Sailing Danica

We will be adding to our blog as we sail from Turkey to St Lucia in the Caribbean in 2018 and with the World ARC 2019/2020 from St. Lucia to St. Lucia

Goodbye Reunion

05 November 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
We are about to embark on the first of the two notoriously challenging passages ahead of us. I have prepared ten log sheets for the first leg between the Reunion and Richards Bay, South Africa. Ten days, twenty four entries per day, about 1400 NM. Glen has been monitoring weather forecasts and our weather router Chris has given us the first glimpse of what to expect. Quite a few pits in this bowl of cherries, the way I see it. Variable winds from all possible directions as trade winds become weaker, strong currents and transient lows that can deepen in Aghulas Current. Cold fronts from Southern Ocean with strong S-SW winds, a large continent heating up and strong current of up to 5 knots in opposite direction often create very dangerous conditions, that have sank large boats in the past. Our aim is to cross the last third of the voyage between the cold fronts, which generally occur every few days.
Glen and Hermann are attending today's Skippers briefing. The presentation should address all main issues related to this passage. Afterwards, each captain will decide,based on their experience, how to go about it. Glen and Hermann have been checking out areas in Madagascar where Danica could seek refuge if we need to.
I have read posts describing this passage and I think that it is better for me and everyone around me to let me "go with the flow". Potential lightening storms in 10 m waves reach beyond my wildest imagination. This morning I made a pact with my Captain and Hermann to allow me to hide in a closet should we encounter those conditions.
The second challenging passage will be from Richards Bay to Capetown, about 750 NM. We will be encountering cold fronts again, but the plan is to hop from one harbour to another and let the fronts pass by before moving on. No hiding in closets on that stretch of coastline. Glen and I will be alone again. Hermann is flying home from Richards Bay.
We are looking forward for Babsea to catch up with the fleet by then. This morning, Helmut reported that the repairs are underway as planned. Good news !!!!

The Taste of Reunion

03 November 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The Taste of Reunion - WARC tour of the Island - Reunion National Park

Thursday, October 31st was a busy day. We went on a day tour of Reunion Island which included an impressive Piton de la Fournaise and the village of Grand Bassin located in the Reunion National Park. Tasty lunch at O'QG Restaurant confirmed that we are indeed in France. In the evening we had a very nice Halloween Party with dancing at Le Dodo Gourmand Restaurant at Le Port marina.
The marina, where we are moored, is located some distance from the city. Most people in the fleet have booked rental cars ahead of our arrival, but we did not. On Monday, some of us will do additional provisioning via rented bus. Glen has a few items on his "to do list". Today, Hermann is helping him check the mast and rigging to ensure that Danica is ready for the next passage to South Africa.
Reunion offers many extreme sports activities, such as paragliding, climbing, high wire courses, canyoning, white-water activities, parachuting and mountain biking. This island is very beautiful. People in our fleet seeking the adrenaline rush are thrilled to be here. Glen signed up for a dive on the north end of the island and he enjoyed the trip. When we arrive to Richards Bay, South Africa, a Safari excursion will be a new experience for both of us.
Keeping a blog encourages me to dot down life on the oceans and organize hundreds of photos as we journey around the globe. It is hard to believe that we have logged 16,880 NM under our sails over the past ten months and over 23,000 NM since sailing Danica. The blue dots on the Yellow Brick Tracker are getting closer together and in five months from now, inshallah, we will cheer the end of our sea voyage over St. Lucian rum once again. In meantime, a quick trip home for Christmas will provide some balance to this gypsy life of ours.

Goodbye Mauritius - Hello Reunion

30 October 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
Goodbye Mauritius - Hello Reunion
Six days in Port Louis gave us some taste of this beautiful island that has been shaped by sugar cane production. Mark Twain quoted that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; heaven being copied after Mauritius. The Sugar Museum in Pamlemousses aimed to explain our fascination with sweet taste. Their excellent exhibits took us through centuries of sugar production and trade throughout the world. I found it interesting that in 16th century a Provencal doctor, Michel de Notre Dame, also known as Nostradamus for his prophecies, published Treaty of Jams, where he insisted on the virtues of sugar in preserving food. Sugar was exotic and magical, rare and expensive and was sold in apothecaries. These days white sugar is more or less banned by most health-conscious folk. I think my famous raspberry jam might still be classified as mom's ancient medicine since so much love is added to each batch.
One of the highlights of past three days in Port Louis was the Prizegiving ceremony at the Ilot Café. We did not place this time, but Captain guessed out ETA (estimated time of arrival) by 5 minutes and we received a dozen World ARC engraved glasses. We will pack them carefully and have a good cheer at Christmas, since Captain invested in a large bottle of rum at the Sugar Museum on Saturday. Perfect combination.
Captain Helmut is staying behind in Port Louis and Babsea is getting a major makeover at the local boat yard; new mast, boom, rigging, instruments, solar panels and anything else needed to make her seaworthy again. Helmut hopes to catch up with the fleet in Richards Bay, South Africa. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Danica will be a temporary home for Hermann until he flies home to Austria on November 19th from Richards Bay. We plan to discover the Taste of La Reunion together. Hermann is a wonderful shopping companion. We spent lots of his money in a very short period of time. A few ladies in Austria should really look forward to his return home.....
Hermann and I made a pit stop at a fancy hair salon for new and improved versions of Danica's crew. We enjoyed our last coffees and ice cream at the corner Café under warm Mauritius sun and discussed life in general.
Tuesday morning was very special. There was a lovely multi faith blessing ceremony that took place at a pier in the Marina. We were impressed by colourful dancers who performed traditional Chinese lion dance. Delicious treats with juice and coffee were served afterwards. Port Louis will be fondly remembered for their sweet hospitality.
World ARC fleet crossed the start line to Reunion at 14:00. Warm sun, blue sky and light wind marked our departure. The wind remained light and we sailed our Code 0 in addition to full Main. Danica's speed ranged from 3.5 to 7.5 knots, depending on the wind's strength and direction. I took photos of lovely green sugarcane fields and distinct mountains of Mauritius, basking in the last sun rays. Later on, a canopy of bright stars and thin sliver of new moon shone above as we slowly sailed and later motored through the night. French courtesy and quarantine flags are waiting to be raised by Captain.
We will have plenty of time to explore this French island. Taste of Reunion coming soon.

Sweet Taste of Mauritius - Port Louis

27 October 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The WARC fleet has settled in Port Louis marina. Le Caudan waterfront is very beautiful with impressive hotels, excellent restaurants, farmer's market and large variety of shops. Captains are busy fixing the boats and the rest of us have been exploring and enjoying the City of Port Louis. On Saturday we had a very interesting tour to the Sugar museum where we were served delicious lunch. We also stopped at lovely Botanical Gardens and had a nice stroll through the park. In the evening we gathered at the Le Suffren Hotel and Marina for drinks. Helmut from Babsea told us his story. He thanked many people who have made Babsea's journey without a mast possible.
Beautiful girls from Charm and Niobe charmed us with their lovely outfits. Today we had a prize winning ceremony and Danica won a prize for the closest predicted time of arrival to Port Louis. Most of us expected Babsea to be a Blue Jacket winner, but Guy from Footloose awarded it to Chao Lay. Rats....
More photos in the Gallery.

