Hawaii Part 2   2 comments

Even though the marina was very nice it was just too far away from anything, so we decided to move, this wasn’t as easy as you might think, Sean was on the radio and e-mailing for ages until we found a berth, folk here like to look after boats that are berthed here permanently but not so much to people passing through, thats the feeling we got. we finally got a berth in town, it was a bit small, but we squeezed in.

Cruising up the coast to Honolulu.

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Approaching the new marina and down town Honolulu.

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If anyone is a fan of the new Hawaii Five-0, they do a lot of the filming around this marina, not while we were here, but I could recognise a few land marks.

This hotel appears a lot in the new series, here’s a shot with my iPhone, came out pretty nice i think.

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Below is the hotel that both Jack Lord and Alex O’Loughlin appear on the top balcony during the opening sequence. This shot taken from the stern of Kapowai.

 

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Hawaii   5 comments

Once checked in at the marine office it was time to explore, 10 minutes later that was complete, there wasn’t a lot around, the marine itself was very nice, new and with good facilities, but a long way from anywhere, ok if you had a car.

Talking of cars, I found this beauty in the car park.

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Further around the bay were four very nice resorts, each with it’s own lagoon.

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These we could swim in, but not the hotel pools, they were for guests only. This is the one I would sneak into.

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Later that first night Sean and I went out for a meal, found a bar with a view, watched the canoes go by with a cold beer.

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Later that night the rain started, it was a downpour like I had never seen before, the barman gave us a poncho each for the walk back to Kapowai, these didn’t make a bit of difference, I found out why the following morning when I found them in my pocket still in their wrapper. Half way back to the boat I remember taking off my Jandals (flip flops) because they were too slippery, as soon as I got them off I ended up on my ar$e, yeah my bare feet were no match for this rain.

This was the scene the following day, just as well as we didn’t feel much like venturing out.

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Arriving Hawaii   Leave a comment

After 11 days at sea we finally arrived in Hawaii, it was a pleasant trip, I was a bit sea sick for a couple of days out of San Diego but soon got my sea legs.

There was not a lot to see on the way, very little wild life, one ship and a large steel pipe floating vertically out of the water, unfortunately I was off shift and didn’t get a photo.

Honolulu in the distance, looks a bit stormy, still a nice sight after days at sea.

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We sailed past Honolulu, past one airport, past another airport until we found our marina, it was a very nice marina but a long way from anywhere.

Kapowai at berth.

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A long walk to dry land, but after only having 60 odd feet to walk around in this was very nice.

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The walk was worth it.

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Posted March 30, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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Leaving San Diego   Leave a comment

It was a great couple of days in San Diego, absolutely stunning city, so clean and friendly, sad to leave but hopefully one day i’ll be back.

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On the way out we passed these Navel run Dolphin pens, apparently the Navy were trying to train Dolphins to be spy’s but when undercover the Dolphins would always just eat Tuna sandwiches and this was proved to be there downfall, the Navy has now given up and will be releasing them soon.

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Seals everywhere, they would rest anywhere, on the swin decks and in peoples tenders.

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Something you don’t often see together, an Osprey and seagulls.

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As a final parting gift from San Diego we passed these beauty’s.

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Next stop Hawaii.

San Diego   10 comments

After all the excitement at LAX it was time for a bit of R&R. A good rest and now we were up and ready to explore San Diego, now i’ve done a bit of travelling, but you know what? I’ve never before set foot in the USA, yeah i’ve been in transit, sitting in the transit lounge was as close as I got.

A cab was hailed and downtown San Diego was just 10 minutes away, the first thing I saw was the museum ship USS Midway. Built during WWII she was commissioned two weeks after the end of WWII but later served in Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf war.  For a full history follow this link.

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On de-commissioning she was donated to the city of San Diego. she is in a great condition, a credit to all who sailed on her and those who look after her now. I didn’t get to tour her as Sean had done so the day before and didn’t fancy it again, you can find his post on her here.

What did impress me was these guys.

 

Just past the USS Midway is this statue, a representation of the famous photograph taken on VJ day. The Kiss was a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing and kissing a stranger—a woman in a white dress—on Victory over Japan Day (“V-J Day”) in New York City’s Times Square on August 14, 1945.

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A short walk from the waterfront in the Gaslamp Quarter, This is the old part of San Diego dating from the 1880s.

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Some of the old building were fantastic, as were the old pubs.

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I don’t think this sign is old but it looked pretty cool.

L.A.   15 comments

Yes I am still alive, I know it’s been awhile, but life gets in the way occasionally, after my epic Atlantic crossing in February 2016 I thought I would never be able to top a trip like that, I was wrong.

It all started again on the 28th August 2016, nearly didn’t make the flight to L.A. as I only had a one way ticket and my visa didn’t cover that, after some negotiation pleading and then bribery grovelling I made it, I then had the same on arrival in L.A.

Anyway, now in L.A. I made my way to the domestic terminal to get a flight to San Diego, ticket in hand, bag checked in, I joined the queue to be body scanned, now as I took my belt and shoes off all the TSA (Transport Security Administration) staff suddenly ran off, now I know it had been a long day……… Oh wait it wasn’t my feet after all, there was a suspected shooter.

