Firefly - Crew heading home
After a week or so in Grenada sight seeing and a little rum (some might say more than a little! ) first Gerard then Peter head back to the UK.Many thanks to Paul and Susie for letting us share their adventure and good look on the last part of the circumnavigation up to St Lucia. Firefly has looked after us well and a great yacht to sail on.Alsocongratulations , good luck and fair winds to all on the World ARC for the rest of the rally and trips back to their home ports.Peter. read more...
Firefly - 45 miles to Grenada
Today is Saturday 4th March and we will arrive at Prickly Bay, Grenada by about 1600 local time. Firefly won't complete her circum navigation until she reaches St Lucia at the beginning of April. It is however a massive milestone as we have just crossed the Atlantic again, this time starting from Cape Town way down in the south.Our 4 day passage from the Maroni River has been wet and windy and uncomfortable.We benefited from some favorable current for most of the trip but have been hampered by a cross sea (waves across our track) with waves breaking on the deck. We have had frequent rain and wind squalls too and needed all of our sprayhood and rain covers in place to try and stay dry. The winds on the beam have been up to 35 knots in the squalls and mostly over 20.Fortunately our last. read more...
Firefly - French Guyana - Up the Maroni River
On 26th February 2017, after two days and one night at the rolly anchorage south of Iles Royale, one of the Iles du Salut, we lifted the anchor and headed north east approximately 100NM to the Maroni River entrance. Our destination was St Laurent Du Maroni, a town on the boarder with Suriname some 25 miles up river. St Laurent officially became a town in 1949 and now has a population of 40,000. It was historically a prisoner reception port for the French penal colonies within French Guyana, where all prisoners including Dreyfus and Papillon came first after their voyage from France. Our little detour up the river was suggested by Tim and Magda from fellow WARC yacht Bellafonte who had been in email contact with Davide Matelicani. Italian Davide, with good English and a strong Aussie. read more...
Firefly - Cruising French Guyana - Iles du Salut
We were disappointed that our planned stop to the Brazilian islands of Fernando du Naronha had to be abandoned due to the predicted wave height at the anchorage but our next stops along the coast and up a river of French Guyana has made up for it.11 days after leaving Salvador, at 1000 on February 25th 2017, we dropped anchor at Isles du Salut (salvation) comprising Isle Royale, Isle St. Joseph and Isle Diable (Devil's Island). The group is famous (or infamous) as a French penal colony introduced by Napoleon and active for around 100 years from the 1850's until 1953. We anchored South of Isle Royalethe largest of the group sheltered from the NE Trade winds and the strong current running up the coast (sometimes over 3 knots). There were three other yachts one from France and two from. read more...
Firefly - Back in the Northern Hemisphere
Today is Wednesday 22nd February and Firefly is 1250 miles from Grenada. Yesterday at 1425 she crossed the equator and is now back in the northern hemisphere. No major celebrations this time as we are all seasoned mariners having crossed the equator before, but we did toast Neptune with a beer shortly after our crossing.This part of the South Atlantic has been grey with an ongoing stream of heavy squalls - somewhat intimidating. Interestingly as we were approaching the line it looked sunnier on the other side and today is certainly a better day. We hope that we are now through the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) which is more generally called the 'Doldrums'. The wind has been reasonably good through this notoriously calm stretch and we have sailed through on average at about 5. read more...