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27/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

Monday 27th NovemberTrifon crossed into the Cap Verde islands early this morning and issailing nearly due west towards St Lucia. Wind conditions are 15-20kntsand the seas are running around 2 metres. We are having difficulty injoining the radio net at lunchtime but I think that I have resolved theissues by reprogramming the radio for tomorrow's SSB call. We have seenseveral pods of small dolphins/porpoises and lots of fat flying fish.All is well on Trifon.. read more...


27/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 8 - 27.11.17 - die ersten 1.000 Meilen sind geschafft!

Barefoot - Tag 8 - 27.11.17 - die ersten 1.000 Meilen sind geschafft!Seit gestern morgen haben wir endlich ordentlichen Wind und konnten im Slalom durch die capverden cruisen. Die Nacht über war es sogar sportlich, bei bis zu 25 kn mussten wir mehrfach reffen. Da wir uns zwischen den Inseln bewegen, haben wir wieder den zweifelhaften Genuss der kurzen Wellen zu spüren bekommen. Im Laufe des Tages verlassen wir dann das Archipel und dann wird’s wieder längere Wellen geben.Heute zeigt sich der Himmel verschlossen, die Sonne haben wir noch nicht gesehen, auch der Sonnenuntergang gestern Abend war recht dürftig. Unserer Stimmung tut das aber keinen Abbruch, wir haben sogar das Spielen entdeckt...Leider haben wir auch drei Todesfälle zu beklagen - drei fliegende Fische haben es im Atlantik. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
27/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Celebrate good times

Yesterday we celebrated passing the halfway mark. For those paying attention you will know that we passed the halfway stage on Saturday evening but we didn't want to jump the gun. That would be like opening your Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, which, as we all know, is naughty. So how do you celebrate on a 15-metre boat (OK, 14.79 metres) in the middle of the ocean? Well firstly you go for a swim. The water temperature is just over 28 degrees Centigrade, which is warmer than our pool at home. It is also significantly deeper than our pool! It is a strange feeling being in the water with nothing under your toes other than 5 kilometres of blue water.However it isn't the depth that's unnerving, it's the fact that Shepherd Moon is so eager to continue her progress westwards, she just. read more...


27/11/2017

Ellen - Day 8

What a lazy day, or?? The wind is extremely weak and still upwind... We have around 1-5 knots wind and our boat speed is quite less than that. However, we got a tuna enough for a dinner and a lunch, upon that Lasse was hit by a "flying fish" but we kindly put the fish back in the water. You can believe Lasse was surprised when he, in the dark night, was hit by a big fly fish!. read more...


27/11/2017

Lei Lei - 8.Tag auf hoher See - Der Passatwind hat uns !

Die Depression ist vorbei, wir motorten bei sonnigem Wetter fleissig nach Süden, denn Meteorologe Frederik hat den Passat für Sonntag abend auf 19° Nord ausgemacht. Zur Hilfe nahm er die Gribfile Vorhersage von der Fa. Wetterwelt in Deutschland, die wir täglich per Kurzwelle erhalten. Jedes Mal wenn wir funken, müssen wir das Schiff von Hand steuern, denn der Autopilot ist nicht der beste Freund der KW Anlage. Zeitgleich meldet der Bordcomputer alle 5 Sekunden per Warnsignal dass der AP nicht zur Verfügung steht. Und das muß jedes Mal quittiert werden. Alle Mann rufen "hier!" wennn es darum geht wer das Schiff die nächsten 1,5 Stunden steuert. Aufgrund der recht langsamen Übertragung dauert jede Funksession so lange. Funktioniert aber.Sonntag abend um 17:00 Uhr die ersten Kräuselwellen. read more...


27/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Calm after the storm

Following the events of the previous couple days, we have been graced with a spell of good fortune.Saturday evening saw the seas settle and the wind find its happy medium, which meant for a pleasant and easy evening of rest and shifts throughout the night.Whilst we sat enjoying a good catch up over the events of the previous day or two, an unexpected squall snuck up on us out of nowhere. The trio on watch saw the perfect opportunity to take advantage and break the top speed to date, reaching 22 knots. Although short-lived this was an additional cherry on the cake; an added accomplishment, another silver lining in what had been a challenging yet rewarding part of our adventure.The evening shifts were graced by the Milky Way and its almost firework display of shooting stars, that left one. read more...


