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Solwezi
Zambia

a photo record of our sailing and travel missions around the world - currently in africa.

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grimaldi's

kate brand

I'm going to start on our NYC posts. We stopped over for just under a week on our way from South Africa, back to the boat in St. Lucia. Since food is such a big thing for us, and we stayed in Brooklyn while we were in New York, I thought I would start with "the best pizza" place in the area.

It was another one of those "we don't know where we are going or what we are doing today so let's just walk and see what happens" kind of days. We walked a LOT - under bridges, over bridges, around ships and down bicycle tracks. 

The bridge, Brooklyn Bridge to be exact, took us to Grimaldi's. A friend of ours, Rehgert, recommended the "pizza place under the bridge". It is well worth a stop, especially if the block long queue is any indication.  

Grimaldi's has a lot of character and the big burly Russian waiters are an interesting twist on the Italian theme. The pizza is fresh and tasty and the service is efficient. The only negative is that they don't serve alcohol which meant we couldn't have an ice cold beer after the long-ass walk. The pizza was still worth it though!  

planning our next route while we wait for our order to arrive

planning our next route while we wait for our order to arrive

cheesy tasty pizzery goodness

cheesy tasty pizzery goodness

the magic pizza men hard at work

the magic pizza men hard at work

what would a pizza place be without a picture of Ol' Blue Eyes and his buddies

what would a pizza place be without a picture of Ol' Blue Eyes and his buddies

and of course a pretty dame

and of course a pretty dame

no slices / cash only / spandex welcome

no slices / cash only / spandex welcome

view from the queue...

view from the queue...

Melody

kate brand

working on a boat refit is definitely not glamorous and it's not always fun but there are a few things that can put a smile on your face, other than a clean bilge... for us it's redesigning the boat name and our "boat cards". these small aesthetic elements make a big difference for us so this was exciting to see the new designs!

my fantastic, and super patient, best friend Diana (you might know her from Miss Moss) is always there when i need design help! she's ridiculously talented and awesome and she knows just what i mean when i don't even have a clue of what i'm talking about. 

this is the awesome result! thank you lady, you're the BEST.

the new paint job - we added a white boot stripe, a new wooden toe rail and of course the newly designed name :)

a lot of yachties have "boat cards". you meet so many different people along the way, in different countries and it's handy to have a card with all your contact info to give and to get. this is our new one, with a nifty contact no space so we can change it as we travel to different countries.


life lately

kate brand

so, if you follow us on instagram or twitter, you know that we have finally left Trinidad and returned to Grenada! 

we spent a total of 3 months in Chaguaramas and we got a lot of great work done on Melody. we arrived back in Grenada almost 2 weeks ago and immediately started work on our first job in the yacht charter industry. we are preparing a fleet of sail boats for the upcoming Caribbean charter season, for Sail Grenadines. this will keep us busy till end October.

after we finish up in Grenada we have another amazing opportunity that will take us to Central America until end August 2015 - more on that a little later ;)

here are a few iPhone photos of life lately... my camera is till busted :/

last bit of Trinidad's headland as we left the island to sail North to Grenada

St. David's Harbour with Melody riiiiight in the back

the beach bar where we set up our office for the first week

every lunch break we swim off the boat  - this day we had turtles visiting Melody :) Rufus only managed to capture my "kiss face" though...

no South African boat is complete with a proper CHARCOAL BRAAI (gas does NOT count). we got this awesome "vintage" Force 10 barbeque in Trinidad from a wonderful New Zealand couple. we are ready for National Braai Day tomorrow, also know as Heritage Day in South Africa ;)



best birthday

kate brand

Rufus made it back from the UK just in time for my birthday. we took the day off boat work, he spoiled me rotten, we ate good food (chocolates count as food as far as we are concerned) and we didn't talk boat for the entire day!

we ended off the celebrations with a braai - lots of red meat, beer and most importantly good friends. you can take us out of South Africa but you can never take our will to braai. 

just when I thought the festivities were winding down our boatyard family suprised me with the BEST chocolate cake I have ever tasted. if I am honest I will admit that I'm more of a choc brownie kinda girl but this cake... No words!

its made by the owner of an excellent Italian restaurant in Port of Spain and just one slice of this heavenly creation is close to R100/$10. I think it's called "death by chocolate", layers of moist cake, mousse and ganache, topped with dark chocolate flakes and drizzled with rich chocolate sauce. I am officially converted from brownies.

