more than normal (this blog covers a long period). Please note that if you enlarge the photos I have added notes as usual to each one of them. There is also a route map for fun.
Sadly Russell's Dad passed away 10 September and he is currently in New Zealand and I am in Salerno, Italy looking after Ta-b. In some ways it is a blessing that Eddie is at peace for he had not been well for some time, but at the same time he will be truly missed - he was a great guy. We saw him last year for his 90th birthday and so thankfully have some great memories of the last time we saw him, which we will treasure.
So here I am in Salerno looking forward to Russell's return this weekend. There is no one at the marina I am at, and not an English person around. At one time I thought about jumping a cheapo flight to England to see my family, but it was lucky I did not as the boat would have suffered in my absence. The electricity on the dock keeps going off, so not only would all the food we have in the freezer and fridge (we have a huge freezer) have been ruined (can you imagine the smell?) but also we could possibly have stuffed up our eight batteries (expensive). We are paying a lot of money for a marina that has no facilities, but we had no choice as it was the only space available - we are amazed as Salerno is a big place with 3/4 large marinas.
We left Corsica at the beginning of August and sailed down to NE Sardinia The area is supposed to be the best part of Sardinia and our friends Fabuloso who sailed the whole way around the island ,and met us there, said it was their favorite spot. We spent our first two weeks in the Maddalena archipelago; you have to buy a permit; which for two weeks was very affordable as you can pick up mooring buoys free of charge; which proved useful as a gale came through for a few days. We found some gorgeous spots. It was a bit crowded during the day, especially at weekends, but as it was high season we had expected it to be busy. However the Italians on holiday are another experience to enjoy, they certainly like the water and are even more fascinating to watch anchoring than the French.
We also explored the Costa Smeralda down to Isola Tavolara. This is an area where the rich and famous hang out and it is beautiful. At cala Volpe we counted over 30 mega yachts (over 150 feet) at the entrance to the bay. We went in and anchored in turquoise water and took the tender ashore to the hotel. It has to be one of the most architecturally stunning (inside and out) places that we have ever visited. So after checking the place out we decided that we would sit and enjoy the ambience and treat ourselves to a drink overlooking the bay. We knew it would not be cheap, but 24 euro (about $36) for a gin a tonic ... we decided that we were not so thirsty after all and tottled back to Ta-b for our drink instead!!
From Sardinia we sailed overnight to Ponza; which is an island just off the mainland of Italy. On arriving we were just blown away with the rock formations and colours - have put quite a few pictures in our photo gallery. When leaving Sardinia we found that one of our engines was not working, Russ went to work checking everything when we were at anchor, finding that the problem was the starter motor. Not an off the shelf item where we were.
So with one engine we headed towards the islands of Ischia and Procida. We found out that our motor was not repairable and so we ordered a new motor that we could pick up in Sorrento. We just loved Procida, its town with pastel houses, narrow alleys and peeling paint felt lived-in and was not tarted up for tourists. They had a festival while we were there and we enjoyed getting together with our New Zealand friends from Panthera who were there also for a week.
Our friends Rita and Manfred, with their son Thomas met us in Procida for a few days and we headed down to Capri the day after they arrived. The wind was supposed to be against us at 13 knots, no problem, two tacks. However one can never trust forecasts and we ended up having the wind behind us (perfect) with it getting up to 30 knots. So with three reefs and a bit of geni Ta-b showed our guests what she could do, it was a tad rough too (seas can be a bit short and sharp in the Med) not the kind of sailing one gets in Vancouver.
We spent two nights in Capri. The weather was not great, but was kind to us the next day so that we could enjoy checking out the ruins and natural arches that Capri is famous for, however our trip back to the boat was a bit soggy and we had thunder, lightening and rain that night which was when we heard that Russell's dad had died. The weather was still miserable the next day (just how we felt) when we left Capri and our friends (as planned) to sail to the mainland. We headed for Salerno as the transport from there is easy to Rome and it is a large town with lots of marinas.
It was a bit stressful trying to get a berth, get into the berth with one engine, book flights, sort out trains, etc.. with no one speaking much English. Thank goodness for my new dongle and internet access. The Amalfi coast where I am is gorgeous and the weather is warm and sunny. I have got to know Salerno quite well and have enjoyed taking the ferry to Amalfi and Positano, both spectacular places even though full of tourists. Must admit it has been nice to hear English spoken, after two weeks I have found I miss it. Hope to do some more sightseeing with Russell on his return before we take off again. Have managed to get the starter motor and am now ready to head out again towards Sicily.
