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Thank you all for your kind comments and condolences on my Dad’s passing away. We had a funeral service for him in Ottawa, attended by my Mum’s relatives and many long-standing friends of both. The body was then cremated, and tonight we fly to the UK with the ashes. We will have another memorial celebration (Click to Read More...)
Well, we launched the boat today and were getting all ready to sail to Madeira. But then I got a phone call that my Dad had died. He had been in hospital, but this was quite unexpected and sudden. I understand that yesterday he was laughing and joking, so if you have to go, this is the way to do it. He will be missed. Fortunately we were not already at sea. So we have decided to park the boat here in Portimao marina and fly to Canada on Saturday to join my Mum in Ottawa. After that plans are undecided, but there is a good chance that we will just leave the boat here for 6 months and return in April to resume sailing. It delays our Atlantic crossing by a year, but plans are made to be changed.
Current Location: Portimao, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 8.2 N 008 31.7 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 0 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAll the work is done. This afternoon the big crane will put us back into the water. Then, on Friday (all things permitting) we will (Click to Read More...)
Finally it is done. But what a job! The goal was to coat the bottom of Life Part 2 with CopperCoat. The reason? So we don’t have to keep finding boatyards to haulout the boat every couple of years. So what is it? CopperCoat is an epoxy resin that is loaded with pure copper powder. (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Hauled out in Portimao, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 8.2 N 008 31.7 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 126 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereFor three months we caught nothing. That’s nothing with a big fat ZERO, despite trying every combination of lures and speed in (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Puerto de Conil, Cadiz, SpainCurrent Position: 36 17.6 N 006 7.92 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 495 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt was four years ago that we sailed past Tarifa and Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea. Today we sailed in the (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Barcelona, SpainCurrent Position: 41 22.92 N 002 11.85 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 4 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereI know…I know! We are back tracking a little bit here but we had so much fun in Barcelona and all through the coast of (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Barcelona, SpainCurrent Position: 41 26 N 002 14.58 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 65 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWe are now in Barcelona, Spain, about to depart for Ibiza. We have been unable to beg, buy, borrow or steal a decent internet connection, so this is just a quick update to let you know where we are and why there are no photos! Will update you when we can 🙂
Current Location: Roses, SpainCurrent Position: 42 15.51 N 003 10.49 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 164 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereFrom St. Tropez it was time to head west and south, the goal being to get to Alicante, Spain by mid July. First stop was (Click to Read More...)
So far we have traveled through eight Mediterranean countries, and in every single one of them we have had problems with buying internet services. I don’t mind paying for the service. But when I do, I expect it to work. So why is it that every single time there is a problem? In Spain we (Click to Read More...)