30 July 2008 | Nukualofa
29 July 2008 | Nukualofa
26 July 2008 | Nukualofa
22 July 2008 | Nukualofa
15 July 2008 | Ofu Island, Vava'u, Tonga
10 July 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
09 July 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
03 July 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
30 June 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
24 June 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
22 June 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
21 June 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
19 June 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
18 June 2008 | Vava'u, Tonga
14 June 2008 | Niue
14 June 2008 | Niue
13 June 2008 | Niue
11 June 2008 | Niue
11 June 2008 | Niue
10 June 2008 | Niue

Surprise returns to California

22 May 2010
After more than a year in Christchurch under in the care of Davie Norris Boatbuilders, Surprise is on her way to LA as deck cargo. She is completely redone; everything off, everything out (batteries, fuel tanks, engine). Bright new paint and lots of upgrades. She lands Jun 8th.

The end of a fine adventure....for now.

08 November 2008 | Vuda Point Marina, Fiji
We're sad to see this season and adventure come to a close, but at the same time we are looking forward to being home. Our last few weeks have been wonderful; good weather, nice anchorages, beautiful snorkeling and diving. The Yasawa Group of islands is much like the Va'vau group in Tonga, lots of nice places to go hide.

We spent a few days at Musket Cove and watched the very exciting election returns on CNN along with a few other Americans and occasional visitors. Lots of explaining the concept of "key states," but the historic nature of the outcome needed no explanation.

We've been back in Vuda Point Marina for the last few days cleaning, repairing, packing and getting Surprise ready for the new crew who will sail her to New Zealand. James and Amber (photo)sailed down from Hawaii last year on their 26 (!!) foot Contessa; the boat is the same boat sailed by Brian Caldwell, age 18, around the world. Surprise will be a big upgrade for James and Amber, if for no other reason, standing headroom.

They will deliver Surprise to Davie Norris in Christchurch where she will get a complete cosmetic spa treatment; new paint and lots of TLC. We've not made plans beyond that yet. We're glad we were able to share our adventure with all of you. We've certainly had fun documenting it and have enjoyed your comments and e-mails. We'll keep you posted if a new adventure begins.

The Admiral Makes Bubbles

30 October 2008 | Waya Island, Yasawa Group, Fiji
The Admiral makes bubbles A lovely dive off the island of Waya in the Yasawa group in Fiji; calm, clear water great coral, nice fish. We're still anchored off of Octopus Resort and went with their dive boat this afternoon. We'll likely head south tomorrow stopping for a day or two at Navadra and then on to Musket Cove.

We're working our way through the last of the provisions and counting the remaining bottles of wine and beer. It's hard to believe the season has gone so fast. Our current plan is to turn the boat over to the delivery crew next week and spend a few days getting them comfortable with the systems. They, James and Amber, will sail her to Christchurch, NZ and turn her over to Davie for some badly needed cosmetic work. We fly home Nov. 11th.
Vessel Name: Surprise
Vessel Make/Model: Schumacher 46
Hailing Port: Richmond, CA.
Crew: Steve and Susan Chamberlin
About: Varies by voyage.
Surprise was built in NZ by Davie Norris at Franklin Boatbuilders in Christchurch in 1997. 2 Pacific Cups, Mexico, B.C. and Alaska. Next stop South Pacific. She is a performance cruiser designed by the late Carl Schumacher and, in racing trim, carries a PHRF of 6. Fractional rig, no overlapping [...]
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