Gust of Wind - Calm after the storm
Gust of Wind - Calm after the storm
27/11/2017

Kindred Spirit - Kindred Spirit

It has been 1 week since we started and we have finally have a decent steady NE breeze blowing us towards the Caribbean at 6kts as of Sunday 26/11. The last few days have tried the captain and crew endurancewith many hours of light/no wind that required motor sailing, no fish caught and a temperamental generator all topped off with an estimated arrival time to St Lucia Jan 2018!! Then yesterday (Sat) our fortunes changed we managed to land 2 fish one on standard boat rod and the other on Joanna's crabbing line. Both fish were Boninto and tasted lovely. Then at 1700 the wind filled in from N/NE and has stayed with us ever since. The previous 3 evenings we have motor sailed, so to cruise along in near silence was heaven for those both on and off watch. We spend most of the days alone but. read more...


27/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay

We are underway from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay. We will spend the night at Mossel Bay and then head to Capetown. We are hoping that will give us a more favorable wind rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Yesterday we did a tour of Addo Elephant National Park. About 17 people went from different boats. We loaded into three mini van type cars. Our guides were very nice. It was a pleasant cool day with sun shine. We spotted a nice list of animals to include ostrich, red bishop bird, Egyptian geese, blacksmith lapwing bird, glass starling, elephants, Cape buffalo, red hartebeest, Kudu, zebra, cape grysbok, wart hog, black backed jackal, dung beetles and leopard tortoise.  I am not that good at remembering. There was a check off list of what we might see. We had a late lunch. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
26/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 8: All mouth and Trousers and the one that got away

26 November 2017 Sunday 0830 20 deg 55.7'N 025 deg 51.9'WWe have decided to head South to catch the ever elusive trade winds and at 0300 we were tracking South on 180 degs upwind (of course). However the wind moved round and headed us meaning we were now aiming toward Africa rather than St Lucia and as the rum punch in the former is not as renowned as that in the latter we decided to tack. This was literally on change of watch and Neal and I had sat for three hours watching us get further away from our destination than we started - very depressing for us. Of course the tack meant we were pointing again to St Lucia but too far North to save us from the impending light patch over to the West, but at least their watch (Dave and Alf) was achieving positive VMG. When Neal awoke with a start. read more...


27/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 8 (26.11.)

Ein neuer Tag auf der Kreuz beginnt, die Lage des Schiffes ist über Nacht aber erträglich, der Wellengang ebenso. Unsere aktuelle Platzierung (89. von 189) im Rennen zeigt, dass die anderen alle auch mit dem Gegenwind zu kämpfen haben.Am Vormittag eine geänderte, bessere Wetterprognose, es besteht Aussicht am nächsten Tag die Passatwinde zu erreichen. Schlagartig hebt sich die Stimmung und dann beißt in der Vorbereitungen zum Abendessen (Spaghetti mit Pesto) auch noch ein Mahi-Mahi an und landet sofort in einem Zwiebel-Weißwein-Sud und bringt mit den Nudeln zusammen weitere gute Laune. Die Flaute kommt wie angekündigt am Abend. Wir motoren in die Nacht, sorgsam darauf bedacht am nächsten Tag das Rendezvous mir dem richtigen Wind nicht zu verpassen.. read more...


27/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 12

We have spent a lot of effort getting south and finally the wind has filled in giving us a decent speed. I really hope it lasts!The crew is all in high spirits, the food is still good, but the fruit is nearly out apart from a weird bunch of bananas. They seem to be of an evergreen type and refuse to ripen. I would not classify it as a big problem, but apart from lime, it is out last bit of fruit. We now see one boat a day on the AIS, so not a lot of traffic. The japanese whalers seem to have found other hunting grounds as well. So we continue or sail, winges out in a good breeze!Peder. read more...


27/11/2017

Charm - Day 10 - birds and pirates

I thought the big news today was going to be the appearance of a tiny but vicious pirate.Instead, it's about the bird that got away.After doing our cleaning chores (Sundays are cleaning days on Charm), we were all taking a break.After two days of eating Cobin's fudge, I decided I'd better do a workout of some sort.I was so sweaty afterwards that I decided to try dragging in the water like the kids.Joe lowered me in, took a few photos, then went back to put away the camera.I was happily dragging in the delightfully cool water when I heard him shouting, "No, no!"I noticed a bird that Joe had pointed out earlier.It had been circling the boat with interest and was now concentrating on the area behind the boat.We have been dragging fishing lines for days, with no luck, and I remembered that. read more...


