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Off to Guadaloupe

19th Mar, 2018

Current Location: Islet du Gosier, Guadeloupe
Current Position: 16 12.1 N 061 29.6 W Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 130 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

A bit of an update. .


It was fun to visit once again some of our favourite spots in St Lucia and Martinique. After some maintenance and home improvements along the way, we were happy to go explore new places.

I was tired of having a very messy house…

One cabin full of tools evrywhere

One table full of wires and all kinds of electronics. Looking for instructions. Thanks Google. Another cabin was full of binders spread out with manuals for every part in this boat. Pictures missing because, Noel did something to the sim card on the phone, he forgot I had pictures in it.

Sewing was part of my job in between beeing his assistant when he needed the wires being pulled and tucked under very difficult areas. 

Thank goodness after a good swim I could still find MY safe areas he is not allowed to bring the mess.

Tuesday,March 6th

We left St Lucia to Martinique. Hopping up the coast and staging ourselves to depart to our destination: Guadaloupe. We left after lunch, with a nice sunny afternoon and 18kts of wind. We put 3 fishing lines out and got tired of cleaning weed off the lures. We were just about to give up, it was sunset and about to arrive at our anchorage, when we caught a really nice mahi mahi. What a surprise, with all this sargassum weed. This fish is so tasty! I put away my stew that was going to be dinner, and voila! fresh mahi mahi instead.

In the mean time we had the beautiful Adele classic yacht, pass near us with full sails up What a beauty!  We anchored in the nice small town, Grand Anse in St Lucia for the night and she was anchored just behind us as well.

Next morning, March 7th

We left to Martinique. Not much wind in the lee of the island but it filled in a bit later and we were doing a nice 7kts average. Anchored in St Pierre for the night.

In the morning it was so nice and peaceful there we decided to spend the day and get started on our kitchen floors. We had found these nice vinyl tiles in Fort de France, and thought they would be perfect to replace our tired looking floors we have. Of course one day was not enough and we wanted to see the full results so we stayed 2 days instead to finished it. It takes a long time to put down , because of the many cuts in confined areas. I had to crawl into the locker and lay there to unscrew the legs from the coffee table  we had to remove.

We are very happy with the results.  Hard work and messy but worth it. Gotta keep up with the Joneses, so that means maintenance and home improvements in exotic places. We need 2 more days to do the starboard side now, but no rush!

Ok time to move on to Guadaloupe, France

Friday March 9th

We woke at 3:30 (alarm was supposed to go off at only 5 am) and thought why not leave now? it will definitely give us a nice early arrival in Guadaloupe.

What a beautiful morning. With calm and smooth waters along the lee of the island we enjoyed the sky just covered with stars and many constellations. As we got into the open sea up the Dominica channel, the waves did get a bit big, but not too bad just, long swells. Wind 18 to 22 kts close hauled.

Sad to say we did not catch any fish. Too much weed again. We do not remember this problem in the Caribbean 7 years ago, but now it seems to be everywhere. In fact, later on someone told us that even 3 years ago there was no weed. They had heard that it had something to do with the deforestation in Brazil. Who knows?

At 2pm we anchored in Grand Bourg, the biggest town in Marie Galante, French island, and part of Guadaloupe. It was quite rolly there so we weighed anchor and moved a bit up the coast to the next small sleepy town of St Louis.

That was a busy anchorage and very calm. Good dinghy dock and a really cosy cafe with good Wifi. The next day we tried to check in, but there was no place to do it. We took the bus to Grand Bourg and they were closed, its Saturday! Pa ni pwoblem, as the they say in French Creole, they are very laid back about checking in and out here in France. We took a long walk along the beautiful town beach and part on a main road to get to touristic site of an old sugar mill and estate. At one time they housed up to 300 slaves. Interesting place with a nice museum, park like setting and a nice walk.

Marie Galant is a nice quiet laid-back island, very small but yet a few nice beaches and walks to explore. We enjoyed that and stayed  for 2 days. No photos from here because we switched sim cards on the phone when buying internet and Noel erased all, forgetting I had pictures in it. Normally, I use my camera, but left the battery in Canada.