From Cocos Keeling to Mauritius - 2425 NM

24 October 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
From Cocos Keeling to Mauritius, 2425 NM over blue Indian Ocean

Cocos Keeling, Monday, October 7, 2019. Captain had his last breakfast with Helmut and Hermann on Babsea. I kept busy preparing sixteen days of log sheets for the passage and taking a few more photos of this tropical paradise before we lifted our anchors and wished fair winds to each other. We received a detailed weather report from Chris Parker, our weather router. Glen and Helmut discussed sailing strategy based on this information as well as weather reports provided by the WARC. The passage started with strong wind and rough seas that were predicted to settle by Tuesday night. We expected smooth sailing until the next cold front reached us over the weekend.
On Danica we keep a detailed hourly log; reporting our position, wind speed and direction, swell direction and height, course, sail configuration or motoring, distance travelled per hour, as well as Danica's battery status and any sightings.
When I prepared this passage's bundle of papers it was hard to believe that by the end of the trip all sections will be filled in. I find it interesting to analyze data and then summarize key points in my excel spreadsheet. Another learning tool and memory trigger. I do not want to forget daily visits from of a lonely brown bird that was fishing near Danica in the late afternoons. I wondered where it came from since we were days away from land. Night watches under starry skies allowed my piddly existence to blend with the Universe.
On this passage, Day 5 set the tone for the rest of the journey when Glen received an e-mail message from Helmut informing us that Babsea has been demasted during Friday morning's storm. We were about 700NM from Cocos Keeling, less than one third of the way to Mauritius.
Helmut estimated the amount of diesel needed for motoring to Mauritius. Babsea was sailing somewhere in the middle of the fleet and they had enough fuel on board until Tuesday. Bence from Niobe did an outstanding job coordinating fleet's efforts to help Babsea. Charm, Chao Lay and Footloose sailed behind Babsea. Joe from Charm proved to be our Guardian Angel once again. On Monday he managed a challenging fuel transfer from Chao Lay, Charm and boat sailed by George and his son Travis from USA. Joe also rowed his dinghy to Babsea to help Helmut and Hermann put together a temporary rig to allow Babsea to motor sail for the rest of the journey, about 1300 NM. Crazy....
Towards the front of the fleet, another fuel transfer took place on Tuesday morning. Niobe and EQ2 dropped their fuel donations to Danica 1. We retrieved the containers and slowed down to allow Babsea to catch up with us.
We finally randez- vous with Babsea on Thursday, October 17 th at 13:00. About two-hour fuel transfer took place during pouring rain with a total of 15 drop offs/pick ups. It was an interesting experience with its share of drama when the floating line from Babsea got caught in Danica's propellers, yes, both of them. We then reversed the fuel exchange strategy. First step was to give Babsea our hook for line retrieval. We dropped the bottles, one at a time, behind Danica and Helmut fished them out at their end. Well, a bit more complicated than that, but it is good that both captains have lots of ideas and experience.
As we approached Mauritius a week later, the seas were much calmer and it was finally possible to check Danica's propellers. Glen and Helmut agreed on a meeting waypoint. We furled our sails which slowed the boat enough to allow Glen to snorkel under the hull. The starboard prop was clear, but a line was still wrapped around the port's. Glen was not able to cut the rope tangle with his knife, but Helmut swam to Danica with his larger knife and was able to cut through the mess. As the winds decreased, we were able to motor for the last 75 NM to Port Louis.
Danica shadowed Babsea for almost two weeks. We tried to stay close enough to be able to communicate via VHF radio as well as SSB radio. This proved vital on our approach to Mauritius. The marine traffic corridor from South Africa to Southeast Asia appears to stretch south of Mauritius. Two days before our landfall we encountered over twenty freighters, tankers and large cargo container ships. It was a crazy night trying to stay safe and made sure we knew Babsea's current position in order to advise ships that crossed our paths. Glen did an outstanding job and managed to get us safely through marine traffic jams. It is no picnic when you find your small vessel between three moving targets and having Babsea with no AIS in tow.
This passage from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius was long and rough. About one third of the fleet experienced various challenges, including a Resident Rat(s) and torn main sail on Chao Lay, broken shrewd on Someday, engine problems on Lunatix and Chao Lay, autopilot problems on Sweet Dream and Atla and rigging issues on Footloose. Glen's to do list got longer because one of our water pumps stopped working, but Babsea, for sure, deserves the Blue Jacket. Helmut and Hermann have done a fantastic job getting their pretty Babsea across the Indian Ocean with jerry rigging and lots of diesel.
My bundle of log sheets increased from sixteen to eighteen days. As I glance at my binder and flip through the notes, I can not help but marvel over the anecdotes behind those scribbles. Countless accounts of beautiful friendships and camaraderie, warm tales of kindred spirits taking care of each other in high seas and under beautiful starry skies in the middle of Indian Ocean. And yes, it is good to be alive....and Mary's stories from her golden sailing days may one day prove to be good entertainment to lonely folks in her nursing home.
We will have a few busy days in Mauritius before we sail to La Reunion on Tuesday, October 30th, 2019. Danica is moored with the rest of the WARC fleet at posh Port Louis waterfront. I am ready to explore the city and Captain and I are looking forward to the WARC day tour of the island on Saturday. More taste of Mauritius coming your way over the cyberspace....

