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

From Saint Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia- 830 NM - 120 hrs of sailing

17 January 2019
From St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia - 830 NM

We have completed our first leg of the World ARC from St. Lucia to Santa Marta. Danica 1 has covered 830 NM in 120 hours (5 days/nights) averaging 7 knots. We sailed with either the Code 0 or Genoa separately or together as a wing-on-wing set-up, enjoying typical 15-20 knot trade winds. Dark clouds often surrounded our path, but the squalls generally left us alone. All was well until we almost reached our destination late this morning. The winds suddenly picked up from 25 knots to high 30's. It was quite challenging to raise the main in those conditions. We had to turn the boat 180' into the wind. The crew was soaked to the bone from waves splashing into the cockpit. The scene reminded me of movies showing serious racers strapped with tethers in similar conditions or worse. With the finish line just a couple of miles away our situation was not that dreadful after all. We managed to bring the boat safely into the harbour where we were met by a military launch with six people on board. They wanted to board the boat. When they realized that we were part of the World ARC fleet, they welcomed us to Colombia and were happy to pose for photos which I hope to download to the Gallery in the near future.
Danica's crew is tired but happy. Nancy and I collected our laundry which will be delivered back to the boat tomorrow. We tidied up the boat, enjoyed hot showers and lovely dinner at the burger place just outside the marina. Tomorrow afternoon we will sign up for the City of Santa Marta tour and plan to enjoy the entertainment at the waterfront square in the evening.
Over the next few days I hope to collect some unique memories from Colombia and share them in Danica's blog and gallery. The internet connection is poor at the marina, but I will try my best to update the site before we move on towards the San Blas Islands next Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

From St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia - 815 NM

12 January 2019
From St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia - 815 NM - January 12, 2019 - 5-7-day passage

Danica 1 and her crew, Glen, Mary, Nancy and Dave are ready to catch the trade winds again. The first passage from St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia is approximately 815 NM long. The World ARC fleet of 28 boats are leaving Rodney Bay at 12:00- noon today and we anticipate our arrival to Marina Santa Marta sometime on January 17, depending on the winds and sea state. I will be posting Danica's logs through the satellite connection with World ARC 2019/2020 office. Their website is updated daily along with the fleet tracker. Danica 1 bears a fleet number 30 for the next 15 months. I hope to be able to load an occasional photo as well. Upon our arrival I plan to post an overall post with highlights and photos in the Gallery. I expect internet connections to be sketchy from now on, so be patient. Thanks for following our exiting journey.Mary

Goodbye St. Lucia - Thanks for the Memories

11 January 2019
Goodbye Saint Lucia - Thanks for the Memories!!

Captain and I have spent almost a month in Saint Lucia and Martinique. This was our first taste of the Caribbean. We are leaving this island with better understanding of the history and culture. I have bonded with the ladies at the Face to Face Spa and Ziggy's Hair Salon in Rodney Bay. Most women here spend a great deal of time and money on their hair. Nancy and I visited a store that had three isles of hair and beauty products. It was quite an experience browsing through the lingerie corner as well. It brought back the memories and chuckles of our Turkish outing a few months ago. I may have to add a" Victoria Secret Around the World" album to the Gallery if the trend continues.
Tonight, is our last evening in Rodney Bay. Crews from S/Vs Hope and Danica walked to the famous Friday Night Fish Fry on the shore of Rodney Bay. We feasted on wonderful BBQd tuna and marlin fish steaks, along with rice, banana salad and coleslaw. The sunset was a lovely reminder that we will be heading back to the Caribbean Sea tomorrow, January 12, 2019. In total, 28 boats plan to set sails at 12:00 noon towards Santa Marta in Colombia with the anticipated arrival date between January 16 and 18. We hope that S/V Marja ll will have their yacht repairs completed soon and catch up with the rest of the fleet in Panama.
The internet is very weak and I hope to download the rest of the photos soon.

Hello Again, hello !!!

06 January 2019
Hello our Canadian Friends - Welcome aboard!!

Friday was a bitter-sweet day. We waved goodbye to our German friends Martina and Uli in the morning, but a few hours later we welcomed our Canadian friends Nancy and Dave on Danica 1. They will be joining us on the first passage from St. Lucia to Santa Marta in Colombia, San Blas Islands and through the Panama Canal. The World ARC organizers are planning a warm Rendezvous in Las Perlas Islands just west of the Panama on the Valentine Day. The following morning, we will set sails towards the Galapagos and our friends will stay behind to explore Las Perlas.
The World ARC office officially opened yesterday. We received more white shirts and paperwork to guide us. Danica 1 has been assigned fleet number 30 for the next year and a bit. Last night was the opening meet and greet social and we are looking forward to the upcoming seminars and fun gathering as well as exploring some sights of St. Lucia before we start to chase trade winds again.
I plan to take lots of photos and keep my fingers crossed that the internet will allow me to post them before our departure next Saturday.

Friends from Lanzarote to St. Lucia

04 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 included the New Year's celebration on their boat Baradal, a field trip to the Pigeon Island and the town of Castries. Glen and Uli enjoyed sharing fried pig tails at the local vendors. The Admirals took a day off to check out local stores and services and the Captains bonded over various projects on our boats. From the masts and sails to the electronic charts, both, Danica 1 and Baradal now shine and are completely sea-worthy. The four of us played endless games of Sequence and Triminos, over nibbles, beer and champagne. We bid goodbye this morning- Baradel and its Crew are off to Martinique and Danica's Crew will be focusing on the preparations for the World ARC 2019/2020. Fair winds dear friends till we meet again....


24 December 2018
Merry Christmas from Danica 1

Christmas under the palm trees hardly feels like the real thing, but the calendar does not lie. I want to send warm wishes and blessings to our family and friends from this “neck of the salty water” with the largest Poinsettia bush we saw in the Botanical Gardens. Thank you for sharing our ups and downs as we chase the sunsets. The Captain’s life-long dream is really happening and an occasional nightmare along the way generally gets fixed.
• Tight hugs and kisses to our beautiful grandchildren Austin, Isaac, Ella, Rowan and Isabella !!!
• Happy Birthday Isi !!!
• Love you all from the bottom of our hearts

Papa and Mary – December 24, 2018 – St. Lucia
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
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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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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