Friday, November 23, 2018

Askari Position 23rd November 2018 UTC 1600

21 degrees 06 minutes north, 64 degrees 35 minutes west
sailing on a course of 200 degrees magnetic with wind of 11 knots from the south east, making 7 knots over the ground

Yesterday was mostly a cloudy day with light winds and we just motor sailed on a rhumb line towards the BVIs. It was a bit boring but that is good on an ocean passage, especially as we are now getting close enough to be able to plan our arrival. We really don't like motor sailing but sometimes it's just necessary - even though it makes Andrew a bit grumpy.

This morning was a spectacular sunrise over a clear sky just as the full moon set, the wind then gently filled in from the South East and we were able to start sailing again - oh joy! It felt like a such a gift and we both showered and spent some time on the aft-deck reading as Askari gently sailed us right towards our waypoint.

The only thing that spoilt this beautiful morning is rust - OMG I can't believe what a week of sailing into the wind with the foredeck being virtually being under salt water all the time has done to my stainless steel. All the staintion posts have leaked a rust around their base, the surrounding deck and even down the hull where the water runs off the boat at mid-ships. Anyone who knows our boat knows I might be a little obsessed with keeping the stainless shiney so seeing like this is just making me crazy. I can't bear to look at it and am hoping I can get it cleaned up before we pull into an anchorage. Ah these our my first world problems of the day.

We had good copy on most of the Backstreet Buccaneers last night on the SSB and everyone is now south enough to avoid a mid storm that is coming off the US East Coast so that was a relief. One of the yachts may have been enjoying a few wines for thanks giving..... We have loaded our fridge for arrival and will be ready to taste our first beer when we get in, hopefully Saturday afternoon. We have 163 miles to go.

Overnight Andrew spoke to a yacht who had run out of fuel and was sailing slowly - they didn't need any assistance but this made me glad Andrew is as obsessed with fuel management as I am about stainless.

All well on board.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Askari Position 22 November 2018 1700 UTC

23 degrees 44 minutes north, 64 degrees 36 minutes west
motoring (yes motoring) south at just over 6 knots

So the engine has been on since yesterday mid afternoon. We sailed into a wind hole about 2.30pm and then conducted sea trials to work out the best angle for speed and comfort; we snaked around the ocean for about half an hour testing all different sail and motor configurations and the result was motor sail into the wind as close as possible - about 28 degrees apparent wind. The sea had calmed off and only occasionally sent a curly wave to slam into us and knock out our speed over the ground.

We had calculated that based on our VMG for yesterday afternoon we would be arriving in the BVIs on 22nd December - this confirmed it was time to put the engine on, even though it's actually pretty nice out here. Last night on the radio net we were discussing Christmas plans as many of the boats behind us are also without wind and are a bit worried about fuel supplies; we have used very little until yesterday so were in good shape. A couple of them had however been in for a swim it was so calm.

Our wind was about 6 knots and varied from 6 to 12 over night with a bit of a confused sea with weird currents and swells that would come and go. To keep things comfortable we had to keep adjusted our course a little now and again but mostly just got a good night's sleep. We both find the drone of the engine quite soothing. Today was supposed to be really light winds but its been around 10 knots from the SSE all day, we are expecting it to stay light and move around to the south east, which would be more comfortable for tonight. We should pick up wind for sailing tomorrow from the South East and then East.

When we set off south we left our little pack of three other yachts behind, although we think Moonlight Serenade is on the same track further east. We've picked up a new yacht just a little ahead of us on AIS - they called to wish us happy thanks giving this morning - of and get our latest weather info....

If we can keep this speed up we should arrive in the BVIs on Saturday late afternoon which would be pretty exciting. Bring on the Painkillers.

Happy Thanks Giving American friends out there x x

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Askari Position 21st November 2018 UTC 1700

25 degrees 49 minutes north, 65 degrees 41 minutes west
sailing on a course of 130 at 6.5 knots with a southerly wind of 12-15 knots and a bit of a confused sea

It's been a mixed bag over the last 24 hours, yesterday afternoon was lovely gentle sailing in about 10 knots of wind, sunny skies and we couldn't quite believe we were out in the Atlantic Ocean. For the first time we started talking of arrival and what we would do first when we get to the BVIs.