The Legacy of Blue Jacket

06 October 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The Story of the Blue Jacket
Because more than half of the boats did not start with the original fleet, I wanted to bring everyone "up to speed" on what the Blue Jacket Prize is all about. It started in Panama.
Two Skippers - George from an Australian boat Cabana and Henrik from Dutch sailboat Zwerver - are responsible for creating this unique tradition of the World ARC 2019/2020 fleet. They discussed Murphy's Law over some fine spirits and foresaw many challenges that the original group of 28 boats could face on this long journey. They decided that at each Prize Giving Ceremony a celebration of spirits that rose to the occasion when unthinkable happened, should be awarded a prize. The Blue Jacket was supposed to bring them luck. It was also their responsibility to choose the winner of the next leg.
George and Henrik were right - over the past eight months we saw broken steering and damaged rigging, torn sails, dead engines and caput water makers, water from the sky and water from the sea coming into the boats uninvited. We dealt with sea sickness, various injuries and chest pains in addition to difficulties with homeschooling, wrong type of bottom paint being applied on a boat and trials with crews.
These challenges often make your heart sink when they happen, but after the adrenaline wears off, they generally provide good story material. Behind each one of the blue jacket badges is a heartwarming story confirming that we are stronger, braver, smarter and more resilient than we thought possible. And whenever there is a challenge during this blue water journey, one is never alone. We are blessed with skippers who have the knowledge, tools, expertise and spare parts to collectively tackle just about any emergency.
Danica received this Lucky Blue Jacket in Mackay. I was not able to pass it on because the winner of leg 9 never made it to Lombok. I still think they deserve a multi leg recognition. They had rough starts since Vanuatu- Injured father in law resulting in crew change, issues with sails/rigging and an autopilot strike en route to Darwin which caused more delays in catching up with the fleet. But they are here today. Guy and Nina on Footloose, please come up and share your story with us.
Vessel Name: Danica I
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Belize 43, Maestro, Catamaran
Hailing Port: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Crew: Glen and Mary
About:
Glen, the Captain, has sailed cruising mono-hulls for 35 years in the Pacific Northwest including: three circumnavigation of Vancouver Island, senior crew on a vessel delivery from Victoria to San Francisco, sailed around Fiji and north Futuna Island and back. [...]
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TRACKING MAP : Https://my.yb.tl/Danica Danica means 'Morning Light' in Slovenian. Our sailing adventure began in July, 2018 in Marmaris, Turkey. We have reached the Gibraltar on September 1st and the Canary Island of Lanzarote on September 12. Crossing the Atlantic with the ARC 2018 from [...]
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Danica I 's Photos - Main
Eight days on the last stretch of Indian Ocean offered more challenges than most of the blue water cruising so far. Danica is lucky to have an experienced Captain and competent crew. Top notch weather router was also a big help. Danica sailed bravely through 4m waves and up to 40 knots from one shore to another. Yes, the lightening storms near South Africa are amazing, but I did not take any photos, because I kept my eyes closed when I saw the fireworks outside or heard the thunder. We have arrived to Zululand Marina in Richards Bay in record time, partially due to using engines. We maintained top speed and have arrived to our destination ahead of time. Mission accomplished....
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Created 15 November 2019
The WARC tour on Thursday was an interesting and stunning collection of landscapes and microclimates. The island's volcano reminded me of Lanzarore, Canary Islands. We enjoyed delicious lunch at O'QG restaurant and wrapped up the day with a Halloween Party at Le Dodo Restaurant. Live music and great company.
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Created 2 November 2019
Multi faith blessing ceremony on the last day in Port Louis was a beautiful ending to our visit in Mauritius. A 143 NM passage was quite slow and we motored for about 10 hours. We left Port Louis at 14:00 on Tuesday and arrived to LePort, Reunion at 13:45 on Wednesday. Danica placed second in our division. Lars and Laura on Sweet Dream had a water pump failure and their engine overheated. They sailed slowly towards Reunion. Glen and Peter from Atla took our dinghy to meet them at the entrance of the harbour to assist them should they need help. Le Port will be a busy spot for captains getting their boats ready for the next passage to South Africa.....
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Created 30 October 2019
This beautiful island in the middle of Indian Ocean has a rich history marked by sugar cane production. This industry shaped the immigration of plantation labour from parts of the world, mainly from Africa and India. We visited an amazing sugar museum and beautiful botanical gardens on our WARC tour on Saturday. Dinner with Babsea and Charm was an icing on a perfect day. Beautiful WARC girls all dressed up for dinner out.
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Created 27 October 2019
This was a Blue Jacket passage for the WARC fleet with Babsea in the spotlight. Everything I said in my Blue Jacket story was tested again and again..... we got through this experience bonded for life. Joe from Charm played a key part in helping Helmut and Hermann outfitting Babsea for improvised sailing. Donations of fuel by the boats close enough to either Babsea or Danica ensured that motoring across the vast ocean was also possible.Snapshots from fuel transfer and navigating through heavy marine traffic during the past couple of days was a new experience to many of us.
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Created 24 October 2019
Babsea and Danica took a ferry to Home island yesterday and we visited this quiet and very neat village. Because Saturdays are days of worship here, only the grocery store was open. We wandered around and had a "healthy lunch" of store bought fruit and cookies in front of a closed cafe. In the evening we enjoyed tasty pizza brought to Direction Island by entrepreneur Tony who has also been our supplier for boxes of vegetables, chocolate, eggs, milk and freshly baked bread. Today he is preparing a nice BBQ lunch for the WARC fleet before we sail off towards Mauritius tomorrow.
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Created 6 October 2019
Anchored in Paradise, I try to soak in as much of this beauty as I can. Wind dancing with palm branches and some brave souls kite surfing in the reef. The World ARC fleet is enjoying dinners together on shore and children have lots of fun on beautiful sandy beaches, making perfect sand castles. Very idyllic atmosphere....
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Created 4 October 2019
We enjoyed perfect three day sailing to Cocos Island. We enjoyed Christmas Island very much. Tully from Charm swam over to Danica before we left. Australian Border Control was on watch at Christmas Island and also at the arrival to Cocos Keeling. A few beautiful sunsets and pods of dolphins playing with the boat on a couple of occasions.
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Created 2 October 2019
Christmas Island is a very beautiful place. We loved our guided Jungle Tour and we learned a lot about the history of this place. Colorful birds and three different types of crabs are very interesting permanent residents. The residents here have a funky way of letting people know what is going on . They write messages on the blackboards located on the walls of the buildings at the turning circle. The World ARC was welcomed publicly. They also advertise Breast Cancer awareness in an interesting way- bras are pinned on the rope in the centre of the traffic circle. I added my Turkish bikini to the eclectic collection of hanging "delicates".
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Captain and I celebrated my belated birthday at Oberoi Beach Resort where we were treated royally. Later in the evening the Medana Bay Marina and Tourism Lombok organized beautiful goodbye party for the WARC fleet and Hello to boats from another regatta. Traditional dancing and lots of sweet treats were enjoyed by all.
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Created 22 September 2019
We spent Thursday morning touring Lombok's Wildlife park with Babsea's Crew. Beautiful place that was highly recommended by Lara from Charm, who visited the facility yesterday. We got picked up by their shuttle car at the Medana Bay Marina in the morning. Each one of us received a basket of fruit, vegetables and peanuts to feed elephants, birds, monkeys and other animals. After a lovely lunch with great service the driver took us back to the marina. In the evening we went with Babsea to Tugu restaurant which was a wonderful experience "A La Aladdin" style. On Friday Captain and Babsea's crew went diving to the islands next to Lombok and I spent my belated birthday at a Spa in the Oberoi Beach resort. Danica also won a first prize for Leg 9 from Darwin to Lombok. Yeahhhhh...
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Created 19 September 2019
