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05/05/2021

Big Bear - FINAL preparations........

Excitement starting to bubble on Big Bear as we prepare for the off on Saturday!Testing all the systems and undertaking all the training sessions has been our top priority. 2 crew birthdays before departure so further fun expected before we leave St M.Lots more to follow...........Jonathan. read more...


28/01/2021

Jubilate Mare - Panama transit soon!

Today has been busy with skipper briefings about our canal transit and our visit to the Galapagos. With so few boats taking part this year it should all be relatively straight forward 🤞. We had a drinks gathering last night, courtesy of Shelter Bay Marina, and met with the other 3 boats going through the canal with us. In a normal year there would be 25-30 participants! We will hopefully be meeting up with one other boat on the other side. image1. read more...


Jubilate Mare - Panama transit soon!
Jubilate Mare  - Panama transit soon!
15/01/2021

Eldorado - One of these sunsets

This evening, during our happy hour, we could witness one of these sunsets that make the round the world adventure a one of a kind. The picture will hopefully speak for itself....image1. read more...


10/11/2014

Helen - Start day - 13

Yesterday we had an excellent lunch at the marina bar, using up the loyalty points gained through many dedicated hours of hard work in the summer. By 3 o'clock we had checked out of the marina and headed out to sea.For me there is only one piece of music to play when heading out to sea from a Portuguese port. It's the theme tune from the film 1492, "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis. Stirring music and you entertain any locals who are watching your departure!Once out to sea we went to put the sails up only to encounter our first small challenge. The top sail batten had somehow got a 180 degree twist in it which meant that the sail would not unfurl. An hour or so later we had the main down, removed the offending batten, put the sail back up again and then the wind died. It's a boat!Once. read more...


Eldorado - One of these sunsets
Eldorado - One of these sunsets
14/01/2021

Eldorado - Eldorado making way to Panama

Our happy crew is heading to Panama. Very nice winds of 20-25 knots and beautiful weather. Morale is high, food is good, sun and stars are there and we see days averaging over 9.0 knots. What else would make a sailor happy ? Looking forward to meeting the other intrepid participants of WARC 2021 in Panama. The 5 musketeersHenry, Serge, Christian, Quentin, Francisco.image1. read more...


Eldorado - Eldorado making way to Panama
Eldorado - Eldorado making way to Panama
21/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - EPILOGUE

Our final blog from Moonflower 3The last 48 hours has been one hell of a roller coaster. We arrived the evening of the 17th to a stunning Caribbean Sunset and a warm welcome from ‘Tim’ who sped out to us in his dingy and took some snaps of our arrival. A flood of emotions all around as we crossed the line as the final boat to finish the ARC this year. We were given a stellar greeting by Tony Morgan and Giles who surprised us seconds after crossing the line with 7 cold Piton Beers whilst we bobbed around in the bay drinking in the experience. After 25 days at sea, we can promise you that never, NEVER, has a cold beer tasted so good. Well. How to conclude this chapter? There’s too much to put into words or do justice to everything that has happened. It’s been an absolute adventure for all. read more...


17/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Final Charge

The difficult decision was made yesterday afternoon to turn the motor on, to ensure we finished the race on time. We’re pretty confident we will have among the least engine hours of the 50+ boats in the ARC, but it was a tough choice nonetheless. Unfortunately, this patch of whafty, inconsistent wind persisted too long for us to make the final stone’s throw to St Lucia before the event's closing ceremony. But even in these final chapters of our tail, we’ve been dealt some interesting cards by the ocean. Another flying fish attempted to decapitate Carrie Cushion last night whilst on watch, instead knocking her night cap beverage all over the deck. We can say with relative certainty that none of us have ever before, or ever will, be woken up in the middle of the night by a series of. read more...


16/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - The Waiting Game

Another day in the sun, another day without wind. Gosh it's hot. We’re getting very close to crunch time on our decision on whether to turn the engine on or not. Up until now we’ve held out and sailed (hence the slow progress recently), but with 48 hours until the race ends, it’s getting close to the point of us having to motor in to make it in time. We want to hold out, we’d love to make the whole crossing wind-powered. But don’t worry, if the wind continues to not play ball, we will ensure we finish on time and put our motor on like every other boat has. It’s been a real test of our patience, but we’re still having a cracking time and enjoying the last couple of days. See you real soon!Your Moonflowersxxxxxxx. read more...