Monday March 12

Had a nice 17 Nautical miles sail to the main island of Guadaloupe, and anchored in the nice town of St Francois.

And this is why we like to makes sure to arrive at a new destination in daylight. The reefs extend way out, and you are coming in with lots of wind and waves in different directions.


To add to the excitement in the channel you have to figure out from afar if this rusty thing is a buoy that needs a coat of red paint or what??

After anchoring ahead, we took the dinghy to the Marina.  The check in, at the Capitanerie was an easy 10 minutes. Free of charge, instead of the usual 5 euros, so we gave it as a donation to the Search and Rescue fund instead.

Next, we did the usual running around to buy internet, sim card.

Nice Marina lined with many shops and Restaurants. Behind it you find many places for car rentals and many stall selling you day trips to the islands of Petite Terre and Desirade. All amenities are within walking distance, including the market with nice fruit and veggies and also the fish market where one can buy the fish off the fishermen in the morning. Right here by the Fish Market is also the Bus station, that is always good to know. We were on a hunt for the usual upon arriving in a new place. internet, sim card.  Success with Orange.

Next day, Tuesday 13

Took a short bus ride, about 10 km to this really nice peninsula called Pointe des Chateaux.

 

Didn’t realize till we got there how busy and popular and touristic it is. Buses unloading and picking up tourists, souvenirs stalls and a yummy, delicious stand of coconut sorbet. This amazing limestone peninsula is a natural historical and agricultural reserve.

Besides having nice beaches,most of them protected by the reefs, it has hiking trails and a view point, and more than 200 species of plants and many species of migratory and nesting birds.

 

Wednesday March 14

Isles de la Petite Terre
At 10 am we decided to leave our anchorage in St Francois and sail along to Sainte Anne. Picturesque coast with small cliffs and very nice beaches. Once we were out of the anchorage, however, we realised the waves were actually not so bad. So we decided to motor for three hours dead upwind to the two tiny islands that make up Petite Terre. Here we are, arriving in this paradise . I am hurrying to take this picture before the captain starts to tell me to find a mooring ball and watch our depths!!

This is a nature reserve with abundant iguanas ashore, and stingrays and many other fish in the water. There is a bar to cross to get into the anchorage, which is exciting when there are breaking waves over it, but it turned out to be straight forward. We just line up for the deepest part, motored fast against the current, and so we were in.

Once inside we were greeted by Nick, of Ventus, whom me had met in Marie Galante. He grabbed our lines, passed them through the loop on the buoy, and passed them back up to us. Now that is the easy way to tie up to a mooring!

It is a popular destination for day cruises, both on huge sailing catamarans, and also motor speedboats. So during the day the moorings are all taken up. But they leave by 4pm, and then the place is all ours .

What a beautiful place to wake up in the mornings!  between 2 deserted islands. This one on our port side no one is allowed to go ashore. And under our boat there were huge tunas, 2 rays and a turtle. 

One evening we had a big barbecue on shore, above photo, along with Nick, Jessica and their three children, plus Stephane and Laura plus their three children. American flag and Swiss flag. The kids had a great time, and made smores that they shared with us. Haven’t had those in years! Beer was drunk, food eaten, and conversation made. A good time in our own private island!!

We did, of course, do lots of snorkeling. Such a shame that one is fighting through the floating sargassum weed all the time. Definitely wasn’t like that in 2010. And all the coral was dead. But there were some good sized fish. We swam with turtles, stingrays, tuna, grouper, surgeon fish, sand tile fish, blue tang, sergeant majors, angel fish and even a group of three squid. Many others that we recognised but couldn’t name. We also saw a small lemon shark swimming along near shore, as we were walking on the beach.

Friday 16th March, we upped anchor and headed, once again, for Sainte Anne. Of course that meant crossing the bar again, which seemed to be even bigger waves than on the entry. We watched Ventus leave before us, and they smashed through half a dozen breaking waves, their boat pitching up and down like crazy. But with some good timing we found a pause between waves, and only smashed through on breaking wave – which gave us a good soaking.

