Steen Rally

Follow us on our sailing adventure from France to Australia

30 December 2015 | Sydney
29 July 2015 | Sydney
15 January 2015 | Sydney
22 December 2014 | Sydney
21 November 2014 | Cairns, Australia
02 November 2014 | Cairns, Australia
21 October 2014 | Port Vila, Vanuatu
01 October 2014 | Fiji
20 September 2014 | Fiji
08 September 2014 | Fiji
24 July 2014 | Neiafu, Tonga
06 July 2014 | Tahaa. French Polynesia
23 June 2014 | Moorea
23 June 2014 | Moorea
15 June 2014 | Papeete, Tahiti
14 May 2014 | Marquesas, French Polynesia
13 May 2014 | Marquesas, French Polynesia
10 May 2014 | Marquesas, French Polynesia

New Year's resolutions, again!

07 January 2012 | Union Island, Grenadines
Have you noticed the holidays season seems to be about lists: Christmas list, wishlist, shopping list, party list, resolution list, ...This year, I've discovered something new: a life list.

What is a life list? Well you can read all about the concept here, and to me it is simply a "what do you want to do when you grow up " list.

What intrigues me is how the notion of "list making" has become so popular these days, as if no one ever thought of it before and without one, you'd get to where you are in life simply by chance.

Terry has been making lists for as long as I've known him. In fact, he can't start the day without one, it's mostly work or boat related mind you. But give him a project and soon the notebook will be out, filled with categories and numbered items to be dealt with by a certain time.

I have a certain Mr Ouvrard to thank for getting me started on some form of list making. He was my year 6 French teacher and asked us to work out "Where do you see yourself when you grow up?" as our first assignment. I was 11, and my paper ended with a list of 3 places in the world I wanted to live in: a chalet in Switzerland, a beach house in Rio and an apartment in New York. Looking back, I'm sure Mr Ouvrard would have thought " In your dreams!", but he was kind enough to tell me it was a good list to start from. Obviously, a few adjustments have been made since, I no longer plan to live in any of these places, preferring to visit instead. So far, Switzerland and Rio have been crossed off, leaving New York still "to do".

My lists primarily revolve around "lifestyle" choice: travels and food. But over the years and under Terry's influence, more practical goals have crept in (complete my accountancy degree, obtain a boat license, learn to scuba dive, ...) with each achievement, significant enrichment in my life (our life, really!) And in the age of internet, where you can get information about ANYTHING, items on the list tend to become more specific: go and swim with turtles in Tobago Cays, learn to bake my own French bread, start a sailing blog, start a food blog, improve my Spanish, watch a show on Broadway (any show!), spend more time learning about the kids computer games (that's a hard one), train as a chef (or a teacher, a computer expert, a mechanic, a hairdresser...any trade that could be useful when cruising around the world!) As you can see, I have my own list of "100 things to do before I die". And that's for what I want to do. Then there is a separate list of things to do, to achieve what I want. Have I lost you there??

My 13 year old son tells me that the world will end in 2012. Of course I find the idea preposterous, but in a show of support for his right to his own opinions, I encourage him to write his own "life list" and see what he can achieve before the Apocalypse. His sister has already started hers ( and keeps it in her secret diary) . New Year's resolutions for everyone is to tick at least one item off one's list. How about you?

Happy 2012!

Avez vous remarque que pendant les periodes de fetes, on ne parle que de "listes": liste de Noel, wishlist (desiderata?), liste de courses, liste d'invites, liste de resolutions, liste de menus,... Et bien en ce debut d'annee, je viens de decouvrir une nouveaute: la "life list" (une liste de vie???)

Une life list, c'est quoi? Vous pouvez etudier le concept ici, pour ma part c'est juste une version adulte de ce qu'on "veux faire quand on sera grand".

Ce que je trouve fascinant, c'est cette notion tres prisee de nos jours, selon laquelle sans "liste" ou planning tout ce qui nous arrive dans la vie n'est qu'une question de hasard. Comme si personne n'y avait pense avant!

Terry dresse des listes constamment. En fait, il ne se passé pas une journee sans qu'il n'en commence une, la plupart du temps ca concerne le bateau ou le travail. Donnez lui un projet, et tout de suite le carnet sort et commence a se remplir de categories, taches a finir et dans quells delais....

