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Racy Photos from Martinique

15th May, 2017

Current Location: Cocoa Point, Barbuda
Current 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 here

Although we spent quite a bit of time in Martinique we didn’t write much about it, only a few photos of the Carnival and announcing that we had left for St Lucia where Heidi joined us for a couple of weeks.

The French island of Martinique deserves its’ own blog post as well. We had a great time there.The island has a mix of French and West Indian influences. It is a French overseas department. The island has much history, lush vegetation, and nice white sandy beaches and the North  reveals some black sandy beaches due to the eruption of Mont Pelle in 1902.

Also a few rum destilleries, with a rum route. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, narrow streets and many shops. Their official lunguage is French and the currency is the Euro. We sure have missed all the french products you get here, especially the cheese! 

Of course first thing to do was a visit to the patisserie. This one is in Le Marin, the new Marina

Then we were off to the largest town, in the island,Fort de France. Drinks at the Empress  Josephine Hotel/bar named after Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte,who was born here. Across the street is La Savane a garden bordered by shops and cafes, with a Statue of Josephine with her head chopped off and her name all scratched off too. Someone did not like her! That is Roger above, still with us after the Atlantic crossing.

Noel has the Rum…lets go party!

More on Carnival parade:

 I know we posted many of the fancy Carnival costumes, beautiful ellaborate costumes.These were a bit more plain but got just as much attention. So many guys dressed as women. They were just having so much fun and  were not shy at all to pose for photos. This one got all the ladies having a good time taking photos of him.

The local TV

 

I wonder what the priest thinks of it all.

Noel’s sister and her husband David arrived on the last day of the Carnival.

After enjoying the last day aof the festivities, we set off cruising South.

A stop in Saint Anne, a delightfull town with surrounding green hills, and nice town beach. Here one can stock up with meat and vegetables and also has a  fish market. Supermarket for all your needs and the bakeries with the french breads and pastries. Lots of shops, popular with turists, and a huge bay popular with yatchs.  It was from here that we set off on our La Trace des Caps hike.

 

Lion fish at the fish market in St Anne. It was one of these, most likely, that stung Mitzi off the beach at Grand Anse d’Arlet

 

Martinique has such a great diversity of beautiful beaches, mountains and rain forests. We did a hike Les Traces Des Caps, started in Saint Anne that took us all around the South of the island, up the Atlantic coast, past some wild beaches popular with kite surfers, and a variety of landscapes and loop back inland to Saint Anne 

 

Les Salines, claims to be one of the best beaches of Martinique

Beach des Les Salines

 

 

“Martinique’s little desert” Petrification Savanah. Atlantic coast

This amazing landscape,once including fossils, such as petrified wood, this place is now completely desert and rock.

 

 

 

Anse D”Arlet was another favorite little  fishing village, picturesque with a Church right by the beach and a great promenade along the seafront.  It also has some great snorkeling just off the beach, or a short swim from your boat.

 

Anse D’Arlet

 

A nice cruise up the coast this time north, to Saint Pierre. A nice change from  Fort de France, a busy city with cars people and shops.

Nice sleepy charming village  of Case Pilot, South of Saint Pierre

 

The village of Le Carbet, just south of Saint Pierre. The black sandy beaches quite the contrast to the ones we are seeing now in Antigua. 

They also have a square dedicated  to the Landing of Christopher Columbus in June 1502, who landed here during his fourth voyage to the New World and stayed a few days.

They also have a square dedicated  to the Landing of Christopher Columbus in June 1502, who landed here during his fourth voyage to the New World and stayed a few days.

 

 Looking across a picturesque bay with a black sand beach and the striking backdrop of Mt Pelée sunrise and sunsets are a special time of day in Saint Pierre.

Noel and I had visted this place about 7 years ago, but we were happy to visit it again this time with Noels’s sister Mitzi and her husband David.

St Pierre lies at the foot of Mt.Pelee volcano. It used to be the capital of Martinique and a wealthy place with multi milionaires plantatiom owners. Ships came  in to take rum, sugar coffe and cooa. It was the commercial, cultural and social center of Martinique.The whole estate was destroyed in 1902 from the volcanic explosion of Mount Pelee killing all but 2 people from the 30,000 population. Leaving it all burried with mud, lava, rocks and boiling gasses.

 

 

A few ruins still remain. Perhaps the most significant of these is the historic theatre, a magnificent building seating 800 people, in its time the venue held host to theatre and musical companies from France.

