Island Conquering Update

As some of you may know, s/v Palarran is in a very serious and very intense challenge with s/v Bella Star. Here is some catch-up if you don’t know what I’m talking about…friends of ours, Aaron & Nicole on their Hans Christian 33 Bella Star, left to go cruising in 2011. They did the same thing we are doing and spent the summer circumnavigating Van Isle. During their trip they foolishly boasted about how many islands they were conquering and set a goal to bag 100 islands by the end of the summer. Long story short…they bragged a little too much and we decided to meet their challenge and up them by an island or two. Some predefined rules were involved….the “island” had to be visible at max high tide and contain a wee bit o’ vegitation. So it is now June 13th and we have been conquering islands for a little over a month. Here are some highlights….


Stuart Island trying to hitch a ride at Turn Point Lighthouse.



Somebody get this intern a GLOCK!

Somebody get this intern a GLOCK!

Bella Star style was simply to have Nicole stand on the island and raise her arms over her head (we honestly don’t know if they even were on different islands cause they are notorious cheaters). So of course Palarran upped the anti a little by using a book with numbers and the name of the island…making one up if there isn’t a name.






IT'S AN ISLAND AARON!!! Pott's Lagoon

Pott’s Lagoon

So chew on that for a while Bella Star….basically one month into the trip and halfway to a hundred islands…we sooooo got this!

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38 Responses to Island Conquering Update

  1. Mama millah says:

    Inspired and jealous. Keep up the island travel education I’m sure it will come in handy when we head that way!!

    We’ll keep living vicariously through your blog!!


    • Mateen says:

      Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brtehigned my day!

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  3. Paul Bailey says:

    I new thought about but Bella Star could be cheating. Nicole just changing a shirt now and then. I think we might need a independent authority investigate and verify their claim. Looking at a map, I can’t even count 100 Islands on their route. ;-)

    Our count starts in two weeks. Tracker is in the mail.

    Fair winds.

  4. Bella Star says:

    It ain’t over yet but you guys are making some impressive gains. Tawn, the island needs to have leafy vegetation, like grass or a little tree perhaps. Those gross little things that grow under water and pop when you step on them don’t count. You guys better keep up the pace – your number to beat is 128! Maybe you can find some real islands, and not so many nameless little frozen rocks to scurry around on. Perhaps there should be a quality angle to this whole thing, rather than just quantity. While you conquered 3 square feet of dry rock we did Tahiti. I think you’re going to enjoy doing some conquering down here! We miss you guys, and wish we could conquer some islands together!

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