What a revolutionary year 2017 is turning out to be…
-Sold S&S 34 two weeks – 98% paid (June 1st or before in full) Swan 38 ‘Gitana Banou 2’.
-Yacht deliveries: Rio to Antigua, BVI-Florida, San Diego to Hawaii, Hawaii to Christmas Island, Hawaii to Sydney & Hawaii to LA via Equador: Hawaii-Tahiti-Easter Island-Equador-Galapagoes, Mexico-LA!
– While announcing a new world record attempt in series with the MOD Globe Race 2019 one-design nonstop solo around the world race from Sydney to Sydney shortly!
On that note a blast from the recent past: Clip from Fremantle-Bali Race steering Jon Sander’s S&S 39 ‘Perie-Banou 2′ under kite while drying laundry 😉 PS: Jon is currently halfway thru his 10th circumnavigation…and I think I’ve been busy ?! Everything is ‘relative’ lol…
The Wizard of OZ,which is that Dorothy’s ‘no place like home’ ending is all wrong. After a trip like that, you can’t go home…Stepping across the line into OZ transformed her into a seeker of the wider world, as all good voyages do. The journey creates us, we become the frontiers we cross…
‘..Runaway, runaway to sea with me baby…!’ Countless 250 + mile days with a crew of three Hawaiians, one Aussie and a Frenchman (Bj, Almi, Yoyo, Lindsey B & Lindsey G arrived from an epic 17-day 3650nm Rio to Antigua speed run of the Andrews 70 “Runaway” – Antigua looks awesome!!..Our official (song’s;) for the trip below by Aussie Tash Sultana!
PS: Lots of costume pics for the Equator crossing party 😉
BELOW: Dolphins again !!!
ABOVE: Passing a solo sailor while sailing Rio de Janero to Antigua like a bullet-train even though we had reefed down the mainsail to slow for a day light arrival 🙂
We rescued this poor baby floating face down in the bay of Rio de Janero as we left and named him ‘Pee’ 😉 He was our good luck charm !!
Happy New Year everyone!! Getting ready for the Rio to Antigua delivery of the Andrews 70 ‘Runaway’ and some big news…I’ve sold my S&S 34 and am in the process of upgrading/purchasing a successor design also by Sparkman & Stephens – the Swan 38 which was drafted four years later.
This is the extrapolation of the vastly successful S&S 34 – which in her own right has five nonstop solo circumnavigation records to credit – including references for the youngest solo and first double nonstop circumnavigations.
This was always my dream boat with hydrodynamic advancements with her underbody (keel and rudder), additional waterline and yet still a 50% ballast ratio and the many qualities which empowered the S&S 34 to her spate of world circumnavigation records.
I’m in a unique position to enable this transition process – thus Swan 38 ‘Gitana Banou 2’ is going to be my home-base of upcoming operations for world cruising and RTW performances such as (Sydney Hobart races and records;) !
I intend to attack multiple world records as well as incorporate a larger one design class for the Swan 38 into the ‘MOD’ ‘Monohull One Design’ Solo Circumnavigation Race in 2019…
Who’s interested to crew with me delivering a 70ft race boat from Rio de Janeiro to Antigua end of January? I’m going to lock in final crew very quickly as visas needed etc. Message me directly if interested and for more details!
Arrived to San Francisco from Hawaii on this 3rd lap of the pond for the summer! It was a tedious 23-day jaunt with an uncooperative high and a burned out starter motor but still had fun in double-handed format with solo sailor Linda Pasquariello. Ironic that we raced each other solo from San Francisco to Hawaii last year and now we arrive to SF double-handed! Also crazy it was my 5th Hawaii-Cali run since last summer…I have a few great pics from en-route and the most spectacular sunset under the Golden Gate I’ll post shortly! PS: A possible 4th HI-Cali run, who’s keen to crew? 😉