Author Archives: Frank Taylor

Flying home for Thanksgiving

As mentioned last week, we booked our flights and today we are departing South Africa to head home to the US. We are so excited for the opportunity to see some of our friends and family. We wish we had … Continue reading

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Five Years on Tahina

On November 14, 2009 we departed from Carolina Beach, North Carolina beginning our circumnavigation of the Earth which we planned to take about 5.5 years. We are now in South Africa planning to return to the US next year by … Continue reading

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Post Boatyard Plans

After the boat was in the water, and our important tests on repairs worked, we had a few days of putting our belongings back where they needed to be and a few unfinished tasks for the workers to complete. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Tahina Back in the Water

On Friday, Tahina finally got back in the water! We were on the hard for over 30 days and it was yet again a very “hard” time. Despite hiring a team of workers (at seemingly low rates) to do the … Continue reading

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Pride of Lion at Night

While on our first visit to an African game park, we hired a guide for a night trip. They have large enclosed jeep-like vehicles with big windows and each row has a big spotlight we got to use. The highlight … Continue reading

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Way too busy

We are getting down to the final week of work on Tahina in the boatyard. Things have been really crazy this week. Actually, the boatyard wasn’t the biggest distraction. The boat parts (and other things) we had shipped from the … Continue reading

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Photos of Wildlife from our First Africa Safaris

Last week, we took a three day break from the boat yard work to go on our first Africa safaris to see some wildlife. We teamed up with our friends Paul and Gina from s/v Solace and went first to … Continue reading

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Back in the Boatyard

After we arrived in Richards Bay, we were told to tie up at the International wharf which is next to the Tuzi Gazi marina. A local sailboat charter captain gave us directions and helped tie us up. He also gave … Continue reading

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Seven Day Trip to South Africa from Madagascar

We left Mahajanga at the crack of dawn on the 17th of September from our anchorage near Katsepy in the Mahajanga Bay of Madagascar. Our destination was Richards Bay in South Africa about 1400 miles away. Our friends on Solace … Continue reading

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Mahajanga

Our last planned stop in Madagascar was the city of Mahajanga. We planned to do one last provisioning run there before we left to sail down the Mozambique Channel to South Africa. We had a weather window that looked good … Continue reading

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