Charm - I get to drag too
Charm - I get to drag too
Charm - Aaaargghhh!
Charm - Aaaargghhh!
26/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Blog

Same Same but DifferentThe days are sailing by while the food is only getting better. Steaks, homemade rosmary potato chips, mushrooms and peppercorn sauce for dinner tonight, which tried but failed to blow David's homegrown lemon-stuffed-ass, bacon wrapped, roast chicken (with fried Gnochi) out of the water - this was truly exquisite. And with regards to the bread, if I combine the ingredients, David is put in charge of kneading and Erica supervises the oven then blame for wrong-going is suffiently thinly spread so that we can each eat raw, unrisen bread contently in the morning.This afternoon we finally succeeded in convincing the old folks to play racing demons (aside from the Skipper who is neither old enough nor playful enough when it comes to cards). While John may be a demon,. read more...


26/11/2017

Odessa - 8-th day of race

Ветра по-прежнему немного. Пробираемся на юг иногда под мотором - к вечеру например ветер совсем скис.Банное-постиранный день.Из мелких неприятностей -ничего не случилось, обнаружен правда дефект спинакер-фала.Заменён.переделана также проводка оттяжки шкотового угла.На завтрак - кабачки с фасолью, обед - салат + куриный суп.. read more...


26/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Diumenge 26 de novembre de 2017 Ei pipol!Avui hem viscut l’últim diumenge a bord d’aquesta aventura (o això esperem!).Per tant, el dia ha començat amb els seus rituals de xocolata desfeta feta per en Jordi i Sardanes. Avui, com a extra hem fet una coca de pa de pessic i quatre ametlles per acabar d’arrodonir-ho. A més, hem tornat a pescar després de dos dies intentant-ho sense èxit. La veritat és que encara ens queda un llom de tonyina al congelador. Però ara ja estem per sota les mil milles de l’arribada i ja hi ha més peix. I tal dit, tal fet. En Jordi ha tirat la canya i peix cap dins! (Foto 1, no sabem quin peix és però estava boníssim al forn amb 4 patatones).Un cop esmorzats hem continuat amb el nostre esperit “deportiu” i hem fet el gimnàs diari, on avui en Mario se’ns ha. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
26/11/2017

Hummingbird - English lessons for the Aussies: Jollup, the third person, and talking around the subject

Hello again from the recalcitrant Aussie DJ John. 11 days at sea and approaching the three quarter mark with the pina coladas ever closer. Today I learnt a new word from the Brits on board: JOLLUP used to describe a thickened liquid such as sunscreen and ketchup. Interesting, but not as interesting as the UK aversion to the words yes and no and the constant reference to the third person …must have something to do with the Queens English! The spinnaker events continue to dominate the night watchers so that most of my sleeping is done foredeck in the afternoon rather than the sweaty bunk at night… as Chris in his dulcit tones whispers "John are you awake? (at 2am ) we have an issue with the spinnaker..."The No 1 one spinnaker has been retired from active service.I have requested that it be. read more...


26/11/2017

Mad Monkey - FISH FISH FISH and a rough night at sea

Day 6 of the Mad Monkey ARC crossing, and each one has been different!We have sailed in 3-4 knots of breeze both up and down, sped up, caught fish, deck showered, reefed and sunbathed all in the last 48 hours; all with smiles and laughter on board. (Note to self: we must work on the quality of the skipper's jokes).A lovely dorada of around 3kg was successfully landed, leading to some creative knife skills at the pushpitt, and of course the inevitable detritus and debris to wash away - so out came the powerful seawater hose! After washing the deck clean, it was time for the crew to spruce up themselves, so as might be imagined, the back deck became awash with soap and fun and games which the high-pressure hose jet ensured. As a result, we all ate really simple, fresh fish AND the grand. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
26/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice

We reviewed the updated weather forecasts this morning and it appears the Atlantic winds aren’t finished taunting us yet. The heavy weather system has already come further south than anyone predictedand there’s a big hole (no wind) between the northern and southern weather patterns.Latest computer models advise avoiding the hole that’s ahead of us on our current course due south and turning North-West to beat into the breeze and head north of the rum line.If we do that then we’re back into the weather that has been poorly predicted so far and we still have to find a way to cross the hole.We decided to press further south and hope that the weather gods in the tropics will throw us a bone in the next day or so.If we could pick up the trade winds on the other side then even: “boredom might. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
26/11/2017

Interlude - Bouncing around in our bunks ... listening to other boats' travails

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26/11/2017

Interlude - No starving on this yacht.

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26/11/2017

Interlude - We leave Las Palmas!