We carried on sailing into the night and it was lovely although we were on squall watch as we had heard a band was heading our way after midnight. The wind however died around 4 am and I put the engine on a motored on a more southerly course as that direction looked to be our challenge over the next few days. We started off motor sailing but then by 7am the sails were just flapping and squalls were around. Andrew furled the sails and we motored south for a bit and we both rested. A large squall washed the boat off and confused the sea then the wind gradually filled in from the south. We tried all sorts of options to get the boat moving but this sailing boat loves to sail more than anything; so a wind angle of 40 degrees close hauled and we were off. We are making about 5 knots of VMG (ie 5 miles an hour directly towards our waypoint) and it's super comfortable plus not using any diesel.

I'm just about to get lunch sorted - I made a lovely chicken and leek fritatta in the light conditions yesterday so leftovers today - yum!

All well on board, just going slow......

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Askari Position Report 20th November 2018 1500 UTC

27 degrees 42 minutes north, 68 degrees 00 minutes west
sailing at 7.5 knots with 15 knots of wind from the south west

Had the most amazing sailing overnight with a nearly full moon and the brightest shiniest stars I ever saw. Andrew did get hit with a flying fish in the cockpit which he wasn't best pleased about as they really are the most stinky fish in the world.

This morning I woke up about 6.30 to see a large squall approaching. Yay, my watch....

The sky was amazing with these dramatic rain squalls against light blue of the morning. There was one beautiful feather cloud that looked just like a quill dipping into the ink well of the squall - I hope I got a good picture of that one.

Escapade was about half a mile from us and so I grabbed my camera to try and grab some shots of them with the squall behind. As I put the camera away I noticed them furl their foresail - hmmm I'll just stick a turn on the jib. I was monitoring the squall line on the radar and we were still a way off. As I furled the sail the wind picked up so I double reefed that and just got to the main sail when it hit us with 25 knots - a double reefed main all done and we were hurtling into the squall at 8 knots. All good and Andrew is still sleeping (it turns out he was awake but pulled the sheet over his head - thanks mate!)

I radioed Sea Larks and they were already reefing, now I just had to wait for the rain. As usual the other side of the squall the wind died off for about 10 minutes and then we were back underway again. Now he gets up for a cup of coffee!

All very well on board.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Askari Position 18th November 2018 - 1200 local (UTC 1700)

29 degrees 22 minutes north, 69 degrees 51 minutes west
Sailing on a course of 160 degrees magnetic towards the BVIs
Wind East 10-15 knots
Speed over the ground 7 knots

Happy Wedding Anniversary to us! Yay we actually remembered for once…. To celebrate we are back in bathers, Andrew had a shave and I have even washed my hair.

The wind eased off over night and we had a great calm sail from about 10pm onwards. It's amazing that we have still only run the engine for an hour on this whole trip.

This morning the wind has come around more to the East (from north east) and we've followed it on a more southerly course. We have unusual wind on this passage, which we expected to be using fuel to get east. An upper level trough has sat just below our course for the last 3 days creating the north easterly winds we've ha,d in the region of 10-22 knots. Later today we expect to cross it, pick up some squally weather and then get light-ish south to south westerly winds on the other side. Right now it's gloriously warm, we are fishing and have both Escapade of Rame (Oyster 485) and Sea Larks (Catamaran) on our AIS. It's funny as we have been within 20 miles of Escapade since we left - I know for a fact that neither Andrew or Richard would be following each other however they definitely appear to follow the same philosophy and the boats both enjoy sailing into the wind, even in some of the seas we had yesterday.

On our radio net last night, there were a few reports of sea-sick crew, kids and dog- hopefully everyone had the same lovely conditions we had last night and will be a bit more cheerful tonight. I actually don't mind being on the wind as you can get wedged in and plan to do things carefully knowing the boat will stay on one side - yesterday with big square waves was a little more lively certainly though…..

We've been reading, listening to podcasts and sleeping mainly, I have also learned how to get the weather in on the SSB, something I've been meaning to learn for the last 2 and a half years. Andrew went out for deck inspection this morning and all was good, just a couple of spare halyards to tighten up.

So all is very well and we are having a lovely day.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Askari Position Update 1000 local time 18/11/2018

Position 31 degrees 29 minutes north, 072 degrees 18 minutes west.
Sailing at 8.5 knots heading 140 degrees magnetic with 17 to 20 knots out of the north east

Its fast and furious out here this morning, actually most of the night - Askari or course loves it and we are wedged in. We have a double reefed main and full genoa and it's actually comfortable enough.

