SAN CRISTOBAL

When we finally got through Cuban immigration (apparently EVERYONE from the African continent has Ebola, according to all the non African countries we have visited in the last year) , we immediately set about organising a taxi to our casa (which we had not yet booked…). A couple of friendly Kiwis (also known as New Zealanders) overheard us and asked to split the cab. We ended up staying at the same casa and making friends with the rest of the residents there – more Kiwis and a French/Moroccan couple. The second night in Havana we all went out to dinner together. Our casa hosts booked us…

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CUBA LIBRE!

Over the December holidays we were planning on returning to South Africa for my best friend’s wedding. It turns out that flights across the Atlantic, to and from Belize, are astronomically expensive over the December holiday peak season.  We had already paid for a flight from NYC to Cape Town, but the return and connecting flight from Belize to New York were so expensive we had to give up on our trip home. We had already scheduled with our company that we would be taking those two weeks off, before we even started this job, so we didn’t have any work booked during…

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Lobster Love

As mentioned in the previous post, we are currently based in Belize, running catamaran charters up and down the islands. On every charter I prepare a lobster dinner for our guests. We normally get our seafood from the local fishing co-op in Belize City. I usually serve the lobster tails with coconut rice and rum flambéd plantain for dinner, on the first night of most charters. This time however we weren’t able to source good sized tails from the local suppliers (we never buy undersized) so we left port without it. Fortunately we came across a couple of friendly fishermen, in a…

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Happy New Year

We are working in Belize at the moment, running all inclusive catamaran charters. Belize is an idyllic sailing ground, with the second longest barrier reef in the world, after Australia.  For this New Year’s charter we have a brilliant 30-something couple onboard from San Fransisco. They have a great sense of humour and are a blast to be around. So far we have snorkelled with sharks, turtles, rays and a myriad of fish. We have spear fished and made fresh sashimi and ceviche from the catches. We swim in warm chrystal clear waters every day and we have dolphins escorting our…

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A Good Year

2014 has been a busy (hence the limited, sporadic blog posting :/ ) blessed year: We left our “real” life of expat work in Zambia for our “dream” life of circumnavigating the globe with our sailboat. We travelled across 3 different continents, more than 20 islands and over 10 countries in total.  We pushed ourselves harder than we thought we would ever be able to handle; physically, mentally and emotionally. We did another 3 month mini refit on our boat. We had the opportunity to work with 2 great companies in the Caribbean and begin our careers in the luxury yacht…

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Melody

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…

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Life Lately

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…

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Best Birthday

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…

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Yachtmaster

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…

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Trinidad

I’ve been getting a lot of “where are you now” questions and this is the answer: Chaguaramas, Trinidad! Trinidad is the southern most island in the the Caribbean string, very close to the Venezuelan coast of South America. We’ve been here for almost 2 months now and 99% of that time has been on the hard in Power Boats. For those of you that don’t speak ‘boat’, the ‘hard’ is means ‘land’. The boat gets lifted out of the water with a travel lift and plonked on the ground in, in a boat yard, with supports to keep it upright. …

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Welcome Party

the last time we were in Trinidad we had an exceptionally bad experience. I won’t go into details but when we finally were able to leave we swore we would never NEVER go back.  never say never… because here we are again, 17 months later. thankfully this visit has been much better and it is mostly because of the friendly Power Boats team (the yard we are currently working in, on Melody) and most especially the great friends we have made with our fellow yachties. we did a 16hr overnight passage from Grenada to Trinidad and as the sun rose…

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