Khelios - The crew!
Khelios - The crew!
Khelios - Crossing the line at Rodney Bay after 18 days at sea
Khelios - Crossing the line at Rodney Bay after 18 days at sea
15/12/2020

Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay

As the mileage decreased we knew our expected arrival would be at night and after 3 thousand miles without seeing land for 3 weeks, we wanted to see the island in daylight.. So on Thursday morning just after dawn,as We watched another ARC boat , Escapado pass to our stern With their bright blue spinnaker flying, We took down our spinnaker and reefed our main in order to slow the boat down enough so we could arrive at sunrise the following morning. As we approached the Island the wind had increasedandwe were still going a little too well And so a bit of zig zagging ensued so we would arrive a couple of hours later. Eventually,as we rounded the headland to the north of St Lucia, dawn was breakingand we could see the stunning island to our port Side, with it’s steep peaks rising up into the. read more...


Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
14/12/2020

La Vie Jolie - We did it!

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14/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - The French Navy

We’ve been treated to a milder 24 hours with some cloud cover, a much needed break from the scorching weather we’ve had this past week. But the wind is up to its’ usual tricks again and progress has drastically slowed – frustrating with our finish line almost in reach. It goes to show how much climate change is affecting global weather patterns, as this time of year typically boasts reliable trades winds, rather than the huge inconsistencies we’ve been seeing. In other news, we had a rather exciting encounter with the French Navy yesterday evening. Our dinner was rudely interrupted by a 200 metre destroyer vessel, rearing its head over the horizon, and coming up within a mile of our starboard alarmingly quickly. Luckily, we’re aboard a Croatian boat, so there were no ill tidings or. read more...


13/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Nearly, Nearly.

Hello! Well - we really, REALLY are nearly there. Less than 30 miles to go and a smudge of land visible on the horizon, and we nearly, almost, not quite, are within a mile of another boat yesterday. caught another fish too. A much bigger mahi mahi was on the line and what a fighter. Before it could be netted and safely landed aboard it escaped, bending the hook straight in the process. No one guessed the arrival date as being today, so Koen and Elaine's (12th and 14th respectively) choices will fight it out over the closest time when we actually cross the finish line. Did you know that today is the feast of St Lucia? Nor did I until opening my Jacquie Lawson e-calendar this morning. Couldn't be better could it - and at least it's not a Friday! So we shall shortly be having our last meal. read more...


13/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Groundhog Day

Good afternoon all,Today we’d like to play our ‘it’s simply too hot to write the blog’ card, because it’s simply too hot to write the blog. And we think we deserve a break.It’s currently 34 degrees but feels a lot hotter. It’s been several days since we’ve had a change in weather or schedule. We’ll try to scrape the inspirational barrel tomorrow with some new content. In the meantime, we’ll be here slow roasting. Ciao for now,Your Moonflowersxxxxxxx. read more...


13/12/2020

Suffisant - 13. Dezember 2020

Wir sind noch rund 320 NM von St. Lucia entfernt. Frühmorgens wird schon der Parasailor gesetzt und wir hoffen, dass wir am Dienstag späteren Nachmittag in Rodney Bay eintrudeln. Mal sehen was uns die Winde bescheren.Gestern gab es gebratene Scheiben vom Rollschinken mit Käse überbacken und Rösti.Wetter ist gut und wir hatten keine Squalls. Am Abend läuft immer das selbe Fernsehprogramm: Star watch. Das Meer hat viele Facetten zu bieten, doch leider einige wenige fliegende Fische, keine Delphine, keine Wale, kein Fisch rum. Tote Hose.Wir haben oft angeregte Diskussionen im Cockpit, vor allem auch was uns die Zukunft bescheren wird. Auf Neuigkeiten aus der Welt sind wir natürlich gespannt.. read more...


12/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Land Ahoy - almost!

