||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 - 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...
Celebrate - Pretty Basket of Fruit & Rum Taste Welcome from World ARC in Mauritius!
Our "Celebration" song played across the finish line on the VHF radio adding to the festiveness of arriving in Mauritius!Also, Joel of rally control, the crew of Alpheratz and crew from CHIKA-lu helped us tie up to the dock.Next, Joel gave us an additional fun welcoming with a bright pink covered basket of fruit and a taste of local rum in World ARC inscribed shot glasses.We loved it!Then it was time to put up the signal flags for "dressing overall" and finish clearing into the country.After a good night's sleep we expect be ready to start sight sighting this beautiful island!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...
Celebrate - Alternative story from Adela
I received the following story from Peter on Adela in response to the "Use many World ARC Boat Names in a Story" contest.I'll let Peter explain how it is different:Hi Charlie,The following story is a variation on your original idea.It was written by Jan as a challenge to see whether people can spot words that sound like the boat names, no actual boat names are included.Some words may have to be spoken with a slight accent (German, Italian, whatever) but I have proofed it and managed to find most of the boat names.Jan has now inserted the boat names in brackets for you only to see, to help modify your story pronunciation accordingly...Kind regards,Peter.Do you know Ingo? He lived a long long time ago. So, maybe Peter knows him. That was in the times, when the world got cold. There was. read more...
Celebrate - Pizza and Karaoke fun
As we approach Mauritius its time to clear out the fridge,freezer and half empty jars. What better way than for Peter to cook up his terrific pizzas for lunch. The pizzas involve Pitta bread bases (or Pitta's Pizza) and a lot of hope that in this rolling sea they stay under the grill long enough to cook the topping without jumping across the saloon. Fortunately they arrived in the cockpit in one piece, right side up and were yummy!Over the last few nights we have seen a procession of freighters heading North East from the Cape mostly bound for China and Singapore. One evening we were entertained on the VHF by the various ship's radio officers singing Mandarin songs to each other. Strangely the chapter on karaoke communications is missing from our radio manual. Nuno on NDS Darwin mistook. read more...