I love the Eurostar. Just 2 hours from Paris and you can be in a whole other world. And in that world live my dear friends Rebecca and Tom, whom I hadn't seen since Burning Man last year. When I called them a week ago to announce my visit, they planned a trip to their friend Simon's house in the Lake District in Northern England.  I was so excited at the news, and it's not that I don't like London, it's just exciting to go somewhere new rather than the same tired old clubs...

It took only 2h45 to get there from London.  I wish we had a better train system in the states. It makes traveling so much easier, and I find it so much more romantic.

As EVERYONE pointed out on the trip, the weather was absolutely beautiful. Apparently it rains 300 days a year here, quite the opposite from the 300 days of sunshine I'm used to in LA. Tom made sure to tell me that Sunday it was 21°C in Windemere and it was 24°C in LA that very same day.

on the train ride up
the sweetest pirate I've ever met!
Tom, Bex, Simon, Chris, Helen, Sam... Thanks for the fun times!
our trusty vessel
Mama swan and her ducklings... swanlings?

VOILES DE ST TROPEZ day five, prizegiving and more...

nothin like a little air-rope-guitar
our rep shallot sat on 3rd with our 2nd prize!
another use for the trophy...
feel-good full rainbow


Yesterday was a lazy lay day, but today was another exciting day of racing.

We were off to a very slow start, with only 3 knots of wind, stuck in the doldrums for a while.  The gentle rocking of the boat was lulling most of us to sleep when we started to see boats up ahead catch wind. Soon enough we were hit with a 15-knot breeze and took off, leaving the other boats struggling behind. We had a cracking sail, and passed the finish line first!

come on wind, blow!!

yep, thats the competition... waaaaaaay back there

finish line