We took a day tour of the Lombok Island. What a fascinating place. The population is 80 % Moslem which is reflected in their conservative dress code. Very friendly and competent marina staff is trying their best to keep the WARC fleet happy and well fed. On today's tour we visited monkeys in the rain forest, a local produce and meat market, a couple of traditional villages known for pottery and weaving, and an interesting Hindu Temple. We enjoyed an outstanding traditional Indonesian lunch at a resort on the south shore of Lombok. A horse and buggy ride through the main town was a real highlight. I took many photos of an interesting traffic on the streets of Lombok - hundreds of motorcycles carrying various loads - from extended family to various merchandise. In the evening we had lovely BBQ feast at the Medana Bay Marina. A day full of great memories.
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Created 18 September 2019
The first 1000 NM of the Indian Ocean were great. Beautiful sunsets and nice sailing under the starry skies. Visits from dolphins and white birds brightened our days. We anchored in Medana Bay Marina on Tuesday morning and got our clearances on shore.
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Created 18 September 2019
We are motoring to Stokes Hill Wharf which will be the start line of Leg 9 - Darwin to Lombok. A few pictures from yesterday's Skipper's briefing and this morning's visit from Mr. Andrew Bishop. We got through the Cullen Bay Marina locks at about 8:30 am. The start of the next passage is in 30 minutes and I am taking advantage of the internet before we head back to the satellite communications.
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Created 9 September 2019
Another beautiful day exploring Northern Territory of Australia with a very knowledgeable guide Norm. He was very passionate about the history of this region. We returned back with fond memories of three beautiful waterfalls, got a close view of the termite mounds and enjoyed a different crocodile cruise along the Adelaide River with guide Patrick. Also photos of interesting signs at the toilets, practice of controlled bush fires to manage wildfires and a stroll through a beautiful trails neat Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole.
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Created 7 September 2019
An Amazing Australian Experience - Long day trip on a small bus to Kakadu National park included a visit to Ubirr Rock and Nabad Wetlands, Aboriginal Rock Art, Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on East Alligator River - crocodiles in their natural habitat. We enjoyed this trip very much.
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Created 6 September 2019
Saltwater crocodiles or "Salties" are Australian biggest "nasties". On today's tour up the Adelaide River we were told to be extremely careful as the animals could jump out of the water and seriously harm or kill you if you leaned over the boat's railing. We all made it safely back to the City. Another once in a lifetime experience. Worth the long bus drive. Tomorrow, Glen and I signed for another all-day tour of the Kakadu National Park and on Saturday we plan to visit Litchfield National Park. Both parks are east from Darwin and I will post more photos from those trips. Two long days of sight-seeing ahead of us.
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Created 5 September 2019
Captain brought Danica back to the Cullen Bay Marina this morning. More work is scheduled to be done here over the next few days. Yesterday I bought a two day bus ticket and today I decided to check out the Museum and Art Gallery as well as Bombing of Darwin Harbour and Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory was a wonderful experience. I got lost in time and admired many different displays. I enjoyed the historic overview of this area and challenges the first settlers and aboriginal people faced. Life on the frontier has never been easy. Devastating Cyclone Tracy gallery was a grim reminder how powerful Mother Nature is. On Christmas eve of 1974, 70% of Darwin has been destroyed and 30,000, out of 40,000 total population, evacuated. Other galleries included Indigenous Art Gallery, Maritime Gallery, and the Chinese experience of the Territory. Gold rush encouraged immigration to this part of the world from China and Europe.
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Created 4 September 2019
This album includes the glimpse of our journey, showing that we are heading into the second half. Danica is undergoing maintenance in Spot On Marina. I have been exploring the City on a Hop on hop off bus and took many photos from the top floor. Interesting place, very dry at this time of the year, very clean, fairly simple, many amenities- green spaces, native arts, festivals, recreational opportunities, huge tides - the Fannie Bay where we were first anchored was almost dry yesterday....Lovely place altogether The fragrant tree blossoms from my morning walk along the waterfront are for my friend Kulpreet. Since visiting French Polynesia, these beautiful flowers are worn by women enhancing their beauty and reminding us to live in the moment.
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Created 3 September 2019
This eight day passage was often challenging due to navigating inside the Great Barrier Reef. We mostly followed the shipping lanes all the way to Cape York. When we turned westerly, the winds shifted and their intensity increased. This caused some bumpy sailing for a couple of days. However, the sunsets and sunrises from these long passages are fantastic. Glad to share them through this portal. Smoke from the wildfires was visible during the last four days, making for an interesting photos.
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Created 30 August 2019
We stopped at Lizard Island National Park for a day to pay tribute to famous Captain Cook. We climbed the mountain and saw beautiful reefs around the island. The reefs are beautiful for snorkeling but quite challenging when trying to find safe passages which Captain Cook did indeed. No fancy chart plotters on Endeavor back then.
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Created 30 August 2019
An interesting Monday afternoon, learning more about marine life along the Great Barrier Reef as well as animals living in the Tropical Rain forest.
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Created 19 August 2019
Today we combined the award winning Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with three of Kuranda's best wildlife attractions. We strolled through an amazing aviary at Birdworld. Glen made a few feathery friends with a bag of bird feed. I loved the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, a home to over 1500 free flying tropical butterflies. We also saw cute Koalas, some lazy crocodiles and a variety of kangaroos in a beautiful Kuranda zoo- botanical garden. I took lots of photos from the trip. The train ride was very nice, but a high ride in a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the trees was a cool way of getting back.
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Created 18 August 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019. A fantastic day spent diving and snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef. Babsea's crew booked this excursion on the fast catamaran. We were enjoying a nice breakfast when a pod of humpback whales approached our boat. This was near the first diving/snorkeling site. During my floating over the coral reefs I saw a turtle, a spotted sting ray, a couple of black tipped reef sharks and hundreds of colourful fish that matched the coral reef where they were feeding. Very beautiful experience.
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Created 17 August 2019
We are so happy to be able to resume our original plans. Fast sailing from Mackay to Cairns - we will cover about 350 NM in two days to catch up with our friends from Babsea and explore this area together. Diving/snorkeling tour is already scheduled for tomorrow morning. We can not bypass The Great Barrier Reef- one of the nicest areas in the world to check out the underwater world. About 25 Nm from Mackay we saw a couple of pods of humpback whales feeding. They were very close and we had to detour around them.
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Created 15 August 2019
In addition to the touristy stuff in Mackay area and Airlie beach we managed to spent quite a bit of time in the Mackay Base Hospital. Glen got a complete check-up. His heart if fine and he is responding well to the medication for the blood clots in his lungs. We are happy to be able to continue with our journey and hope to catch up with the rest of the fleet, especially our buddy boat Babsea.
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Created 13 August 2019
Sharing some glorious sunrises and sunsets...
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Created 7 August 2019
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The tour organized by the WARC was lovely. We left at 4 am and saw these beautiful wallabies at sunrise . A new continent and different wildlife.
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Created 7 August 2019
This challenging 1170 NM passage was quite an experience due to medical emergency on day three of our 7day trip.
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Created 7 August 2019
We spent a fun day visiting a Kastom Village with traditional dancers, hiked to a beautiful waterfall and stopped at the coffee place.
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Created 23 July 2019
Yachting World Marina, Stonegrill Restaurant, Farmer's Market and Bidding goodbye to Peter and Hubert from Babsea
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Created 23 July 2019
