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What a beauty. She came in for a high-pressure clean and anti-fouling. Also got some fresh new decorations done on the outside.

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The Caribbean - some information

The Windward Islands are at the southern end of the Caribbean island chain. For experienced sailors, it is thrilling to sail among the four main islands: Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada.

They are far enough apart to allow for open ocean sailing and they lie across the easterly trade winds, making passages north or south easy. With constant 10- to 25-knot winds, the sailing is among the best in the world. Anchoring nightly in peaceful and protected anchorages gives sailors freedom to explore and soak up British and French island culture.

Weather
In the Caribbean, the dry season is from February to June, delivering only an occasional rain shower. From July to January, the wet season brings frequent showers with lots of sunshine and the occasional rainy day. Expect 78 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit with balmy winds year round. Squalls produce intense rains and sometimes winds in excess of 40 knots. The winter months, November to March, produce strong Christmas winds. During this time, storms from the north produce swells and may create an unsafe anchorage, so be prepared to move to a safer location. In June, the winds diminish and clock to the southeast at 10 to 15 knots.

Bareboat Versus Charter
A sailboat you rent yourself is called a bareboat, meaning it is bare of captain, crew, cook and food. To be able to bareboat, the skipper must be a skilled sailor with navigation experience and preferably a USCG license. Bareboating allows complete independence. A captained charter includes a captain, cook, food and everything needed for the entire trip. Caribbean charters are usually for a minimum of one week; rates are more expensive from December to mid-April. For lower rates, charter off-season but avoid the hurricane season, which can potentially disrupt a well-planned vacation. The hurricane months are from June through November and generally affect areas north of Martinique.

Catamaran Versus Monohull
You can choose between a multihull (catamaran) and a monohull. Catamarans are spacious and provide stability, privacy, comfort and a large cockpit. The charters can be extremely luxurious, with all of the amenities of a hotel. In the Caribbean, cruisers spend the majority of their time lounging, eating or reading in the boat's cockpit, making the catamaran ideal for a relaxing experience. Monohulls are for people who truly enjoy the sport of sailing. They heel over at 30 to 35 degrees, making them less comfortable and wetter, but they offer sailing performance that far exceeds that of the catamarans.

For more information visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-fogwell/planning-a-caribbean-sailing-trip_b_1251325.html

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Whenever approaching a buoy, check to see if you are being set on to it by the tide!

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If a vessel is on a collision course with a buoy, the buoy will appear to be fixed against the background.

If the background appears to be moving to one side of the buoy, that is the side of the buoy that the vessel will end up.

Crews must be trained to make this judgement every time they approach a mark of any sort, especially when sailing in tidal waters.

In the Solent, the boat may be set off the course steered by as much as 45°, in conditions like that it is very easy to be pinned down on to a buoy and cause considerable damage.

 

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Water_Wise_Watch_June_2015

"Water Wise" is Rand Water's environmental brand. It is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the need to value water and to use it wisely. South Africa is a water stressed country, and the water resources are under tremendous pressure from a growing population, ongoing development, pollution, wetland destruction, alien invasive plants and the effects of global warming.

The amount of water available for use remains the same, and despite plans to increase storage capacity through the building of new dams or water transfer schemes, predictions are that the demand for water will outstrip supply by 2025. The only answer to this dilemma lies in changing people's attitude and thus their behaviour to use water more wisely, and in this regard Rand Water’s “Water Wise” campaign is visionary.

The campaign has been forging partnerships and developing relationships for over a decade, bringing the “Water Wise” message to Gauteng and South Africa.

Source: http://www.waterwise.co.za/site/home.html

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May 2015 News

Miroshca

Miroshca provides superior stability ensuring spectacular Whale watching with superior comfort and safety.

Miroshca is licensed to carry 70 passengers and 5 crew members. The catamaran was specifically designed for Whale watching and leisure cruising.

Source : http://www.southernrightcharters.co.za/

We had the privilege to assist in a project to get Miroshca looking as good as new again. Hard work and some sweat and tears, but in the end it was all worth it.

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