I'm popular as I just cooked a sausage sandwich.

We haven't had to run the engine and are in serious fuel conservation mode as motoring is expected in the coming days. There's more wind than we expected so are taking the opportunity to use it.

All well on board.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Askari Position 1200 local time 17th November 2018

Position 33 degrees 7 minutes north 074 degrees 28 minutes west. Sailing in 10 knots of wind from the north east.

We had a great gulfstream crossing over night and sailed all but an hour when the wind was light. It was chilly but sunny all day yesterday and we eased ourselves into passage mode with a customary lasagne for dinner. This morning it's unbelievably warmer - the fowlies are packed back away and its a beautiful day with light fluffy clouds. We are just hoping this wind will hold and we can keep sailing.

All well and happy aboard.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Backstreet Buccaneers heading to the Caribbean

It's been a whirlwind since we got back to Beaufort - first we had to get the depth sounder fixed and Andrew was all over that working with the local Raymarine agent, but it also ended up being a fabulous social time meeting some really lovely cruisers all heading in the same direction - I just love these jumping off spots for this. Two of the boats had abandoned the Caribbean 1500 and others had been waiting like us for the window that suited us - we all found each other in or around the Back Street Pub in Beaufort. We also enjoyed an OCC dinner at Clawsons hosted by Port Officer Dianne who gave each yacht a jar of her fabulous local peanuts.
It was decided we'd get an SSB net going and a coffee meeting was planned to get that arranged. Amazingly all 7 yachts are going roughly in the same direction and all have an SSB radio. We have agreed to be the initial net controllers and we all look set to leave on 16th November for points south.

Mike on Aleta came up with the name Backstreet Buccaneers after the great cruiser pub and the pirate connections in Beaufort- then he designed a logo incorporating their boat dog Marlon. Hats were made and this group is now cemented in cruiser history.

The boats are Aleta, Askari, Escapade, Loon, Lulu, Moonlight Serenade and Sea Larks - we have two others joining from other ports (Rockhopper and Miclo III) and hope to have some fun along the way. It should be around 10-12 days and we will generally head east before approaching the caribbean trade winds. However, we will see what the weather brings

All being well we will provide daily updates via our sail mail to the blog - so come along with us back to the warmth of the Caribbean.

Buccaneers send off last night at the Backstreet Pub

Friday, November 9, 2018

Chesapeake to back to Beautiful Beaufort

We eased our way back into cruising with a lovely short sail across the Chesapeake Bay to Solomons Island - we had been here before but it was certainly a lot colder. We spent a couple of nights at anchor and met some nice people around the happy hour bar - everyone was moving south.

Solomon Island - Beautiful

Rugged up in October on the Chesapeake

The northerly wind allowed us to press on down the bay and we made a stop in at Reedville. There were two reasons to call in at this cute small village which is a real fish town complete with fish processing plant. Firstly our friends Neil and Ley were staying at a friends house and had just heard that there lovely boat was to be written off after a collision with a fishing boat off Long Island - big hugs were required and alot of wine. Their story

On Walter and Mary's dock in Reedville
The other was I'm a Reed so to sail by Reedville without checking out if there was a family connection seemed silly. Actually we couldn't find a family connection to Capt Elijah Reed but my Uncle advises me all Reed's have the same DNA..... The town is really quite lovely so I'd be happy to claim it. Neil & Ley have been made very welcome here and that hospitality was extended to us with a dock for Askari and an invite to Halloween and what an amazing experience that was.

Sea Witches

Australians do Halloween....

At the maritime museum - the lady on the left was a jelly-fish

This small town is so perfectly laid out for kids to trick or treat in a safe environment that over 800 kids were brought into to town for the spectacle and the locals went to town to welcome them. It was such fun however there was a part of me that felt sad that it was obviously not safe for them to go out in their own neighbourhoods.

Look at the lines for treats!

I had a go giving out candy at Donna's house

After the fun of Halloween we enjoyed some lovely days exploring the village, meeting locals and getting Askari ready for the trip back to the Caribbean.