Beside the theatre, where the prison formerly stood, you can see the cell which held one of the 2 survivors of the 1902 catastrophe, Cyparis, saved by the thickness of his cell’s walls. Noel is checking it out.

Throughout the town you can see many of the new buildings built on top of the ruins from the eruption. It’s busy with tourists, but mostly on days the cruiseship is in. We took the bus up from town into a village in the mountains for out little hike. When we finished our hike we made a stop at the tourist shop and she informed us there would be no more buses running back to Saint Pierre, but she quickly called someone and he gave us a ride to town. No money asked, although we did give him a tip. Friendly people!

 

 

Basilica Sacre coeur de la Ballata, a short ride up from Fort de France. it was worth a stop on the way to the Botanical Gardens. It’ts supposed to be a miniature version of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris. Construction was finished in 1915 The volcanic eruption that destroyed Martinique’s former capital, Saint-Pierre, gave rise to Fort-de-France becoming the island’s principal city, but not without some growing pains.

The thousands of inhabitants formerly living in the outskirts of Saint-Pierre in the north descended upon Fort-de-France in the south, another church was needed.  It has survived 2 fires and it is now in need of some TLC. 

Sacred Heart Basilica and interior

Not quite as decorated as the one in Paris yet simple and peaceful.It was a nice surprise stop, including the beautiful views of Fort de France

 Fort de France

 

Botanical Gradens

Botanical gardens

 Balata Gardens, is one the famous things to do in Martinique. It is a short drive from Fort de France and you can take taxi or bus number 25.  Is a private botanical garden, just north of the city with many begonias, bromeliads, bamboo and about 200 different types of palm trees.  They told us you can buy your bouquets there and they will even arrange special packaging to facilitate bringing your flowers on the plane.

 

 

 

 After the visit, we set off from there on a hike that took us through some beautiful luscious green forests, with creeks and waterfalls and signs advising not to touch the water.  Not really knowing how long this hike was gona take and where exacly we were going to end up,(map was not too helpfull) we enjoyed the hike very much and were happy when it ended at a main road, with signs taking us to the Basilica, Sacre Coeur for a visit and then took a bus from there to Fort de France.

It was a great day out and thanks to Mitzi for navigating with our poor map!

 

 

We sure had a lot of rain during our visit in Martinique. It’s no wonder everything is so green around here!

Haha…We had much umbrella trouble trying to keep dry! We decided that some tropical showers would not keep us from going to do a hike above Saint Pierre. We set off with 2 umbrellas,which one of them was thrown into the garbage bin as soon as we hit town. They dont get used much so they get corroded. We walked past a chinese store and decided 2 more umbrellas would be a good idea. As soon as we opened them we realized, corrosion does not only happen in the boat, the 2  brand new umbrelas were all rusty too! We were dispointed but were busy having a good time and  a good laugh trying to keep them from flipping in the strong breeze.

 

 

 Update

Wow….I started this blog almost 2 weeks ago and so much has happened since then. Well, since we left Antigua after the racing week , much needed non drinking, non party time was needed. We headed to Barbuda. The land of deserted beaches and peaceful bays. Wow, loved it

Here is a glimpse

Arriving in Barbuda

Stay tuned for more on Barbuda later

 

 

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.

On our way to Lisbon

5th Jul, 2016

It looks like we have some calm favourable winds over today and tomorrow, so we have decided that we are going to set off for Lisbon right now.  If all goes to plan, we should be there around 3pm tomorrow afternoon. Otherwise it will be a matter of waiting for another weather window, as the normal winds at this time of year are from the North, which makes sailing North somewhat of a challenge.

27 Fish and 36 Kite Surfers.

29th Jun, 2016

Current Location: Alvor, PortugalCurrent Position: 37 7.4 N 008 37.23 W Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 4 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOn Sunday we moved out of the marina to anchor in Portmao harbour. The next day we were minding our own business when we spotted (more...)

Our Uganda Safari – Lions, Hippos and Giraffes

22nd Jun, 2016

Current Location: Kampala, UgandaCurrent Position: 00 20.86 N 032 34.95 E Click to view map.Here we are at the end of June, and we are only just back on board Life Part 2. So what on Earth have we been doing for the past 9 months? After Dad’s death in September cut short our plans (more...)

Thanks for Your Messages

8th Oct, 2015

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 (more...)

BIG Change of Plans!

23rd Sep, 2015

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.

Setting Sail for Madeira

23rd Sep, 2015

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 (more...)

Applying CopperCoat: What a Job!

15th Sep, 2015

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. (more...)