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Kauehi - Gemini Stars

August 13, 2018 - Ua mamao ka lani, ua kahaea luna, Ua pipi ka maka o ka hoku The heavens were fair, they stretched above, Many were...
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Makemo

August 09, 2018 - We arrived in Makemo early in the morning, and it was a very tricky pass. It was slack tide, there should have been zero...
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Rairoa - The Village

August 07, 2018 - Before joining us at Kon Tiki island, BAJKA (sailing-bajka.ch) had spent the day at the village. It was Saturday morning...
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The Sail Maker, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

April 05, 2018 - The Sail Loft is a fascinating space, covered in graffiti from boat folk, wanting to leave their mark. I walked round th...
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Preparing for crossing the Panama Canal, Shelter Bay Marina

April 05, 2018 - 5-18 March, 2018: Entering Shelter Bay Marina was rather exciting. First we had to clear our passage with the Panama Can...
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Fantasy Island, San Blas

April 05, 2018 - 2 - 4 March: With only one functioning engine, RAFTKIN and PELIZENO reckoned the best place for us to join them was Wais...
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Sailing from Martinique to San Blas

April 05, 2018 - 22 February - 2 March: 24 hours into our first long passage double-handed and, the kids observed, "it's just like crossi...
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Ash Wednesday Carnival, Fort De France, Martinique

April 04, 2018 - 14 February, 2018: Carnival in Martinique is something else! I have always dreamed of getting to New Orleans for Mardi G...
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Birthday Reflections from Trois Îlets, Martinique

April 04, 2018 - 11 February, 2018: Trois Îlets, Martinique is a bit of a comedy anchorage. We inadvertently anchored in the ferry channe...
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Simple Pleasures on the beach, St Anne's, Martinique

April 01, 2018 - 4 February: One of the joys of this sailing journey is the opportunity to simply take time out and enjoy a few beers wit...
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Le Rocher Du Diamant - Martinique

March 17, 2018 - 23 January: We set sail from Grenadines to Martinique on an overnight passage with some trepidation. On our last trip th...
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Chatham Bay, Union Island

March 16, 2018 - 21 January, 2018: A good three or four hour sail from where we were, Chatham Bay is tucked away behind the peaks of Unio...
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Adrenalin Ride, Union Island

March 15, 2018 - 20 January: While on Union Island, I couldn't quite escape the feeling that we were in a giant theme park. It must have...
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Happy Island Reunion

March 15, 2018 - 19 January: Revisiting Happy Island was a funny one. On a high from yoga (see previous post), we all raced back to our r...
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Yoga on Union Island

March 14, 2018 - Jad wasn’t joking about the benefits of yoga after a day’s kitesurfing. I’d barely done half an hour with Will and was d...
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Kite Trip Grenadines on Union Island

March 14, 2018 - 19 January: It’s always great to see your children take off, and that happened literally on the first day of our kitesur...
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Lovebirds of Union Island

March 14, 2018 - 18 January: Happy Island is a small man-made island just off Union Island. It was here that Xavier and I on honeymoon ha...
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Francis and the Turtle - Tobago Cays

March 14, 2018 - 17 January: We had been to Tobago Cays once since our honeymoon, on a day trip from Mustique, where we stayed in a villa...
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Circus Tricks on Petit Bateau, Tobago Cays

March 14, 2018 - 17 January, 2017: On land at Petit Bateau we found several types of inquisitive iguana, including my favourite, a bearde...
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First Drift Snorkel - Petit Bateau, Tobago Cays

March 14, 2018 - 16 January: While Xavier cracked on home educating Francis and Isabelle, I was able to spirit Catherine off the boat tha...
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Our First Dive - Tobago Cays

March 13, 2018 - 15 January: “Grenadine Dive, Grenadine Dive, this is Two Purrfect, Two Purrfect, over”. Those were the days, Xav and I o...
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Tobago Cays - A Dramatic Squall

