||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 - On to Darwin thru Albany Passage, Endeavor Strait & into the Arafura Sea
Fueling up at Cooktown on our way to Albany Passage was an experience as the April cyclone had knocked out the entry markers, so it was seat of the pants navigating through the entry and looking to see what the fishing fleet was doing.We fared well and then at Albany Passage enjoyed the beautiful beach sights.Endeavor Strait had reefs to avoid but we had no problems and headed into the sunny Arafura Sea.Next: Cape WesselCathy. read more...
Celebrate - Helicopter AIS, Glacier Bay like Humpbacks & Sophie's Story Book!
Just passing Cairns on our passage up to Darwin, Australia from Mackay.The Mackay Marina people were so good to us we gave them three large gift bags of cookies & other treats.They gave us the "Sophie" book, a famous dog owned by Bridget.Great people!Also, we saw a helicopter AIS icon flying around for the first time on our electronic chart.It looks like a helicopter shadow moving around.Much more detail than the boat icons.Two more humpback whale sightings.It reminds us of our sailing trip into Glacier Bay, Alaska with many humpback whales around.They are BIG!! . read more...
Celebrate - Sydney Side Trip Sights & Boat Show Were So Much Fun!
After seeing a Platypus near our stop at Mackay, Australia and enjoying catching up with the other rally boats it was time to fly to Sydney, Australia.Thanks to Hugh from rally control, who lives in Sydney, I had many great tips for a terrific visit.I was based at a hotel in the historic area known as "The Rocks" which was close to the harbor and had great restaurants and shopping.At the harbor the boat show was splendid & the boat harbor tour had great views of the Sydney Opera House & the Harbour Bridge.Also, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Mrs. Macquerie's Chair were worth the visit.Beautiful beaches everywhere like Manly and Bondi and all with beach front restaurants with good food and great views.I could live in Sydney!Cathy. read more...
Celebrate - Awesome Australia Passage! 250 Degrees & 250 nm to go!
Sensational sailing with every sail up to Australia on our way from Port Vila, Vanuatu.Vanuatu will be missed, but we are happy to be making landfall in Australia.Our smaller group has become quite chummy with Nexus, Boingo alive!, CHIKA-lu, and now NDS Darwin joining in.Also, Charlie has outdone himself with fabulous food we "have to eat" before Australia, like, cordon blu and steak sandwiches for lunch and shrimp for dinner!More exercise needed here!Next:Mackay, AustrliaCathy. read more...
Celebrate - Active Volcano Tour at Sunset & Village Welcome in Tanna, Vanuatu!!
WOW!! Standing at the rim of an active volcano is something not to be missed!!Adrenaline rushes in you as the Mount Yasur cauldron spews up glowing lumps of lava at sunset from two places.A stunningly beautiful sight!! A lovely, lovely welcome from the villagers complete with coconut milk served in coconuts, gifts for us made out of intricately woven leaves and grasses for hats, handbags, and sachels holding fruits & flowers.Also, there was singing & dancing and a tasty buffet dinner.We felt so warmly welcomed!!Next:Port Vila, VanuatuCathy. read more...