Now most people were pretty cool but a lot were running, screaming and crying, bags had been dropped, pushchairs had kids grabbed out of them and both parent and child were long gone leaving the pushchair behind, me being daft walked with my shoes still in the tray to the balcony to see if I could see the shooter, my thought was rather than just run, at least see the shooter first and run in the opposite direction, I decided to put my shoes on now and did so keeping one eye on the floor below. The airport was now going into lockdown, everyone was directed to one location while heavily armed police checked everywhere.

After about two hours of nervous chit chat with fellow travellers we all seem to receive a text message, now I never have my phone on vibrate, data roaming was off, wifi was off but my phone still vibrated and the tone was something that isn’t even built into my phone, very spooky, this was the message.

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I love it when technology like this works.

Finally boarded a flight to San Diego, short taxi ride and I was met at the marine gate by my brother Sean for the short walk to Kapowai, bags dumped, quick chat and bed, it’s been a long day. At this point I didn’t know Kapowai would be my home for the next 90+ days.

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Posted February 13, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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Greenwich Peninsula   Leave a comment

Now i’m back home things have calmed down and the excitement of the Atlantic crossing are but just a memory, It’s holiday time now and my two boys are both home, one from university and one from school.

Now all the separate breaks are over we decided to spend a day together, we didn’t want to go far and my wife didn’t fancy driving so we jumped on a bus and headed down to Greenwich.

Some local old buildings and boats.

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Here you can see the old working docks, now nice flats. You can just make out ‘The Emirates Air Line’ or cable car to most of us, and ‘The O2’ the Dome.

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The O2 from the cable car. You can also see the walkway over the dome, My wife and boys walked over this later, I couldn’t due to my arms not having the strength to pull me along.

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Looking back at the cable car from the top of the dome.

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Another view towards the city.

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There is a lot of building work going on in the area and a lot of waste land, one great use of waste land, build a golf driving range, a very nice place but £5.00 for a glass of coke poured out of a £1.20 bottle into a plastic glass was a bit excessive.

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There are loads of restaurants and bars in the O2 so its a great place to finish up and if no big event is on its not busy at all.

 

Atlantic Crossing ‘last days’   Leave a comment

Well all good things must come to an end, We spent the last days cruising up and down the coast between Deep Bay and Jolly Harbour meeting some great people on the way, During one trip to Jolly Harbour we picked up my Son Sean and his Girlfriend Katie, they flew out from the UK to join us for my last ten days, later we ended up back at English Harbour where a couple of days later we said goodbye to Kate, Jordan and Matt, so sad to see them leave, and now i’ll have to make my own cocktails, and at least the bathroom is free of makeup, creams and hair products, (I don’t think you forgot anything Jordan!)

Sean and Katie on their own private beach.

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Back in time for cocktails.

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Leaving Deep Bay.

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I spent 37 days on Kapowai, some feeling seasick, some feeling hungover but most feeling totally relaxed, safe and very well looked after, Thanks again to Sean & Lois.

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Deep Bay   5 comments

After a couple of days at Jolly Harbour we headed up the coast to Deep Bay, the name is a bit misleading as the bay isn’t very deep at all. There is a wreak at the entrance, it’s a ship called the Andes.

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The Andes was a three-masted steel sailing barque built in England in 1874.  In early June of 1905, it left Trinidad with a cargo hold full of pitch (tar) bound for Chile.

They first sailed northeast before sailing south in order to sail the trade winds to Cape Horn, but had a problem approaching Antigua.  The barrels of pitch were rubbing against each other and this generated a lot of heat, enough to create smoke that started drifting above decks.

The captain of the ship wanted to anchor in St. Johns Harbor, but the harbormaster directed them to Deep Bay.  The busy St. Johns Harbor was no place for a burning ship – it would have been a hazard to any other vessel in the harbor.

So they anchored in Deep Bay, and as soon as the hatches were open enough oxygen was introduced to the cargo holds to ignite the tar.  The ship burned and sank bow first, but all of the crew were spared.

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The beach was very nice with not a lot of people, there was a small bar where we could grab a beer to cool down, we spoke to all 7 guests of the hotel, not many guest for such a large hotel. This is a shot from Goat Mount looking down at said Hotel and the small bar at the top of the beach.

On the way up to the Fort.

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A shot of Kapowai from the fort at the top of Goat Mount.

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Posted May 19, 2016 by rigmover in Antigua

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Jolly Harbour   6 comments

After the cultural visit to Nelson’s Dockyard we needed some fun time, by now Sean’s kids were onboard, they came out to surprise Lois for her birthday so with my nephew, niece and her boyfriend we headed up the coast to Jolly Harbour, this was only 90 minutes away so a nice short hop after the crossing.

Arriving at Jolly Harbour.

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The berth was a bit tight but Sean made easy work getting Kapowai along side, we couldn’t of been any closer to the pub/restaurant unless we ran aground.

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A short walk and we were at the beach, and not a bad one.

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