School visit, Gift exchange and Traditional farewell feast
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Created 21 July 2019
Customs and immigration clearances on board Danica after our arrival to Port Resolution and amazing World ARC tour of the Mt. Yasur active volcano. Traditional welcome at the Kastom Village was another lovely experience.
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Created 17 July 2019
A beautiful start in Musket Cove and a sporty sailing until Sunday afternoon when the wind died. The ocean became calm, beautiful night skies were a lovely night companion on my watch and the rainbows in the squalls were just amazing.
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Created 12 July 2019
A few photos from the last couple of days before we set sails to Vanuatu
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Created 12 July 2019
We are enjoying the last few days in Fiji. Musket Cove Marina and Resort is a lovely place and reconnecting with the rest of the WARC boats is awesome. Yesterday we took a ferry to Port Denarau and visited the City of Nadi. We stocked up on some provisioning and gifts for the children in Vanuatu.
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Created 9 July 2019
We sailed 37 NM from Yasawa island to Waya Island where we are anchored in a bay with four other boats; Babsea, one American and two Canadian from Victoria. Small world. We did proper Sevusevu and met the chief of the village. We were later invited to Fijian traditional dinner, which we enjoyed very much. On Sunday we attended church service with beautiful singing. The preacher welcomed us and blessed our journey across the oceans. Then he gave a very passionate and stern speech to the audience in his native tongue. In the afternoon we did an hour hike to the cyclone cave where people hide during a cyclone. On the way back we caught a glimpse of a mother cutting her son's hair. He was not very pleased, but I found a package of cookies in my bag and he was all smiles after that. Beautiful memories from this island. Met SV Patience and Aftermath from Victoria. Enjoyed traditional dinner together on Saturday.
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Created 6 July 2019
We are moving westerly quite quickly. Yesterday we were anchored near a small village by Yasawa island. Glen, Helmut and I went to the village and gave a bag of kava and a bag of school supplies for the local school. This was quite informal visit with a small group of ladies who sold us a few homemade souvenirs. No kava ceremony. Today we motored 12NM to Blue Lagoon. Very beautiful place. Nice resort on the shore. Tricky navigation among coral reefs.
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Created 5 July 2019
We have spent a couple of days anchored at the Wananavu Resort. Glen and Helmut booked another diving tour. We also visited a traditional village and were welcomed by locals. The ladies showed us some of the handmade souvenirs and we experienced kava ceremony. Beautiful singing and dancing at the end of our visit. Children enjoyed lollipops. So glad I had a large goodie bag with me.
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Created 5 July 2019
We left the Nabouwalu bay early this morning and motor/sailed to the north tip of the island of Viti Levu. Glen and Helmut have arranged for their dives tomorrow morning. Today we had a nice dinner at the Wananavu Resort.Lots of bugs everywhere, but nobody except me seems to mind. Manna for geckos. Beautiful sunsets and bright stars at night. We love Fiji.
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Created 2 July 2019
We spent a rather wet weekend here, but the social aspect of cruising was perfect. We met a Slovenian solo sailor and an accomplished writer Jasmin Causevic and had dinner together at the Copra marina. Today we are motoring towards the SW tip of Vanua Levu island. The storm has passed and the wind is gone as well.
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Created 30 June 2019
We have arrived to Savusavu yesterday in order to find a safe spot where we could dodge the storm that actually reached the area later today. We went to town this morning and got some beautiful produce and fruit at the local market. The grocery store did not have much selection and I hope the next stop will be better. Very interesting to watch local people coming to the market.
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Created 29 June 2019
Two days of diving for Glen and Helmut with Taveuni Diving Team. I enjoyed snorkeling yesterday along the Rainbow Reef. I have to dust off our Go Pro camera in order to take some underwater photos. Beautiful memories of this lovely island.
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Created 27 June 2019
Today we enjoyed a nice tour of this island by taxi with Babsea's crew- Captain Helmut, Peter and Hubert. We drove through a few villages and crossed a couple of rivers before we arrived to Tavoro Waterfalls in Bouma National Heritage Park. The hike to the waterfalls took us a couple of hours, but the views were worth the sweat. I hope the photos will convey some of the beauty we experienced today. Dinner at the Taveuni Dive Resort was a perfect way to end the day.
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Created 25 June 2019
Danica and Babsea lifted their anchors and left the Bay of Islands on Vanua Balavu island at 3pm on Monday, June 24th. An overnight passage is lovely; we sailed double head sails most of the way. It is almost 6am and the end of my watch. I can see Babsea's navigation lights about 2 NM away. There must also be a Digicel tower close by because I am able to get strong signal- thus my early morning posting. In a couple of hours we should be at our new anchorage. More photos to follow
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Created 24 June 2019
This beautiful spot is located about 20 NM from the Village of Lomaloma. About a dozen WARC boats have found temporary homes in many small anchorages. We have been exploring the caves and snorkeling. The evenings turned out to be special social gatherings . At dusk there are hundreds of large bats flying around this small bay. We have been gathering in our dinghies every evening to enjoy this unique experience over a glass of wine.
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Created 24 June 2019
Vanua Balavu is a beautiful island where the WARC fleet got their clearances for Fiji. Today we ventured into the Lomaloma village and were warmly greeted by the residents we met at the store and on the street.
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Created 21 June 2019
Beautiful 48 hour sailing with two head sails, wing-on-wing with trade winds between 14 and 20 knots from behind. Starry night skies and full moon made the night watches effortless. We are excited to spend the next three weeks exploring jet another corner of the South Pacific Paradise.
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Created 21 June 2019
We have just returned from another nice evening spent at the Mango Restaurant. The local school band played some wonderful tunes as the group was mingling and enjoying their drinks and kava. The restaurant was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and the food was excellent. We were greeted by Tonga's officials from the Ministry of Tourism and deputy Prime Minister. More traditional dancing after the supper. Prize giving ceremony is always fun. Danica did not get any prizes this time. We stayed too long in Suwarrow, as we arrived with the first group and left with the second. Sad goodbyes to five boats that will be leaving the fleet here in Tonga and we welcomed two boats that are joining us on our journey to St. Lucia. We will miss Nica, Mango, Raid, Makara of Exe and Cassiopee. Fair winds my friends... hope our paths will cross again.
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Created 15 June 2019
In addition to our visit to this beautiful Botanical Garden, we learned a lot about traditional weaving, kava making, vanilla production and bark cloth making. We enjoyed lovely lunch and a dance performance by the village children that brought smiles to everyone.
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Created 14 June 2019
Helmut from Babsea organized a nice island tour which included a traditional lunch at the guide's house. We stopped in the morning to see how the fish and chicken are wrapped in banana leaves and prepared to be baked along with breadfruit and some other root vegetable in the earth oven. We then continued our tour of the east side of Vava'u island and returned in a couple of hours to enjoy lunch which included a roasted pig and fish, chicken and breadfruit from the oven. Sweet watermelon was a perfect dessert. The trip ended with a traditional dance. Very nice.
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Created 13 June 2019
We are moored in Vava'u and have been dodging some heavy monsoon rainstorms at Mango Cafe. When it rains it really pours.....The pigs do not mind it....
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Created 12 June 2019
We have arrived to Vava'u on Monday morning, June 10th and skipped one day due to time difference from Niue. Easy check-in with local officials at the town dock. Nice WARC fundraising dinner at the Dancing Rooster Restaurant made local librarian very happy. A rainy Tuesday at the Mango Cafe allows me to post this blog and photos.
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Created 10 June 2019
