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FOLLOW US ON OUR LATEST SAILING ADVENTURE!

FOLLOW US ON OUR 2019 JOURNEY ON OUR NEW BALI 5.4 CATAMARAN FROM CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, FRANCE, ACROSS THE ATLANTIC TO ST LUCIA AND ON TO MIAMI FOR THE 2020 MIAMI BOAT SHOW.

THE JOURNEY INCLUDES SOME FUN VIDEOS, SOME EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, A FEW MEETUPS WITH FANS. WE WILL TRY TO GIVE YOU AN INSIDE VIEW OF LIFE ONBOARD BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER AN ATLANTIC OCEAN CROSSING.

You may track our progress and daily updates on our real-time tracker. During the ARC Rally for Cruisers race, you can watch our position in real-time, also. Just select "ARC" then you can use the menu at left to select our Multihull Class or look for "Zuri 3" in the boat list. 

Watch the trackers and our Facebook page and Instagram posts to follow the ARC Rally experience. 


 

catamaran guru arc rally crusiers 2019 crew eightExciting Start!

It's been a whirlwind of activity since we took possession of Z3, our new Bali 5.4, in Canet, France, only a few weeks ago.

This past week, our crew (pictured at left) has attended seminars and training, given talks about cruising, passed inspections, and enjoyed the camaraderie that only the sailing community can provide. As I write this, we have just set sail from the starting line.

At noon, Sunday, November 24, 2019, off Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, we and the legion of our multihull competitors and the open class division set out to cross the Atlantic. 

With all the buildup to the moment, our crew of 8 was beyond ready to get underway...and so, we are off! This will be Stephen's and my third time crossing the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s a first for some of our crew. 

Read on for pictures of the start! 

Read more: ARC Rally for Cruisers Began! Follow Us!

arc rally cruisers gran canaria st lucia logoFrom Madeira to the Canaries

Another update as we approach the starting point for the ARC Rally for Cruisers in Gran Canaria. If you missed it, here is our first installment of taking possession of Z3, christening, and her maiden voyage

Thanks to all who have been following our journey. If you are just discovering our adventure, get in on the action now:

We continue to fight the typical messy, cold, and gusty winter weather of the Mediterranean, but we have certainly had many warm times hiding in port and meeting sailors from all over including bumping into old sailing friends. 

Read more: ARC Parties, Seminars, and Readying for the Race

Bali 5.4 catamaran Zuri 3Taking Possession of Z3 and Setting a Course for Adventure

Here's an update of our adventures so far from taking possession and christening of our new Bali 5.4 through her maiden voyage into exotic ports full of fun and sailing traditions. And tidbits about the crew that we picked along the way.

Thanks to all who have been following our trip to take possession of our new Bali 5.4, Z3, and then traverse the Atlantic as part of the ARC Rally. If you have not started tracking us and getting in on the updates, you can now:

If you are interested in how we decided on purchasing a Bali 5.4 including a detailed review and exclusive factory photos of the boat build, visit Bali 5.4 Fundamentals: Our New Cruising Catamaran.

Our sailing adventures so far have been a typical sailor’s mix of fighting nature (and Z3 has been winning!) and celebrating many moments, big and small. Our posts on Facebook and the website are intermittent as it goes with the bluewater sailing life. Below are some tidbits to catch you up since we first boarded Z3, christened her, provisioned, and set sail for the ARC Rally.

Read more: Taking Possession of Z3 and Setting a Course for Adventure

Time for a New Sailing Adventure! Atlantic Crossing & More!

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I hope this update finds everyone in good health and fortune. It has been a while since Stephen and I last posted a personal update. We have been staying very busy helping catamaran enthusiasts make their dreams come true with consulting and yacht sales (check out all the exciting stuff some of our boat owners have been up to here), building the catamaran sailing community, supporting recovery in the Bahamas from hurricane Dorian, and readying to take ownership of our new Bali 5.4 being built in France.

After our last All-Catamaran Rendezvous in May, our “extra time” this past summer was consumed with planning and supervising the process of our new boat. With all this going on including selling our Zuri 2, we had no exciting travel adventures for at least four months. That is about to change!

We’ve logged thousands of bluewater miles and have enjoyed numerous trips all over the world. Every trip was fun and exciting and, usually, educational. But they do not compare with the trip we are about to undertake!

Bali Catamarans has teamed up with us to sail our new Bali 5.4 across the Atlantic in the ARC Rally from the Canaries to St Lucia in the Caribbean. Here’s a rundown of our adventure from taking possession of the boat in France all the way through our Atlantic crossing as part of the ARC Rally.

If you are new to Catamaran Guru™, here's a bit about our journey of leaving behind successful jobs in our homeland of South Africa to sail the world and eventually starting Catamaran Guru™.

Read more: Time for a New Sailing Adventure! Atlantic Crossing & More!

Catamaran Guru™ Race In The Regatta In Abaco

We returned from the Bahamas a couple of weeks ago where we participated in the 42nd Annual Abacos Regatta Race Week (RTIA). We had ten days of unadulterated fun while competing in four races from different islands each time, several lay days in between, and a cheeseburger party at the end of the week on Fiddle Cay. Only a few of the participants have ever raced before and even though we all talked tough in the pub, nobody took himself or herself too seriously.

However, when all the multihulls gathered at the start line of each race, you could feel the tension. There was a Catana 58, a Wharram 58, two Lagoon 450 SporTops, a Lucia 40, a Fountain Pajot 43, and two trimarans among others. It was quite a mish mash of multihulls and even though we all swore that it is “just a fun event”, we all wanted to win! So, needless to say, every crew strategized and planned and gave it their all. The winds were light and all the crews pulled out every trick in the book to make the heavy cruising catamarans move faster.

Read more: Catamaran Guru™ Racing In The Regatta In Abaco

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