||Charlie & Cathy Simon
||Taswell 58 AS
||58 feet 3 inches
“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.
Celebrate - "Playing the Angles"
PLAYING THE ANGLES by Jay AilworthFor days the wind has been quiet - too quiet,We have a kite but could not fly it.The wind has been fickle and all wrong,Our main and jib being limp like a wet sarong.The diesel drone has been annoying,Cats paws of wind constantly toying.Time, distance, and fuel remaining are a major consideration,Having no wind or fuel with miles to go would be a grave miscalculation.But then this morning the sea bestowed us a gift,The wind is up offering us a lift.Now the engine is cold and quiet,With the spinnaker up with wind to fly it.Hopefully this is the end to our woe and remorse,At last we are sailing on our lay line course.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...
Celebrate - "Captain Cook"
CAPTAIN COOK by Jay AilworthMostly we get fed from a bowl,So we do not spill is the ultimate goal.The captain does the cooking,Who knows what he puts in while we are not looking.Sunday is supposedly a day of restBut for us something else makes it the best.Because of the gentle urging of the mate,Our intrepid skipper feeds us from a plate.During our morning meal,It is my trick at the wheel. I get my plate handed to me first,While the mate brings coffee to slake my thirst.Now that I am on course with all sails set,It is time to tuck into a tasty cheese and salami omelet!Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...
Celebrate - "St. Helena Interlude", a poem
ST. HELENA INTERLUDE by Jay AilworthWe have ended our three day St. Helena interlude,Now heading for a distant western longitude,Salvador, Brazil is our next port of call,1790 miles of open ocean before we make landfall.The wind is light and from the east,Not good for us and we are feeding the diesel beast.We need to be free of the island's effect,So wind and waves can combine for the proper cause and effect.The ocean is so large and we so small,If it stays this way it could be a mighty long haul.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...
Celebrate - St. Helena on the Horizon, a Poem
THE FIRST LEG by Jay AilworthThe first leg of our Atlantic crossing is nearing its end,St. Helena lies 175 miles near the horizon's bend.Napoleon spent his last days walking upon her shore,A minor footnote after decades of conflict and war.We simply seek some rest and relaxation, Soon underway again to our next destination.Of course on a boat the work is never really done,We have projects to do and things to fix while anchored in the tropical sun,No matter what, we will make the time to have a little fun.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...
Celebrate - "Degrees of Magnitude"
DEGREES OF MAGNITUDE by Jay AilworthZero degrees is a definitive longitude,One that carries a high degree of magnitude.A line on the chart that separates east from west,Possibly a trick question on a geography test.This line has nothing to do with season or clime,But for a navigator is literally the beginning of time.For me crossing this line is a first,Off watch asleep in my berth I crossed feet first.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...