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    Well ok. Been having too much fun. We left Grenada for carriacou, visited the boat builders in Watering bay, then to PSV and petit Martinique where we got too close to a midnight smuggling operation, on to Union Island and glorious Chatam bay, Mayrou and TobAgo Cays, Saltwhistle Bay is a must in low season. Canoan, you can just skip. This was followed by the must visit island of Mystique, supermarkets were surprisingly inexpensive. The weather closed in so we shot over to Bequia where I had some very very cheep canvas work done and my spinnaker repaired. We skipped St. Vincent due to recent security issues and sailed direct to Saint Lucia. After a couple of days on to Martinique and the charming Sainte Anne, great shopping and Gallic civilisation, the wind clocked to the west and blew 50 causing much sport as 2 meter seas rolled through a very shallow anchorage, we got stuck there for a while due to weather and a good supply of good wine and great cheese. Onwards to Dominica and a memorable trip up the Indian River, Guadalupe for more cheese, coffee, croissants etc, followed by an exciting sail hitting 12 kts to Falmouth harbour in time to see if I can drum up a bit of income at the boat show. In time a bit more detail, but I find it hard to waste time on the internet, sorry.

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    Thanks, say hi to Kong.

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    I was just wondering too. Must be on the same wavelength/ threshold as Gareth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varadero View Post
    This month I have resigned, sold the house, sold everything I own, or ditched it, closed 23 years of affairs, and today bought the boat. She is in the BVIs. I finish my notice on Friday, and fly to Tortola via Amsterdam and St Maarten on Saturday. My family and I will be on board Monday mid day. This has been an amazingly stressful period. The plan is......... no plan. AAAAHHHHHH!!!
    Congratulations. I hope you come up with a plan. Enjoy the Soggy Dollar Bar.

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    Yep, its that time , should be an update around about now.....

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    Hi guys, long time no speak. Sitting in Bora Bora right now. Crossed from Galapagos to marquesas in 18 days. Lots of life has passed not all as planned. Kids are great, boat is a dream. I will update the details soon......

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    Guadeloupe to Bora Bora in half a year. Nicely done.

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    While prepping the boat in St. Maarten in the yard, I got a fever and severe muscle/joint pain. With vomiting. The local quack diagnosed chickungunga, and prescribed cortisone so I could complete the work. The prognosis with this virus is joint pain for up to 18 months, maybe years. We left for Panama and headed south, fantastic sailing until the auto pilot linear drive failed half way, it was blowing 35 knots with 2 reefs when she died. One of the things I tried to get was a set of spares for the drive before leaving, but the Raymarine tech told me it was not a serviceable unit. Looking at the options, I shot for Aruba, this meant hardening up on the wind for 125 miles instead of 250+ to Cartagena Columbia. So with 2 reefs and 1/2 a headship we flew on a fetch for Aruba. 10 hours later we anchored off, first time the wife had hand steered. I am sure she came up too high a couple of times and bugger me I heard air under that weather hull. I discovered two broken brushes after taking apart something that you can't take apart, ashore I trolled the auto stores and hardware stores for something that would work. A half day later with some files and a soldering iron I had cobbled something together, I now had to put together something that was not meant to be taken apart. Bingo! Still working after 5000 NM. We headed to Panama through the gales off the coast of Columbia, h it 14.6 knots with 3 reefs. Had fun in Panama Atlantic side, speaking Spanish a real boon, monkeys, sloths, birds, jungle stuff, great. Through the canal to the Pacific side. Anchored off Bilbao, I discovered blood in my stool and went to the hospital, the drugs prescribed me in Portobello had caused an ulcer which had haemorrhage, 8 pints of blood and 3 days in ICU we headed to Galapagos, swam with sharks, big ones, saw lots of bookies and checked in with the doctors again, all stable but still a lot of pain in my hips. Next leg was the 3000 mile run to the Marquesas.