And so we were on our way in sunshine, with a 10kt following wind, making for a very smooth crossing. The fishing lines are out, and we are busy catching lots of weed again. All part of the fun.

Headed for Sainte Anne. On this coast the attraction is the beaches. Lined with palm trees,turquoise shallow waters protected by the reefs and good snorkelling. The small town is filled with vendors, souvenirs, restaurants,water sports and all that kinda stuff geared for tourists. Club Med is here too.
We stayed one night here, it was quite rolly. Got together in the evening with the other 2 boats at Ventus, hosts Jessica and Nick, for some drinks and Mexican train game.

Saturday, 17 March

6 NM away from St Anne, we are anchored between the town of Gosier and this cute little island

 

Islet du Gosier on the right, and town and beaches of Gosier on the left

During the day is busy with tourists coming in and out by water taxi, but by evening is very nice and peaceful again. We had a nice little walk there to the lighthouse at sunset.

As we approached the anchorage, it was nice to see 2 boats we previously met in St Lucia and paid a little visit. They gave us a tour of their beautiful new Lagoon 450. 

This morning I went ashore and picked up some delicious coconut water from the locals. We love it!

Today is Sunday and most places are closed. Time to do some work!  I had most of this  post ready just had to upload a couple of the last photos.

Busy working on our flooring today. Drinks tonight at the Canadian boat, Leanne and Andrew from Sunshine coast, together with an American boat.

Staying another week here in Guadaloupe, looking forward to do some hikes and explore some waterfalls. Headed to  Antigua end of the month.

Now THAT is Why We Go Sailing

2nd Mar, 2018

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 5.4 N 060 57.74 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 23 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOn Wednesday we finally had our new forestay and furler fitted, and we managed to escape. Enough of boat maintenance for a while. (more...)

Mais Oui, Toute Marche!

10th Feb, 2018

Current Location: Le Marin, MartiniqueCurrent Position: 14 28.08 N 060 52.51 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 23 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereYep, (almost) all is working now. We needed some different scenery, and we desperately needed to stock up on cheese, salami, and wine, so (more...)

Fixing Boats in Exotic Locations

7th Feb, 2018

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 5.42 N 060 57.67 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 1 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track herePeople say that cruising is actually better described as ‘fixing boats in exotic locations’. We can attest to that. Since we got back (more...)

Back On Board in St. Lucia

27th Jan, 2018

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 4.34 N 060 57.48 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 0 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereYes, we are back. After a very pleasant 6 months in Canada, including canoeing, hiking, an Alaska cruise with my Mum, and skiing, (more...)

Dodging Irma

15th Sep, 2017

For the past week we have been canoeing in the Bowron Lakes in mid BC. What an awesome week, even though we had all sorts of weather, including rain – but thankfully no mosquitos! Meanwhile Life Part 2 was sitting safe and sound in St. Lucia. When we left for Bowron we knew that Irma (more...)

BOAT = Bring Out Another $Thousand

29th May, 2017

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 4.32 N 060 57.52 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 214 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIn Barbuda our windlass gave up on us. Well, actually, it was a combination of two things: our anchor chain was rusty and (more...)

Racy Photos from Martinique

15th May, 2017

Current Location: Cocoa Point, BarbudaCurrent Position: 17 32.95 N 061 46.18 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 32 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAlthough we spent quite a bit of time in Martinique we didn’t write much about it, only a few photos of the Carnival and (more...)

Sailing the Most Beautiful Yachts in the World

25th Apr, 2017

Current Location: Falmouth Harbour, AntiguaCurrent Position: 17 1.14 N 061 46.36 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 183 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereShe is 78 years old but, as befits her name, still as hot and sexy as a prom queen. Helped, no doubt, by the (more...)

Beautiful Saint Lucia

11th Apr, 2017

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St LuciaCurrent Position: 14 4.34 N 060 57.53 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 36 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereEnjoying Saint Lucia We are delighted with beautiful sunsets every evening from our anchorage in Rodney Bay. Noel enjoying a nice swim (more...)

