s/v Charabia

18 July 2019 | North Atlantic
17 July 2019 | North Sea
16 July 2019 | Mersey River
15 July 2019 | St George's Channel
15 July 2019 | English Channel
13 July 2019 | Forest of Arden, England
12 July 2019 | Leicestershire, England
11 July 2019 | Leicestershire, England
10 July 2019 | Waltham Abbey
09 July 2019 | Dover, UK
08 July 2019 | North Sea
07 July 2019 | kattegat Strait
06 July 2019 | Baltic Sea
05 July 2019 | Baltic Sea
04 July 2019 | Baltic Sea
03 July 2019 | Gulf of Finland
02 July 2019 | St. Petersburg, Russia
01 July 2019 | Gulf of Finland
30 June 2019 | Gulf of Finland
29 June 2019 | Gulf of Riga

Back in Sydney

11 May 2019 | Turramuarra, Sydney
Today was Mark's special day as he celebrated his 63rd birthday. We had set the alarm for 7 am. Got up and got dressed and packed up. Mark took all our bags and packed them in the car. Then we headed out to the dining area and had breakfast. We each had eggs, bacon, roasted tomato and Mark had toast. I had apple juice and Mark had orange juice. Once done, we checked out and hit the road. I am glad I had a sweater on as it was cool this morning. The sun warmed up our day, thankfully. We were in touch with Ross & Beth, our NZ cruiser friends to meet up for lunch. They selected Settlers Tavern for lunch. We had a 4 ½ hour drive to Gosford. Lots of fellow travelers on the hiway today. Traffic was backed up once we were close to our destination. We met them at the cafe just before 1 pm. Had a lovely visit while we waited for our food to arrive. Lunch was very good. The guys enjoyed their lemon meringue tarts and ice cream for dessert. Our time together was over way too fast. We headed south from there to Sydney. The traffic was steady with several slow downs due to construction areas. We had arranged to meet Stephy's parents in order to pick up the keys to her home. Jeff met us at Stephy's building and we unloaded the car and used the elevator to take us up to her floor. Jeff brought us a thermos of coffee plus some treats. Thanks so much Jeff! After he left, we settled in. We watched some tv and were happy to be off the hiway. Mark researched the restaurants around here to find some place for us to celebrate his birthday. Lots of eateries within walking distance. It was only 16 C this morning. The high today reached 23C by mid afternoon. By the time we did our walk, we both needed a jacket. We headed to the basement and located our jackets. The walk was pleasant. We stopped at one restaurant but did not find anything on their menu that we liked. Mark had spotted a restaurant called Tapas Tapas, so that is where we headed. We sat at the counter as their tables were reserved. We did have the choice to sit at a table outdoors. However, I wanted to be in a warmer spot. We enjoyed a beverage and shared several of their small dishes, including a Portuguese Tart for dessert. It was a cold walk back. Thanks for all the birthday wishes for Mark. Enjoy the weekend!
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
Charabia's Photos - Main
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Nov 2017 trip south from Jacksonville
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Created 23 August 2018
Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Created 27 June 2017
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Created 16 May 2015
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Created 15 May 2015
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Created 7 April 2015
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Created 4 April 2015
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Created 31 March 2015
Get the boat ready to cruise.
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Created 14 March 2015