Sort of… Actually, not since November, and even then it was (very) short distances over a day or perhaps a weekend, but most importantly, over water rather than solid ground, AND – NEWSFLASH! – on her own boat! Yes, you read that right. More than 18 months since last setting foot on a sailing vesselContinue reading “Mariel is travelling again!”
It’s now a week since we arrived here in Martinique. The solitude of the ocean passage seems like a distant memory. Irish John returned home to his farm near Cork only a couple of days after we arrived, and since then we have moved from the quiet anchorage into the busy marina to make the post-crossing repairs and re-provisioning easier.
80 oranges, 20 mangoes, 30 avocados, 3 loads of laundry, 2 sets of chilli prepared, 1 soup for lunch tomorrow, a tray of flapjack baked, and 4 passports stamped out of the EU
Wow – what a place. La Palma has blown our minds and we have all been lost for words, just pointing and making indecipherable noises to each other at yet another stunning landscape, ravine, plant or creature.
We’re off! We set sail from Marina Lanzarote at 1pm this afternoon, into calm seas and bright sunshine. Three hours in and no significant wind yet (still motoring), or dolphins, or fish on John’s line, but we remain hopeful. We are heading for La Palma first, and aim to arrive on Friday (two days time).Continue reading “Leaving Lanzarote!”
I have long been a fan of Desert Island Discs and have often thought about what my choices would be or how I would actually fare with only eight songs to listen to, so I thought a 3 week crossing of the Atlantic might be a good time to try it…
Today was a big day; after a lot of hard work and preparations, it was time to take the boat out and test if the autopilot and wind steering really worked.
I have now been living aboard Mehalah, the boat I will cross the Atlantic on, for 10 days. It has flown by, but also feels as though I have always been here.
I read this in my small book of Mary Oliver poetry soon after visiting a boat for sale in Cornwall, seriously considering buying it despite never having sailed. IF I WANTED A BOAT I would want a boat, if I wanted a boat, that bounded hard on the waves, that didn’t know starboard from portContinue reading “Inspiration – Mary Oliver”
Setting off from the UK at the end of December, I am working my way slowly south to join a boat sailing from Lanzarote to Martinique in February. From there, I plan to crew on different boats around the Caribbean for a few months, before finding a boat sailing back to Europe in time forContinue reading “A vague plan”