Thank you all for continuing to read my ramblings.You'll no doubt be pleased to hear that this (fingerscrossed) should be our last full 24 hours, on the high seas, before wearrive at Rodney Bay. We are hoping to make landfall before dark tomorrow.   Our fish supper last night was superb. Tomroasted some with lemon, capers and black pepper. It was delicious andElaine made trifle for desert - yum. We still have some fillets left to enjoyand are continuing to hope for further bites. A tuna would be mostwelcome.   We were berthed next to Tom's boat, in La Linea lastmonth, which is how we all met.  Tom stepped in for a leg on the boat whenElaine took time out to fly home to see her Mum in hospital in Scotland,and then, when Toma had to drop out,. read more...


12/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Sorry About The Rice

As we approach our 3 week mark at sea (the final day we meal provisioned for), we’re really having to keep a close eye on our gas and water levels, as we have 500 miles and variable winds until St Lucia. This means we are very much entering into the ‘creative’ phase of our cooking…Imagine a kind of maritime parody of Ready Steady Cook meets the Covid-19 loo roll shortage. Yesterday evening we totted up our dwindling tinned food supplies to see how many different flavoured pasta and rice dishes we could plan until St Lucia. Things started well with James’ baked bean and sticky rice dish last night, and we have high hopes for Alex’s pesto-humus pasta this evening. However, we are rather hoping we make it to St Lucia before Jake’s ‘custard and anchovy couscous surprise’ is needed. One thing. read more...


11/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Fish Fryday!

Welcome everyone, not many more Blogs to come from this crossing as we really are nearly there. We now have less than 300 miles to go. We are sailing serenely, our boat is beautifully balanced and the weather wonderfully warm. We have passed through a couple of squalls and I've captured a picture of a rainbow - peeping out from under our cc. I also took an artistic shot of the colourful chute reflected in a winch drum. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so the rod was cast again. Within a very short space of time 'Fish! Fish!' was gleefully shouted. This time Tom was in charge of the net and successfully landed a mahi mahi - aka dolphin fish. It was quickly dispersed with a shot of Fish Killer (double strength rum) to its gills and filleted. The rod went back in and was soon whirring.. read more...


11/12/2020

Kotari - Delayed Blogs catch up! - Blog 1

These were written live and sent incorrectly so were not published on time!So.... here they are!-----------------------Blog 1Sorry, this took until day 4 or 5 for us to work out how to send an email…. Tech these days aye!In summary:• the first 5 (Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs) yes 5 days, has been a sleigh ride. • We’ve had a narrow miss with a wind hole on Tuesday evening, but some canny night time spinnaker work got us out of it quickly,• As a crew of virgin pond crossers, I think, on the whole, we are big fans of the trade winds…. And we’re not even in the best of them yet (in theory)• The freezers buggered, so lots of bacon and sausage being eaten• Richard is coming round to loving the colorful sailsSo here is the blog as it wasIntroOnboard we have:(Dr) Mark Curtis - Surgeon/ bone. read more...


Kotari - Delayed Blogs catch up! - Blog 1
Kotari - Delayed Blogs catch up! - Blog 1
11/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Finish Line Fever

A double blog today... as Catie forgot to press send on the post for yesterday!There’s a very tangible feeling of finish line fever today for Moonflower, though we’re still 600 miles away, that represents the final 20% of our race. We’re down to our tin supplies and pasta dishes (the fresh fruit and vedge long gone) and are having to keep a close eye now on our gas and water provisions, in case we get caught in another patch of no wind. It’s been 19 days since any one of us has set foot outside of our 44 ft home, 19 days since anyone has showered, and 19 days since the last full night’s sleep.But, spirits are high as we edge ever closer to St Lucia, and we’re hugely appreciating everyone’s support.Stay tuned for the last few days…Your Moonflowersxxxxxxx. read more...


11/12/2020

Tohuwabohu - Last day

So this years rally draws to a close for us as we near St Lucia, it has been another one of those bucket list life long dreams to cross the Atlantic, most of it is about preparation, some of it is thinking your way out of the problem, the other parts are about remaining flexible.Technology is fantastic when it works, but it operates 24/7 in some difficult condition, it is inevitable that it will break, but the plan is to have a plan, and then another.The importance of spares can not be overstated, blocks , pulleys, snatch blocks, shackles, sheets, whipping line, spinnaker tape tools, spanners, wd40.It can be difficult being on board a boat when there is little space, the art of communication is vital, there weren’t any really problems though as most of them came down to misunderstandings. read more...