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    Good God, man, I hope this trip doesn't kill you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by varadero View Post
    Hi guys, long time no speak. Sitting in Bora Bora right now. Crossed from Galapagos to marquesas in 18 days. Lots of life has passed not all as planned. Kids are great, boat is a dream. I will update the details soon......
    Excellent. Photos please.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Left the Galapagos in thick fog, it has very funny weather. Headed due south to avoid the area where the southbound current hits the north, this causes huge seas with much confusion. The game plan is head south till you catch wind then turn west, if it goes soft, further south, if the seas get uncomfortable, go more northerly. Fantastic run for two and a half weeks, regularly pulling off two hundred mile days. We saw whales, loads dolphins, whale shark, and caught lots of mahi Mahi and one large Wahoo, no tuna. The biggest catch was a pallet stuffed with polystyrene for flotation, attached to a long 40 meter line with floats. On the end was a plastic bubble with what appeared to be a transponder and a solar light. On the pallet were two large packages wrapped in plastic and secured with a net. 200 kg of "stuff". Dropped sail and entangled it from the sail drive, then headed west. After about a week my weight had dropped severely and I could no longer walk unless adrenaline and a reef called. Things got no better. We made landfall in Fatu Hiva. I will not even try to describe the awesomeness of the anchorage, you may have to Google bay of virgin's to see. Then on to Nika Huva where I managed to check in with some French medics.

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    The clinic in Nika Huva was a collection of small chalet type rooms set in a circle wit a lawn and the surgery in the centre, beautiful, like a small resort. They kept me in and did what tests they could, which was limited to basic blood, x Ray, and ethnography. Nothing could be found to pinpoint what was wrong. Four days later they insisted I flew to Tahiti for more in depth tests. I could not leave my wife and two children in a very deep gusty anchorage with suspect holding, so I signed myself out, and with the assistance of a friend set sail the 750 NM to Tahiti. We passed through the Tuamotos group which I really wanted to visit, but there are many other atolls to see. Amazing sailing through a sea of Palm trees and breaking reefs, with no sight of land, the depth rising from 3000 meters to zero in a couple of boat lengths. Four days later we arrived in Tahiti, saw a fantastic specialist, who looked at me down to 48 kg from 70, gave me a Damn good bollocking and insisted I flew to France. I told him no way Jose, and he went through the tests. I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer, and put on a chemo course. Now one month later, I am walking and back up to 60 kg, eating like a horse and getting better. Off to the Cooks islands in a day or two, then Nui, Tonga, Fiji, and NZ.

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    hazards at sea .....wwoooowww good to hear you are on the mend...cross fingers and other parts of the anatomy...

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    Heaven can wait. Please don't put your trip/dream above your health and safety.
    Your family will thank you.........
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    Don't under-estimate Jack. He's purty damned talented

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    I just read this, take care of yourself. You are using up your safety margins.

    Having said that, when you go to Fiji, look out for highly regarded forum member John B(Bertenshaw). He has a sweet 40' ketch called Riada. It's blue with a hard dodger, no triatic and tiller steered, here's his tracker https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Riada

    Of course, if you want someone to boat sit for you while you go to Europe for treatment, I'm yer man.

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    Wow! "Interesting" times... Here's hoping you get healthy quickly & can continue to enjoy the adventure.
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Hey Bobby you've really been in the wars.I trust you're all good and on the way back. Yes watch out for us. Currently Viani bay Fiji for another week or so and then off west to the Yasawsas via Savusavu etc. You'll no doubt clear in at Savusavu.
    Around until early October.
    I have intermittent coverage and can't re read the whole thread. Boat name anyone? Avanti?
    Last edited by John B; 08-11-2017 at 06:00 AM.

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    Prostate cancer, bugger! Heres hoping it is or soon will be under control and you can carry on. But if you need ongoing specialist treatment, then dont put that off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Hey Bobby you've really been in the wars.I trust you're all good and on the way back. Yes watch out for us. Currently Viani bay Fiji for another week or so and then off west to the Yasawsas via Savusavu etc. You'll no doubt clear in at Savusavu.
    Around until early October.
    I have intermittent coverage and can't re read the whole thread. Boat name anyone? Avanti?
    John yes, her name is avanti. Havent been many pics on the thread, and those that were have unfortunatly been removed by photophucket. But I found an image on the net which I think may be a sistership



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    Thanks Phil.I'll keep an eye and an ear out.

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    Bobby's pictures are on my Photobucket. No pictures of the whole boat, but they have maroon sailcovers. I think my PB has open access http://s229.photobucket.com/user/for...?sort=3&page=1

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    Thanks Gareth. If ever there was a reminder to get on with life. But maybe also to have a Plan B.... I have an uncle who's been diagnosed with Prostate cancer recently. Its not killing him, but its certainly knocked the wind out of his sails for the last few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    John yes, her name is avanti. Havent been many pics on the thread, and those that were have unfortunatly been removed by photophucket. But I found an image on the net which I think may be a sistership


    Okay that explains the two hundred miles a day.
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