Visiting this small country in the middle of the South Pacific was a was awesome. Niue's population is 1700, 500 of them school age children, about 500 work for the government, and others are involved with local businesses. Many residents left this island after the last big cyclone and now live in New Zealand or Australia. We had a wonderful visit. On Friday I returned my WiFi Gadget to Niue Telecom and met two lovely ladies: Shalom and Grace. I also stopped at the local craft shop and chatted with local artists. Last batch of Niue photos.
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Created 10 June 2019
We are moored in Alofi Bay on the west side of the Niue Island. Getting to shore was a new experience. We had to lift our dinghy by a crane onto the concrete pier. The customs clearance on the gazebo by the pier was easy and the officers were very friendly. On Wednesday we joined crews from Endo 2 ,Makara of Exe and Taurus on a guided tour of the island. We saw some beautiful and famous spots; Togo Chasm, Anapala Chasm and Huvalu Forest conservation area. Another interesting fact about this place- when people die, they get buried on their property, usually near the road. Grave sites with fancy headstones and flowers are everywhere. Often under a covered shelter...
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Created 6 June 2019
The lagoon, its coral reef and the bird sanctuary were amazing places. I took my kayak and enjoyed my quiet time listening to the breaking waves and noisy birds...
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Created 5 June 2019
Trying to find Tom Neale's spirit ....I managed to reorganize his library
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Created 4 June 2019
The WARC fleet gathered on the shores of the Anchorage island for potluck dinners and drinks- it was wonderful to touch base with everyone. An evening party on the floating dinghies in the lagoon got interrupted by a nasty squall.
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Created 4 June 2019
The 700 NM passage was one of the more challenging so far. Frequent squalls usually ended up with beautiful rainbows. One accidental jibe, however, caused some serious damage to our topping lift and lazy jacks. The trip took two days longer than planned. When we had wind, it came from a wrong direction. We motored more than during any other long ocean passages, but slower pace allowed me to take some nice photos of sunsets.
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Created 4 June 2019
We are setting sails towards the Cook Island of Suwarrow tomorrow at 12:00-noon. Last minute preparations included comprehensive Skippers Meeting which included information on passages and destinations as well as weather. The WARC staff took care of the paperwork saving us days of frustration, I am sure. The Yellow shirts staff is fantastic, that I know for sure.
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Created 18 May 2019
Today we spent the afternoon with Barbara, Helmut, Peter and Fritz driving around Bora Bora island. We stopped for a drink at famous Bloody Mary establishment where we also had dinner with Nica 's Maren and Gorm and Seaside's new crew from Germany, as well as Tumi's Debra and Paul. I think this is a very beautiful place but Moorea and Huahine were in my opinion better maintained and cleaner islands. There are no designated bike lanes on fairly narrow and busy roads and I think cycling around the island would not be as much fun as I thought before.
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Created 16 May 2019
Great day sail from Huahine to Bora Bora. Captain washed a load of towels and filled both water tanks very fast and quietly. We arrived at 4:30 pm and our friend Helmut was waiting in his dinghy to help Glen with the mooring ball. We met Babsea's new crew Peter and Hubert over appies and wine/beer on Danica and dinner at the Bora Bora Yacht Club.
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Created 15 May 2019
Our stay on the island of Huahine was short but intense. This island is so beautiful I hope to permanently imprint its vibrant images in my heart and soul. Not sure if my iPhone photos will do the justice. One of these days I might bite the bullet and get our "still in the box" Go Pro a try, however, posting larger photos on the blog could be a problem.
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Created 15 May 2019
On Friday, May 10th we motored from the Papeete Marina to Marina Taina to get fuel. Passing the busy airport on one side and noisy breaking waves on the other side of the narrow channel was and interesting experience. The air traffic controller managed to direct the air crafts as well as boats in the channel very well in perfect English. While we were fiddling with the fuel hose, a dinghy with two friendly faces started to admire the Canadian flag on Danica. They turned out to be Steve and his son Billy from Victoria. The family has been cruising for almost ten years. We connected with the parents over dinner on Danica, because the kids had a sleep over. On Saturday I managed to post one of my blogs and some photos before we lifted the anchor for the overnight passage to Huahine. The sailing to Huahine was fantastic, nice trade winds pushed us along under the starry skies to another Polynesian Paradise.
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Created 15 May 2019
A day trip to the island of Moorea with our Austrian friends Babsea and Helmut was another experience that it is hard to put into words. The sweet fragrance of the flowers mixed with warm, salty air from the ocean. Beautifully manicured gardens and nice, paved roads with bicycle lanes. Lush green volcanic mountains with pointy peaks and multi-shade blue ocean with waves breaking over coral reefs. A ferry ride with a herd of elementary school children with flowers in their hair. I wish I would have taken their "before and after the trip" photos. We rented a car and I was the chauffeur du jour. A visit of the "juice factory" was more like a 50/50 brew. It reminded me of the St. Lucian punch upon our arrival across Atlantic. The lady at the juice sampling boutique was extremely generous with the samples mellowing my passengers.
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Created 11 May 2019
We have arrived to Tahiti last Saturday. Captain has been busy with his growing "to do list" that now includes a new water maker installation. Papeete is known to be a good place to catch up with boat maintenance. We have been exploring this lovely city and partying with the World ARC friends over dinners and drinks. On Friday we joined Babsea's Helmut and Barbara on the Jeep Safari tour of the island. The pictures speak for themselves. Over 1000 waterfalls flow into the old volcanic crater that is now green and overgrown with lush tropical vegetation. The taste of Tahiti is similar to Nuku Hiva; warm and welcoming Tahitians, clean and well maintained settlements, nice marina and services that support sailors and breathtaking beauty of the island itself.
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Created 4 May 2019
I found French Polynesia to be very different from the rest of the world. Warm and happy people are proud of their heritage. They keep their islands and atolls beautiful beyond description. Most of the houses are very simple but the gardens are manicured and friendly smiles are permanent. The nature is breathtaking; the colours of the water and sky are a feast for any artist and the underwater world is absolutely amazing.
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Created 29 April 2019
Exploring the south end of the atoll- floating dinghy sundowners with Chanto, Aurora B, Mango, Cassiopee, Babsea, Tumi, Cabana...Fantastic diving and snorkeling with Mateo's divers and enjoying pink sandy beaches with no end....lovely
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Created 25 April 2019
We are enjoying the hospitality of this beautiful atoll in Tuamotu, French Polynesia. Captain loves diving. He seems to appreciate the beauty of the underwater creatures. I had my share of fun during an excursion to a pearl farm. I bought an oyster from the harvesting basket. The guide opened the shell and picked up a lovely gray pearl that was later put on a string making a simple necklace. We also rented bicycles and covered about 50 km on two wheels. The atoll has a paved road and various vegetation covers the area between the road and water on both sides.
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Created 20 April 2019
This 550 NM can be described as one with amazing sunsets and sunrises, trimming the sails down to get a perfect timing for the Fakarava lagoon pass, a visit by two boobies and avoiding squalls and coral reefs. We are looking forward to discover the atoll that inspired french painter Henri Matisse.
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Created 17 April 2019
We spent a few days in Daniel's Bay. I was impressed by the beautiful green valley. People planted citrus and coconut trees, flowering bushes and the grounds near the anchorage are manicured. Touched base with Cassiopee, Aurora B, Sweet Dream and Chao-Lay
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Created 11 April 2019
Because the winds were too light to sail to Tuamotu we stayed in Nuku-Hiva a little longer. We sailed to beautiful Anaho Bay. En route Captain caught a large Yellow-fin tuna that we shared with other boats in the anchorage. A hike over the hill was a great experience and sun downers on Cassiopee with Heike and Udo was lots of fun. On our way back to Taiohae Bay we encountered over 100 dolphins and enjoyed their playful performance for almost an hour.
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Created 11 April 2019