11/12/2020

Suffisant - St. Lucia comes closer

Wir schätzen, dass wir in rund 5 Tagen Rodney Bay erreichen werden. Heute in der Früh habe ich 2 fliegenden Fischen, die aufs Deck sprangen, das Leben gerettet. Sie landeten wohlbehalten wieder im Wasser, dafür stanken meine Hände stark nach Tran. Hier sieht es buffig aus. Ich bin froh, wenn wir Land unter den Füssen haben, damit ich mit dem Säubern der Bilge und der Pantry beginnen kann.4 Leute auf engstem Raum geht, aber eben es müssen nebst Segeln auch die tägliche Ordnung mit Reinigung der Toilettenzelle, der Pantry, dem Salon vorgenommen werden. Die fliegende Zigarettenasche stört mich enorm und Robert ist bedacht, diese jeweils wegzuspuelen. Zur Zeit wird der Parasailor gesetzt, 3 Mann oben. Es wurde angeprangert, dass ich mich zuwenig am Segelsetzen beteilige, ja und wer holt den. read more...


11/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Life on the Atlantic

Normal play is slowly resuming after a few scorching days without progress. We’re very much in the end game right now, with 700 miles to go, fairer winds are behind us. We’re recovering from a few days of lethargy and heat stroke, but there isn’t much to update. So, it seems like a suitable time to give a little more colour for the picture we’re painting for our readers. What does a typical day for us on the Atlantic look like?There are 7 of us here on Moonflower: Skipper and owner, Chloe, who is leading the team. 3 Yacht Masters: Emma, Carrie and Kate, who each have over 10,000 miles sailing experience. And then 3 enthusiastic novices: Jake, James and Alex. Jake has spent a few years working in guest relations on yachts in the Mediterranean, so has some experience living on boats – but. read more...


11/12/2020

Escapado - 8-9th November

8 dec Happy birthday to kat! It’s been a steady day with lots of birthday cake, chocolate and lollipops. While we had two spinnaker disasters we recovered quickly from both events. First time was the spinnaker haliyad slipped of the winch self-talor. As we were sat on deck early morning all of a sudden a wizzing sound started, it took a few moments to realise what was happening however we managed to get the spinnaker down safely with no problems. Our next disaster happened at sunset, almost blinded by the sun the spinnaker began to wrap around the forstay, it was too late to retrieve so again we got the kite down quickly and another one up straight away! Food is still rationed, our creativity is been challenged as we work out different combinations of tinned meals, a big shout out to kat. read more...


10/12/2020

Kaizen - Final Blog Post

We arrived last night at 20:38 local time after 17 days, 11 hours and 39 minutes, covering 2736nm to finish first in our division and 5th amongst all cruising boats. We fulfilled our goal of arriving in time to crack open the Champagne for Captain’s birthday. And wow, did it taste good!Today, we have had some bewildered ARC sailors popping over to congratulate us expecting to find a full on professional race crew but instead finding we’re just a family. Having had our COVID tests, we expect to be released from quarantine tomorrow and cement the friendships that we made in Las Palmas and over the airwaves enroute.Our only breakage was our alternator mounting which we are pretty certain was caused by Canarias Multinautica S.L. in Tenerife when they hit it with a hammer. Although they admit. read more...


10/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Are we there yet!

Faithful Followers we are a little fed up. This has turned into a repeat of our crossing in 2017, with little, or no wind - very disappointing. We had hoped for better things this time. Some boats in our class have already finished and we are currently lying 9th in a field of 16. We have had to give up on the cc and are under engine for the next few hours to try and make up some ground. ( Or should that be sea?! )Winds are predicted to kick in later on tonight. But as to whether or not they will - well, your guess is as good as mine. Outside temperature is 33 in the day, but a lot cooler overnight. The night watches are a real pleasure. The moon is rising later so that means we get to enjoy the stars.I actually saw my first shooting star, of this trip, last night.Other crew have been. read more...


09/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Nearly, or The One That Got Away!

