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

The Taste of Australia- Kuranda Rainforest Experience

18 August 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is an iconic rail journey from Cairns through the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park to the mountain village of Kuranda. We enjoyed beautiful scenery, waterfalls and deep ravines as the train made its way through 15 hand made tunnels and over 37 bridges. The railway line originally opened in 1891. On our way we listened to the story of this engineering challenge and how many lives were lost in the process. We spent the day in Kuranda village and visited amazing aviary and butterfly sanctuary. We strolled through the Koala Garden and met a variety of Aussie wildlife. On the way back we traveled high above the tree canopy via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which was a very unique experience and liked by everyone. Tomorrow we plan to visit Cairns Aquarium and have dinner with our friends from Alora. On Tuesday morning we hope to sail about 35 NM to Port Douglas.

The Taste of the Great Barrier Reef

17 August 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
A day tour of the Great Barrier Reef was as good as the glossy brochure promised. Danica and Babsea's captains enjoyed their dives and the rest of us marveled at the marine life along the beautiful coral reef. We were fed delicious lunch and stopped at three locations along the outer limit of the Great Barrier Reef, where there was no dangerous animals. Definitely an item to check off our Bucket Lists.
Tomorrow we will be taking a train from Cairns to Kuranda. This Kuranda Scenic Railway boasts 15 handmade tunnels and 37 bridges. At our destination there is a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that will take us over the oldest tropical rain forest. Glen booked this trip and Babsea's crew will join us on this adventure as well. More taste of Australia to follow soon.

The The Taste of Queensland - from Mackay to Cairns - 350 NM

15 August 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The Taste of Queensland - From Mackay to Cairns

It is good to be on the water again, sailing at a fast pace from Mackay to Cairns. We will catch up with our friends from Babsea in a few hours. They have arrived to Cairns earlier today. The Cairns Marlin Marina is supposed to be a great place to leave our boats for a few days. Tomorrow's plan is to go diving/snorkeling on a fancy dive boat along the Great Barrier Reef. I also hope we will squeeze in some more land tours of the National Parks before heading towards Darwin next week. We have not spent much time exploring this beautiful country so far. More taste of Australia coming soon.

The Adventure Continues

13 August 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
It is true, the sailors plans are written in sand at low tide....
Captain and I spent a weekend away from the boat to just chill and ponder our options. We drove to beautiful Whitsundays area and spent a weekend in charming Airlie. As it turned out, neither of us was quite ready to bid Danica goodbye. Glen is feeling very well. He has been taking medication to prevent the formation of new blood clots. Yesterday morning we went to the hospital for another check-up before meeting with the Yacht Broker. The results were positive and we decided to continue with the World ARC fleet aboard our beautiful Danica. It is not time to say goodbye quite yet. Heading towards Cairns tomorrow morning....We hope to catch up with Babsea on the way to the Cape....Can't wait

An Unexpected Change of Plans - Once Again

07 August 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
An Unexpected Change of Plans - Once Again

Wilsons have arrived to Mackay, Queensland, Australia. Navigation through the Great Barrier Reef was very rough because of high winds and strong currents, but once again, we followed Babsea through the passage and made it safely to the Mackay's Marina fuel dock. Friendly and polite Australian Border control staff and sniffing dog thoroughly inspected our yacht for about two hours before we were able to move Danica to our assigned dock. Prior to that, Helmut dove under the boat and cut off tangled rope from the propeller. Then it was time to get the Captain to the Hospital to determine what caused his chest pains and hopefully find a treatment to prevent future incidents.
After about six hours of various tests we got the results. The conclusion from the CT Pulmonary Angiogram from Dr. Bryan Khoury read:" Multifocal bilateral segmental and subsegmental pulmonary emboli". This diagnosis required Glen to take medication which breaks down blood clots for the next six months. Doctor's findings changed our blue water cruising for the time being. Instead of heading north along the Great Barrier Reef towards Darwin, Glen is trying to get a permission from the Australian officials to move Danica south, and out of the hurricane zone, towards Brisbane or Sydney, depending on the space availability at those marinas. We are wrestling with mixed emotions which are intensified by physical exhaustion and very limited sleep on my part.
Last night we enjoyed a nice get together with the rest of the World ARC fleet at the hotel. My deepest thanks go to our Guardian Angel Steve from Alora who was an amazing support all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, when Helmut from Babsea caught up with Danica and lead us through the final 100 NM passage. I am looking forward to spending a few days in Mackay. Tomorrow morning at 5:00am we are signed up for the "Bucket List Experience" tour of meeting the most famous faces of Cape Hillsborough National Park - the wallabies and kangaroos. In the evening we have our last World ARC dinner and prize giving ceremony at the Clarion Hotel. It will be very hard to say goodbye to six original fleet boats and to WARC staff Andrew and Swade. We shared so many amazing experiences since leaving St. Lucia in January. I am very glad that I persisted writing this blog and posting hundreds of photos through 'thick and thin' Wi-Fi signals. It is hard to believe we have covered 16,450 NM of oceans in just over a year after the shaky start of our cruising life two years ago.
On August 1, 2017 we were at the State Hospital in Marmaris, Turkey. Glen was undergoing his back surgery. Captain broke his vertebrae and left wrist when the rope on Danica's trampoline broke and he dropped down about 4m on the hard surface at the Albatros Marina boat yard. The accident happened a day before we were to launch the boat into the water.
Together we got through that experience and perhaps because of that accident, I tend to appreciate each passing day with deeper gratitude. The friendships and camaraderie we shared under the World ARC umbrella was beyond our expectations. The fond memories and gratitude are imprinted in my heart and soul. Today we are safe and sound on yet another continent. And life goes on.

From Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia - 1170 NM

07 August 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
From Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia - 1170 NM - 7 days
Some passages are pretty uneventful, but this one stretched my physical and sailing limits far beyond my comfort zone.
Six WARC boats left Port Vila at 11:00 Thursday morning. We had lots of wind and started with a bumpy ride, which continued into the week-end. On Saturday evening I planned to take a break from my watch when Glen called me up and told me of his severe chest pain that started to spread into his left arm and back. Everything pointed to a heart attack. We called SV Alora which was only a couple of NM ahead of us. They slowed down and started to shadow us. I also contacted the Australian Search and Rescue Team and let them know of our medical emergency. With the help of Alora and through their satellite communications we were able to discuss Glen's condition with the Search and Rescue's medical doctor who advised us which pain medication to take. We had no aspirin or GTN on board.
Glen's condition was gradually changing and the pain spread between his shoulder blades and spine. Because of the back pain we were not sure if the problem was related to heart or something else. I have been up all night and provided Steve from Alora with hourly updates. On Sunday the pain was in Glen's chest again and he had difficulty breathing deeply. We were contacted by an Australian doctor who worked for the Lifeflight operations. I answered their medical questionnaire and it was decided that we should get a canister dropped on Danica with the necessary heart medications for Glen.
Around 4 am it was pitch dark and as I was watching angry waves splashing over Danica's bow. I was convinced that an early air drop was not a good idea. I worried about my own safety trying to retrieve the canister out of the water in those conditions. After some discussion with Glen we decided to contact Steve on Alora and let him know about my concern. Steve conveyed the message to the Search and Rescue team before the plane was dispatched. Glen also had a phone conversation with the officer regarding rough seas and feeling that his condition is stable enough to postpone the drop off.
Glen's pain was managed with pain medication that the doctor recommended. The seas have calmed down in the early afternoon and we felt it would be in Glen's best interest to have the heart medication on board in case his condition worsens. We contacted Steve on Alora again and inquired about the possibility of an air drop that afternoon. The search and rescue team were able to fit us in their schedule and told us that the plane would be in our vicinity within 2.5 hours. The plane was right on schedule and we received two packages just after 18:00 and before the night fall. And then the story of the retrieval begun. Boy was I glad this did not happen in the early morning hours. I do not think I would be able to do it.
It took us a couple of hours to clean up the evidence of this unreal experience. All the supplies - two large canisters, each weighting over a 100 lbs, with attached wet parachutes and about 1km of tangled rope that I fished out of the water. Some of this floating rope got stuck around Danica's S/B propeller. Glen got his medications and he was able to contact the doctor via satellite phone that was in the cannister. The next morning Glen complained about an excruciating pain in his shoulder. We believe he has dislocated his shoulder when we lifted the first heavy canister over Danica's railing. We both lost our balances and fall back into the trampoline with that kegger.
Glen will need a full medical check-up. Based on the results we will decide how to proceed with our sea journey.
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
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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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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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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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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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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Created 23 February 2019
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Created 10 February 2019
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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Created 5 February 2019
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Created 2 February 2019
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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Created 1 February 2019
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Created 30 January 2019
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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Created 18 January 2019
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Created 11 January 2019
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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Created 16 November 2018
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Created 1 October 2018
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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Created 12 September 2018
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Created 6 September 2018
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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Created 14 August 2018
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Created 26 July 2018
Our first Mediterranean passage from Greece to Italy (250nm, 3days, 2 nights)
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Created 23 July 2018
First ten days of our journey from Marmaris to Petras, Greece
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Created 16 July 2018
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Created 27 June 2018
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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Created 27 May 2018
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Created 9 April 2018
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