I wonder if Oyster Yachts might consider a new office here..... The logo looks about right

Sadly the morning came to move on and we got great winds to have a fantastic fast sail all the way to Norfolk Virginia, arriving a day ahead of schedule. We were welcomed by the OCC port officers, Gary & Greta, at their private dock that they make available just for OCC members right in the heart of historical Norfolk. Andrew has been monitoring the weather for our trip South for weeks and the day after we arrived there was an opening, we quickly got everything ready, provisioned and I even cooked the lasagne. We went over to Hampton with Gary and Greta to see off friends in the Salty Dawg Rally and thought we might be off too the next day.

We decided to get one last weather update the next morning and changed our minds. This is the joy of not being on a schedule. We stayed a few more days and got the chance to catch up with Fred & Tiffany in Portsmouth, checked out the USS Wisconsin and then grabbed a weather window to sail south around Cape Hatteress back to Beaufort, North Carolina exactly to the day we were there last year.

It was quite an exciting trip as the window was pretty tight, so we left the minute the squalls from one front ended, at about 4pm and set off into the dark with an amazing red sunset. We sailed in every wind direction as the winds clocked back and then arrived at Cape Lookout at 1am the following day just before the next front later that day. Then as we approached the south of the cape our depth sounder stopped reading. Beaufort, is a little complicated in the dark so we had planned to anchor in a bay at Cape Lookout we hadn't been to before. Entering an unknown bay in the middle of the night without a depth reading was pretty stressful but we got in and safely anchored and managed to get a little sleep before heading in at 6am next morning.

Arriving at Homer Smiths we were given Shrimp and had one of the best lunches ever......

You can't beat Homer Smith's Shrimp 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Ready get set go!

After all the excitement of being back on Askari and afloat again we drew up a jobs list......
Our boat yard home for 2018
The Oxford Boat Yard had completed some cosmetic epoxy work on the keel, to finally remove all traces of Mustique.  We also had them undertake a rigging survey, take off all the old antifouling paint, apply 3 fresh coats, and polish the topsides. We have never been really happy with the finish of the small amount of non-skid paint on the deck so we had them update that with a lovely two pack awl-grip and paint the boom where a shackle had scratched off some of the coating - we now have a soft shackle. They were not the cheapest yard but gosh the attention to detail in their work was amazing, a real quality job. 

Now it was our turn and a box of goodies was waiting for us that had been shipped in from Oyster. The secondary alternator was actually the only really important thing that wasn't working , so when we found out that the pulley on the new one was wrong - that set us back. Master volt have been great at supporting their product but this is now our third alternator - the last one failed as the keyway disintegrated. We finally got the correct pulley fabricated in the UK and shipped out a week later - only a quick job to install that (with only a little swearing......)

We had been through our maintenance schedule and one task we hadn't been looking forward to was to check the exhuast mixing elbow for wear and tear. It looked all nice and snug neatly wrapped up in the side of the engine - unwrapping it felt like we were exposing it bare. As it turned out it was easy to remove and had little corrosion inside, so Andrew cleaned it up, replaced the gasket and wrapped it all up again nicely for another year or two - phew!

Custom mixing elbow - exposed
Just a little carbon build up - he was happy
The Boat yard alerted us to the fact that the end caps on our jib sheet cars had crumbled away due to the UV. We set about replacing them at a local chandlers but found out the small bits of plastic were over $40 each - wow! After locating a technician at Lewmar in the US he had replacements shipped to us that day free of charge - another fairly easy job was ticked off by Andrew.

Meanwhile there were other important jobs to be done - cushions!! Yes I am a little obsessed with cushions, bedding and soft furnishings in general. I grabbed some new covers when we were in Darwin but needed the accent colour block cushions to go with them - I found them on Esty but the shipping nearly delayed our departure. A famous cruising sailor (Beth) wrote there's no place for silk on a cruising boat - I totally disagree. You need things around you that make you happy and make a boat feel like home when you live aboard full time.

I'm pretty happy with our new look saloon
A few days into our work, there was a totally calm day so we set about putting the sails back on. Racers make a sail change in a few minutes, how come it took us nearly a whole day. We had run all our halyards on mouse-lines to protect them over the summer and the cars were at the top of the mast so a few trips up the mast were necessary but the main problem is that they are just really big and slippery suckers. We got the main on and it looked great but then we got the genoa half up and we just looked at it and them each other - WTF.......

