||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 - Breathtaking Helicopter Flight and Haunting Halloween Party in Reunion!
Between the abysses, wild canyons, waterfalls, volcanoes, rain forest and peaks the helicopter ride shows the fascinating world of Reunion!It was not to be missed!Haunted costumes, a live band playing jumping music, delicious duck and marlin salad dinners with huge tiramisu for pudding made for a terrific Halloween Party at the Dodo Gourmand Restaurant.Charlie went as Lord Nelson, Peter was the devil with red horns and Cathy was a cow girl along with our pumpkin buckets filled with candy bars to hand out.Many rally boats attended which also made for an extra fun evening!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...
Celebrate - Wonderful Welcome Party with Gifts in La ReUnion!
A quiet overnight passage from Mauritius with a few dolphins sighted during dinner.Nexus had kindly alerted us to the dolphins coming our way.For dinner Peter had prepared a sumptuous salad nicoise!ReUnion was a whirlwind arrival as many of the rally boats entered the harbor at about the same time.After clearing in and some much needed napping it was time for the Welcome Cocktail Reception hosted by the Western Tourist Office at the marina Dodo restaurant.With gifts of local rum, spices, sugars and a band with colorful dancers plus party food and beverages it was quite a festive evening!Our many thanks to all involved. Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...
Celebrate - Celebrations on "ReVue"...
Margaritaville in Mauritius!!? The MARGARITAVILLE PARTY Happy Hour hosted by S/V Celebrate as a prize for ALL-STAR AUTHOR's on the Cocos passage & their Boat Crews & Rally Control drew a crowd! Also, separate prizes for additional individual stories were given to Lucy of Folie a Deux, Jan of Adela, and Siegfried of Merlyn of Poole for their stories/performance.Merlyn of Poole's very own Siegfried "Lloyd Webber" performing wonderfully with help from crews 'World ARC the Musical', was the key entertainment!!Also, S/V Celebrate's 3 TV screens were showing a selection of 3D movies with special 3D computer chip eyeglasses.What a change from our normal electonic chart viewing...Also, greeting guests were Jimmy Buffet tunes, balloons by Peter and plenty of Margaritas, and other iced. read more...
Celebrate - Mauritius Vacation
While Peter was away touring the island Charlie and Cathy were busy on boat jobs,arranging for spares to be flown in (a very tedious process) celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary (an enjoyable process) and then getting prepared for the margarita party (more about this in another log). So it was a busy time and when the dust had settled they were in need of a proper vacation. We first had an great day on the World ARC tour taking us to Labordonnais a beautifully restored French mansion forming part of a sugar plantation,then to a sugar exhibition within a disused mill and after lunch a stroll around the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousses one of the oldest in the world with many grand specimen trees.Then it was time for our own mini tour;taking a rental car we headed South to the. read more...
Celebrate - Reflections on Maritius
Although a new landfall for Charlie and Cathy it was a return visit for Peter. He and Jane had their honeymoon in Mauritius 16 years ago. Many of the local people we have met on the dockside had told us that a lot had changed since 1998 with greater prosperity on the island. We certainly sensed a vibrancy , or perhaps this was something to do with our visit coinciding with the Hindu festival of Diwali or 'Festival of Lights' where they celebrate victory of light over darkness.Here is an account of Peter's a three day drive across the island rediscovering familiar places and some new ones;We had a great honeymoon but came away feeling that all was not right in paradise, this could have been the absence of the dodo, ebony forests, or sugar cane fields totally dominating the island's. read more...