||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 - Amazing Ayers Rock Side Tour from Alice Springs, Australia!
After welcoming Peter on board CELEBRATE in Darwin and meeting his lovely friends Paula & Diane for a great Greek dinner, Charlie & Cathy were ready to fly out to Alice Springs as a sight seeing base for an all day bus tour to Ayers Rock (now called Uluru/see posted photo).At the amazing "rock' we were able to take several walks around the base with ancient aboriginal paintings in them.Also, we were able to visit another huge rock formation nearby called Kata Tjuta.We finished the day with a sunset view of Ayers Rock with many changing colors and a festive BBQ with a glass of champagne.What magnificent sights!Charlie & Cathy. read more...
Celebrate - Day trips to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks
Our time in Darwin has been limited to less than a week but we have made the most of it. Peter's trips have included a day tour to Litchfield National park where we toured through dramatic scenery, wandered around giant termite mounds and walkedto even more waterfalls- a continuing theme on the rally. We even went for a swim at the foot of Florence Falls. The tour was warned off swimming at Wangi falls as a few days earlier a tourist had been 'scratched' (in the words of the tour guide) by a fresh water croc.Another trip with kiwi friends Paula and Tony took Peter on a boat trip around the Corroboree Billabong where we saw all sorts of water lilies andbirdlife including a Jacana . At one point we got very close to both salt water crocodiles (saltys) and the less aggressive fresh water. read more...
Celebrate - Welcome for Our Expert Crew, Peter Sandover, in Darwin, Australia!
A super welcome to our new crew person, Peter Sandover, who was formerly with S/V Firefly until they decided to re-route to New Zealand.Paul and Susie have told us they miss him, but we are thrilled that it gives him the chance to join us on S/V Celebrate from Darwin to Cape Town, Africa.Peter will arrive late this afternoon the 27th and begin helping us to prepare for our Bali passage starting on Septmber 2nd.We are so looking forward to having Peter aboard and want to thank his wife Jane, too!Cathy & Charlie. read more...
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...