What on earth is that???
Seriously...... I could have cried (she did a bit)
We quickly dropped the sail again for closer inspection and couldn't believe what we saw. We had left our sails with a sail loft in Annapolis for a service and storage. We had been invoiced for a small amount of stitching but there was no mention of this. To be fair to them when I called them and sent pictures they immediately refunded us. We called Dolphin Sails in the UK for advice and then confirmed the sail was fine and we just needed a small repair to our UV strip. I then spent a day carefully removing the white patch. Then we met Matt who worked from home and he repaired the UV perfectly in a day. He charged us so little them we actually demanded to pay 50% more and wrote him a great review.
That's better - you can't even see it installed - Matt lined up the stitching and got the same material
Some grotty and complicated jobs were next - rebuilding the guest heads and the manual bilge pump which was in the most inconvenient place. Andrew took both on with only a bit of grumpiness - ha ha! I was the packer and unpacker plus tool fetcher. 

Our lovely Kate at Oyster yachts had shipped everything we needed and left an English plug socket on her desk - oops! This has been a totally frustrating failure - the switch on the socket for our washing machine failed and try buying a socket for a foreign country is impossible, a thing that is about GBP5 meant we couldn't run the washing machine without half dissembling the boat and running a cable to another socket for the last 6 months. So when this simple thing was missing - noooo! We got it a week later and washing has resumed on Askari with ease - yay for solutions to first world problems!

We also had to provision - as well as a lot of wine, a trip to the Amish Market for organic meat I also needed new  glasses. Andrew was at Walmart and I challenged him to get me a cheap pair....

New glasses - $10 good job honey!
We thought we were about done and got ready to set sail. Andrew was doing some final checks, we got invited to the Boat Yard Halloween party, but the port nav light wasn't working...... Again a few calls to Europe and a new Lopolight LED was shipped under warranty- hurrah we can make the party as we have to wait a few more days!
Replacing the Nav light - no job on a boat is easy
It wasn't all work though as we were in the cute village of Oxford, I'd take morning runs, we learned the local pub had an English chef and his deserts are to die for. Michael a friend we last met in Charleston last year drove over to join us for dinner one night with our dock friend Dave too. Russ, Tina and Tim were also board their boat in Annapolis one weekend so we met for a cosy dinner half way one night. Sadly the Halloween party at the boat yard got cancelled due to bad weather and we set sail the next day.

It's along time since I had sticky toffee pudding
Out and about in Oxford - just some shots of this perfect Maryland village.

Our last job was to sell Jordy Jeep - we called in to the local car dealers and agreed a price - the deal we got meant we were way ahead of what it would have cost to hire a car. We just had a bit of admin to do and we were fancy free again. We took a day trip to Lewes, Delaware where we caught up with Richard and Kate and took a long walk on the beach,  and then finally we took Jordy on the ferry to St Michaels before we collected the cash.

Car sold now we are free again
28th October we finally left the boat yard and started out journey south - woo hoooo!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time to get back on the water

We had a fabulous time back in Australia and spent time in Sydney, Fremantle and unexpectedly, Darwin. It was wonderful to be home for nearly a month a catch up with friends and our Sydney family. As always you can’t do everything but it was nice to have familiar sights around us for a change – although Sydney was completely under renovation everywhere you went it was a little odd.

Back in Sydney

Paul and Lizzie hosted us for the first few days we got back – with an action packed city adventure from their home in the Rocks. We went on long city walks, bought delicious fish from the fish markets and ate and drank everything Australian. Then it was off to Fremantle where we had rented an apartment near our old neighbourhood – first stop was a Little Creatures at the Local brewery, then we were off Sailing to Rotto with Clive and Roz – an amazing winters day for a sail, complete with whales alongside their boat on the way back. We saw as many friends as we could and gave a short presentation on our sailing trip at our Sailing Club – most people stayed awake!

Paul and Andrew catch up with the amazing skyline view
Girls ready for urban crawl!

My fab nephews enjoy Canadian choccie

Wine on the water with Roz at Rotto

Arriving at Rotto

Back at Fremantle Sailing Club - perfect

Getting ready for the presentation - our poster on the board quite entertaining for us!