A guided tour around the island of Nuku-Hiva was a great experience. Lush green hills with with interesting geological rock formations. We enjoyed lunch in the Village of Hatiheu and had a private tour of the museum.
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Created 5 April 2019
Taiohae Bay - Luxurious Pearl Lodge with great internet. We enjoyed Polynesian dancers and flowers and another fantastic World ARC dinner with prizes. None for Danica this time.
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Created 5 April 2019
We sailed from Hiva-Oa to the island of Tahuata where we spent a day with Sweet Dream before an overnight sail to Nuku-Hiva.
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A day trip with guide Pifu
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Created 29 March 2019
Yesterday we had Skippers' meeting with the briefing for the Leg 4 from the Galapagos to Hiva Oa - French Polynesia. It will be a long journey of about 3000 NM. We also had a Leg 3 prize giving ceremony and wonderful fleet dinner. I am happy to report that Danica placed second in the multi haul division, behind Hanna and ahead of Mango. Sweet Dreams won the Blue Jacket. Today we spent most of the day with Laura and Lars, first on the glass bottom boat trip and later on we enjoyed lovely dinner on the waterfront.
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Created 6 March 2019
Amazing tour to one of Isabela's volcanoes. 99% of Isabela Island is in a protected area - National Park- unspoiled rugged place with abundant wildlife - we enjoyed seeing many bird species on the way to the volcano.
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Created 3 March 2019
Our first tour to Cabo Rosa/ Los Tuneles was a truly amazing snorkeling experience. We saw sea horses, giant sea turtles, sleeping sharks , Galapagos penguins and colorful rainbow fish that look a lot like the ones I admired in my Manicurist's aquarium. For this underwater show I did not mind getting my hair wet.
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Created 3 March 2019
Today, my Captain and I took a tour to the the Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve and had a fantastic horseback ride to the volcano - lush green landscape with butterflies, birds and giant turtles makes this island quite a bit different from San Cristobal. We also visited Adriano Cabrera coffee plantation and processing establishment and tasted El Trapiche - Cane Liquor, roasted coffee beans with homemade sugar and of course their coffee. Very different process from the last coffee plantation in Colombia. We had a big storm again this afternoon which gave me a perfect excuse to check out the local spa for a little TLC.
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Created 28 February 2019
So far we have spent two full days in San Cristobal. On Friday morning we welcomed eleven officials to complete stacks of paperwork in order to make sure we are fit to spend some fine time on these lovely islands. Glen impressed everyone by producing his official Captain's stamp and inked every piece of paper that was put in front of him. The diver checked the hulls on Danica, a couple of officials scanned the Galley and the state room. One lady examined the first aid kit and another fellow checked the flares. All the papers from the blue folder, including our passports and boat papers were checked twice and everything was in order. On Saturday Glen took a diving excursion to Kicker Rock which is famous for various marine animals, including sharks. I spent a day updating the blog and we had a lovely sushi dinner with MJ and JF from Cassiopee and their friends Tracey and Dan after a happy hours with the World ARC crews at the hotel.
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Created 23 February 2019
We are preparing for an 850 NM journey to Galapagos and then on March 6th, a 2980 NM passage to Hiva- Oa in Marquesas. This will be our longest passage - just a bit longer than crossing the Atlantic a couple of months ago. We spent a couple of days on Taboga island in Panama and a couple of days anchored in Contadora Island from where we left to Galapagos. Photos of Contadora island- very lovely place.
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Created 23 February 2019
This 860 nm passage included sixteen Boobies taking a night trip on Danica across the Equator - welcome to the magical Galapagos Islands
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Danica's 24 hour journey from the Shelter Bay Marina on the Atlantic side of Panama to LaPlayita Marina on the Pacific Ocean. Great experience.
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Created 6 February 2019
Today is the day. Danica is scheduled to join the second transit group for the Panama Canal crossing. The ARC staff have been briefing the fleet regularly and we are expected to do some more tweaking this morning when we receive lines and fenders.
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A short passage from the West Lemon Island to the Shelter Bay Marina, Colon. We enjoyed a great 12 hour sail. Danica is scheduled to transit the Panama Canal on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
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ARC dinner and prize giving ceremony in the beautiful Club Santa Marta. Delicious food, nice entertainment by local dancers and prizes for the winners: Chubby Bunny, Aurora B, Sky, Cabana, Mango, Manihi and Seaside. Well done..... Our departure to San Blas was delayed by two days and we had more time to explore downtown.
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Created 22 January 2019
Danica's crew enjoyed a day tour to the Sierra Nevada mountains.
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Created 21 January 2019
This album contains photos from our first two days in Santa Marta. The ARC team organized a bus tour around the City on Friday. We visited the Gold Museum as well as a Hacienda where Simon Bolivar who is credited for the Colombian independence lived for some time and is buried there. On Saturday we spent a day in Bahia Concha in Tayrona National Park. Beautiful beaches, shaded trees, swimming and visiting with fellow ARC sailors and a fantastic BBQ meal added another string of great memories to the Taste of Santa Marta and Colombia
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Created 21 January 2019
This album started with a visit to Danica from Mr. Bishop, who informed us in St. Lucia that Canadians will have to pay additional entry fees to Colombia. The start of the World ARC in St. Lucia, a few photos of life on board Danica over the five day- five night passage and of course our final landing in Santa Marta, which was more challenging than anticipated.
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The World ARC office is open and the boats registered for the rally are arriving to the Rodney Bay marina. The waterfront cafes and restaurants are busy with sailors preparing for the trip of their lifetimes, safety inspections are being conducted on the 29 registered boats and seminars related to this adventure are starting tomorrow morning. Glen and Dave have completed some important jobs on the boat today and Danica has passed her safety inspection by the ARC staff in the morning. Nancy and I have enjoyed the afternoon at the Face to Face Spa and our feet are totally kissable again.
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Created 7 January 2019
Sunday trip to the beautiful Natural Reserve on the east side of the island was a fantastic experience. The tour guide Greg was very knowledgeable. He touched on St. Lucia's history as well as introducing many interesting plants and their fruits/nuts/seeds. Zip-lines were enjoyed by all....
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Created 6 January 2019
We have re-connected with our German friends Martina and Uli who have arrived to St. Lucia from Barbados on December 28, 2018. Great moments together include the New Year's celebration on their boat Baradal, a field trip to the Pigeon Island and town of Castries, Captains sharing fried pig tails at the local vendors and Admirals checking out the local stores and services in Rodney Bay. The Captains bonded over various projects on both boats, from the masts and sails to the electronic charts, Danica and Baradal are sea-worthy again. The four of us played endless games of Sequence and Triminos, over nibbles, beer and champagne. Fair winds till we meet again....
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Created 4 January 2019
Captain and I have no definite schedule for this week. A few outstanding jobs for Glen on the boat and a spa day for Mary. Going with the flow.....reflect and plan for the next sailing leg
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Created 26 December 2018
We have returned from Martinique on Saturday, December 22 to attend ARC's price giving party and to made sure that our friend Don did not miss his plane on Sunday. Photos include moments from the ARC's party and some more.
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Created 25 December 2018
We have sailed to the island of Martinique for a few days to get the repairs done on Danica. Le Marin port is well known for excellent tradesmen who completed the works to Captain's satisfaction. Don and I checked out all grocery stores in Le Marin. On Friday we rented a car to explore the island and were impressed by its beauty. I took lots of photos that I hope to eventually post in this album. The internet is bad or worse, so be patient
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Created 22 December 2018