Hello and happy Wednesday to anyone reading this! The last couple of days we have made slow progress. The gap is closing and excitement is building as we near the end of our adventure. However, frustration is also building as we are almost in danger of going backwards. Well, it's not quite that bad but it's a close call. Winds have dropped, sometimes to below 1 knot and we struggle to maintain 3 knots of progress. Without our wonderful cruising chute I think we would have been becalmed.That could have had a plus side as the swimmers amongst us (all but Pete) would have enjoyed the water. No matter, at least as we are moving at a sedate pace we could have another try at fishing. We had been sailing slowly, for some time, through vast mats of sargasso weed, floating on the surface of the. read more...


09/12/2020

Rush - Day 18- The home run!

145 miles to go and we are cruising in company with Khelios around 3 miles in front of us, first ARC boat we’ve seen since the start. All things being equal we will be finished before this time tomorrow, nice to have a daylight finish.Update on the seaweed situation- Not long after yesterday’s blog and it had got to joke quantities it cleared, just like that. We reckon it was 100 miles wide, getting progressively worse until it was basically a field and we were wading through it. All of a sudden it was gone, we did one last back down to clear the keel, engine leg and rudders and off we went, back to cruising speed.It’s been a busy day. We decided to swim the ‘BIG’ fishing lure as we figured we could refrigerate a big fish and then share with the other boats in St Lucia. So far sadly we. read more...


Rush - Day 18- The home run!
Rush - Day 18- The home run!
Veni Vidi Vixi - Veni Vidi Vixi - less than 300 nautical miles to go!
Veni Vidi Vixi - Veni Vidi Vixi - less than 300 nautical miles to go!
Veni Vidi Vixi - Ceremoniously throwing away the nautical we’ve sailed so far!
Veni Vidi Vixi -  Ceremoniously throwing away the nautical we’ve sailed so far!
09/12/2020

Khelios - Khelios, jour 18 - Abécédaire

Tentative d'abécédaire, à usage du transateux néophyteAAlizé : vent doux et régulier mythique, censé vous emmener en douceur des Canaries aux Antilles. Gros fake. Amure : voir « Babord » ou « Tribord ». Avitaillement : la phase la plus importante avant d’embarquer. On s'en est pas trop mal sortis. On devrait survivre jusqu'au bout. Peut-être un peu trop de farine. Réflexe de franchouillard confiné ? A noter quelques menues difficultés de conversion de nombre d'unités (x mandarines) en poids (y Kg de mandarines) ; de l'utilité du site Marie-Claire...BBabord : voir « Amure » ou « Tribord ». Barre : bidule tenant par des bouts de ficelles qui cassent la première nuit. Pourtant relativement stratégique pour une transat. Voir « Épissure ». Bimini : toile qui se positionne au dessus du. read more...


09/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Such Is This Life That We Live On The Ocean

Such is this life that we live on the oceanTo spend our days in perpetual motion,Where time is measured by sunrise and setAnd dinner decided by what’s in the net.We’re 2,000 miles into our raceAnd, until this week, have been setting paceBut the wind has now left us for three days and nightsAnd for every mile our sail had to fightWe said to ourselves, ‘Patience we must be,For such is this life on the sea.’Yet when we woke this morning,The day still dawning, The crew still yawning,Ready to recommence mourning,For another day of no motionWe found the wind had returnedAnd now to St Lucia we’re spurned! Such is this life on the ocean.So onwards we chargedIn our loveable bargeWe’re picking back up the pace,And now no sounds of sails flappingDisturb our napping,Moonflower is back in this. read more...


09/12/2020

Suffisant - Day 17 - 8.12.2020

Gestern trafen wir die Lady Ann aus Schweden. Da kein Wind war, haben wir motort.Dann den Parasailor gesetzt.Weit entfernt haben wir eine weitere Gewitterzelle gesehen. Lange Zeit sind wir im Abstand von 2 Meilen neben der Lady Ann gesegelt, mussten wegen Winddrehern dien ausgebaumten Spinakerpol umsetzen. Sonst sehr ruhige Nacht. Der Fruechtebestand ist praktisch zu Ende. Es gibt noch eine Orange, eine Melone. Als Ersatz habe ich Trockenfrüchte und Nüsse. Das Trinkwasser sollte reichen bis St. Lucia. Ansonsten ist jede freigewordene Bilge zur Müllhalde geworden, da wir die Bierdosen sammeln und auch den Plastik. Das Bier neigt sich nun zu Ende, darüber bin ich nicht unglücklich. Obwohl der Konsum pro Person auf 3 Biere pro Tag gesetzt wurde, wird mehr konsumiert. Nun ja, ist mir recht,. read more...