Personnellement, j'ai un certain Mr Ouvrard a remercier pour m'avoir lance dans cette voie de "dresseuse de listes". Il etait mon professeur de francais en 6eme et nous donna comme sujet pour notre premiere redaction "Ou vous imaginez vous quand vous serez adultes?". J'avais 11 ans, et la conclusion de mon essai retenait 3 endroits dans le monde ou je voulais vivre: un chalet en Suisse, une maison en bord de plage a Rio, et un appartement a New York. Avec du recul maintenant, je suis sure que Mr Ouvrard a du me trouver completement utopiste, mais gentil comme il etait, il m'a encourage en declarant que c'etait un bon plan. Bien sur, les choses ont quelque peu change depuis, et au lieu de vivre dans ces endroits la, je prefere y faire un court sejour. Jusque la, on a coche la Suisse et Rio, il reste encore New York...

Mes listes concernent generalement les choix de lifestyle (mode de vie?), voyages et gastronomie. Mais au fil des ans et sous l'influence de Terry, des objectifs plus pragmatiques se sont immisces (passer mon diplome de comptabilite, mon permis bateau, apprendre a faire de la plongee sous marine,...) chaque accomplissement contribuant a l'enrichissement de notre vie. Et grace a l'internet de nos jours, on devient de plus en plus informe sur tout, ce qui rend les objectifs de plus en plus particuliers: aller nager avec les tortues aux Tobago Cays, apprendre a faire des baguettes, commencer un blog de croisiere, un blog de cuisine, ameliorer mon espagnol, assister a un spectacle a Broadway (n'importe lequel), passer plus de temps a connaitre les jeux video des enfants (pas evident!), faire une formation de cuisiniere ( ou d'institutrice, informaticienne, meccano, coiffeuse... quelque chose de pratique et utile quand on part en croisiere!). Comme vous le voyez, j'ai ma propre liste de "100 choses a faire avant de mourir". Et encore, ce n'est que ce que je veux faire. J'ai aussi a cote une liste de choses a faire, pour accomplir ce que je veux. Vous suivez?

Mon fils predit que 2012 annonce la fin du monde. Inutile de dire que je trouve cette idee completement absurde, mais pour ne pas le vexer et montrer que je respecte son opinion, je l'encourage a rediger sa propre liste et voir ce qu'il peut accomplir avant que l'Apocalypse ne frappe! Sa soeur a deja commence la sienne (et la cache dans son journal secret). Et pour tout le monde, la resolution cette annee est de rayer au moins un article de la liste. Et pour vous?

