Paula and Stephen Pepperell sail the world on their 45' Herreshoff mobjack Ketch 'LONG WHITE CLOUD'. Over the past six years. Long White Cloud has proven to be a fast yet comfortable cruising yacht and is custom built of New Zealand Kauri.

17 August 2010 | Riverhead, New Zealand
27 December 2009 | Rachel & Stans Place, Helensville
17 December 2009 | Bayswater
21 November 2009 | Bayswater Marina, Auckland
17 November 2009 | Opua, New Zealand
13 November 2009 | Opua, New Zealand
12 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
12 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
11 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
10 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
09 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
08 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
07 November 2009 | South Pacific Ocean
06 November 2009 | South Minerva Reef
04 November 2009 | South Minerva Reef
04 November 2009 | North Minerva Reef
02 November 2009 | Enroute to New Zealand (via Minerva Reef perhaps)
01 November 2009 | Enroute to New Zealand (via Minerva Reef perhaps)
31 October 2009 | Enroute to New Zealand (via Minerva Reef perhaps)

Antigua Classic Regatta 2007

26 April 2007 | Antigua, West Indies
Very warm, with a light south east breeze
We've just finished the Antigua Classic Regatta.
We're writing this with a bit of a hangover - big celebrations last night!!!
We've had a great regatta. Sailing conditions have been generally light and we sailed hard and the intensity was felt by all on board. We finished each day in the top three placings of our division.
Plenty of dramas, protests and even some heated arguments (between the bigger boats) on the dock - so much for a gentleman regatta!!
We had good clean races though, and were perhaps a little lucky in the end. After the 70 foot yacht 'Lone Fox' beat us on corrected time by only one second the first day and nineteen seconds the next, the starts were becoming more aggressive and in Race 3 'Lone Fox' crossed start line early and copped a seven minute penalty which put us back in the hunt when we picked up the first placing. The last day we needed a third to clinch first overall in our class. It was a nail biting race with some long windward legs in it (not our best point of sail in light conditions) and we were in third as we approahed the line but were worried that a good performance from another competitor coming up from behind could bump us into fourth. There were some tense moments waiting at the finish line for the next few yachts, with a stop watch and calculator before we could relax and feel confident of our position. So the result was that we won our class. First place in Classic D.
The big surprise though, came last night at the prize giving when we found out we had also won the "Ashanti of Saba" trophy for fastest yacht on corrected time for all Classic Classes and not just our own. Quite a feat considering we are racing some of the best classic yachts in the world, and this was the biggest turn out in the history of the regatta with sixty four yachts entered.
I guess being consistent pays off.
Stephen went out again yesterday and got a third in the single-handed race - big boat class. He was third over the line, 2 and 3 minutes respectively behind the skinny, slippery 12 metre sloop 'ski 4' , and 'Tranquilo' a Dutch boat, brand new, aluminium, kevlar everything else, water balast, drop keel designed with a plum bow to classic lines. We had a great crew and sailed with less people onboard this year. We made more of an effort to lighten the boat and our new sails seem to have given us a boost and certainly made a difference.
We were blown away with the result and 'Long White Cloud' will have her name added to the honours board in the Antigua Yacht Club.
Paula had hand painted our crew uniforms which were a big hit, with lots of people wanting to buy or trade there own crew clothing for them.
Check out our gallery for more photos of the regatta. They were taken from on board during the racing, and from another boat during the Single Handed Race by our good friend, Helga Spit a dutch photographer we met cruising last year.
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Herreshoff, 'Mobjack'
Hailing Port: Auckland, New Zealand
Crew: Stephen & Paula Pepperell
About: After traveling the world for the past 7 years, we have reluctantly decided to sell LONG WHITE CLOUD. She is a competitive racer in Classic Regattas, (read more about our recent win's), she is a comfortable cruising boat and attracts favourable comments everywhere we sail her.
'Having carefully inspected the vessel and her equipment, it is the opinion of this surveyor that this vessel, built to a proven design, with the best quality materials and to the highest standards is a fine example of the boat builders art. The vessel has been extensively sailed while maintained [...]
Home Page: http://longwhitecloud.net.nz
A real kiwi family Christmas
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Created 27 December 2009
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Created 16 October 2009
Thomas and Heidi, Manaia and Isla joined us on LONG WHITE CLOUD for two weeks in Tonga
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Created 13 September 2009
This was a highlight of our circumnavigation...the majestic Marquesas, the turquoise Tuamotu's and the stunning Society Islands.
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Created 12 August 2009
Great dives in crystal clear water
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Created 12 August 2009
There no doubt about it...this is a unique place. The contact we humans have with the animals is awesome and so special.
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Created 22 April 2009
We arrived in Cuba on the 30th Decemebr 2008, just in time to party in Havana style to see in the New Year.
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Created 8 February 2009
This was a quick backpacking adventure we had in Central America
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Created 8 February 2009
LONG WHITE CLOUD wins again! First in the Classic 'D' class. More impressively, we also won the 'Ashanti of Saba' cup for the best corrected time over all Classic Divisions.
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Created 26 April 2007
One of the highlights of owning LONG WHITE CLOUD, has been the ability to enter (and do well) in some of the world most prestigous Classic Regatta's
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Created 11 February 2007
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Created 7 February 2007
Forget about sleep, get your party shoes on...it's carnival time in Trinidad.
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Created 1 February 2007
Friendly people, interesting cultures, history galore, awesome food and cheap with it...
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Created 3 January 2007
We crossed the Indian Ocean in 2004 and expirenced some of the most stunning islands and diving in the world...the passages weren't bad either!
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Created 3 January 2007
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Created 3 January 2007


Who: Stephen & Paula Pepperell
Port: Auckland, New Zealand
...it's been an amazing seven years!