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Bringing Opela Back to Durban with Tiffiny in 2009 written by Tiffiny

In Dar we had enough time to hand over Arcecega, provision Opela, say hi and bye to some special friends before setting sail 3 days later to South Africa.After having had 6 months off Opela it felt strange and familiar to be back on her.Kevin had done some work on her while I was away and she was looking pretty good.He had also done some provisioning - 42 cans of beef stew and chicken casserole, one packet of rice and a bag of muslie!(no comment - but at least I know what he will be eating when he travels across to the Caribbean and that for at least 42 days he will not run out of food)The first part of our trip down the coast of East Africa and the top part of Mozambique was spent beating, beating and beating while we took an extreme pounding as Opela seemed to belly flop and slap down hard after each second or third wave.This is not my favorite point of sail/tack but Kevin and I both knew we would be sailing into headwinds and we both had quite a good work out with winching and gri…
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Delivery Trip from Seychelles to Dar es Salaam 2009n written by Tiffiny

Time flies with the wind as change rides on her back.Never has anything been more relevant or shown to me more profoundly than the above, together with the fact that nothing stays the same and everything is constantly changing.As the winds of time blew through Opela’s sails I was reminded time and again that everything is just a moment and that this moment will too pass.As I now reflect on my past lunar month of sailing together with the past 7 years I have spent living on and off the water I can bring to memory all the moments of my latest sail together with those past 7 years, some of which included my moments of awe, wonder, joy, love, nervousness, fear, drunkenness, happiness, beauty and contentment as moments frozen in time, which moments make up a collage of my experiences and during this time I have lived, one continual moment, of which can now only be called happy memories.
Some of the more vivid moments during the last month of traveling that stand out in my mind are the fru…

French Guyana Author Kevin

Hi all I have been told of my bad spelling and lack of punctuation but sorry thats the way October has come and passed so I am due to write up my travels for that month again but I am starting where I left off in Lencois and we headed toward French Guyana On the way out of Lencois the wind was very strong and we hit fishing nets but I dived up and turned the engine into neutral and Carlos turned the steering so we drifted off of them and were ok. Well that was the beginning of the nets sagas and during the next 768 miles of sailing I chose to sail on the 50m line and I admit it was a really big mistake because it was a constant watch out exercise with fishing boats all around us all the time and twice we had to motor nearly four miles to go around nets across our path. I couldn’t just sail over them because I have the keel then prop and then a skeg all of which can get snagged and will give headaches for cutting away in the high seas. Next time I will go over the continental shelf and do…

A sailing Adventure no one would want to share Author Kevin

A journey from heaven to hell and back
Having have a really wonderful time in Cuba it was time to say goodbye and head towards St Lucia so I would be in plenty of time before they arrived for their two month visit So after much planning and preparation I set off at 0830 hrs after a resounding farewell wave from all the friends I had made in Santiago da Cuba and it was humbling to note that people I had known for such a short time were happy to come out at 7am to wave me off

Maybe they were actually coming to see if I Gould get off the jetty  single handed or if I would call for help because they all thought I was loco
Well I got my clearance and jumped onto the boat having loosened the lines and it went perfectly and I was off
I knew I would have to motor some way on the first day as the winds would be very light and so I i called to wish some Irish friends on their way and headed for the gap between Haiti and Jamaica .
About two hours out the wind picked up and I was able to sail f…