Happy New Year from Manali!

Pete and Jus wish everyone a wonderful 2014!  We would like to thank you all for making 2013 such a great year and for enabling Manali to travel from Marmaris in Turkey to Saint Lucia in The Caribbean.  Special thanks to the following people:

Ali from Marmaris – your equipment did not miss a beat mate

Team Manali Europe – Alastair Donaldson, John Crawford and Stuart Lund

Team Manali Melbourne – Anne Donaldson and Kris Crawford

The Gibraltar Campaign – Ian Roriston

Radi Stoev (Canaries) – for everything (the Pacific is calling you)

Team Manali Atlantic – Pat Milwright and Ian Roriston

Team Manali Turre – Janis Roriston for invaluable and entertaining daily updates

Team Manali Melbourne (Atlantic) – Tamara Noy for providing daily wind files

Jim Noy – for keeping Noy Legal afloat

Bridget Macklin – for all your help every day and keeping the blog live

Manali – enjoy your break in Saint Lucia until we return later this year with our sights set on the Panama and the Pacific.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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First mate Roriston sets his sights on Saint Lucia

First mate Roriston bringing us home

First mate Roriston bringing us home

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Manali finishes strongly with a rum result for the blogmeister

Prize giving night was quite a night for Manali.  She was one of 2 Australian yachts to receive prizes.  Kondili was 1oth on handicap in her division and good old Manali snuck up the rankings on handicap to take out 5th in Division G.  We were particularly thrilled with her final overall placing of 30 in the cruising fleet of 162 boats.  Manali received a 50 pound nautical book voucher for her efforts which Pete and Jus collected on her behalf.  Go Manali.

Another surprise came by way of one of 5 awards handed out for blogs.  The blogmeister won a bottle of rum for the most relaxing blog.  En route she was writing restaurant reviews instead of stories about broken D shackles, wind angles and spinnaker poles.  Justine was so surprised she remained glued to the chair staring at Jean Pierre’s egg and bacon pie featured on the large screen at the ceremony, and Pete had to run up on stage to collect the rum.  Manali has one up on the Frogs now because our French friends Maurice and Olivier have been chastising us for calling it a pie not a Quiche Lorraine.  They were more excited than we were when Manali’s prize was announced.  Merci Maurice for the loud cheering.

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Seen from Manali

Sun

Sun

Clouds

Clouds

Waves

Waves

Sea

Sea

Sky

Sky

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On board back of boat bath

On board bath

On board bath

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Manali boys lay down

Lord Roriston relaxing in his favourite Australian colours

Lord Roriston relaxing in his favourite Australian colours

Tough time on watch

Tough time on watch

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Swell time on watch

Swell time on watch

Swell time on watch

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