We diverted from Perth to Darwin for a quick warm up with Lee and Andrew, which included an amazing sunset at the Darwin sailing club and a swim at Litchfield National Park complete with waterfall. Finally we had a lovely few days back in Sydney with Sarah and had a final catch up with My Brother, Suz and their boys.

Darwin sunset with Lee

Swimming without Crocs -we hope

Amazing magnetic termite mound faces north / south so part is always in the shade to control the temperature

Of course they put on fireworks for us in Sydney 
I've never actually been to Bondi before - great walk with Sar on a windy day 
Chilly back in Mosman but worth it for yummy food with Sarah

I had this idea we should look at houses while we were in Australia and Andrew even went to discuss a job – both of those ideas were short lived. Whilst it was great to be home we quickly decided that we have a lot more to see and do with Askari and that our time is now. Sometimes you have to take a step back and reflect to realise what you have and then leap back in with both feet. We had felt a little homesick, a little tired and just needed some time away from the boat after two and a half years living aboard full time. Whilst we live the dream much of the time, we also worry about the boat and rarely sleep through the night. Being at the constant mercy of the weather can be full on. This time off ended up being just what we needed.

Arriving back in Vancouver, we looked at the weather and thought we could squeeze in another couple of weeks hiking in the American Rockies. We crossed the border within an hour on landing and set a course for Yellowstone National Park – this has long been on by list of destinations.    

Old Faitfull - at Yellowstone

Yellowstone Buffalo

Rocky Mountain National Park

The geyshers and geography at Yellowstone were amazing, however it is so busy and board walked out that it felt more like Disneyland than a National Park so after a one day visit we carried onto the Grand Tetons NP – this was more like it. We were lucky to meet a fantastic park officer who recommended a plan for us and set us up with a free bear resistant food canister for wilderness backpacking. The route had us spend a perfect night with a camp fire right on the shore of a low altitude lake, then we took on the Tetons next morning on a picture perfect cool autumn day. We hiked the Paint Brush Canyon to Holly Lake and spent the night being blasted by really strong katabatic winds that left us with a tent full of sand, at around 10,000 ft it was the highest camp we had stayed at and even though we didn’t sleep much it was so beautiful. Next morning we hiked over the divide and into Cascade Canyon – wow this was one of the best hikes we have ever done. We had one more night out in the Valley alongside a river where we had to hide the bear canister a fair way from camp. In the Teton’s the camping was far more wild and random than in Canadian NP’s and we wished we had longer to explore this beautiful park but the weather was changing fast and we opted to drop off our bear canister and switch to a cabin in the Rocky Mountain National Park for a few more days and to desperately try to find a Moose – the only animal that had evaded us on the whole trip.

Paint Brush Canyon

Holly Lake - Campsite

Cascade Canyon

Amazing Grand Tetons

We did an end of season deal for cabin in the cute village of Grand Lake, CO and set about trying to find a Moose. We took advice from the rangers and hiked all the recommended Moose spotting routes, we drove the roads at dawn and dusk but alas no Moose. On our final evening we had given up, found the brew pub open and were just chatting with the owner about the lack on Moose, when a guy walked into the pub and announced there was a Moose and calf in the high street!! Did I squeal – oh yes and just abandoned my phone, credit card and bag. Yay finally a Moose.

Perfect end to our time in the Rocky Mountains  - thanks Mrs Moose

We had another few weeks before we were due back and had planned to take in a few more stops, however snow was forecast later that week and temperatures were plummeting. We decided we were keen to get back to our own bed and the boat and get her ship shape for the next adventure. We arrived back on the East Coast after a really boring few days of driving , made the last day of the Annpolis boat show. John and Gayle, we met in the Bahamas had spotted Askari in Oxford while we were away, we didn’t know they lived in the next village. They so generously invited us to stay until Askari was launched. As it happended the guys at the Oxford Boat Yard had her all perfectly ready, spotless and shiny and launched her for us within a couple of hours of getting back    

Annapolis Boat Show with Will and John from Oyster - John was our UK project manager who helped us through all steps of our build - just fabulous to catch up after two years.

We couldn’t believe how great she looked – it was definitely a good call to leave her in such a clean area with a lot of summer rainfall as the stainless looked like it had just been polished. I left a Kanberra Gel tub inside to manage mould and we didn’t have a single spot. It was only the teak deck that needed some work – that could wait and we moved back on board that night – then the real work started!

She looks like new!