Author Archives: George Backhus

Fishing on the Hauraki Gulf

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The “Jolly Mon” Arrives in Auckland

Our new (to us) Mainship 390 trawler “Jolly Mon” arrived in Auckland on Monday the 10th of December.  The little ship and her contents were no worse for the month-long trip on the deck of a cargo ship from West … Continue reading

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The Two Happiest Days

It is oftens said that the two happiest days of a boatowner’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell a boat.  The photo below shows a celebration of both! Four very happy sailors are … Continue reading

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Good News for Older B & G Electronics

Brooks and Gatehouse, B & G or “Broken Gauges.” Whatever you may think of them, they still rate pretty high with cruising and racing sailors alike. We still have most of the original set installed on Moonshadow in 1986 and … Continue reading

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St. Lucia to Fort Lauderdale

We survived ten gruelling days of post ARC Rally celebrations in St. Lucia and finally started heading north on the last leg of our season’s journey.   With nice trade wind conditions forecast, we were hoping to island hop through the Leeward … Continue reading

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Flash Update: George (finally!) Completes His Circumnavigation

Mooshadow heads through the 17th St. Bridge in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida At 1030 hours yesterday, Moonshadow passed under the 17th St. Bridge in Ft. Lauderdale closing the loop on the circumnavigation I started here in November of 1994.  Since then … Continue reading

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ARC Rally Photos

Here are some photos of the ARC Rally. Moonshadow romps across Rodney Bay to be the 19th yacht to finish the ARC Trans-Atlantic Rally out of 233 starters.

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ARC Rally, Day 18

Hi All! Moonshadow finished the ARC Rally today at 1251 St. Lucia time today and is safely in the marina.  She was the 19th yacht to cross the finish line out of 233 yachts that started the rally in Las … Continue reading

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ARC Rally, Day 17

With St. Lucia just over the horizon, the MooCrew swear they can smell the pina coladas and hear the faint sounds of steel drums. These delusions are typical of sailors who have been at sea for too long. After all … Continue reading

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ARC Rally, Day 16

We’re happy to be in the trade winds, but they are not giving us much of a break. The winds are generally less than forecast, but up and down between 14 and 22 knots. They are also quite shifty, and … Continue reading

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