Bonne Annee 2012!
Vessel Name: VOAHANGY
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 560
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Terry, Voahangy, Marc, Anne Steen
Terry, 71, skipper, ex-pilot, surfer, aerobatics champion, can fix anything, never sea sick, loves a beer, hates the cold, is happiest anchored off a deserted beach. [...]
VOAHANGY's Photos - Main
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Created 20 November 2014
2 glorious months, cruising various parts of Fiji. So many different experiences in one country: lush rainforests, colourful indian towns, blue lagoons, traditional villages, great fishing, fancy resorts... And the best part was sharing the cruising with family and friends. Can't beat Fiji with company! Here is a collection of our favourite moments (and there are a few!!!)
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Created 12 October 2014
Some of the whales actions we witnessed in Tonga, to read with the Whales action post by Anne!
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Created 1 October 2014
Whale watching, snorkelling, bonfires, making new friends...One of the most remote and austere destination, far away from big tourism, with friendly people holding on to their traditions. Weather a bit chilly, but who cares???
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Created 10 September 2014
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Created 30 March 2014
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Created 15 March 2014
The time finally came to leave...a month of celebrations and sadness!
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Created 5 March 2014
Another holiday within the holiday! Spent 13 fantastic days in Whistler, British Columbia joined by Aussie friends David and Denise. First time on skis for them, perfecting camps for Marc and Anne, loads of fun for everyone.
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Created 8 February 2014
Nothing like having family and friends coming for a visit in the sun. Lots of eating, drinking, swimming, laughing...showing everyone our small paradise.
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Created 30 January 2014
End of school year in Puerto, many get togethers before flying off to Paris for a family Christmas.
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Created 23 January 2014
Day of the Dead festival, a friend visiting from Australia, Anne participating in her first martial arts tournament,...As usual a lot of eating and socialising!
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Created 2 December 2013
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Created 6 November 2013
Having visitors means putting on our tour guide hat "Voahangy & Co in Mexico", much exploring and eating: ruins, cenotes, beaches, villages, markets,... . I shared Mexican cooking lessons and was repaid with Dutch baking classes from our French guest. We ate a lot of cakes this month! So much sugar, no candies needed for Halloween this year, just parties...
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Created 1 November 2013
This is the slowest month of the year in Mexico: hurricane threats, hot and humid weather, torrential rains drive the tourists away and confine the rest of us indoors. It poured for 22 days non stop! We still managed a dive (in the rain) for Father's Day, a day of all you can eat and drink at the local resort for Terry's birthday, and as usual lots of cooking and eating. Just on cue, the weather cleared at the end of the month for the arrival of Marie Suzanne, a French girlfriend. So lots of touring and catching up. Celebrated Mexican Independence Day all month long (it seems), eating black beans and pork verde!
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Created 10 October 2013
No excursions this month. Just hanging around Puerto Aventuras, school, friends, ...Sat thru a couple of storms, torrential rains, big winds...Nowhere to go so more time spent in the galley and writing about it!!!
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Created 12 September 2013
Holiday month for everyone: visitors from the USA, kids in and out, parties, US National Day celebration, French National Day celebration, Tulum for a night (bliss...) The start of a new food blog meant a month spent in the galley experimenting. Not much in terms of local food, mostly home cooked French. Chocolate cake anyone?
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Created 24 August 2013
Holiday Seasons with old and new friends, provisioning and preparing to leave the USA...
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Created 16 July 2013
End of school year performances, lots of baking/cooking for school festivities, Marc hospitalised, first tropical storms testing our nerves, road trip to Belize... Eat ceviche, my latest food addiction!!!
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Created 8 July 2013
Lots on! An interesting road trip to the Chiapas region, wonderful ruins of Palenque, green and lush Tabasco, Anne's birthday, Cozumel by boat, Kids sports graduation...Eat chilaquiles, breakfast with a difference.
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Created 2 July 2013
Settling down and mixing with the locals: kids are off to school, birthday parties, more of Tulum, unexpected reunion with fellow cruisers. Eat: black bean soup!
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Created 2 July 2013
Not much tourism this month. We finally made the decision to stay for the rest of the year. So it's head down with school, get together with cruising friends ( they're passing thru while we stay behind) and switching to "landlubber's" mode. Resolved to eat at home more often, back to healthier diet.
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Created 13 June 2013
Exploring the Yucatan peninsula by car, to Uxmal ruins and Merida. More of Tulum. Marc's Birthday. Try Flyboarding. Join in the local community of Puerto Aventuras. Xel-Ha. Discover Playa del Carmen. Eat nachos.
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Created 13 June 2013
Landfall in Isla Mujeres, find our way around our new home in Puerto Aventuras, excursion to Coba ruins, discover Tulum, swim with dolphins, eat tacos...
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Created 13 June 2013
Our last few weeks (even months) have been spent in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Not much cruising for us, more like enjoying company of new friends, safety of a protected harbor, and relaxing for a while, knowing we don't have to go anywhere for a while...
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Created 2 April 2013
2 weeks in an island where time has stood still for 50 years! Road trip La havana - Vinales- Cienfuegos - Trinidad - La Havana. Cruise down the west coast, beautiful beaches, good fishing, diving,... Warm waters at last!!!!
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Created 5 February 2013
To be enjoyed while reading the post!
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Created 31 December 2012
Exploring Charleston and Savannah
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Created 27 December 2012
2 weeks shore leave, driving to Shenandoah National Park: lots of hiking, eating "country style" food, looking for bears, avoiding bears...Long drive across to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to visit the Wrights brothers memorial and Cape Hatteras.
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Created 25 December 2012
Caught up with friends, left the boat on display at the 2012 Boat Show, toured historic downtown and US Naval Academy, watched a football game...welcome to the US sailing capital!
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Created 25 December 2012
Unforgetable summer cruising around Block island, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.
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Created 16 December 2012
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A leisurely cruise from New York to Newport. Quite anchorages, fresh ocean breeze, ...a million miles away from Big City living!
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Created 5 September 2012
July and September in the Big Apple. Cruise, Eat, Shop, Walk,...Look at some of our best memories (work in progress, I am still sorting thru thousands fo photos!)
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Created 3 September 2012
Museums, memorials, parks, bike trails...the most photogenic city.
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Created 15 August 2012
First voyage in July, on our way to Washington DC. Passing thru quaint and historical towns, sampling crabs and oysters in hot summer nights... Returned in September, enjoying all Annapolis has to offer (well, nearly), and the spectacle of autumn foliage.
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Created 15 August 2012
Where there are some seriously clever people!
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Created 15 August 2012
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Created 20 July 2012
Shore leave: Make believe, dreams come true, thrills, fast food...Anything goes here!!!
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Created 20 July 2012
Welcome to America! Our port of entry, last moments with friends, base for a mini-refit, and our first taste of the USA...
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What happens during a transat?
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Who: Terry, Voahangy, Marc, Anne Steen
Port: Sydney