Sail Meridian

The beginning of our Grand Adventure... or folly... we'll let you know!

20 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
14 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
24 December 2009 | Brisbane, Australia
12 December 2009 | underway
22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2009 | Ile Uere, New Caledonia
05 November 2009 | Espirito Santo, Vanuatu
21 October 2009 | Aore Island, Vanuatu
19 October 2009 | Peterson Bay, Espirito Santo
09 October 2009 | Espirito Santo
25 September 2009 | Tanna, Vanuatu
11 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Viti Levu, Fiji
13 August 2009 | Navadra, Fiji
24 July 2009 | Malolo Lailai, Fiji
29 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
26 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
10 June 2009 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 May 2009
19 May 2009 | Whangamumu, New Zealand

Lowering the Curve

26 September 2007 | Newport Beach, CA
We left Catalina on the 22nd, bound for Newport Beach. We've been here 4 days now, and we're still awed by the wealth around here. Not nouveau-riche, pretty-boy celebrity money, but "we made it the old-fashioned way...we inherited it" money. The houses are classy in the extreme, and the boats are amazing, bordering on sick, but at least the people still put on their pants the same way you and I do...with a little help from their butlers.

In the midst of this pristine example of capitalism, we have secured a mooring ball, in a canal on the shore of swanky Balboa Island, for the princely sum of...$5. It's kind of analogous to paying 2 bits for a room at the Ritz.

We've done some exploring by dinghy, and by car. We had several shore-based errands to run yesterday, so we rented a wreck for the day. After doing no better than 7 knots for the last month, I could hardly breathe at the rippin' speed of 35 mph! Red and green lights should be side-by-side, not one on top of the other.

School has been going well, and we even prepped the toe-rail and applied a coat of varnish today. Now it's off to the "Fun Zone" to let the kids be kids. Maddie and Sophie should enjoy it, too.
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA