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Charm - St. Helena passage 1
Charm - St. Helena passage 1
Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Charm - Visiting Cape Town
Charm - Visiting Cape Town
Charm - Visiting Cape Town
Charm - Visiting Cape Town
Charm - Visiting Cape Town
Charm - Visiting Cape Town
20/01/2020

Charm - Visiting Cape Town

After dropping my mother and Kay in Durban, we had an adventurous trip to Cape Town, arriving just as the Christmas season was switching into high gear.There’s nothing like arriving in a large bustling city and parking in the middle of the busiest shopping district to rev up the commercial Christmas spirit! The kids quickly modified their original letters to Santa, made in Richards Bay, and started gobbling up large quantities of Krispy Kremes and Cinnabons to make up for lost time.Marin and Tully discovered a favorite sushi restaurant with a conveyer belt, Joe found a Thai noodle place and Cobin and I met our new favorite pizza shop, all under one roof.The US dollar goes quite far in South Africa so there was very little incentive for me to do any cooking on the boat, apart from some. read more...


20/01/2020

Charm - Walvis Bay, Namibia

After anchoring in Walvis Bay, we took our dinghy ashore, loaded with wet, salty laundry from the massive wave that landed in our cockpit.Stefano from the World ARC was there to greet us, as the organization is planning to add this as a scheduled stop for next year’s tour.Almost half the fleet from this year’s WARC stopped in Namibia this year and Stefano came to scope it out.This made our lives easier as he helped us figure out Customs and Immigration, where to buy sim cards, etc. The main feature of Namibia is the desert. After taking care of the basics like clearing in and getting cash and sims for our phones so we could have internet, we visited the tourist office.The lady at the counter told us, “Walvis Bay is more of a commercial port than a tourist center so there’s not much. read more...


Charm - Luderitz and other adventures
Charm - Luderitz and other adventures
Charm - Luderitz and other adventures
Charm - Luderitz and other adventures
Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress
Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress
Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress
Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress
Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress
Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress
17/01/2020

Charm - Luderitz and other adventuress

Ahh, life at sea.The calming warmth of the sun, the peaceful waves, the seabirds frolicking.If only we could experience any of that for more than a few hours . . . We had all of that on our way to Luderitz.But the closer we got to the tiny town that was once a German outpost, the more things changed.In the African cruising guide we have on board, it mentioned that “as you turn east to enter the harbor, you will encounter a wind acceleration zone . . .” In the past, any time we have prepared for an “acceleration zone,” it has turned out to be anticlimactic.This time, not so much. About 10 miles out from the turn, we had 25 – 30 knots of wind and were sailing almost dead downwind.This meant that to turn right and get to Luderitz, we would have to turn sideways to the wind and waves, which. read more...


16/01/2020

Next Step - St Lucia to Santa Marta

Hooray... we're off, the start of the World ARC... The fleet left St Lucia Saturday 11th January and headed for our first mark of the course to Santa Marta off Castries in St Lucia. As we jibbed past the marker buoy, we were hit by a massive squall and pouring rain which was a little unexpected. Anyway, once we had turned onto our course for Santa Marta in Columbia, we settled into the usual watch pattern of 2 hours on and 6 hours off. For this leg of the trip we have a new crew member James, a friend of Jeremy and Nicole's and a very experienced sailor. We kept two reefs in the mainsail and four furls in the genoa for most of the trip and because the seas were quite large and confused each of us hand steered the boat during our watch which was quite hard work. As we got closer to Santa. read more...


15/01/2020

Maximilian - Nearly but not quite....

The only trouble with simbos is you need to plan direction changes well in advance and with just 80nm to finish in Santa Marta we are running a bit low on wind as we have come a little too close in shore! I remember at the weather briefing being told the wind freshens as you run in but obviously I wasn't paying attention as to where exactly ....Made another record 24hrs yesterday 225nm average 9.4kn with some wonderful sailing in some biggish waves. 25nm or so off the border between Venezuela and Columbia the water changed from deep blue to turquoise, just like that - beautiful.Life on board has settled into an easy pattern, no real dramas- had to re fix a bathroom door which was trying to throw itself into the aft cabin after a big roll.Battery charger is doing that weird thing again. read more...


14/01/2020

Maximilian - Simbo Sleigh Ride

Evening all, its an official sleigh ride out here. Plenty of breeze 25kn+ and a cheeky squall which touched 40kn on our instruments. Been playing cat and mouse with the squalls on the radar and aside one very unpleasant sail flog we are doing ok. Another day of records for Max, 206nm covered with a maximum of 17kn down a wave of course! Not bad for an old cruising boat :)In more mundane news, the battery charger is back on form now after plugging the laptop into it and giving it a talking to (reset); gave the batteries a big charge from the now functioning genset so thats kind of 2 boxes ticked off- for the moment!Looks like we are doing pretty well in terms of fleet position, we have about 370 to go so plenty of time for us to mess up yet. Hoping there will be a Columbian techy that can. read more...


