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

Tracking Danica

19 May 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
I was not able to activate the tracker through the Sail Blogs site, but we carry the Yellow Brick tracking device and below is the link:

The Last Nibbles of French Polynesia

18 May 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The Last Nibbles of French Polynesia - Thanks for the Memories

Our time in Bora Bora is running out. Yesterday we had a nice get together to celebrate Manihi's twins Daisy and Max's birthdays as they turned 12. In the evening we gathered for dinner at the Yacht Club. Captain and I always enjoy spending time with the rest of the fleet.
The Skipper's Meeting this morning brought us back to reality. The first half of the fleet, Danica included, will be setting sails toward Cook Islands tomorrow at 12:00. In about five days we hope to anchor in Suwarrow, Cook Islands, for three days. Glen and I just read Tom Neale's book; "An Island to Oneself". Great read. We are looking forward to pay a tribute to this New Zealander. I bet his spirit still hoovers over the Anchorage islet.
I am not sure when I will get a chance to post the next blog, maybe Tonga. I hope to compile a smorgasbord of tastes over the next 1500 NM. The passages between the islands of Suwarrow, Niue and Tonga and short stops at each destination will make this month fly by.

The Taste of Bora Bora

17 May 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
The Taste of Bora Bora,

We have been in Bora Bora for a couple of days. I have to admit that the island did not quite meet my expectations of pedestrian and bicycle friendly place. The way I see it, the island of Bora Bora and the string of motes on the outside of the lagoon cater to two different worlds that do not quite mix. The motes are built up with beach resorts that offer privacy to high end clientele in search for a piece of Paradise with no paparazzi.
On Wednesday afternoon, Captain and I joined Barbara and Helmut and their new crew Peter and Hubert on the car tour around the island. The volcanic mountain with its iconic pointy tips is about the only thing worth writing home about. The road around the island is narrow and busy with high speeding traffic and the settlements are not maintained in the same manner that we got accustomed to. In the evening a group of us had dinner at the Bloody Mary's which is a place to be. The presentation of the food was lovely, but my vegetarian plate did not score more than a C+. The lady serving our table appeared to have a C- day as well, as there was not a single smile from that face all evening. Oh, well....The company was fantastic. We touched base with crews from Tumi, Seaside and Nica and I am looking forward to do the same today over the WARC's get together and dinner.

The Taste of Huahine and the First Glimpse of Bora Bora

15 May 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
Au Revoir Huahine - Bonjour Bora-Bora

Yesterday was one of those perfect days that had no end. We spent the day touring the island of Huahine. Glen and I agreed that the beautiful vistas of this island probably surplus the Moorea's. This place provides the perfect painter's palate; textured and vibrant shades of green on the volcanic hills and turquoise, blue and white blend on the ocean side of the road. Sweet smells of flowering bushes and crashing waves over the coral reefs make me want to settle under a palm tree and just soak in this beauty.
We spent the evening with our friends Nicky and Peter from Chanto. After dinner we enjoyed playing cards until the Admirals beat Captains 4:2.
On the waves again.....Sailed 60 NM to Bora-Bora on this fine Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019. We have lifted Danica's anchor at 6:20am and have arrived to our destination by 4:30 in the afternoon. Sailing Code 0 and poled genoa wind-on-wing at 7 knots on a sunny day was awesome. En route, Captain washed a load of laundry. Towels happily dried outside on the clothes line our friend Don expertly installed way back in St. Lucia. Our new water maker works great. It made enough water to wash one load of laundry and filled both water tanks in no time.
In Bora Bora we reconnected with our friends from Babsea. Herr Helmut was waiting for us in a dinghy to help Glen secure Danica on a mooring ball. We met Babsea's new crew members Peter and Hubert from Austria. They will stay on board for over two months, until Vanuatu. Barbara will be leaving Babsea on Thursday, but will rejoin her husband in Australia.
We enjoyed appies and a glass of wine on Danica before going to the Yacht Club for a nice dinner. Tomorrow evening we are all joining Nica's Gorm and Maren and Tumi's Debra and Paul for dinner at Bloody Mary's, a well know establishment in Bora Bora.
Danica is in the first group of boats that are leaving Bora Bora on Sunday for a 700 NM leg to Suwarrow, Cook Islands, then another 550 NM leg to Niue and final 230 NM passage to Vava'u, Tonga. We should arrive in Tonga by June 5th and will cruise the area for a couple of weeks before moving on to another 600 NM passage to Fiji. Skippers meeting on Saturday will be helpful in preparation for the upcoming journeys. The WARC team usually outlines the route and possible destinations when the group is doing independent cruising. We receive general information on the country, their customs, points of interest as well as weather forecasts. The Yellow Shirts Team takes care of all the necessary paperwork and cuts through the red tape in order for the fleet to enjoy our time in various places without being bogged down with logistics. It has been working flawlessly so far, and much appreciated.
Four days in Bora Bora. We hope to explore this stunning place and reconnect with our friends from various boats over the WARC's dinner and reception on Friday evening. I would like to explore this island by bicycle or car, depending on what is available. Glen and Helmut plan to go on a couple of diving trips, which will hopefully allow me to take time to post the blog and photos. My personal hot spot is not strong enough to download any photos. Wi-Fi's at cafés or restaurants can also be weak because of many users. Been there, done that...I will do my best to download this post and document the Taste of Bora Bora ASAP. Stay tuned.

