09 July 2011 | San Francisco, USA
06 July 2011 | Monterey, California, USA
29 June 2011 | Santa Barbara, California, USA
17 June 2011 | San Diego, California
16 June 2011 | Northern Baja, Mexico
14 June 2011 | Turtle Bay, Baja, Mexico
12 June 2011 | Past Magdalena Bay, Baja, Mexico
11 June 2011 | Cabo Los Puertos, Mexico
05 June 2011 | Cabo Del San Jose,Baja, Mexico
28 May 2011 | La Cruz Marina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
19 May 2011 | Barra De Navidad, Mexico
13 May 2011 | Zithuatanejo, Mexico
09 May 2011 | Punta Galera, Mexico
06 May 2011 | Oaxaca city, Mexico
03 May 2011 | Huatulco, Mexico
27 April 2011 | Puerto Chiapas, Southern Mexico
23 April 2011 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
21 April 2011 | Golfo De Fonseca, El Salvador,Honduras,Nicaragua
19 April 2011 | Playa Del Cocos, Northern Costa Rica
18 April 2011 | Quepos

To Be, Or Not To Be

30 May 2009 | Yeppoon, Queensland
Things happen for a reason, or so "they" say. So, as we slowly drifted away from Great Keppel Island en route to Mackay, Uwe was excitedly in the midst of hoisting the gennaker for the first time in years and I went down below to check our position on the electronic chart where I was greeted with a blank computer screen.
I tried to turn it back on, nope, still blank. I checked the outlet underneath and realized that the surge protector unit was off. Hmmm, strange occurrence indeed! I switched the unit back on, tried to power the computer on again, still nothing-frozen, damn it. Tried some more tricks, but to no avail. What was the reason?
Time to pull out the backup computer, delighted I was at how prepared we were for the inevitable failure of technology. Then I cursed and cursed again, silently of course, firstly at Microsoft, and then at myself. You see, our backup computer I was about to sell at the next port, since it's VISTASTER (microsoft vista) and is not compatible with our electronic charts (even though we were assured it would be). For many frustrating weeks, we tried to make it work without success. We realized we had to replace it with a new XP computer, in the unlikely event that our main computer failed. And we would have done so at Mackay. Okay, still no worries as they say here in the land down under. We proceeded to the next backup: good old paper charts, and since we acquired a big roll of charts just recently, we dug into our underwear, locker that is, to pull them out. Egypt was there, the Red Sea too, all of Indonesia, Thailand, Pirateland, hell, I'm sure we even had Mars, but no sign of East coast Australia existed. Oh man! All backup ideas were exhausted.
We did have the correct bearing to go to Mackay, but the lord threw a lot of reefs and islands in our way. The islands we could pick up at night with the radar but not the hidden reefs. So, should we or should we not continue under such lovely sailing conditions? Was it meant to be? Being the prudent individuals that we are, the answer was clear:NO.
We called our friends from Pacamama to tell them that we will now come into Keppel Bay Marina along with them after all, only 6 miles away, and they told us they would sail real slow and we could follow their trail inside.
As we made our turn, Uwe noticed a fish on the line, but we continued our turn and let the fish hang on while we did our maneuver which required a jibe, which required all kinds of special gennaker handling which unfortunately pushed us towards the rocks of North Keppel Island. Eventually we completed the jibe but the wind did not allow us to fly the gennaker anymore. So it had to come down. We were forced to turn on the engine, we tried to pull out the jib, which wouldn't come out as it was tangled up with some gennaker lines. We sorted that out, and then had the jib up and it was time to pull in the fish. Uwe pulled the fish close enough to the boat to take a good look at it; it was a metre plus, was brown, moved like a shark but didn't look like one, and boom, for no reason it was gone.
Super disappointed, we reached the harbor entrance where we discovered the jib would not roll in because the gennaker halyard was rolled around the top of the furler preventing it from turning. Surely, there had to be some unreasonable magnetic field around us to explain this?
But the weirdness of the day was not yet over. The lady told us to go to slip F1, between the blue and red poles. We followed the instructions that led us to a slip small enough to tie up the dinghy. That was not meant to be. After a few phone calls to the lady at the marina she sent us for a spin around the marina assuring us that we had been assigned the correct slip. We were convinced she was either completely mental or suffered from some form of dock dyslexia. To the amazement of all those persons watching us go and back and forth between the fingers, we pulled into a vacant slip next to Pacamama, blaming our meandering around the marina on the incompetence of the marina staff.
We were both dying to go up there and give her a big spiel on her ineffectual directions. Again, it was not meant to be. A friendly gentleman greeted us and was curious as to the name of the lady we spoke to since there was no lady working in their office. Much to our embarassement and his amusement we had communicated with the marina at Mackay.
And so, while we sit here and enjoy our dinner, and reflect upon the day behind us, with Kara delighted to be reunited with her friends Salina and Andrea from Pacamama, we can only assume that being here in Yeppoon was meant to be, which is quite nice by the way.
