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30 days ago
We had a varied sail across fro Tuahatu to Ua Pou – no wind to start and then some spanking beam reach sailing in blustery conditions on the last third. (Ignore the date on the photo, its fixed on the camera now). Once around the headland, the approach and anchoarge at Hakahau was as good … Continue reading Ua Pou Revisited
1 month ago
Been a bit tardy on the blog updates of late but what with lack of internet access and complete adaptation to island time, it just didn’t seem a priority. We have been slowly cruising around the islands and enjoying the wondeful Marquesan people and their amazing “Hiva” homeland. Here’s a picture of the layout and … Continue reading Cruising the Marquesas
3 months ago
We arrived at Nuku Hiva after a pleasant overnight sail from Tuahatu. The main settlement at Taiohae is a rolly but pleasant anchorage and there is lots to do in the way of walking, snorkelling (some), good provisioning and good medical/dental care. There was a great veggie market on Saturday mornings at 05h00. We treated … Continue reading Nuku Hiva
5 months ago
The anchorge at Atuona on Hiva Oa is picturesque but uncomfortable. You can see in the background of the title image the small Maintenance Marquises Boatyard where we hauled out and will leave Windward in December when we attend Caryn’s wedding. Here is the picturesque part: And here is the uncomfortable bit: Because of the … Continue reading Hiva Oa
5 months ago
After leaving Vista Mar, we staged ourselves back at Cantadora in the Las Perlas Islands to await our weather window. We were advised by Bob McDavitt ( http://www.metbob.com ) who planned our departure date and routing, which was to the north of the Galapagos islands. We had decided to pass on the Galapagos because of … Continue reading Pacific Crossing
5 months ago
Vista Mar is an affordable marina some 40 miles west of Panama City, making it an ideal base to prepare the boat for a Pacific Crossing. There was even a well qualified and resourceful South African diesel mechanic and general marine engineer, Ollie, who is highly recommended by us all. The haulout was a dodgy … Continue reading Vista Mar
5 months ago
We had the great pleasure of another visit from Andrew. He flew in to Cantadora Island via Panama City, collected his San Blas Molas Headband and proceeded to get into chill and ziz mode as only Andrew can!   There was good walking around Cantadora Island. Kayaking around the island gives you an idea of … Continue reading Another Andrew Visit!
5 months ago
This was quite an experience, transitting the canal that has such a rich history and remains such an enduring feat of engineering. A fascinating book on the canal called “The Path Between the Seas” made a good read prior to transitting. We had an early evening start. Rafting up in the dark with a strong … Continue reading Panama Canal
5 months ago
These were two unremarkable but convenient stops along the coast to Colon. The locals are an unfortunate, surly and sad lot who have not overcome their inherited past as slave labour for the Panama Canal. There were the remains of a fortification at Portobello, much of which had been dismantled to provide bulk for the … Continue reading Linton Bay and Portobello
5 months ago
More wonderful offshore islands with wonderful snorkelling and kayaking. Caught lots of Lobster and Crab. Included interesting snorkelling on an old wreck of a cargo ship. Apparently, around the turn of the 1900 century, the old vessel sprung a leak that the pumps couldn’t handle and the captain beached the vessel on the island to … Continue reading East Lemon Cays
5 months ago
Two pleasant stays here. One on the way down to Shelter Bay and then back for Christmas with friends once we had made our Panama Canal Transit arrangements.
5 months ago
We absolutely loved these small, remote islands in a small group, some way off the mainland which, (theoretically) meant no crocodiles. We had plenty enjoyable kayaking, lots to see snorkelling and an abundance of fresh seafood. Also the pleasure of various friends arriving now and then. We bought some beautiful Molas (beautiful and intricately stiched … Continue reading Cocos Banderos
5 months ago
From Puerto Perme we sailed down the coast to the island of Los Pinos, which appears over the horison in the shape of a whale. It was a sleepy island with a single settlement. We enjoyed the pleasant walk around the island and Liz did some snorkelling until we surprised a crocodile at her favourite … Continue reading Los Pinos
5 months ago
we have been very busy! Actually, we have had very little internet access since Colombia and WERE very busy prepping the boat and ourselves for the first major Paific Crossing (about which more anon). We are in Taioa Bay on the island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands at the moment and I will … Continue reading Apologies for lack of updates but …
11 months ago
From Sapzurro, we rounded the Tubiron headland and made our way to Obaldia to check in to Panama. Obaldia is an unlovely place but the anchorage was strightforward and the check in process fast and uncomplicated. From there we headed across the large bay to Puerto Perme. This proved to be a delightful, almost fully … Continue reading Puerto Perme
13 months ago
Sapzurro is a delightful anchorage. The entry is well marked and straightforward with good holding in sand. The CMAP chart is accurate and well defined, Navionics less so. We anchored in the corner, a little away from the town as it is quieter. There is good snorkelling around the edge of the anchorage. Theoretically we … Continue reading Sapzurro
13 months ago
Time flew and we had a really pleasant stay in Santa Marta and saw a good bit of the Colombian interior. It is a great country, has dealt magnificently with a difficult past and is on a strong trajectory towards a great future. It should be on everyone’s visit list. What makes Colombia really special … Continue reading Bye bye Santa Marta
13 months ago
Mom passed away Wednesday 19th September 2018. We celebrate her wonderful life and memory.
13 months ago
We stayed in a small cabin with a smidgeon of outside smack in the middle of town. We had a great walk up the the valley, through a ravine with a river flowing down. It was crossed by numerous rick…
13 months ago
We went on a walking tour of Communa 13 which is famous for having been taken over by warring drug gangs and vigilantes and then regained, with some controversy, by the city government, aided by th…
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