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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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21/11/2014

Celebrate - Short stop over and still heading South

Our visit to Mossel Bay was very short. We arrived at sunrise around 5AM, waited until the fuel dock was open to refuel at 8AM and by 10AM we we out at sea again. Our short stay was not a criticism of the place, everyone was very efficient and friendly at this pretty fishing port. Sadly the harbour was not geared up to accommodate us and Celebrate did not look at home moored up beside and against trawlers and huge tractor tyre fenders. The fuel dock was part of the fish market and a trawler was landing its catch as we re-fuelled. They told us that fish they catch is bound for Spain. We sailed over lots of gas well heads on our way in so their other local industry is exporting gas to who knows where.The sea life continues to impress us, while on the dock two large seals splashed around us. read more...


21/11/2014

Celebrate - Mossel Bay Fuel Stop on Passage from Durban

We are continuing our passage down the South African coast after our a great stay in Durban. Two other rally boats left shortly behind us, Sweet Pearl and Polaris.To get a break from motor sailing into the wind and bumpy seas they decided to have stopover at East London. The next boats coming out of Durban right after were Andromeda, Chika-lu and NDS Darwin. We decided to keep going as the wind had dropped to under 15 knots and the sea state was better as well, for a while we were enjoying 3 knots of Agulhas current under us bringing our boat speed up to over 10 knots.We can report leaving the Indian Ocean and entering the Southern Oceanhaving now passed Port Elizabeth and St. Francis Bay and are sailing towards Plettenberg Bay. The only noticeable changes are that the sea temperature. read more...


20/11/2014

Celebrate - Mossel Bay Fuel Stop on Passage from Durban

We are continuing our passage down the South African coast after our a great stay in Durban. Two other rally boats left shortly behind us, Sweet Pearl and Polaris.To get a break from motor sailing into the wind and bumpy seas they decided to have stopover at East London. The next boats coming out of Durban right after were Andromeda, Chika-lu and NDS Darwin. We decided to keep going as the wind had dropped to under 15 knots and the sea state was better as well, for a while we were enjoying 3 knots of Agulhas current under us bringing our boat speed up to over 10 knots.We can report leaving the Indian Ocean and entering the Southern Oceanhaving now passed Port Elizabeth and St. Francis Bay and are sailing towards Plettenberg Bay. The only noticeable changes are that the sea temperature. read more...


18/11/2014

Celebrate - Extended stop over in Durban

Our 'short' stop in Durban lasted almost a week- Wednesday to Monday waiting for a suitable weather window to head further South. It became clear shortly after we arrived that it was not going to be a quick turn around so we with the other 6 storm bound World ARC boats made the most of it catching up with boat jobs and exploring what turned out to be a delightful city.The marina is right in the centre of the city with a dramatic backdrop of the high rise business district. The marina facilities are jointly owned by the local yacht clubs, including the Point Yacht Club and the Royal Natal YC. We enjoyed both club's hospitality; our arrival coincided with regular Wednesday night sailing in the harbour. We were even invited to join in but were happy to just watch and join the locals in the. read more...


07/11/2014

Celebrate - Calmer seas

'Its a little bumpy' has become the most commonly used understatement on the radio net over the last few nights. However after another day of high winds and bumpy seas the wind and waves have abated. At their worst the waves were reported on our weather reports by email as 4.5 metres high caused by a combination of the gale to our South and strong currents. We did not check but they were a dramatic sight. So we are now enjoying a milder current and wind pushing us towards Richards Bay and the delights of the Zululand Yacht Club. Our ETA should be after lunch tomorrow (Saturday).The 'Bring and Braai' on Monday evening sounds fun.Celebrate continues to look after us well despite the autohelm going on strike for a couple of hours yesterday. It had however just got us through the 'bumpiest'. read more...



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