Charm - Leaving Cape Town
Charm - Leaving Cape Town
Charm - Leaving Cape Town
Charm - Leaving Cape Town
Charm - Leaving Cape Town
Charm - Leaving Cape Town
13/01/2020

Maximilian - Breeze on

Charging day of all Max's records being broken; hoping that's all that's broken of course !The route to Santa Marta suits our downwind set up nicely and we hit a storming 16kn late evening yesterday!Some niggling issues with the genset and charger plus the SSB has given up completely now. Few jobs in Santa Marta...:/!Otherwise all good; glad Tez cooked a lot before we left as its pretty rocking and rolling out here in 25+kn ...... read more...


12/01/2020

Charm - Leaving Cape Town

Ultimately, it was the dentist that changed everything. We had planned to leave Cape Town on January 8, bound for St. Helena and then Salvador, Brazil.After passing almost two months in South Africa, I had shifted from traveling mode to being a liveaboard at the dock at the V&A Waterfront, at the height of the summer/Christmas tourist season in the most touristy part of the city.Which means my days were filled with touring, shopping, and doing all the things we had not been doing for months. This, of course, meant that I left the most important things to the last minute.Like the dental visit.It wasn’t entirely my fault.When we arrived in Cape Town on December 11, we had a frantic few days before the city shut down for Reconciliation Day and then the Christmas holidays.No one really. read more...


12/01/2020

Maximilian - Prep, Start and Apples

Our first blog from Moody Max! After all the prep and a simply massive Xmas and New Year with family and friends we said goodbye to beautiful St Lucia at noon yesterday. The time we had for final preparations was fine and all was good until the SSB packed up on its first real test and Apple (bless them) decide to update iOS making it incompatible with the iridium mail app. Luckily Tez had a back up back up back up back up android samsung that works. Blogs therefore will be short as typing on this phone isn't the easiest.Anyway, thanks to all the WCC team for a great build up and send off. We are beasting along with our Simbo rig pulling us pretty much dead down wind at 270T. We managed a new record at 14.5kn on a wave earlier so officially this is a sleigh ride.Autopilot came up with a. read more...


Sweet Dream - Tuesday January 7, 2020
Sweet Dream - Tuesday January 7, 2020
10/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Tuesday January 7, 2020

Today we picked up our new passports, caught up laundry, took delivery of provisions, and even put them all away! We went to the skipper’s briefing and had our under warranty chartplotter replaced.image0.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Monday January 6, 2020
Sweet Dream - Monday January 6, 2020
Sweet Dream - Sunday January 5, 2020
Sweet Dream - Sunday January 5, 2020
09/01/2020

Amazing Grace - Amazing Grace Log 2: Preparation is the Key to Success

It’s now T-2 days until we set sail to Colombia. And we are NOT READY. But we’re getting there 😊.In the meantime, our days are filled with seminars about the route, weather, currents and tides, best places to provision, can’t miss places to explore, etc. etc. My novice sailing brain can only follow about 50% of it, but Captain Dave is soaking it all in so he can teach us along the way.You guys have a lot of questions for us about the route: Why go westward? What about hurricanes and bad weather? Why not spend more time in Indonesia since you’re already over there? Isn’t this dangerous? And to those we can confidently say that for a circum-navigation expedition in under 2 years, this has been well thought out and we’re sure it’s the right trip for us.Sailing west allows us to pick up the. read more...


Amazing Grace - Amazing Grace Log 1- Monkeying Around
Amazing Grace - Amazing Grace Log 1- Monkeying Around
09/01/2020

Amazing Grace - Amazing Grace Log 1 - Monkeying Around

Over the last week, we’ve spent countless hours packing, organizing, traveling, and preparing for our around the world trip before arriving in beautiful St. Lucia about a day and a half ago. Don’t get me wrong, the preparations aren’t over, and we have a long day of work provisioning, safety inspections, installing sails, etc. ahead of us. But we took a break to prioritize “keeping the crew happy” (the most important thing, according to Captain Dave) and explore this magnificent island.Upon arrival, our first break was the beginning of rally happy hour with the other World ARC boats. Of course, beers by the boats while meeting new people is right up our alley. We met people on boats from all over the world (heavily Great Britain, Australia/New Zealand, and Scotland/Ireland/Belgium). Our. read more...