I have rambled on. Not sure who reads this, but I do know that I have a few followers, so hope you have enjoyed reading this with your cup of tea or glass of wine. It is time I poured myself a wee glass of rose too.
What have we been up to since Don and Liz left? Well we stayed several weeks in Ajaccio (off and on as there was a lovely bay about and hour away), trying to fix our generator. We would receive a part, put it in, only to find that we needed another part, and then another. It was very frustrating, but we got to know and enjoy Ajaccio the more we stayed there.
Eventually we headed to Bonifaccio. It looked like Russell was going to need to fly to New Zealand, as his Dad was very sick, and it was essential that I was somewhere safe with Ta-b that was not going to cost an arm and a leg. Just as we were about to set off we had an unexpected guest arrive; which certainly helped ease the stress we were under. Dick's daughter (who crossed the Atlantic with us) Mary was visiting Corsica and in the end she stayed with us for nearly a week before she went hiking with a friend. Then she spent another four days with us before departing for Turkey. She was an absolute delight to have on board and it was wonderful to get to know her better.
Our last part for the generator arrived this week. It took UPS over 2 weeks to get it to us, in the end they flew it in and have credited our account. Sooooo now we are functioning properly at last. As we use electricity for all of our cooking we had been living on salads (a tad boring after a while), so now our taste buds are in heaven and the aromas of cooking are incredible. Not only that but we can now make water again, yippee we do not smell, and I have been busy doing laundry and cleaning the boat for the first time in ages.
The best part is that Russell's Dad is better and now back to his old self. It was a bit of a scare and made us realize that living on board definitely has its major challenges. Just the logistics of finding a safe harbour, organizing flights (the travel agent here was hopeless and wifi is not readily accessible), buses, transfers, etc.. took up a lot of my time.
However being here has certainly been entertaining. We are in a little bay opposite the old village and all the boats are supposed to take two lines from shore for the bow and then attach two stern lines to the rings on the cliff wall. Well we have seen everything. Boats hitting each other, going aground, getting their anchors caught on the shore lines, yelling at each other and generally not having a clue what they are doing. When the wind comes up in the middle of the day it can be quite amazing. We help when we can and have met some great people while doing so. One set was an English family chartering who happened to know friends of ours (small world), they played the bagpipes at happy hour which reminded us of our days sailing in Canada as some friends over there used to do the same thing.
I think that Russ and I would agree that apart from some of the chaos we have witnessed the best was when a boat came alongside us this week with a captain who obviously never wore any clothes, although his two crew were in shorts and T shirts. They spent over half an hour trying to organize their lines and we nicknamed him HA (short for hairy ass), as you can imagine it was quite off putting when he bent down to cleat his lines!! Oh the French.
Bonifaccio is an amazing town. There is a long harbour entrance with a typical shorefront of boat berths and restaurants at the end. The old village/citadel is right on the top of the limestone cliffs with its pedestrian cobbled streets and buttresses keeping the buildings from falling on top of each other. From the sea the old village looks like it is about to fall into the water and there is an old staircase that goes down to the shore. It is quite spectacular. Then there are the boats that come in and out. Mega boats from all over the world, although there seem to be a lot from George Town. They are all shapes, sizes, even colours with silver and gold being popular, so there is no shortage of boat spotting and people watching to do.
We have decided to stay until Monday as there is a big annual party today with music, dancing, eating, drinking, all over the town and of course fireworks at the end. How can we miss that we ask ourselves. Then we are off to Porto Vecchio around the corner for a couple of days before heading to the NE corner of Sardinia; which is supposed to be the best part of the Island. We met some fellow New Zealand cruisers today who have been there for the last six weeks and they said it was fantastic. From there we have changed our plans and will head for the Italian coast so we are nearer an international airport and we have two other boats there we can spend some time with.
The weather has been very kind to us, hot sunny days with only a couple of moderate gales since we have been here in Bonifaccio. One of the things we enjoy most, living on board, is the wonderful people you meet, just today we met a terrific guy from New York and spent the morning getting to know each other - he was a special guy and last night we had drinks with a New Zealand family that just arrived in the bay who have been cruising for a while. We hope this blog finds you happy, healthy and in TD's words humble (such a great word). As always we love hearing from you all, so keep sending us your news, either via email or a comment here. Still trying to download photos - reader on the blink. Love Jane and Russell