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Where’s Timbo and Robin?? – Live tracker here

Click below to See the Fleet of Boats heading across the Pacific.

Timbo and Robin will be on TWOFISHCAT for the month of March..  usually a pink coloured boat …

WORLD ARC FLEET

And for updates on whats happening on the boat

TwoFish Website

Wayyyyy back a couple years ago…  we met some great folks out at Sea!…

We were on a 3 day trip from Puerto Rico to Turks and Caicos..

During a midnight watch, Timbo at the helm..  sleepy eyed…

The VHF sparked off..  “ISLAND DANCER ISLAND DANCER’

Many many miles offshore, with no ships in sight, this was a little ‘weird’…    Radio goes off again calling Island Dancer…

Our new friends Gail and Jason were on the other end of the VHF…  Funny how you meet people!!!

Apparently our AIS systems were in contact, and with Jason being a little sleepy eyed also, he though he should call someone! Which just happen to be US!

Well… this chance meeting has turned into another adventure!

Robin and Timbo will be Joining Gail and Jason on their vessel TwoFish to cross the Pacific this March!

Part of the Arc Rally, we will be traversing approximately 3000 miles from Galapagos to Marquesas Islands…

Will be an adventure thats for sure!     Many more details to come

Here is their website:

http://www.twofishcat.com/

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Timbo

 

Next Port: South Africa

Well after many weeks of travelling across the Atlantic, the crew of the Gulden Leeuw will now be in constant company into port.

Scheduled arrival date is January 5th..

The ship will have a 2 week hiatus as the crew get a nice break before starting Second Semester

Returning to the ship January 17th, they will have some port time to explore Cape Town as a group.

Heading out of Cape Town, they have one more stop in Africa, before heading back across the Atlantic towards the Caribbean..     2 small islands will have landings through their crossing.

See the red track on the following map.glSSGLJAN3

I’m Coming home!

I packed my bunk in Cape Town and jumped on an airplane to come home.

30 hours later and I was saying hi to waffles.

I left it a surprise to everyone that I was going to come home for semester break. So I showed up to the school and the news got around pretty quick.

Not much has changed at Northern, but it was fun to have crazy sailor stories to tell my friends.

It was strange from being in the ocean with no land in sight and just a few days later at home again.

Crazy how far you can travel in just hours.

My parents had a few parties with friends showing up to say hi.

It snowed while at home so it really did feel like Christmas!

Just heading back to Detroit now to fly back to Cape Town South Africa for semester 2!

New maritime crew and 4 new students are coming onboard so it will be cool to show them around.

Allie

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Update from Allie

We recieved a few text message from Allie this weekend!

She is currently on Ascension Island, which is absolutly spack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  Here’s some details on her visit to the island:

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February 21 – Port Program all day.  Dr Nicola Weber and Drew Avery will be giving a presentation to the students on the ship about the island from a historical and conservation perspective.    In the evening, the students will go to one of the beaches on the island and watch the green sea turtles laying eggs with a local conservation guide facilitating the experience.  Ascension has the largest nesting population of green sea turtles (upwards of 10 000) in the Atlantic, and luckily we are there during prime nesting season.  The green turtle weighs upwards of 700 lbs and 5 feet across, so an impressive creature and sight for the students!

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Allie really loved this program… She stayed in a fort on the beach with an open view of the ocean all night.   She volunteered with Marine Biologist to count the nests and rake the beach (not sure if this is to protect the nests from other creatures looking for a snack?)

The ship had a couple issues lately…  The watermaker stopped working… which isnt great, as they next passage is 25 days!

Secondly, the satelite communication link Fell off the Mast… hummm… we wondered why the daily updates became very short and sweet this week!

Most all ocean going vessels can send email through their HAM radio, so I assume this is how they are communicating to us now.

Anyway.. she is LOVING this semester even more than last.

Hopefully an uneventful passage to BARBADOS for the kids!

Timbo