Category Archives: Racing Logs

Preparing for the ARC Rally in the Canary Islands

Moonshadow and Windhorse anchored off Isla Lanzarote. Photo courtesy of Steve Dashew We are presently in the Canary Islands preparing for the ARC Rally which departs Las Palmas, Grand Canary Island on November 21.  A fleet of 250 yachts will … Continue reading

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The Mighty Stewart 34 Yacht-A Kiwi Icon

Pacquita and Precedent cross tacks during the 2008 Stewart Championships-Ivor Wilkins Photo  In 1958 R. L. “Bob” Stewart was commissioned by Peter Colmore-Williams to design a fast 34-foot racing yacht that could double as a comfortable family cruiser.  The … Continue reading

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Auckland Anniversary Day

If you were lucky enough to be in  Auckland on this year’s Anniversary Day, you would have been treated to fine weather, beautiful sailing conditions and beautiful array of classic yachts taking part in the annual Anniversary Day Regatta. My … Continue reading

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Rum racing in Auckland

    Formula One. After five months and five thousand miles of sailing last cruising season, what exactly do I do in the “off season.” For many cruisers, it’s time for visits back home to the see family and … Continue reading

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Phuket to the Andaman Islands (India)

  We had a relaxing Sunday evening on a mooring at Ko Miang, chatting till we faded away after the barbecue dinner. The water below “Moonshadow” was crystal clear and we could see the giant mooring we were tied to … Continue reading

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The Darwin to Kupang Rally

July 23, 2005 Sometimes the most difficult aspect of cruising can be saying farewell to friends we’ve met and places we’ve visited and come to enjoy along the way. This was certainly the case with Darwin. We had spent … Continue reading

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The “Hams and Hogs” Regattas: Spring Break for Adults

      New kite. The travel brochures describe the weather in Queensland as “beautiful one day, perfect the next.” The thing is, it’s really true. In the three months I’ve been here, I can count the less-than-perfect days … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: The Auckland to Noumea Race

June 5, 2004 Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour was a bustle of activity yesterday morning. Fourteen of the yachts berthed there (including Moonshadow), ranging in size from 36 feet to 100 feet, were making final preparations for the 1000-mile race to … Continue reading

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The Coastal Classic: Auckland to Russell

November 08, 2002 The Coastal Classic     The start of the race in Auckland. 2000-odd sailors, 228 yachts, 120 miles of New Zealand coastline, a 3-day weekend and one big party. This is the annual NZ Multihull Yacht … Continue reading

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Passage Logs: The Auckland to Musket Cove (Fiji) Rally

April 24, 2002 We are getting ready to head north for the winter and do a bit of cruising in Fijian waters for the next five months or so. We plan to depart midday Sunday with the Ponsonby Crusing … Continue reading

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