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La Cigale - Day 8 - As the sun sets
La Cigale - Day 8 - As the sun sets
26/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 8 - 26 November - Sun sets on a calm day

Today I'm writing from a rippling millpond as the sun sets, amber and gold reflected in swathes of satin. Speaking of material, we got our gennaker sail out again - the one from AMARONE that we ripped - to see if we could repair it. It would be fun to have a sail larger than the jib out at night, but we don't want to risk our own bespoke gennaker. We got the sewing kit out, but the rip is huge - about 15m in length - and frayed. Xavier tested duct tape on a section. It seemed to hold but would require about 50m in all, effectively our entire stock of duct tape, which we are loathe to use if not for an emergency. The sail is now back in the bag and stowed away for now.We caught another mahi-mahi today fishing. A little one, so Harley kissed it (much to the kids amusement!) and released it. read more...


26/11/2017

Manihi - Jacouille

salut Les amis!Bon, du vent, moins de vent, pas de vent, de l'ouest, du sud, des alizés ou pas, quel cap choisir vous l'aurez compris en nous lisant c'est notre quotidien.Toutefois il y a une routine plutôt drôle dont j'aimerai vous parler: les quarts de nuit.Sur Manihi on surveille sa route la nuit, on surveille les autres bateaux (en ce moment le plus proche est à 40 kilomètres...mais bon on surveille) et on surveille le cap du bateau. Faudrait pas qu'on fasse demi tour par inadvertance quand même!Toutes les 2 heures et demi on change de bonhomme. On démarre à 21h et on fini à 7h.Quand il y a du vent on ne dors pas super bien donc on peut regarder sa montre régulièrement et on est à l'heure pour prendre son quart, pas de problèmes.Le truc c'est qu'on s'habitue à tout et même à dormir. read more...


26/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 11 alweer een zonnige dag

Gisteravond nadat wij de film, The Intern, hadden gekeken in de kuip,kregen wij weer wind!! Dus toch weer all hands ipv een rustig motornachtje. Vannacht lekker doorgeknald met 2 man aan dek en iedere 3 uur een wissel.Wij rosden op ons doel af met 8 tot 9 knopen speed. top van 11!! Vanmorgen een stevig zondag ontbijtje gehad met eieren en spek en versgeperste jus d’orange. Middag eten maar overgeslagen... De wind vandaag gaat op en af tussen de 9/10 en 12/13 knopen, blijvenpielen dus en kruipen weer wat hoger boven de rumb lijn. we hadden het vroegeral over plassenpielers,later kwamen deze mannen op de Noordzee om daar met lichtweer pielles te geven. Nu zijn wij de vloot oceaanpielen aan het leren. Haico’s appje zegt nu dat het nog ongeveer 50 uur varen is als wijgemiddeld 7.5 knopen. read more...


26/11/2017

Hot Stuff - lizzys blog

Well, it's been a week! But not one that the crew will have recognised ever before. There was no Monday morning dread, no early morning spin class or Friday night drinks. It has been a week of routine, but also one of a new, much more simple way of living. The repetitive schedule of eat, sleep, sail, repeat, that to some may sound monotonous, brings with it a sense of freedom that it is hard to find anywhere else in the world, and it is this feeling that brings me out onto the ocean again and again, and that the crew are now starting to thrive on. They are doing an awesome job at keeping Hot Stuff moving in more or less the right direction, keeping us fed, watered and most importantly, entertained. Nothing is too much to ask of them, be ita down wind reef when we have been a bit. read more...


26/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 25112017 Sunny Sunday

Bonsoir la Terre!Sunny sunday today!L'inénarrable Louis B de La Chaine Météo, vous avait annoncé que l'on aurait moins de vent...me trompe-je? Effectivement cela a bien molli...on a encore eu une nuit avec des grains, moins violents mais encore 20kt dans les rafales...La nuit a été assez lente, car pas mal de molles derrières les grains que l'on ne voit pas car pas de lune la nuit...,)Depuis ce matin c'est Solent GV Haute grand soleil, brise une dizaine de noeuds...du 240-260...donc babord amure Adrena nous calcule une route vers le nord ouest jusqu'a demain....mais les routages sont chaque jour un peu differents.L'atmoshere en cabine est dé-confinée...nous dejeunons en terrasse, et comme c'est dimanche...et pour ne pas oublier que l'on va vers les Antilles, on s'est motivé d'un. read more...


26/11/2017

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV in the trade winds - hopefully for keeps

After a long and frustrating Saturday when we (again - sigh) had to use the engine for a large chunk of the day and following night (with only 2-3 Kts of wind, there's no way our boat moves in those conditions), today has proved to be a lot better. As (more or less) predicted, we hit the trade winds (very light at first) this morning after breakfast. We then spent the rest of the morning setting the boat up for downwind sailing. For this we used the "Chris Tibbs set-up" (he described this well during one of the seminars we followed in Las Palmas). So our main and genoa can be furled at will, whilst keep our pole in place (and the boom too - thanks to a boom brake and a preventer). We can quickly reef down and up when needed! The wind has crept up to 12-14 knots and this fills our sails. read more...


