2009 Life at Sea


This is where I will post updates from the crew as they are emailed to me.  They will be posted with the most recent on top. 

– the Keeper

November 3, 2009

November 3, 2009Special Blend is now on the hardstand at Scarborough Marina inAustralia. Jim and I will be on a plane tomorrow morning, making a stopin Hawaii to lay his Mother to rest in the National
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October 3, 2009 – October 31, 2009

October 31, 2009I’m not sure that we’ll ever get this done before it’s time to leave. The entireboat has been wiped down in and out. We found out we can only have 1checked bag each on our Sydney to Ha
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September 6, 2009 – September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009It sure is an eye opener to have an early morning wakeup call that a tsunami is heading your way. Got our attention, thank goodness it all ended well. This place is beautiful an atol
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August 18, 2009 – September 5, 2009

September 5, 2009Pentecost IslandWe are in Bwantnapne Bay 15* 39′.782S/168*07′.075E, we dropped anchor and went to shore. There to greet us, was Allen Burle’s grandaughter with our boat card in hand f
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August 7, 2009 – August 17,2009

August 17, 2009 Wind is still kicking up a bit, but somehow these flies have learned to navigate in 25kt wind. It has been a rock and roll anchorage everywhere we have been for the last week. At the m
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July 28,2009 – August 4,2009

August 4, 2009 We came back to Luganville to check out, all is OK with David and we got the money back. Tomorrow am we are going to the fuel dock, fill up and head North. Hopefully weather will hold f
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July 11, 2009 – July 26, 2009

July 26, 2009 We left Dixon Reef this am about 8:45, Priscilla left an hour earlier. We are going to an anchorage about 30 miles up the way and start working our way to Santo. Still a bit windy. We ha
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June 30, 2009 – July 5, 2009

July 5, 2009 17*41′.448S/168*15′.819E? We arrived in Port Vila around 10:30am anchored in Hideaway Bay just outside the city. By 11:30 we were in the water looking at coral and fish. Good passage last
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June 20, 2009 – June 29, 2009

June 29, 20099:30pm 30* heading traveling 7.5kt 123.7nm miles to Tana. will be about dark tomorrow when we arrive. All of us are good little uneasy stomachs. Big fish story to tell. 2 for 1 dolphin. b
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June 10, 2009 – June 18, 2009

June 18, 2009 All is good here, rain today, supposed to get real windy 35kt or so.. Not heading to Vanuatu yet, they are covered in RED, and you know Jim doesen’t go where there is red. So for now we
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Australia Zoo

June 8, 2009 Good time was had by all at the Australia Zoo. It is worth the visit if you are ever in the neighborhood. Martha
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May 18, 2009 – June 2, 2009

June 2 2009 Back “Home” Martha and Holly have returned to Special Blend, Jim will join us on the 5th, lots to follow on the walkabout thru Central Australia. __________________________________________
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New Marina

May 7, 2009 New Marina Martha and Holly didn’t do well on crossing. Might have been bad tocos that Holly made. It may be awhile before she wants mexican. All is well. We are not smart enough to get on
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Floating Again

Today we were put in the water around 12:00pm, Jim turned the key and Special Blend purred like a kitten. Tomorrow we will do an overnight trip to another marina for work to be done. Yesterday afterno
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Back in OZ

We made it! We hit the ground in OZ. It was a good flight, but long trip. Jim
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