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Don’t leave port on a Friday

Maybe it was the bananas, hanging so innocently in the cockpit, or perhaps we shouldn’t have left on a Friday. More likely, it’s time I accepted the adage that cruising is simply an exercise in fixing your boat at exotic … Continue reading

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Financial Planning

Until now, my financial planning has been largely based on serendipitous optimism.  Retirement fund to be populated by a lottery win, some million dollar bright business idea to finance the family home.  Not so anymore,we now have a far more … Continue reading

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So it seems, the fishing curse has been lifted. However, we now suffer from a new affliction. We can only catch fish beginning with ‘B’. 4 Barracuda, we even ate the first one, so overjoyed to finally catch something. 1 … Continue reading

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Kava colada

There are no drink driving laws in Vanuatu, at least thats what the slightly drunk driver who gave us a lift to the night club told us. The evening had started tamely enough with pina coladas at sunset. We got … Continue reading

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The last part of the passage to L’Ile de Pins is uncharted, so the maps couldn’t tell us when we were going to bump into reef. The only way is to climb up the mast and keep a good lookout. … Continue reading

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We took our time getting to l’Ile de Pins, and stopped at a few of the little Ilots along the way. All were little more than a sandy beach and a scrap of bush. But we’d some of the best … Continue reading

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School’s Out

The boys paddled by at precisely the right moment. Our Irish flag had just had a crisis of confidence and fluttered into the lagoon off Ile Ouen. They chased after on their battered surf board, using the big palm frond … Continue reading

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