26/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+7 Si on recule, comment...

Dimanche 26 novembre 201712h UTC23°09 N24°49 WDistance sur 24h : 134 millesDistance restante : 2138 milles (soit 21 milles de plus qu'hier !)Si on recule, comment voulez vous que l'on ne se fasse pas...doubler par lesautres.Nous sommes coincés. Le vent est resté vent debout depuis hier, force 3.Nous avions 2 choix.Faire de l'W SW en direction de Ste Lucie mais avec des calmes devant nous.Soit faire du SE en direction de Cap Vert à 90° de la route directe. Maisen se rapprochant des alizés.Nous avons choisi cette solution pendant toute la nuit. Nous avons fait duprès sous génois et GV haute sur une mer calme. Avel Biz a bien glissé avecune légère gite sous une belle lune. Bref une navigation facile et reposantemais pas tout à fait dans la direction souhaitée.Ce qui fait que nous avons. read more...


26/11/2017

Helen - Ed on board Helen

We have 590 miles to go which should take us about 3.5 days. The weather forecast is suggesting stronger winds so we may have some good sailing, but not yet, we are still motoring!Last night I was chatting with the captain as to why sailors sail in the 21st century?Firstly it is the sense of the achievement, beating the elements, living the dream or ticking a box on the bucket list. But it means morewith different aspects for different sailors.For some it's the thrill of the chase, getting to the next port ahead of the competition and squeezing every last drop of boat speed from the wind. Today's racing sailors know this well, as did the ships of old like the Cutty Sark or the Whalers.For me and my 18 Atlantic crossings it's been about meeting new people, particularly the children on the. read more...


26/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 8 - Wir sind im Passat!

Endlich - wir haben die Passatwindzone erreicht! Und das wohl verdient, haben wir uns doch eine Woche lang mit dem schwachen Wind, den wir hatten, mühsam in Richtung Süden gekämpft. Nun zahlt es sich aus: Wir fahren entspannt unter Parasailor (Ein Segel mit "Loch" und Flügel), machen konstant etwa 7,5 Knoten Fahrt und sehen die Meilen nur so unter uns wegziehen. Noch vier andere ARC-Boote haben die gleiche Route wie wir gewählt, darunter drei deutsche Crews, die vermutlich die gleichen Wetterdaten von "Wetterwelt" beziehen wie wir. Die Funkrunde heute Mittag hat wieder gezeigt, dass unsere Entscheidung goldrichtig war, denn weiter im Norden kämpfen die Boote wieder mit einer Windflaute. Der Position Report, den wir über Satellitentelefon beziehen, hat außerdem ergeben, dass wir uns auf. read more...


26/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 8: Bootsleben

Abgesehen von der 4 stündigen Unterbrechung für die Nachtwache habe ich sehr gut geschlafen. Das Schlagen hat aufgehört, der Wind leider auch und so sind wir überwiegend unter Motor gelaufen. Das macht am wenigsten Spaß, ist aber sehr erholsam, da keine Segeländerungen zu machen sind und man auch weniger aufpassen muss. Verkehr gibt es so gut wie keinen. Wir sehen maximal alle 24 Stunden ein anderes Schiff. Auf schlafende Wale und treibende Container passt man auch nicht auf, weil das sowieso keinen Sinn hat, die würde man zu spät sehen. Bleibt eine generelle Überwachung von Kurs und besonderen Vorkommnissen. Davon gibt es auch nicht viele, aber es ist gut zu bemerken, was alles so kaputt geht. Meine Faustregel ist ja eine Sache pro Tag. Manches können wir reparieren, anderes nicht.. read more...


26/11/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 8 - it’s sushi time!

At last we have got clear of the bad weather, the sun is shining, bikinis have gone on and the fish are biting!It couldn’t be more true about the butter... as soon as you hit 20 degrees north, the sun starts to shine, the butter does indeed melt and so are we.It’s hot at night now (we don’t have air con) and we are currently in 1.9 knots of wind so not much breeze to keep us cool but we can’t complain because this is AMAZING!We are so pleased and proud of ourselves to have got through some nasty days with everything and more importantly, everyone, intact.Susan Ann II is most definitely looking after us well.Susan Ann II is named after my late mum and I’m sure she’s looking down on us and keeping us safe.We will wake up to the trade winds tomorrow and can’t wait to get downwind sailing. read more...


Susan Ann II - log day 8 - it’s sushi time!
Susan Ann II  - log day 8 - it’s sushi time!