Vessel Name: Magnum
Vessel Make/Model: Peterson 44
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: Uwe Anne Kara
About: Anne Crowley Kara Dobers
Extra: http://www.sailblogs.com/gallery/magnum
Home Page: http://www.sailmagnum.com
Magnum's Photos - Magnum: Anne Crowley,Uwe Dobers, Kara Dobers (Main)
A much more exciting transit than the Suez canal 9 months earlier, another epic moment in the voyage as we re entered the Pacific Ocean
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Created 28 May 2011
We spent an enjoyable 2 weeks exploring these close knit group of islands, home to the Kuna Indians. It was the first time in a while that we felt like we were cruising and not racing to get somewhere. Many cruising boats chose to make it their home by staying long periods of time. The Kuna's still live in a very traditional way, and create the most intricate sewing cloths called "molas". We hooked up with other kid boats, which pleased us all, and Kara certainly enjoyed her last taste of island life
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Created 27 March 2011
The passage from Aruba to Colombia can be one of the roughest passages in the world, thankfully ours was not too bad, as we paid close attention to the weather. We sailed direct to the big city of Cartagena, and took the bus to the old city of Santa Marta
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Created 27 March 2011
Late at night on December 23rd 2010, we made landfall at St.Lucia, 22 days after leaving Canary Islands, with a 2 night rest at Cape Verde in between. We were tired but happy to have made it in time for Santa's arrival. Daniel and Philippine flew in from SF and joined us for Christmas and came aboard to sail down through the Grenadines with us. We continued on to Grenada with brief stops at the Dutch Antilles islands of Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.
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Created 15 January 2011
First stop in the Canary Islands was Lanzarote, followed by Fuerteventura and then to the Capital of Las Palmas to await weather to Cape Verde. We had 2 short nights in Mindelo, before the Atlantic crossing to the Carribbean
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Created 15 January 2011
At tip south end of mainland Spain lies the British territory of Gibraltar. It marked the end of the Meditteranean, and entrance to the Atlantic Ocean
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Created 15 January 2011
Our first stop in Spain was at the Balearic Island of Menorca. From there we continued rapidly through Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera, before arriving at mainland Spain. We left Magnum in Alicante and took the plane to visit beautiful Barcelona. Halloween was spent in Cartegena befor continuing on to Gibraltar.
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Created 15 January 2011
Stops at both Sicily and Sardinia were brief, but enjoyable nonetheless. The island of Favignana, off Sicily was just beautiful as were the quiet anchorages in southern Sardinia, especially with the end of high season
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Created 22 October 2010
A quick detour to Malta to pick up our mainsail made us glad to see the old city of Valetta
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Created 22 October 2010
We meandered slowly through the Dodecanese, Cyclades and Peleponnese islands, together with Kleiner Bar. Despite the high winds in some places and the high temperatures, it was a truly enjoyable few weeks
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Created 22 October 2010
Reaching Turkey was greeted by all with relief, and a feeling of returning to civilisation. Delicious food, warm waters, wonderful anchorages and many things ancient
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Created 23 August 2010
After arriving in Turkey in late May, we took a break from the boat to visit our families and enjoy the comforts of land for a month
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Created 23 August 2010
From the endless desert to the ancient temples of Luxor,endless baksheesh in the suez canal; A box of contrasts.
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Created 25 May 2010
After crossing the Gulf Aden, Eritrea was our first introduction to the east coast of Africa. From the Italian colonial feel of Eritrea's Port Massawa to the remoteness of Sudan, both countries were certainly unique. In Sudan, taking pictures was sometimes difficult as most Sudanese expressed great reluctance toward it, so we eventually put the camera away.
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Created 21 May 2010
After Maldives, it was a 12 day sail into Oman, in completely new surroundings. After managing to go through the pirated Gulf of Aden, we arrived in Aden, Yemen, another new experience
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Created 11 April 2010
From Sri Lanka we sailed to the Northern Most Atoll of the Maldives Islands called Uligan. We swam and relaxed for 7 days in this slice of paradise, clear water and tons of fish
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Created 13 March 2010
From Galle Harbor, we took a 5 day trip inland via train, and bumpy buses with our companions on Kleiner Bar
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Created 11 March 2010
From Phuket Thailand, we began our progression west, our first stop being the beautiful and remote Andaman Islands, a welcome break from the chaotic and busy Phuket
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Created 25 February 2010
From Langkawi Malaysia, it was a brief trip up to the first island in Thailand,south of Phuket. We spent Christmas on the west side of Phuket, at Nai Han Bay with my sister and family. Travel in Thailand was limited,as the passage to the Indian Ocean beckoned by January.
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Created 9 January 2010
From Indonesia, we motored our way through the maze of the busy shipping lane of the Malacca Strait, and into glitzy Singapore for a brief stop. We then continued along the Malacca strait on the west side of Malaysia stopping at Pangkor, Georgetown (Penang) and finally on to the last Malaysian island of Langkawi.
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Created 8 January 2010
From Ashmore Reef, we sailed north toward Central Indonesia to Rinca and then sailed the southern route to Lombok and Bali. From there we sailed north in the Java Sea to the last exit port of Indonesia to the Island of Batam
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Created 19 October 2009
Our first stop at an Ocean reef, Ashmore reef, still part of Australia, although closer to Indonesia, did not dissappoint. We spent about 5 great days here.
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Created 8 September 2009
Our last passage in Australia brought up along the reefs of Eastern Austrlalia, around the rugged top end of Cape York to our last port of call in Australia:Darwin
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Created 27 July 2009
As we left New South Wales, we moved slowly up the Coast towards Queensland, haven of wonderful weather and sandy beaches
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Created 22 June 2009
Pictures from our first port of entry at Coffs Harbour. We then made our way down the coast to Sydney where we spent Christmas and New Year. We took a road trip to Melbourne for 2 weeks in January. Then toward the end of Febuary we sadly left Sydney and progressed back north.
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Created 27 February 2009
From the Loyalty Islands of Lifou, Mare, then the Capital of Noumea and the Idyllic Isle De Pins Further South
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Created 10 December 2008
Vanuatu's Capital Port Vila where Kara celebrated her 6th Birthday, and Islands of Malekula and Espirito Santo
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Created 22 October 2008
Our First Destination in Vanuatu was Tanna, home of the Mt Yasur Volcano
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Created 10 September 2008
A few pictures from Viti Levu on Fiji's Western Side
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Created 20 August 2008
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Created 31 March 2008
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