Au Revoir Tahiti Bonjour Huahine

15 May 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
Au Revoir Tahiti - Bonjour Huahine

On Friday, May 10th we motored on the inside reef passage to Marina Taina to get fuel. We passed by the Papeete airport. Captain kept in contact with the air traffic controller before we could proceed. it was a very interesting and unique experience to have planes landing so close. At the fuel dock we got greeted by Steve and his son Billy, from Victoria, BC. We ended up anchoring just outside the marina and got together with Steve and his wife Tina over dinner and card games on Danica in the evening.
On Saturday morning we took a dinghy ashore because I was not able to get enough signal on my "hot spot" to post the blog and photos. Wi-Fi appears to be weaker on this end of French Polynesia. My temper gets tested when the attempts to post photos bounce back, or it takes 2-3 minutes to load one photo. We were able to find a café with half decent internet and good food.
We lifted our anchor around 3:30pm and motored through a narrow channel with kayaks on the calmer side closer to shore and surfers near the reef where the waves were breaking. Each to his own....
We sailed near beautiful Moorea by sunset. I took quite a few photos along the way. We arrived to the island of Huahine in the morning. It took us another hour to motor inside the reef to the end to the most beautiful anchorage. Mother's Day greetings arrived via different modes of communication. My thoughtful son-in-law reached me over the satellite e-mail, which has no delays. Our friends from Sweet Dream were already anchored there and invited us over for lunch. We saw about six other WARC boats around us. The group met later for the happy hour drinks at the lovely hotel on the shore. I stayed on Danica because I needed to recharge my batteries. Three hours of sleep are just not enough for this 45-year-old, ha ha....
On Monday, Captain and I rented a car in order to explore this breathtaking island. We checked out a couple of archeological sites, visited a lovely Gallery Umatatea, drove by the Huahine's small airport, admired beautifully manicured gardens along the way, had lunch in a fancy restaurant in Lapita Village and saw some huge "sacred eels near Belvedere. We stopped at the La passion du pareo shop where I got a couple of hand painted scarfs and by the end of the tour, we purchased a jar of vanilla chutney at the local vanilla shop. We bypassed the Distillery and a Pearl farm. Both for good reasons.

More Taste of the Society Islands - Moorea

11 May 2019
Glen and Mary Wilson
More Taste of the Society Islands

If Tahiti dictates the heartbeat of French Polynesia, the island of Moorea must be its soul. We took a fast ferry from Tahiti to Moorea with our Austrian friends and rented a car for a day. Only I brought my driver’s licence with me and became, by default, the designated driver. In my best French I asked for “la voiture automatique”, and got it !!!! I managed to chauffeur this small, blue baby around the island and even up the Mt. Tohie’a on a pretty narrow road. After visiting a local juice factory, juice being about 50% of the beverages’ content, this proved to be a wise move. Should Barbara bring her ukulele along, we could be yodelling along the way.
The morning started with a nice coffee and a croissant breakfast at the imposing ferry terminal. Herds of exited elementary school children with flowers in their hair were impatiently waiting for their ride on the Moorea ferry. The ferry ride was lovely. The island of Tahiti was getting smaller and Moorea shined in the morning sun. This was going to be a good day. And it was. On the way back the school kids were returning on the same ferry without their flowers, tired, but all smiles. Their teachers and parents appeared to be exhausted…another school trip survived today, but cherished in years to come. I kind of felt the same way. We took in so much beauty that my cup was definitely overflowing.
I took many photos which I plan to label and post in the Gallery. I hope the pictures will much better convey the experience.

Vessel Name: Danica I
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Belize 43, Maestro, Catamaran
Hailing Port: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Crew: Glen and Mary
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. [...]
TRACKING MAP : Https:// 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 [...]
Danica I 's Photos - Main
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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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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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 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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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 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 29 June 2018
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Created 27 June 2018
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Created 27 June 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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Created 9 April 2018
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Created 8 April 2018
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Created 2 April 2018
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Created 2 April 2018