March 12, 2018 - 14 January: My kayaking is a work in progress, and always seems to clash with the elements. In Bequia, I had been maroon...
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Sailing into Tobago Cays and Turtle Island

March 12, 2018 - 13 January, 2018: Sailing into Tobago Cays, is unlike any other experience in the Caribbean. The crystal clear turquoise...
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The Tango of Sailing

March 12, 2018 - “I want to dance. I want to dance. I want lust and love and a smattering of romance. But I’m no use at dancing… and yet...
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Mayreau, Saline Bay, Grenadines

March 08, 2018 - 12 January, 2018: Leaving Bequia we sailed as far as Tobago Cays only to find we had already overshot RAFTKIN and PELIZE...
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All Aboard the Party Boat! Bequia

February 18, 2018 - 10 January, 2017. Parties are like squalls in the Caribbean. They materialise out of nowhere. A remark by Sissi from IND...
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The Birthday Party, Bequia

February 18, 2018 - 9 January, 2017. Taking children out of school, one assumption made is that, removed from the socialising environment of...
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Ab Fab Afternoon on the Beach

February 17, 2018 - 8 January: Say "Princess Margaret" and I picture an colonial Caribbean past, a Royal floating around, glass in hand, in...
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Goodbye to World ARC!

February 17, 2018 - 6 January, 2018. Somewhat appropriately for the Feast of the Epiphany, the day began with an awesome breakfeast, thanks...
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St Lucia Tour: Mudbaths and Waterfalls, Soufriere

February 17, 2018 - Dear lord, how to ruin a landscape of unadulterated natural beauty! Who put a couple of clowns like Xav and I in the fra...
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St Lucia Tour: Orlando's, Soufriere

February 17, 2018 - "So Michael, can we go somewhere local and not too fancy for lunch?" I'd been advised in advance that it was worth clari...
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St Lucia Tour: Marigot Bay

February 17, 2018 - "Hey girl, what are you doing here in Marigot?" he hopped onto the boat I had been admiring. His boat. My Baby. "Well, I...
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St Lucia Tour: The Pitons

February 17, 2018 - 4 January, 2018: There is more to St Lucia than Rodney Bay Marina, hard to remember sometimes when in the thick of boat...
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New Year's Resolutions - A Family Affair

February 16, 2018 - When Dad was a child, his Edwardian father would have all three children out in the garden every morning, come rain or s...
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New Year's Eve in St Lucia

February 15, 2018 - 31 December, 2017: The funny thing about sailing, is that you can make all the plans you want, but you can never bank on...
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The Longest Night - A Dark and Stormy Adventure

February 15, 2018 - Boxing Day, 26 December 2017: We had been dragging, ever so slightly, for several days. It had been imperceptible at fir...
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Christmas Day in Bequia

February 12, 2018 - A dawn chorus of steel bands playing carols drifted over from Admiralty Bay, and I sat on the bow for a quiet moment dri...
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Bequia Revisited

February 10, 2018 - 21 December, 2017: We sailed down to Bequia from Martinique, after a nondescript night in Fort de France. We had gone to...
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Fun and Games in Rodney Bay, St Lucia

February 10, 2018 - One of the prizes for NEREIDA and INDIAN SUMMER from the award ceremony was a go on fun park of inflatables at Rodney Ba...
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ARC Awards Ceremony in St Lucia

February 10, 2018 - Each year ARC hosts an awards ceremony in St Lucia. The morning of the 16th December, Xavier got an email informing him...
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The Welcome Party

February 07, 2018 - Arriving at St Lucia, our welcome party was a pod of dolphins racing to greet us, and then leading the way. The first hu...
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Fish Friday in St Lucia

February 07, 2018 - 15 December, 2017: Being a cradle Catholic, I’ve had my fair share of Fish Fridays growing up. Normally a few fish finge...
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Day 24 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Land Ahoy!

