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January 28, 2015
We sailed through the night , a clear starlit night headed for Gran Tarajal on the Eastern coast Feurteventura , a small little known village which is off the beaten track and the tourist trail. We arrived and pulled alongside and tied up and secured late afternoon.We were greeted to a very warm welcome. Some […]

January 27, 2015
A bright sunny morning in Las Palmas harbour. After breakfast Ali (Mate) gave us the briefing about the ship and we then did the trial evacuation drill (2.5 minutes!! Well within the limit of 7 minutes, but today we had no wheelchair users to evacuate). Smoko on deck was celebrated with a huge pink birthday […]

January 26, 2015
Our visit to Guadeloupe was interesting as this is a Department of France with a very French Caribbean flavour and quite different to either Barbados or Bequia. At times it was more like being in the back streets of Paris with cafes and creperies. The spice market and fish market were however very Caribbean with […]

January 25, 2015
Las Palmas – Gran Canaria Tenacious maintenance period is coming to an end, we can see the results of our hard work, painting, sail repair, welding, sanding and varnishing. When you go to the port gates on arrival you never imagine that you are just a few steps away from your new home and family […]

January 21, 2015
LN859 After starboard watch log 21st January 2015 Current status:  Oooooo arraagggh me hearties!  There be a fair wind from the East today and we are not in the doldrums, though there has been many a brown booby sighted off the port bow (they are diving for the flying fish).  We are set fair and […]

January 19, 2015
Here in the Caribbean Sea, the date or day of the week doesn’t matter. Today is the day after our Bajan cultural sojourn and another day at sea. Most people made the most of our stopover in Barbados and were champing at the bit to be let loose after breakfast yesterday. As soon as we […]

January 18, 2015
Day 10. A peaceful night sailing slowly south towards Gran Canaria. We saw two ships, and Rattler lost his hat while up on the yard, to the cheers of all the crew. Another starry starry night, our last at sea, so we took advantage of Aline’s fantastic knowledge of the constellations for a short star […]

January 17, 2015
Well another day under sail on the high seas. Wind is force 5/6 with a good high swell, plenty of pitching ,yawing and rolling, exciting time trying to have a shower, the soap makes things a bit slippy !!! Went aloft to the crow’s nest and spied a pair of dolphins which danced around the […]

January 16, 2015
Hello everyone from the sunny Caribbean. The sea is blue and the sky is clear. Wind is just right for sailing – not too bumpy. We left Antigua 2 days ago and sailed down the west coast of Guadaloupe. Last night, we had plenty of sail handling practice under a beautiful starry sky. This morning, […]

January 15, 2015
LN859 Antigua – Antigua We are currently losing sight of Antigua as we sail on our way to Barbados.   We have square sails and fore and afters set, the sun is shining and we are beating to windward past Monserrat towards Guadeloupe in a force 4 breeze and a very pleasant temperature of 27 degrees. […]

January 14, 2015
On Wednesday a coachload of us crew went on a fabulous guided tour of the west of the island of Madera. Our guide Christina had excellent English, our driver Limon, none! We drove briefly up through the fine city of Funchal, up the hill through the smarter suburbs, past the spectacular Reid’s Palace Hotel, where […]

January 13, 2015
Well the voyage started in sunny Gran Canaria with temperatures well into their 20’s. Our pale white winter complexion slowly turned into a tan which the celebrities pay for! The voyage started with the normal safety training and evacuation drills… just in case. Then it was time to set sail and head north to Madeira. […]

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