Still in Martinique

6th Mar, 2017

Current Location: Case Pilote, MartiniqueCurrent Position: 14 38.48 N 061 8.41 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 114 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWell, here we are still sitting in Martinique! Ceu has been to Canada and back to see the grandchildren. Now my sister, Mitzi, and (more...)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

31st Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 20.24 N 059 42.9 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 6 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereJust left Barbados for a quick over night reach to Martinique. Will do full update when we get decent internet (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

28th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 15.93 N 059 38.81 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 19 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereArrived in Barbados . Drinking wine. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

27th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 23.09 N 059 20.34 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 292 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereLand ahoy…I see land !!! Arrival is near! Caught 2 more fish and had our first squall all at the same time. Lots of excitement. Looking forward to rum punch! (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

25th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 44.87 N 054 20.76 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 82 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereNot much wind, have slowed down. New ETA Sat. Maybe. Who knows? Nice weather though . (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

25th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 13 50.09 N 052 56.16 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 211 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt is late at night, and the stars are shining brightly. So beautiful! Wind finally picked up, so doing 7 Kts again. 400 miles to go. ETA Fri eve, we hope. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

23rd Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 6.18 N 049 19.12 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 137 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereyummy…some nice hot chocolate. Burgers on BBQ. Bouillabaise, fresh bread. Gourmet dining at Heavenly Delights. One yacht in sight. Wish you were here. 🙂 (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

22nd Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 17.51 N 046 58.75 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 150 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereNot much wind, have slowed down. Now playing a domino game, mexican train. Ceu knitting scarves and dreaming of visiting grandkids in Canada soon. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

21st Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 28.25 N 044 24.46 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 133 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAuto pilo failed. Didn’t want to hand steer for 900 miles, so we heaved to for two hours while we installed the spare. Weather still good but winds lighter. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

20th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 34.78 N 042 7.42 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 131 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHalf way to destination..yey! All is going well. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

19th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 40.61 N 039 52.08 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 176 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereCaught 4 fish today, all at the same time but 2 got away. Good size mahi mahi. Total chaos. Blood eveywhere. Ceu serving up sashimi now. Taking orders now. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

18th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 45.97 N 036 50.39 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 141 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereBigger waves today, up to 2 m, good surfing. Winds the same force 4 to 5 ENE. Spinnaker up again. Speed 8 Kts. Fresh bread. Caught barracuda. Too small. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

17th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 49.45 N 034 24.72 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 144 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereSpinnaker up. Blue sky. Caught tasty mahi mahi yesterday. Smooth sea. Not another boat or ship in sight. Saw dolphins. All is good. (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

16th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 50.85 N 031 55.51 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 159 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereSlower today, big discussion about sail plan. Cloudy. Four fish got away with the lures, grrrr. Everyone is just chilling. Playing games. SEND MORE WIND 🙂 (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

15th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 49.48 N 029 10.62 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 155 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereSecond day out. A bit tired today, as it is a bit of an adjustment getting used to the sleep schedule with the night watches. In a few days we will all be fine (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

14th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 14 46.62 N 026 30.2 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 106 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereFresh bread just out of the oven, melted butter dripping…yummy. Sailing fast – 8 knots, one reef, bright sun. No fish yet. Life is tough 😉 (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

And We’re Off!

13th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Furna, Brava Island, Cape Verde IslandsCurrent Position: 14 53.27 N 024 40.75 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 68 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWe left Praia very early, like 3:30 am, on Thursday to sail to Brava. The winds started as very light, as (more...)

No, We Are Not Quite On Our Passage Yet

11th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde IslandsCurrent Position: 14 54.83 N 023 30.23 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 117 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereThe message we sent yesterday was sent by our inReach satellite SMS device as we wanted to test it out. As you (more...)

Mid-Ocean Live Update

10th Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mid-OceanCurrent Position: 16 24.72 N 024 47.19 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 31 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereCaught some fish today – sushi for supper anyone? on our way from Mindelo to Santiago (Sent by InReach satellite connection)

Happy 2017! Just arrived in Mindelo

3rd Jan, 2017

Current Location: Mindelo, San Vicente, Cape Verdes IslandsCurrent Position: 16 53.14 N 024 59.52 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 39 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOur new year started with some serious hiking and awesome sailing. In Sao Nicolau we did a 15 km hike which (more...)

