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Celebrate
Owner Charlie & Cathy Simon
Design Taswell 58 AS
Length Overall(m) 58 feet 3 inches
Flag USA
Sail Number USA 52274

“Celebrate” is a Taswell 58 AS sailing boat launched in 2003. My wife and I purchased her a year ago and sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to Nova Scotia and back to get used to her and decide on improvements.

She is a fast, comfortable boat with an easy sea motion and felt secure in squalls with winds to 75kts and loping downwind with winds to 50kts. For the refit currently in progress, we have replaced the navigational instruments and radar, upgraded the refrigeration system, added solar panels, some new sails, and are arranging to replace the standing rigging and most of the running rigging. Also, we have increased the storage space for additional gear and provisioning for the trip, are augmenting the safety gear and have added a Sat Phone with weather data capabilities. All-in-all we are making her as safe and comfortable as possible for the circumnavigation. She is a wonderful boat and we all can have a safe and enjoyable sail.


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17/12/2014

Celebrate - Stellar Safari joined by American Friends at a Jewel of a Camp in Northern South Africa!

Our friends from Washington State in the US, John & Priscilla Cadwell flew into Cape Town to join us for a safari trip.They had previously seen us off in St. Lucia as we began the rally.We all flew to a safari camp in northern South Africa and stayed for 5 amazing days and had the grandest of times! Our safari adventure began the minute we were picked up at the airport by our terrific ranger, Schalk, in an open-air Land Rover. Within seconds of entering the Game Reserve we were sighting giraffes, zebras and impalas. As we arrived the General Manager, Kate, was greeting us with elegant welcome drinks and telling us the intriguing story of the Camp and how it started with the Endangered Species Center. Our stand alone bungalows had wonderful territorial views and what a location!. read more...


15/12/2014

Celebrate - Wondeful Wine-Tasting with Peter & Jane in Stellenbosch, South Africa!

Our terrific former crewman, Peter Sandover, and his lovely wife, Jane, drove us to the Stellenbosch wine country and treated us to an overnight stay at the Oude Werf Hotel which is a historic downtown mansion filled with Victorian antiques and grouped collections of artwork.Our first wine-tasting stop was before dinner at the classic and comfortably styled Wijnhuis wine bar just a few feet from the hotel down a side street.With two white wines, a rose and three reds to taste, plus a cheese and meat board it was all very satisfying and the sauvignon blanc was our favorite!In the morning we drove to the Tokara Winery for more tasting and a great lunch with a beautiful view over the vineyards.Our favorite wine here was a reserve chardonnay.Also, we had time to purchase some special olive. read more...


14/12/2014

Celebrate - Stellar Safari joined by American Friends at a Jewel of a Camp in Northern South Africa!

Our friends from Washington State in the US, John & Priscilla Cadwell flew into Cape Town to join us for a safari trip.They had previously seen us off in St. Lucia as we began the rally.We all flew to a safari camp in northern South Africa and stayed for 5 amazing days and had the grandest of times! Our safari adventure began the minute we were picked up at the airport by our terrific ranger, Schalk, in an open-air Land Rover. Within seconds of entering the Game Reserve we were sighting giraffes, zebras and impalas. As we arrived the General Manager, Kate, was greeting us with elegant welcome drinks and telling us the intriguing story of the Camp and how it started with the Endangered Species Center. Our stand alone bungalows had wonderful territorial views and what a location!. read more...


08/12/2014

Celebrate - A Fond Farewell at Cape Town and New Beginnings

After about 6,500 nautical miles from Darwin, Australia we have arrived at Cape Town, South Africa, as the early sailors did.We are staying at the beautiful Victoria and Alfred Marina with a stunning view of Table Mountain as a backdrop.We said goodbye to our latest sailing partner, Peter Sandover, who is heading back to his home in the UK after he and his wife, Jane, enjoy several weeks of touring here.We have seen somewonderful sights together and wish Peter and his family well.Our dressed over all flags are now flying!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


05/12/2014

Celebrate - Thank you Cathy and Charlie

After three months of sailing the Indian Ocean it's time for me (Peter) to say farewell to the team on Celebrate and return to dry land (for a while)I have enjoyed every minute of the adventure including the bumpy passage from Reunion to Richards Bay. Charlie and Cathy have been such generous and splendid hosts. The farewell party you put on for me was very special. I will miss our chats and sorry I didn't learn more American!My departure does have a silver lining as I will be spending the next two weeks with Jane driving the Garden Route and we catch up with Charlie and Cathy for a spot of wine tasting in Stellenbosh before we fly home.Peter. read more...



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