Time for an Update - we are in Panama

Back in Australia….

On arrival into Australia in October of last year we knew we had twelve weeks in total to enjoy being back home, to celebrate Christmas and New Year with family and friends and to prepare our home and business once more for our absence.
That twelve weeks simply flew.

A couple of the highlights of being home included.

110713 1 Darwin Sailing CLub with Berend and Kirsten  - 2013-11-07 at 09-51-23

122513 9 Shoes from santa just in time

* Stopping off in Adelaide for the week and having our family together for a short time

* Having Chris home from Canada for six weeks.

* Sharing the Territory Experience with Berend and Kirsten from the Netherlands. 

* Getting Xscape our X50 out for a well overdue sail. 

123113 9a Preparty Shower

* Christmas Day in Australia complete with friends food and wine followed by an equally indulgent Boxing Day with the Seafood Tradition

123113 19 Lee Kelly and Kirsty

* New Years Eve - a celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary and turning 50 during the year had to be big - and so we gathered around 40 people into our home dressed in the theme of "Where in the World" and partied into the wee hours of 2014. The following morning with around 25 people extracting themselves from any bedding that had been secured Andrew broke his record for a Poached Egg Breakfast recovery. 

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* Stopping off in Sydney for the week prior to leaving Australia and taking on the challenge of The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. 

Now in Panama….

With the temperatures still well below in Denmark Katherine is still secure in her winter storage and with lessons learnt from previous years most likely to stay there until at least mid April. 

140208 9 Onboard Andante

We have taken up the opportunity to join the Norwegian yacht Andante to assist the owners Liv and Hans on their journey across the Pacific. We first met Hans and Liv in Las Palmas in December 2012 prior to crossing the Atlantic. From there we spent a few weeks in their company prior to us sailing north and they continuing onto Panama. Prior to us separating our ways as a Christmas present we were presented a gift certificate - A Passage for two onboard Andante to Galapagos and onto the Marquesas. We thought we'd better redeem the voucher before it expired. 

The Pacific certainly can be crossed two up but extra hands on such a long passage just make things safer and more comfortable - we were fortunate when we crossed the Atlantic we had friends keen to join Katherine and so now we have an opportunity to assist another couple. The fact that we transit the Panama Canal and get to tour the Galapagos is also another serious incentive. 

A few facts about Andante

Make: Jeannau 
Model: 53

Launched: June 2011 

Home Port: Oslo 

Website:  my.yb.tl/Andante

The Proposed Trip 

7th - 12th February - Provision and Preparation of boat and crew

13th February - Transit the Panama Canal

15th February - Preparation time Isla Chapera Isla Perlas 

19th February - Sail to Galapagos Approximately 930nm 

26th February - Relax Restore and Preparation time in Galapagos Villamil Isla Isabela

2nd March - Galapogas Islands tour with Ecoventura for eight nights

11th March - Sail to Marquesas  Atuona Hiva Oa Approximately 3041 nm

3rd April - Sail the Islands of the Marquesas with plan to leave by mid April from Papeete Tahiti 

140208 9 Onboard Andante Liv and Hans
140208 9 Onboard Andante Bruce and Kaptein Læsø

For us the greatest challenge comes with not being on our own boat. We know Katherine, her capabilities and our own when onboard. So now we set forth for a stint onboard Andante, with Liv and Hans as our skippers and we as the "crew". Looking forward to a great couple of months of sailing and exploring. 

So with Bruce secured on board and alongside Andantes sailing mascot Kaptein Læsø Panama Canal and Galapagos here we come.

Click the below link to follow us across the Pacific. 


© SV Katherine 2018      Cover Photo: Katherine on Anchor Isle Tabarca Spain