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Thursday, November 04, 2010

The end of yacht charters for 2010

As we sit in the airport waiting for fly back to the UK Geoff and I thought it was a good time to write a quick good bye blog for the end of yacht charters for 2010.

I am behind on loading photos and writing blogs for Sicily and the Aeolian Islands (I will be writing these when I am back home). However here are some of the highlights from this year (in no particular order):

  • Making the decision to leave work and set up the yacht charter business. This is one of the major parts of the trip and I’m glad I made the decision to cut away from normal 9-5 working and try something new. Everyone should give it a go!
  • Sailing down the Thames. An amazing feeling and Tower Bridge looked great from the Deck of Tangaroa
  • The sun shine and my sun tan. I’ll miss them both!
  • Dolphins. Beautiful
  • Catching the tuna. We have to do it again now Geoff’s been watching Utube and knows hoe to gut it
  • Croissants and bread delivery in Corsica straight to the boat in the morning. Brilliant and perfect
  • 20.56 knots top speed in the Middle Sea Race
  • Seeing Stromboli at night
  • The Calanques – probably my favourite place of the trip
  • Barcelona- a fantastic city that we would love to visit more. If we could live there for a while we would
  • Mallorca – this really is the perfect location for chartering a yacht. Quiet anchorages, beautiful towns and lots to explore. OK so there were some places we likes better than others but I’d recommend this as a yacht charter location
  • A long weekend off the boat in Rome!! Yep,  we were dying for some aircon, a normal bed, a shower with unlimited water and no anchor to worry about
  • Blue Marlin, Ibiza – thanks Hamish for the recommendation. Their Pina Coladas were the best I’ve ever had
  • All our guests on-board. We loved having people out on the boat – great company, good sailing and someone for me to talk to in the mornings
  • Sun sets (I would say sun rises but I got quite into lying in… Oh I’ll miss that when I start working)
  • 3rd place in our class in the Middle Sea Race and 21st overall

And the low lights:

  • Getting stung by a jelly fish – ouch
  • The rain in Perpignan and Calais – I thought it would never end and that there’d be no summer
  • Lifting the boat out at Calais – We learnt a lot by that experience. From now on I am a travel lift fan!
  • Loosing our fishing lure to the motor boat that came too close. Our best lure for catching tuna :-(
  • Mosquitos – argh. They are so frustrating and their bites are itchy
  • Having to anchor in the gales. Enough said.

We both had an amazing time and hope our guests did too. I think we’ll be missing it when we get back into the daily grind of work and London life.

Tangaroa is now tucked away in Malta with Nisida and Bongani to keep her company. I’m sure she’ll miss us traipsing her around the med but she definitely deserves a few months off.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

A quick summary of the race

Fairly quickly after my last blog the calm weather gave way to torrential rain and wind of up to 30 knots. Not ideal weather for blog writing and with limited email access it meant I couldn’t keep it updated. So instead I waited until safely back in grand harbour where the sun is now shining [...]

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wind, Dolphins and chocolate eclairs

Was just about to write this blog when some called me on deck as we have a lot of dolphins off the bow – v cool. Lots of photos have been taken so we’ll upload them as soon as we can. Hopefully they will have dolphins in them and not just splashes of blue water [...]

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4am update

It’s 4.15 am and the wind is non-existent at the moment. Up until the early hours of the morning we were having a great sail with 10+ knots of wind  but over the past few hours it’s all slowed completely. We’re well and truly into our watch system rotation with Geoff, Charlie, James and Daryn [...]

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pre-race update

Just under an hour until our start. We’ve been outside the harbour wall to check the wind and first mark. The wind was pretty light this morning but thankfully it’s been building so it should be a nice start for the race. All crew seem happy – this could be due to the sunshine or [...]

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Sailing in Sardinia

Maddalena islands, Porto Cervo, Cala Di Volpe and Olbia Unlike Cosrica we had no yacht charters booked in Sardinia. Instead we had just over a week for some time where we could catch up on sleep and get the boat ready for the charters we had booked in Italy. After this week we were fully [...]

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Yacht Charters in Corsica

Bastia, Porto Vecchio and Bonifaccio After arriving in amazing weather on our sail over from Elba accompanied by dolphins we felt set for a fantastic time in Corsica. Topped off with the added bonus that we have lots of visitors on this leg of our adventure – Katie, Steve, Caroline, Hamish and Giselle. It’s going [...]

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Tuscan Islands – Elba

Sailing around Elba in the wind

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nice, Cap Ferrat and Monaco

More super yachts, old market towns and Monaco Casino

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The Cote D’Azur: St Tropez, Cannes and Antibes

Super Yachts, Food Markets, Pina Coladas and Ice Ice Baby

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