Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bora Bora to Tonga

Been busy with the video editing lately.  Have made another movie that I have been wanting to make for a long period of time.  We did this leg of the trip across the Pacific back in July 2012 and it was great.  Bit wet and wild at the beginning but it soon turned into a slow but smooth sail into Tonga.  We wanted to head direct to Fiji but with the winds going super light we thought we'd stop by Tonga or Vavau for a rest.  Ended up staying three weeks and having a ball.  Made some great friends there and then continued onto to Savu Savu in Fiji, leaving the same day as another nine yachts and then getting in 48 hrs before most of them arrived.  Was another trip that had very little wind, which is a great reason to have a boat that sails well in light airs.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta

Anyone that's been following the blog for a while will know that in July of 2012 we were lucky enough to be able to compete in the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

It was an awesome time that was really made special by great friends being able to join us the friendliness of the locals and the perfect setting for a really well run regatta. 

The course was based around the Islands of Tahaa, Raiatea and Bora Bora.  Each year they change it and the year before it was around Huahine instead of Bora Bora.  With the flat turquoise water of the lagoons and steady trade winds it's a hard place to beat when it comes to perfect sailing conditions.  Coupled with the fact your in French Polynesia and Polynesians are some of the worlds most welcoming people, these all combine to make it the perfect recipy for an amazing week of sailing.

In the 2012 TPR Spirit hadn't been rated and we didn't have the time to weight and measure the boat for a handicap so the organisers allowed us to enter the "Real Time" class, which was pretty good fun as we have super light conditions, which suit Spirit down to the ground.  She was the first over the line in each race and that made for some extra drinking and relaxing time at the end of each day as it was well deserved by the crew.

After two years of promising myself to make a video we finally did it.  Below you'll find the video and if your in any doubts whether to ever try and make this regatta don't be it's a top place to sail and one of the best run regattas we've done.

We hope to head back through the Pacific along the equator next year and to head back as far East as French Polynesia.  That's a heck of a long way off in both miles and time so who knows what could happen.  If the winds blow in the right direction though you can be sure to see us there again!!


If anyone wants to read up about the Tahiti Pearl Regatta we did in 2012 follow the link below

And if you'd like to know more about it check out the great website, which is also in English at the link below

Friday, August 15, 2014

Whitsunday fun

Not a lot going on here apart from working in Italy.  So to keep the days flowing while at sea here working there is nothing better than watching great memories on Spirit and turning them into movies.  So here's the latest which is a combination of the best times we had last season sailing the east coast of Australia.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Time fly's

Well it's been over three months now since I left Australia and Spirit sitting on the hard at the Whitsunday Sailing Club and time has flown by.  Hopefully in another six months I'll be back home with Spirit readying her for the water once again.  I can't tell you how much I miss sailing on her and being free upon the ocean.  Unfortunately we have to work occasionally and I can't complain my work is pretty cool.

Anchored at Peter Island BVI's

The Barth's in the BVI's a gorgeous place to spend a day

Here's a bit of a breakdown of how the last three months have been for us here.  I arrived in St Maarten at the start of February and took over the yacht I work on every few years when funds run low.  She's been here since coming down from the US east coast in December.  She's an 80ft ketch that was originally built for the 1979 Whitbread around the world race.  She was a little to heavy we hear and because of this she was turned into a luxury yacht.  She was then chartered around the Caribbean and sold to her present owners and my boss's in around 1984.  Since then she's been privately run and does the Mediterranean, East Coast US and Caribbean.

Sailing around the BVI's

So after I arrived we sat around St Maarten doing odd jobs and getting the boat ready for the owner to come down and enjoy.  We did a one week trip around the British Virgin Islands before heading to St Barths for a week.  We then did another three one week long trips around St Barth's before heading back to St Maarten where we had a week to recover.

Saudade doing a few laps after the St Barth's bucket, what a beast!

Saudade is a Bill Tripp design and beautiful

This is the sailing yacht Hetairos 66mt beast!

Sailing to Grenada in the company of dolphins

After a weeks rest we did another seven days around St Barth's and then dropped off in St Maarten again before heading directly down to Grenada where we did a two week trip around the Grenadines dropping off in St Vincent before heading straight back to St Maarten where we've been for the past week.  So with all that sailing and travelling time has just flown by.  As you can see we're really just a fancy bus on the water travelling from place to place for a week or so at the time.

Anchored in the Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays

At the moment we are getting ready to cross the Atlantic.  Our delivery crew are all arriving over the next few days and then we'll haul the yacht clean her bum with some new anti-foul applied we'll be fresh and ready for the crossing.  We're hoping to be in the Med by the first week of June all going to plan.

Sunset at Mayreau Island

Tobago Cays

Then it'll be a few months around Italy and the Amalfi coast before taking the yacht to Holland where she'l go into a yard period.  From there I'll be heading home to Australia and Spirit again.

Tobago Cays

Anchored in the Grenadines

I've put in a few photos of our travels around this part of the world.  We've been fortunate enough to see some beautiful places this year and we were also lucky enough to be in Bequia during there famous easter regatta, which was a blast to see.  Sorry again for the lack of updates and the length and quality of the text but it's pretty busy here at the moment.  I'll be sure to update from the Med once we get there with some news about the crossing.

Local boat racing in Bequia

Sunsetting over the Grenadines