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Charm
Owner Joe & Lara Grosjean
Design Outremer 55 Light
Length Overall 16 m 15 cm
Flag United States of America
Sail Number N/A


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12/02/2020

Charm - To Brazil 6 - Arrival

We can see the lights of Salvador as we approach.It’s 8:30 pm local time but we only “time traveled” one hour since St. Helena so boat time is 10:30 pm.We should be at the dock in about three hours. Our last day of the passage was much like the rest – more or less uneventful.We had decent wind in the morning but then had to drop Mini Spinny when the wind died in the afternoon.We put both engines on and later, with a bit of wind, put up the gennaker, which is easy to roll up and put away when we arrive in port. We did school again and finished up our radish project.It didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped – it turns out that inside a boat isn’t an ideal environment for growing plants.We had enough space but not quite enough light in the location I chose.But there was still learning.The. read more...


10/02/2020

Charm - To Brazil 5

It was a busy day on Charm! Cleaning day went well – all the participants cleaned their respective areas without complaint. After that, there were all kinds of activities.We gybed Le Grand Bleu and Joe discovered a small tear in the leech tape so she came down and Mini Spinny went up.Gemma got a splicing lesson from Joe and made a nice rope with two loops on it, mainly to practice splicing but Joe plans to use it to reinforce our reef lines somehow.The girls pretended to be dogs or sea creatures or tigers or all of the above and Cobin read his book, played with his robot, and started a rubber band war against Gemma. We all paused to see the only things we’ve seen on the ocean since our courteous archery target fish companions paced the boat about a week ago.Today we sighted . . .. read more...


09/02/2020

Charm - To Brazil 5

It was a busy day on Charm! Cleaning day went well – all the participants cleaned their respective areas without complaint. After that, there were all kinds of activities.We gybed Le Grand Bleu and Joe discovered a small tear in the leech tape so she came down and Mini Spinny went up.Gemma got a splicing lesson from Joe and made a nice rope with two loops on it, mainly to practice splicing but Joe plans to use it to reinforce our reef lines somehow.The girls pretended to be dogs or sea creatures or tigers or all of the above and Cobin read his book, played with his robot, and started a rubber band war against Gemma. We all paused to see the only things we’ve seen on the ocean since our courteous archery target fish companions paced the boat about a week ago.Today we sighted . . .. read more...


09/02/2020

Charm - To Brazil 4

There’s not a lot happening in the Atlantic Ocean, 500 miles from the Brazilian coast.And it’s hot.Sweat dripping down your back hot.Sweat coalescing under your hair, dampening your hairline, and dripping down your neck hot.Hot enough that everyone is cranky and uncomfortable and we just want to sit still in the shade and wait for the night’s coolness to come. Now the night is finally here.But with the heat, or probably because of the heat, or somehow linked to the presence of the heat, there is very little wind.Le Grand Bleu finally fluttered to a halt around dinner time during Gemma’s watch.She suggested it was time to douse it and Joe agreed.Down came our only sail and up went . . . nothing.We turned on the starboard motor (Joe very kindly keeps it running so we don’t have to smell. read more...


07/02/2020

Charm - To Brazil 3

Another peaceful night on the Atlantic!Joe’s strategy has paid off and time we spent working our way north has allowed us to stay in the wind and sail faster because we have room to turn upwind a bit and get some air in the spinnaker when the winds lighten. It wasn’t peaceful all day, however.When I woke up, it was cool-ish and cloudy outside.Joe had done the wash and he and the kids hung it (see, I told you we all do laundry) in the cockpit.Gemma said, “We’re going to get wet soon!” which I took to mean either she saw a large wave in the distance or it was going to rain.Either way it seemed prudent to take down the laundry.Gemma helped me take it all down.Then I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a few more minutes of drying time until it actually started raining so I hung up the ones. read more...



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