We visited the Botanical Gardens in St. Lucia on our Sunday's road trip. I think the beautiful flowers deserve their own album if I will ever be able to download their photos. Weak and slow internet makes the task of downloading my personal challenge over the holidays.... I did not dot down the names of the plants, but most of them are native to the area.
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Created 18 December 2018
St. Lucia appears to be quite different from the images advertised in travel brochures. The Rodney Bay Marina is a nice facility and the services are good. Glen has been supervising the work done for the boat, but Sud's laundry needed no supervision. We have celebrated with fellow sailors our safe arrival to this island at the Yacht club's BBQ, which was so-so, however, the entertainment and company afterwards was great. We also took a taxi tour of the west side of the island and saw the famous Pitons- green pointy volcanic hills, botanical gardens and had a typical St. Lucian lunch in the afternoon in Sufriere. I tried to capture the St. Lucia that has its own growing pains and cultural clashes. Beautiful lush island, but they could use one or two Cesar Manriques from Lanzarote to clean up the place and have an Official Community Plan. Lots of work to make the island clean and safe for tourists- not there by far in my humble opinion.
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Created 18 December 2018
The last stretch of the Atlantic crossing presented some challenges including frequents squalls, broken shackle on Code 0 sail and damaged rigging. For the last four days we sailed with partially furled Genoa and storm sail averaging about 4 knots
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Created 17 December 2018
We left Las Palmas on Sunday, November 25, 2018 and have arrived to Rodney Bay on Thursday, December 14, 2018. This was the longest passage for us so far.
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Created 16 December 2018
The Las Palmas Marina is buzzing with action. I am multitasking as well. Two loads of laundry on the go and a cappuccino at a different restaurant. I hope I will be able to post the photos of the last week in Gran Canaria. The high-lights include "A NIght in Rio" costume party, shopping with my friend Martina , Crew dinner at fancy restaurant Embarcadero and checking out of Spain at the Frontier Police this morning. We met Mr. Agustin Martin and his wife from the OCC Gran Canaria and had lunch on Danica. Agustin is the Ocean Cruising Club representative in Gran Canaria.
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Created 23 November 2018
Life in Las Palmas Marina includes; working on the boat and spending lots of money in various marine stores, wining, dining and dancing with fellow sailors, attending various sailing seminars, a bus tour to the winery and last but not least, a memorable ARC's Opening ceremony. Will add more memories from Las Palmas over the next five days.
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Created 19 November 2018
We have arrived to Las Palmas. The overnight passage was not for the faint of heart or stomach, but we have happily settled in Las Palmas Marina. The ARC activities include wining and dinning, informative sailing seminars, hustle and bustle of people trying to cram last minute projects, that should probably be addressed months ago. Watching them, it feels like they are cramming for exams. I am so grateful for the high safety standard and due diligence Captain Wilson has always maintained. Danica is ready for the final ARC inspections, no sweat.
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Created 16 November 2018
Glen completed his diving certificate while Don and I took an amazing day tour of Timanfaya National Park with breathtaking vistas, checked out the camel ride off our bucket lists, tasted some so-so wine, but really enjoyed a traditional Lanzarote buffet lunch. I managed to visit my favourite stylist in Rubicon Marina before our departure and last, but definitely not least, we connected with Judy and Jordan on SeaTurtle and spent a couple of wonderful evenings together, sipping good wine and sampling Spanish culinary desserts. A few days filled to the brim.....getting ready for the crossing to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria
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Artists and sailors share a quest for freedom. Today, Tuesday, September 25th, I spent a day following the steps of Lanzarote's own Cesar Manrique, a genius with exuberant energy, passion for life and love for this island. Although he passed away in 1992, his paintings, sculptures, urban planning and public art are a dance between nature and artistic expression. I spent a day soaking in this man's passion for beauty and harmony. My soul is overflowing. I convinced Captain to take the Sunday off and together we visited Jameos and lava caves just a short walk away. No regrets.
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Created 25 September 2018
Another bus trip across the island to the Village of Haria where Spanish artist and an architect Cesar Manrique lived and worked from 1988-1992 when he died in a car accident. The house and his studio are now a Museum . Manrique was born In Lanzarote and returned back in the 1960's. He had major influence on the planning regulations of the island. He was also involved in the Jardin de Cactus place which reminds me of Victoria's Butchart's gardens, but much pricklier.
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Created 23 September 2018
Lanzarote island is bicycle friendly and we did a day exploration on two wheels along the southern shore of the Island to Puerto del Carmen. We stopped three times- coffee, lunch, beer. We completed about 30 km along breathtaking ocean side admiring beautiful vacation land developments along the way.
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Created 21 September 2018
We will spend about a month in the Canaries and I will keep adding photos as we go along. We are staying for a few days in the Lanzarote marina in Arrecife. Glen is getting estimates for haul out and some other jobs. The marina is new, well run and it appears to be a commercial hub for the town with nice restaurants, gym, many stores and boutiques.
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Created 13 September 2018
These photos are from our five day (124 hour) Atlantic crossing from Gibraltar to Lanzarote Marina. We have sailed for 64 hours and motored the rest. Breathtaking sunsets, pods of dolphins, many cargo freighters and tankers and two days navigating among the fishing nets along the west coast of Morocco. We experienced hours of no wind and a couple of days of cold, wet Atlantic weather with 20+knot winds and sailing in 4m waves dressed in full sailing gear with warm tuques.
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This was our last (6/6) Mediterranean passage. We motored all the way and predicted fantastic winds never showed up. However, we saw many pods of dolphins that came to check us out and played around the boat.
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Created 3 September 2018
We have left Moraira on Sunday, August 26 at 7am and sailed westerly for a 36 hour, 195 nM passage to Almarimar Marina on Costa del Sol. Original plan was to stop in San Jose, but high winds and breaking waves at the San Jose bay were unsafe to anchor. So we continued sailing to a well protected marina in Almarimar. This was our fifth overnight passage with 21 hours of sailing and 15 hours of motoring.
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Created 28 August 2018
I am quite fascinated by many different types of boats we see on our travels and have a folder of pictures to remind me that sailing is a very small components of marine traffic. Cargo ships and ferries, tankers, war ships, fishing fleets and all kind of pleasure crafts are our daily companions that I will try to capture in this album as we continue our journey. The boats in the marinas carry their own stories...
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Created 25 August 2018
I was intrigued by many beautiful statues we saw in Marmaris, Turkey. Every statue seems to convey a story and I will leave it up to the observer to imagine the plot. There are also faces of people we meet and I feel those moments should be captured somewhere.As we venture into unknown lands I will attempt to keep adding those images to this album.
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Created 25 August 2018
This was our fourth longer passage from August 18-20, where we completed 215nM in 44 hrs: 33 sailing and 11 motoring
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Created 23 August 2018
We made two longer passages in this timeline. The first one was from Taormina, Sicily to Acciaroli , southern Italy on Aug1-4th. We had lots of problems with engines/fuel and we motored 150nM, which took us 45 hours. The second passage was from Salerno, Italy to Menorca, Spain on August 8-12, where we completed 500nM, 30 hrs of sailing and 80 hrs of motoring
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Our first Mediterranean passage from Greece to Italy (250nm, 3days, 2 nights)
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First ten days of our journey from Marmaris to Petras, Greece
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Ten day guided tour of western Turkey including biblical sites of the Seven Churches of Revelation, Gallipoli Peninsula and WW1 battle in Dardanelle, and Istanbul
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Created 27 June 2018
I had another surgery after 10 months. My flexibility had been compromised by having rods in my back. I went back to the surgeon and he agreed to perform an operation to remove them.
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