09/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Monday January 6, 2020

Rachel and Brad took us out for a wonderful brunch at Signal restaurant overlooking the yacht harbour. We shopped for souvenirs, then sadly packed Rachel and Brad into an uber off to the airport. In the evening we had a fun food and endless wine meeting with all our fellow sailors in the WARC, and even met a couple from last year’s rally as well.image0.. read more...


09/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Sunday January 5, 2020

Morning at the Penguinden apartment we stayed in overnight at Simon’s Town, then in the afternoon we went to a picnic in the park concert at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. Such a lovely venue, good family fun listening to the local talent of Craig Lucas, Paxton, and Jimmy Nevis. image0.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Saturday January 4, 2020
Sweet Dream - Saturday January 4, 2020
Sweet Dream - Thursday January 2, 2020
Sweet Dream - Thursday January 2, 2020
Sweet Dream - Wednesday January 1, 2020
Sweet Dream - Wednesday January 1, 2020
Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 31, 2019
Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 31, 2019
08/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 31, 2019

Last day of 2019. What a fabulous year we’ve had Twelve countries visited, 22,000 miles of ocean crossed, untold numbers of wonderful people we have met. Looking forward to a great new decade in 2020. My daughter and her boyfriend, Brad, joined us for a few days of holiday making. image1.. read more...


08/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Wednesday January 1, 2020

After a quick breakfast and coffee we ubered up to the Table Mountain Tram and enjoyed fellowship with the Nimbus crew who were also in the que. We picked a perfect day, as it was clear to start, then the tablecloth came down. We walked all over at the top, and then had beers in line while waiting to come down. image1.. read more...


08/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Friday January 3, 2020

Wine tour day....Anura and Vrede and Lust. Cape wines do not disappoint!image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Friday January 3, 2020
Sweet Dream - Friday January 3, 2020
08/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Thursday January 2, 2020

We booked a table at The Crypt, a famous old Live Jazz club in the basement of St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town,..paid $600 rand for the booking, took an Uber there. Our table was for 19:00. We arrived at 18:58. The doors were padlocked shut and there was a crazy homeless guy camping out in a tent on the doorstep. NOT the scenario I envisioned for a fabulous night out in Cape Town with my daughter and her boyfriend. We ended up having a lovely evening across the street in a less cool venue, The Taj hotel. Live music, good Cape wine, and delicious food. Still...very dissatisfied with The Crypt for taking our money to book a table and not even being open...lamest nightclub in the world! Oh well! image1.. read more...


08/01/2020

Sweet Dream - Saturday January 4, 2020

Penguins! We rented an apartment at Penguinden in Simon’s Town. Spent the afternoon and evening with these cute little buggers. Just heavenly! Best day ever!image1.. read more...


Domini - Log 1 - Official Number
Domini - Log 1 - Official Number
06/01/2020

Amazing Grace - Log Day 1 - Monkeying Around

  1/6/2020, 9:09 AM 14°04.5200N; 60°56.9590WOver the last week, we’ve spent countless hours packing, organizing, traveling, and preparing for our around the world trip before arriving in beautiful St. Lucia about a day and a half ago. Don’t get me wrong, the preparations aren’t over, and we have a long day of work provisioning, safety inspections, installing sails, etc. ahead of us. But we took a break to prioritize “keeping the crew happy” (the most important thing, according to Captain Dave) and explore this magnificent island.Upon arrival, our first break was the beginning of rally happy hour with the other World ARC boats. Of course, beers by the boats while meeting new people is right up our alley. We met people on boats from all over the world (heavily Great Britain,. read more...


06/01/2020

Domini - Log 1 - Official Number

We are preparing for our Voyage Around The World here in St Lucia, and we have been issued with our official race number. Not that it’s a race of course. It’s a rally. (Unless by some remarkable fluke we actually win, in which case it’s definitely a race.)The kind people at ARC Rally Control have issued us with the same number as our boat length, so that’s one less thing to remember.Which at our age, has to be a good thing.Ju & LynLyn on Number 47. read more...


Sweet Dream - Monday December 30, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday December 30, 2019
Sweet Dream - Sunday December 29, 2019
Sweet Dream - Sunday December 29, 2019
31/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Sunday December 29, 2019

V and A waterfrontimage1.. read more...


31/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Monday December 30, 2019

Dive party....in the howling wind that ripped through the marina, our gas grill spun on it’s mounts and dropped bits in the water...heroic efforts of Captain Lars, Joe from Charm, and Todd from EQ2 were all to no avail....but it made for great happy hour conversation.image1.. read more...



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