In Tarrafal

30th Dec, 2016

Current Location: Tarrafal de Sao Nicolau, Cape VerdeCurrent Position: 16 35.04 N 024 23.34 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 82 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHad a fairly slow sail across from Boa Vista to Sao Nicolau and now having a great time here. Quite different scenery. Very mountainous. Had a nice tour around the island in a taxi. Now just chilling out by our private beach. Ben and Jess leave tomorrow, and then we have a week before Roger arrives and we are ready to set sail for Barbados.

Just Arrived in Sal, Cape Verde Islands

11th Dec, 2016

Current Location: Palmeira, Sal, Cape Verdes IslandsCurrent Position: 16 45.3 N 022 58.8 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 420 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHad a fast trade-wind sail. Blue skies, not to much  in the way of waves, but lots of speed. Did the whole trip in 66 hours – 6.8 kt average, door to door (well, anchor to anchor). We are now in Sal, and will be here for a week, as Ben arrives next Monday. Already got internet sorted out, so that is good. But I think we are anchored around a rock, so I guess I need to dive down and have a look at what is happening there. The party this evening is on the neighbouring Dutch boat, who arrived about half an hour after us. Sounds good to me 🙂

On Our Way to Cape Verde Islands!

8th Dec, 2016

In the end we decided it was too much of a rush to visit the Casamance area of Senegal. So, instead, we are sailing straight to Cape Verde islands tomorrow. We are aiming for Sal, the upper right island, where my son Ben will be joining us in a week or so to stay for Christmas. As per usual, we will update you all once we arrive there AND get internet sorted out. Though we may also send a brief message at some point by our Satellite text message gadget. The trip should take us 3 days.

Tips for Sailing The Gambia River

24th Nov, 2016

Current Location: Banjul, GambiaCurrent Position: 13 23.67 N 016 37.41 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 97 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereCruising The Gambia presents a few challenges to the sailor that are a bit different from most other destinations. My hope is that these few (more...)

Of Hippos and Chimpanzees – Cruising the Gambia River

23rd Nov, 2016

Current Location: Baboon Island, Gambia RiverCurrent Position: 13 36.28 N 014 58.65 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 94 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereBanjul is a delightful contrast to Dakar. It might be the capital of this tiny country with its 1.8 million inhabitants, but it (more...)

Cruising Dakar and Senegal – Do We Have Stories to Tell!

18th Nov, 2016

Current Location: Banjul, GambiaCurrent Position: 13 26.37 N 016 34.87 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 91 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereIt was one small splash for a man – and a barely perceptible splash for Mankind. Ben Hooper waded into the water off the beach (more...)

Canaries to Senegal – and a Personal Best

12th Nov, 2016

Current Location: Dakar, SenegalCurrent Position: 14 43.1 N 017 25.66 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 4 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereThis crossing of 842 miles was like our Lisbon to Morocco crossing – but more so. We set off with very light winds which, unfortunately (more...)

Good Morning from Senegal

12th Nov, 2016

Current Location: SenegalCurrent Position: 14 40.22 N 017 23.09 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 805 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereGood Morning all Welcome to Senegal! We are so excited to post and tell everyone we had a great trip to the city of Dakar. Took (more...)

Leaving Tomorrow for Senegal

5th Nov, 2016

Current Location: San Sebastian, La Gomera, Canary IslandsCurrent Position: 28 4.35 N 017 7.67 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 0 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereThe internet Nightmare continues. We use 3G on the phone, with a portable wifi hostspot to the laptop. Works sometimes, for (more...)

Cruising The Canary Islands

4th Nov, 2016

Current Location: La Gomera, Canary Islands, SpainCurrent Position: 28 4.2 N 017 7.62 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 47 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereSorry about the delay but, beter late than never, here is our retrospective account of our time in the Canary Islands. Lanzarote (more...)

Arrived in Tenerife!

