Next Step - Funchal to Las Palmas
Monday 9th September, we slipped our mooring lines and headed away from Funchal, Madeira and out into the Atlantic on our way south to Las Palmas. After a short period of motoring in the wind shadow of the island we set the sails and had a great sail averaging 7 knots over the three days.Unfortunately, our attempts at fishing was pretty hopeless we did not get a single bite. Never mind we will have plenty of time to perfect our fishing skills going across the Atlantic in November and December.After a 255 nautical mile sail we eventually arrived off Las Palmas on the morning of 11th September. We got into the Marina Las Palmas, completed the usual customs formalities, re fuelled and by 1030 we had moored up at our berth on pier L.Over the next few days we will have lots of jobs to do on. read more...
Next Step - Cascais to Madeira
Saturday 31st August, overnight the wind speed reduced considerably, Jeremy had to radio a ship at about 0400 as it appeared on AIS that they were going to pass very close so wanted to make sure that they had seen us. After breakfast we got out the fishing tackle and started fishing for another tuna. Later in the day the breeze got up and our average speed increased to around 6 knots.It stayed sunny for most of the day which made it very pleasant, but unfortunately it was clearly not good weather for catching a fish as we did not get a single bite
! In the evening Hanna made an excellent supper and we all slotted back in to the watch pattern for our second night at sea.Sunday 1st September, The night was pretty uneventful we had several cargo ships around. The wind became quite variable. read more...
Next Step - Cascais, Portugal
The trip to Cascais was a little slow at times but the final approach around Cabo Rosa towards Cascais marina was a fantastic fast sail, at times we were making 9 knots over the ground. We had stayed off shore for most of the trip, but when we got closer in shore the number of fishing pots that we needed to avoid increased dramatically.A little earlier than anticipated we arrived at the visitors reception pontoon at Cascais marina, the marina reception were very helpful and they spoke excellent English. Portugal seems to be a bit more organised than Spain as our boat details and insurance were already on a database that the marinas obviously all share, so checking in was very much quicker. We went around to our allocated marina berth and tied up. Once we had sorted ourselves out, we went. read more...
Next Step - Update Baiona to Cascais
We continue our trip from the UK down to Las Palmas. Baiona our last stopover in Spain is said to be the first European harbour to hear that Columbus had discovered America (RCC Pilotage). We have had a great time in Baiona but it is now necessary to move further down the coast and in to Portugal. We left the marina on 23rd August hoping to be back some day
Our next brief stopover was at Viana Do Castelo, Portugal a small town with a marina on the north bank of the river. As we got in at a reasonable hour we took the opportunity to go into the town and have a look around, have a beer in one of the squares as well as buying some food for an evening meal made by Nicole on board Next Step before turning in for the night.24th August, we left Viana Do Castelo and sailed to Porto, Portugal's. read more...
Hawkeye - Two ARC boats meet in San Remo
Today Alexandra and I met up with ARC 2019 entry Alessandro Greco on his lovely Beneteau Oceanis 523 “Regina del Mare” which, like Hawkeye, is also berthed here at Portosole in San Remo, Italy.Richard AlessandroAlexandra - and Regina del Mare. read more...
Salamander - from Rebecca Hayter
Salamander Saturday 25 May, lovely flat sea, with 327nm to go. Loving the sunshine and, even better, everyone had a shower yesterday. Skipper is practising and improving his celestial navigation so we are no longer lost. A turtle just drifted past but we have been reading 117 Days AdRebecca. read more...
Salamander - YB Connect Message from Rebecca Hayter
Salamander, Friday 24 May. We are just loving the back of the front. That big, dark red beast on Skipper's PredictWind screen arrived bang on schedule, bringing gusts of plus-40, big seas and threw buckets of cold rain over the poor souls on watch. Salamander rollicked along under staysail and slightly reefed mizzen, which brought us through unscathed. Today is all about sunshine, hot showers and decks festooned with wet gear and smelly boat shoes. There is still no answer on whose are the smelliest as no judge has survived the assessment process. I hope other boats also came through without problems.--Transmitted by Rebecca Hayter using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...
Salamander - YB Connect Message from Rebecca Hayter
Salamander, day three... yesterday was our wildlife day. We?d already seen lots of Portuguese man of war jellyfish, like a big version of the blue bottles we get in NZ so that cancelled the daily swim. Around mid morning our first dolphins came to play, like speckled small bottle nos--Transmitted by Rebecca Hayter using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...
Hawkeye - 1st Hawkeye blog entry
Hawkeye is now back afloat at her home berth in Portosole, San Remo, Italy, after a winter’s refit – and nearly ready to go!It will be a sad day when we finally leave San Remo for the last time at the end of June. We plan to spend a week or two on the Cote D’Azur before crossing to Calvi in Corsica, then down to the Costa Smeralda in North East Sardinia for the rest of July and August. It’s the Balearics for September and early October then Gibraltar and Grand Canaria by early November.All four of us – Peter, Jane, Alexandra and Richard – are incredibly excited! We’ve all crossed the Atlantic before, together, in a Lagoon 560 catamaran in the ARC 2015.Cheers from Hawkeye!ARC flag with Peter and Jane Richard ARC Flag Alexandra ARC Flag. read more...