SpinSheet Magazine July 2015

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##The Simons on Safari in South Africa.

keeping can be fatiguing, and the constant motion of the boat is tiring, particularly in rough weather.” Charlie and Cathy sailed about half the trip on their own and were joined by an additional crew-member for some of the longer legs (their 31-year-old son for one of them). “With just two onboard, if one person gets sick or injured, even something minor, it would put a tremendous strain on the other,” says Charlie. This happened only once on the trip when Cathy was laid low for three days by food poisoning. Celebrate was designed by noted British naval architect Bill Dixon and built by the Ta’shing yard in Taiwan in 2003. Sixty-two feet long overall, she weighs 33 tons and provides a stable, comfortable ride in rough seas. Designed to accommodate six people, the boat is spacious for a sailing couple and has ample room for the spares and safety equipment needed for a circumnavigation. The sloop sails at eight to nine knots in a good wind. When the wind dies, her 160-hp Yanmar diesel engine keeps her going at seven knots with a fuel range of 1400 miles. In mid-June, Charlie gave a presentation on the science of sailing at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA, and the couple will help with WCC presentations at the U.S. Sailboat Show October 8-12 in Annapolis. Visit worldcruising.com to learn more about cruising rallies such as the World ARC, Caribbean 1500, and ARC DelMarVa Rally.

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##Charlie Simon at the Mt. Yasur volcano in Vanuatu.


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