Paola, Natali, Joao and Luigi thank you for my special cake! Celine, Tony, Marco and Jacomo, thank you for the food. Graeme, Suzie, Sacha and Julia, we missed you. And thank you to everyone for a great celebration, especially my main man Rufus x

Natali bringing the cake out

Natali bringing the cake out

me in shock

me in shock

joy

joy

Paola, Luigi, Celine, Tony, Marco and Joao laughing at me 

Paola, Luigi, Celine, Tony, Marco and Joao laughing at me 

time to blow out the candles and make a wish that had already come true :)

time to blow out the candles and make a wish that had already come true :)

Joao helping with the candles (he is also a choc-o-holic). the faster they go out the faster we can feast!

Joao helping with the candles (he is also a choc-o-holic). the faster they go out the faster we can feast!

birthday girl had to dish up for everyone

birthday girl had to dish up for everyone

 

 

left overs for breakfast

left overs for breakfast

Natali made a mini Melody - the perfect personal touch :)

Natali made a mini Melody - the perfect personal touch :)


yachtmaster

kate brand

it's been a week since Rufus returned from his 3 week RYA Yachtmaster training in the UK. we've been making up for lost time with birthday celebrations and a LOT of good food with our friends, hence the social network silence - I even received a message from my Dad asking if we are still alive so I knew it was time to get posting again.

Rufus made the trek up north to do his Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean exams - neither of which are a walk in the park and he passed both with flying colours (he.is.awesome.)!

why all the way to the UK and not closer to home like Grenada or the US you ask? well it's simple - the RYA schools closer to us don't offer these exams till earliest September and we need to get working in the charter industry ASAP to fund our circumnavigation (we aren't trust fund babies and our savings can only last so long). plus, Rufus did all his other RYA training and tickets in Falmouth at the same school, Cornish Cruising, so we knew it was a good place to go.

almost all the charter companies worldwide require a minimum qualification of Yachtmaster Offshore, even deckhands now often have to have a skippers ticket to be employed on the larger boats. since we already have a truckload of sea miles to our names, the only thing stopping us from securing good jobs is the RYA ticket.  

we also decided, since we were paying bucketloads of cash for him to do his Offshore, he might as well do his Ocean too, for international deliveries.

during his stay he visited a couple of old friends and we both would like to say a very BIG thank you to Esther and her wonderful family for hosting him in Falmouth, as well as Richard and his wife for hosting Rufus in London. you all spoiled him rotten and fed him well - we are grateful to have friends like you and you are always welcome on Melody! 

here are a few photos Rufus took with his GoPro Hero 3 while in Falmouth. 

boarding his flight from Trinidad to Tobago where he caught his flight to London Gatwick

boarding his flight from Trinidad to Tobago where he caught his flight to London Gatwick

Sunday roast at Falmouth Marina

Sunday roast at Falmouth Marina

one of the school' straining boats, a Bavaria 38 

one of the school' straining boats, a Bavaria 38 

view of the estuary 

view of the estuary 

a classic British phone booth

a classic British phone booth

view from the National Express bus, passing through Cornwall

view from the National Express bus, passing through Cornwall

Falmouth town centre

Falmouth town centre

thousands of miles away from the Caribbean...

thousands of miles away from the Caribbean...

The Wig & Pen

The Wig & Pen

 

 

Esther and her awesome family 

Esther and her awesome family