28th Oct, 2016

Current Location: Radazul, TenerifeCurrent Position: 28 24.04 N 016 19.39 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 135 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOnce again we had everything. First a fresh breeze that had us romping along at 7kts. Then, as soon as it was dark, the wind (more...)

Leaving Lanzarote for Tenerife

27th Oct, 2016

Current Location: Marina Rubicon, LanzaroteCurrent Position: 28 51.38 N 013 48.91 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 16 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereThe wind has been acting up the last few days. For three days we had big waves coming from the north, and strong winds (more...)

Highlights of Morocco

19th Oct, 2016

Current Location: Marrakesh, MoroccoCurrent Position: 31 37.77 N 007 58.87 W Click to view map.Wow..it has been a busy 3 weeks.. Since we left Lisbon on the 25th of September, we have done 2 long crossings, visited Morroco and one of the Cannary islands. We enjoyed morroco very much. People were just so warm and (more...)

A 500 Mile Beat?!

14th Oct, 2016

Current Location: Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary IslandsCurrent Position: 28 57.7 N 013 32.38 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 459 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereA 500 Mile Beat!? Well, that was definitely not what signed up for. We left Rabat with a forecast that gave us favourable (more...)

Leaving for Canaries Tomorrow

9th Oct, 2016

After a whirlwind tour of Morocco, which we have really enjoyed, we are now ready to leave. We will put together the photos and blog in due course, but right now the forecast says go tomorrow – or wait another week. So, once again, it ends up with a bit of a rapid departure. We would have preferred to stay another day or two, but that’s how the wind goes. The trip will be about 470 miles, and should have some nice fast downwind stretches again. So we hope to arrive sometime on Thursday, assuming an average speed between 6 and 7 knots. We are aiming for Arrecife, on Lanzarote. Once we are there we will sort all that internet stuff again, and then will be back in touch. In the meantime, we will be off the grid for a few days. Have fun in the meantime!

180 Miles in 24 hours

28th Sep, 2016

Current Location: Rabat, MoroccoCurrent Position: 34 1.8 N 006 49.35 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 298 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWow, what a sail! With about 20 kts (true) of wind behind us, we set off from Lisbon with an average speed of 7.7kts. Far (more...)

On Our Way to Morocco

25th Sep, 2016

There is a gale about to blow easterly from the Gibraltar strait. That would make for an unpleasant crossing. And after that the winds are rather confused, for at least the coming week. So, we could sail down to the Algarve and wait for a week. Or we could go now. If we go now, we should be in Morocco before the blow sets in, and that gains us an extra week in Morocco. So that is what we are doing. Right at this moment we are exiting the Tejo River, and soon we will be flying downwind with an estimated journey time of 2 days and 11 hours to cover 315 miles or so.  Of course that is all a guess. But in any case we hope to be in Rabat, Morocco sometime on Tuesday, at which point we will try and connect up with email etc. So, until then, have fun!  

Ready to Take off – and a New Destination?

23rd Sep, 2016

Current Location: Seixal, PortugalCurrent Position: 38 38.64 N 009 6.47 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 15 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWe are now back in Seixal, Portugal, having had a month in Canada to welcome Allisen’s new baby boy, Behnam – grandson number 3! It (more...)

Where to Anchor in Lisbon

18th Sep, 2016

Current Location: Cascais, PortugalCurrent Position: 38 41.83 N 009 24.98 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 0 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHaving spent a fair bit of time around Lisbon, I thought it would be useful to put up a summary of the area for other (more...)

Just Arrived in Lisbon

6th Jul, 2016

Current Location: Cascais, PortugalCurrent Position: 38 41.82 N 009 24.86 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 102 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAs forecast, the wind was light and from the south. This meant that we had to motor almmost the whole way from Cabo Sao Vincente, but that is better than having to beat into fresh northerlies, which is the normal Portuguese Trade Wind state of affairs. So, without much fanfare, and with a few large Atlantic Mackerel, but no Tuna, caught, we arrived at Cascais at about 16:00 hrs and anchored behind the seawall off the beach, alongside about 5 other yachts.