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Southern Star arrives home

Auckland- Sept 2021 Seems a lifetime ago, that we put Southern Star on board Happy Dover in Newport Rhode Island to send her back to Auckland, and back home. The story began here, https://southernstarnz.com/index.php/2021/02/15/3-months-in-nz-and-still-no-southern-star/ Well, it’s been 10 months now, and Southern Star has finally arrived back in New Zealand. Unfortunately, Happy Dragon the new …

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3 months in NZ, and still no Southern Star…

3 months in NZ, and still no Southern Star… https://photos.app.goo.gl/3CaSrXz3u2KSjcdp9 It was three months ago today that we exited our two week quarantine (MIQ) in Christchurch after arriving back from the US. We stayed on a few days in Christchurch with Jenny’s mum, and spent our first day of freedom running around organizing NZ mobile …

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HAERE MAI AOTEAROA – WELCOME HOME TO NEW ZEALAND

We had made a bid with Air NZ to upgrade to their Sky couch, which would guarantee the middle seat between us would be unoccupied, and which also converts to a flatbed just big enough for two. We kept checking online, and despite there still being vacant Sky couch seats showing, and also around 15 …

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Shipping News

Our dream; our plan has always been to enjoy cruising Southern Star along the US East Coast, through the Bahamas, and to eventually cruise her south, through the Panama Canal and onward through the Pacific and eventually to our home, New Zealand. https://photos.app.goo.gl/XySFBcFX4U5E8x4K6 As you have journeyed with us through our blog and Facebook posts, …

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Virginia Home Base- Our summer home and hurricane hole.

Jenny writes. As expected, the weather in Virginia got warm, and by mid June we had day temperatures in the high 80s, with 90% humidity. In the meantime, Ted got busy on Amazon, ordering supplies and parts. Michelle and I walked 3 miles each morning at 7.30am, which was a lovely start to the day, …

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Journey down memory creek

We departed Beaufort NC after a week. Some bad weather and the first named Tropical Storm; Arthur formed and came close to Cape Hatteras before heading off towards Bermuda. The storm threw some wind at us, and lots of rain. We were rained in for several days in Beaufort before we had a chance to …

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Back in the USA

Back in the US https://photos.app.goo.gl/UCvxSLfJGNdkdnLH8 We delayed our departure an extra day due to weather, and ended up spending almost a week back at Great Harbour Cay, where we’d cleared into the Bahamas in early December. Some of the cruisers there hadn’t moved since we’d been there, and while it is a great marina, it …

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Advanced Stabilizer troubleshooting-

Stabilizer trouble shooting  in Exotic Places https://photos.app.goo.gl/Rirhc9xfMiHH2Fdv9 We trekked back to Georgetown from Thompson Bay, Long Island on one stabilizer; which actually delivered a pretty good ride. I’d heard that one would give you about 60% of what both stabilizers do to calm the roll of the boat. And now, I agree. We had 4-6 …

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