||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 - 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...
Celebrate - Farewell to Friends at Fijian Feast Dinner in Musket Cove, Fiji
Fiji was our favorite place so far, but bitter sweet because of friends leaving the rally at this point mostly for New Zealand. The World Rally arranged another fabulous dinner for all of us with World ARC momentos for the boats departing the rally. Many of the boats expect to catch up with the rally next year. We will miss them! Now at sea on our way to Vanuatu. Next: Village Welcome and a Volcano.Cathy. read more...
Celebrate - Flags Up, Fueled Up & Feet Up at Musket Cove Anchorage, Fiji!
S/V Celebrate is dressed overall to pay our compliments to Musket Cove.We have to say we think they really deserve it for all of the terrific treatment we have received from the marina check-in with "they-will-do-it" provisioning, to Subsurface diving, the boutique shop, Dick's restaurant, the Trader Shop, and fueling up at their dock.We are definitely enjoying having our feet up and relaxing!Cathy. read more...