Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 29

Joys of Sailing – by Marike

The last few days have been extremely frustrating, as we had no wind and our engine has decided it will NOT start. We made about 60 miles in two days with the wind that normally accompanies the rain clouds. (Our usual quota was 100 miles a day). We now have the trade winds back, and …

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Jan 25

The forever crossing – by Karin Jnr.

Hi everyone, This crossing is taking forever but I can’t wait for it to be done though, we swam in the ocean which is sooo cool but it is very freaky at the same time if you stop to think that you can’t see any land and that your only hope to survive is the …

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Jan 25

The art of eating and other things – by Franci

We are having trouble getting the engine to start, so we are basically at a standstill when there is no wind . . . just like it was this morning. So we took down all the sails we had up (which were just flapping around anyway), and went for a swim. All six of us …

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Jan 25

Life on the go – by Marike

I can’t remember what I have already blogged about, or what my mom has written, so sorry for any repetitions. =) Okay, I think last time was mostly about St. Helena, so I’m going to focus on this trip. All four of us started with school (of sorts) two or three days after we left …

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Jan 25

The Many ways in which to “swim” while Sailing

The most often used way to “swim” on board Shang Du is as follows: Dress in swimsuit – oh, I forgot, we live in our swimsuits. Okay then, go to the back of the boat and use the seawater pump and nozzle to completely drench yourself with saltwater. Very refreshing! If you are younger than …

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Jan 22

The Yachting Community

Yip. So far we are the only “yachties” around with children. We know that there are others out there, but have not met up with them yet . But we did run into some of the most amazing people. There is this one couple, Bill and Cathy Norrie of yacht Terwyn (http://www.sailblogs.com/member/williamnorrie). If ever you …

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Jan 22

St. Helena – Island Life

Island Life is nothing like Mainland life. At first it didn’t seem that different. People driving cars, shops lining the streets….it could in fact have been any little harbour on a coastline. And then…. 1. We drove up to a point on the Island where we could see the Atlantic Ocean on all sides. As …

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Jan 16

St Helena Island

The first time we climbed up Jacob’s Ladder I was the first to reach the top, and my sisters were behind me. I felt like the King of the Castle! Or rather, Queen. When we went to the tourist office, and my dad asked if there were any Baptist churches, I didn’t like the idea …

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Jan 15

Saint Helena – Religion

We really wanted to visit a church while on St. Helena. The different options listed on the website were: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witnesses and even Bahai. We chose to try the Baptist church, but did not know what we would find. They have an evening service, so we decided to listen to one …

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Jan 15

Not Birds

There are still a few more things I want to write, but my previous blogging piece is so full of birds I decided I had to make a new category. We had a resolve ever since we read about Jacob’s Ladder to go up there every day. When you see the pictures you will understand …

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