December 31, 2017 - 12 December: I'd just got to sleep (it seemed) when the alarm rang. Still pitch black outside, I just about registered i...
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Day 23 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Catch of the Day

December 31, 2017 - 11 Decemeber: I took over from the Skipper on the dawn watch this morning. The rest of the crew fast asleep, it isn't of...
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Day 22 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Full Steam Ahead!

December 31, 2017 - 10 December: Growing ever closer to St Lucia, we spent the afternoon making our courtesy flag in readiness for our arriv...
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Day 21 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Recharging the batteries

December 31, 2017 - 9 December: Three weeks in. We thought we would be at St Lucia by now, but with just under 350 nautical miles to go, I,...
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Day 20 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Squallid Debris

December 30, 2017 - 8 December: Well, the garlic may well have kept the squalls at bay overnight, but my theory fell apart today as, while c...
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Day 19 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Squall!

December 30, 2017 - 7 December: I have to be careful what I write in this log. No sooner had the sunset over an unremarkable (in sailing ter...
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Day 18 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Tha' She Blows!

December 30, 2017 - 6 December: The moment I posted yesterday how reassuring it was to have another Arc vessel in the vicinity, Flying Merli...
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Day 18 - ARC Atlantic Rally - breakFeast of St Nicholas

December 30, 2017 - 6 December: I am on the dawn watch this morning, having swapped with the Skipper. This is not a case of the First Mate s...
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Day 17 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Wide Sargasso Sea

December 30, 2017 - 5 Dec: Ever since we hit the half-way mark at the weekend it feels like the sea has ramped up a notch. A confusion of wa...
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Day 16 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Robin Hood and The Merry Crew

December 30, 2017 - Dec 4: "I've run out of books Mum!" Words any parent stuck in the middle of the Atlantic dreads to hear from their 12 ye...
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Day 15 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Half-way there!

December 30, 2017 - 3 Dec: At around 3am this morning we hit the halfway mark, geographically speaking. Hurrah! Hopefully we are well over h...
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Day 14 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Operation Gennaker

December 30, 2017 - 2 December: Watching another epic battle between Xavier and our foresail this morning, it struck me that our gennaker ha...
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Day 12 - Arc Atlantic Rally - On the siren call of circus and clowning around

December 30, 2017 - 30 November: The value of clothes pegs has gone up on the boat now since the kids have devised a bartering system. Cathe...
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Day 11 - Arc Atlantic Rally - Sailing close to the wind

December 30, 2017 - 29 November: Another flying fish landed in the middle of the deck last night while we were having supper. It was quite s...
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Day 10 - Arc Atlantic Rally - Flights of Fancy

December 30, 2017 - 28 November: Second day in the trade winds and it was clear this morning we were in the flight path with a couple of fly...
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Day 7 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Wonders of the Sea

December 24, 2017 - 25 November: Dawn watch this morning, wondering at the miracle of the sunrise. Meanwhile next to me at the helm sat Fran...
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Day 6 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Depression

December 24, 2017 - 24 November: Onto Day 6, the longest length of time we’ve ever been without sight of land, or alcohol and we’ve headed s...
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Day 5 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Dicey

December 24, 2017 - 23 November: Sky at night on watch is expanding as I can identify more and more. Just as I had figured out Pegasus, sigh...
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Day 4 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Starstruck

December 24, 2017 - 22 November: Had a breakthrough with the sky at night on watch last night. Found Orion’s Belt, recognised from a slide i...
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Day 3 - ARC Atlantic Rally - On loaves and the fish

December 24, 2017 - 21 November: It’s 5pm. I have to begin today’s post with the catch of the day: a most beautiful blue and yellow iridesce...
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Day 1 - ARC Atlantic Rally - Departure Day

December 23, 2017 - 19 November 2017: Passers-by were stopping to take snap shots of our picturesque citrus nets, strung up from the solar...
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Arriving in Las Palmas for the ARC Atlantic Rally 2017

December 23, 2017 - LA CIGALE log entries submitted to the ARC website daily on the Atlantic Rally Crossing 2017 www.worldcruising.com/arc/e...
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