08/12/2020

Kaizen - The finest sashimi

The wind is nothing more than a fluttering breeze today so we are motoring along at a steady 6-6.5 knots. We can see another ARC boat, Neuroseas, on the horizon. As we get closer to St Lucia, we expect to see more of our friends as the fleet begins to converge on the final destination. We’ve made good use of the calm seas by preparing some sashimi. The huge yellow fin tuna we caught last week has been frozen at -18c for over 72 hours now, enough to kill off any parasites. This is the method that the Japanese follow to ensure that their raw fish is safe. For dinner this evening, we’ll enjoy a ribeye steak and Captain has requested bacon, eggs, Cumberland sausages and black pudding for his birthday breakfast tomorrow. If all goes to plan, this will be our final night at sea.image1. read more...


Kaizen - The finest sashimi
Kaizen - The finest sashimi
08/12/2020

Rush - Day 17- Seaweed is evil....

Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhh!!!A new battle has commenced, seaweed! As we get closer the seaweed is getting thicker and there is loads of it, impossible to drive round it because there is so much. As Rush has a flat bottom and it floats on the surface we have been getting it caught around the keel, the engine leg and rudders. It’s also no longer possible to use the hydrogenerator as it gets seaweed around it’s propellor. We’ve done a number of ‘back downs’. This involves dropping the spinnaker, rounding up head to wind and drifting backwards until it comes off. They work well but take time and we’ve done loads, 10 minutes later you need to do another one. What a pain, you can feel Rush being dragged back, we are loosing 1-2kn of boat speed because of it! On the positive side we have. read more...


08/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - The Gap is Closing!

Good morning my trusty followers. We now have less than600 nm to run and our rainbow cruising chute is keeping us going, albeit ata slower speed than we would like. Weather information suggests that the windsshould be picking up, so we are keeping fingers and toes crossed!   Pete has a cinnamon, raisin and cranberry loafbaking for breakfast and yesterday he made a fantastic French onion soup forsupper. The crew did a great job on menu planning and provisioning. We continueto eat very well and wont be going hungry anytime soon.   Koen sent his drone up yesterday, as we were moving atsuch a slow pace, and took some great footage of JM under sail with the cc. Weshall be taking some stills off this to post once we have wi-fi again - so keepan eye out.   We have yet. read more...


08/12/2020

Tohuwabohu - Leg 2 day 16

These are lazy days, the wind is very calm as we sit bobbing around the ocean.We made about 115 nm over night which means we have sailed 1873 nm leaving us with about 200nm to our waypoint which is north of St Lucia’s pigeon Island.Overnight we had some success as the wind did pickup enough. At around 3 pm today we started the engine as we want to try to arrive on Thursday morning. I said that I would talk about the sails sets on board and this seems like an appropriate time. Some of the boats on the ARC Plus have parasailors which for a down wind course are the best option, they create speed and can be flown in light winds and are easily managed by two people.The other options are Spinnaker and asymmetric spinnakers.The boat here does not carry these.She is equipped with two extending. read more...


08/12/2020

Tohuwabohu - leg 2 day 15

Hay hay, we covered 119 nm yesterday and most of this was done under sail as the wind picked up to 9/10 knots which was fantastic for us , so code 0 and poled out genoa.This has been making a respectable 4.5 knots. We have 327 nm left to sail and have covered 1758nm.It was Lovely to have the wind back for a while , the forecast is for it to remain much the same maybe another day without wind.Apparently there is more wind further south, but we would have to drop a degree or degree and a half and at this late stage there is no guarantee we will find it, the decision has been made to carry on the direct route with the wind largely behind us.I haven’t really spoken very much about food on the trip and more importantly about the role that Simone has taken. She has prepared all the food since. read more...



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