Adventures of North Star

Follow the Adventures of Kim and Steve aboard their yacht North Star!

21 May 2016 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
14 September 2015
12 September 2015 | In Maupiti
17 August 2015 | Huahine, French Polynesia
13 July 2015 | Anyse Amyot-North End of Taou
20 June 2015 | Fakarava-South Pass
18 June 2015 | Fakarava-South Pass
11 June 2015 | Fakarava-South, Harifa
06 June 2015 | Fakarava, North Pass
02 June 2015 | Papeete Marina
16 March 2015
05 October 2014 | Cooks Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia
07 September 2014 | Rangiroa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
29 August 2014 | Rangiroa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
28 August 2014 | North Pass Apataki, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
23 August 2014 | South Pass Apataki, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
17 August 2014 | Anse Amyot, Toau,Tuamotus, French Polynesia
17 August 2014 | Anse Amyot, Taou,Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Montserrat

04 April 2010
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We arrived in Little Bay, Montserrat with favorable winds and very little swell. We were lucky, the ash from the volcano was blowing off the island below us and more to the south east. When we left Montserrat the boat was just about as clean as when we arrived. We had planned to finally meet up with the s/v Shining Time. We had made several attempts to meet each other in the BVI's but were not able to be in the same harbour at the same time. We arrived in Montserrat within a few hours of each other, us from Antigua and them from Guadeloupe. We had a great dinner aboard Shining Time. The next day we planned a tour of volcano. In 1995, before the Soufriere Hills Volcano erupted, the population was 11,000. The capital was destroyed and afterward the air was constantly polluted. Many people left the island and the population is now closer to 5,000. In 2003 the dome collapsed and the threat seemed to be over. Many areas of the island reopened. In 2006, activity began again and some sort of event seems to be imminent. While we were in Antigua heavy rains fell and the dome collapsed again. We heard ash reached boats as far away as Guadeloupe. The land in the safe zones was very beautiful and green. We reached the observatory and watched a video of the volcanoes activities. We could see the volcano clearly but were still a good distance away from the peak. We drove down to an area near the beach where ash, water and rocks had buried homes up to the roofline. Our guide had photos of the area before and after the eruption and subsequent rainfalls.
We had lunch at a great little local spot, picked up some fresh fruit and vegetables and headed back to the boat. We had a great snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Steve found a beautiful yellow frogfish, several eels and on octopus. We cleaned up and headed over to Shining Time for another great meal. The remaining two boats in the anchorage joined us also. A young couple from England, basically on their honeymoon for one year had just caught a sailfish and had enough meat for a small army. The other boat was a working ship based out of the Caribbean but housed young men from Denmark that had been in some kind of trouble back home and they spent a year at sea. They had two students on board at the time. They had a few more students in the earlier months of their journey and were headed back home soon. We had a very nice evening enjoying the company of new friends. The next morning we said our goodbyes to Shining Time as they head back home in a few weeks. We hope we will see them on their journey next year. We sailed around the west side of Montserrat and then around the southern tip headed to Guadeloupe. This is where we could see the devastation to the town of Plymouth. The photos show the difference of the green mountains of the north and the dust-bowl look of the south.
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Vessel Name: North Star
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52, Center Cockpit
Hailing Port: Clearwater, Florida
Crew: Steve and Kim
About:
Steve has been sailing for about 45 years, starting with Optimist pram racing in St. Petersburg, FL many years ago. Steve and Kim sailed the waters of Florida, the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico for 10 years on our prior boat, Breath of Heaven. [...]
Extra: North Star is a 1988 Tayana 52, center cockpit, a Robert Perry design.
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