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Blonde Moment
Owner Paul Wade
Design Hallberg-Rassy 48 Mk II
Length Overall 14 m 99 cm
Flag United Kingdom
Sail Number GBR4458L

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Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment leg 2 day 1

Afteralmost a week on Sao Vicente I think the crew of Blonde Moment had enjoyed themselves exploring the island and its neighbor Santo Antao as well as sampling the local cuisine. The skipper hada couple of SCUBA dives seeing , turtles, rays eels and nurse sharks along with the more usual smaller aquatic life and also spent a day windsurfing off a sand beach in a deserted bay with good wind and equipment ... what could be better!Start day arrived and Blonde Moment was one of the last boats off the dock as we had to wait for boats to leave but we eventually left the marina at 11:25 giving us plenty of time to join the crowd of ARC plus yachts waiting for the start.As we got to the 10 minute gunthe skipper decided it was time to put out the sails however it seemed that the hydraulics to. read more...


Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment Blog 3

8th NovemberBlonde Moment is making its way southto Cap Verde! After a slow start with light winds in Las Palmas, Blonde Moment went into racing mood and is currently improving on her poor start as was probably one of the last boats to cross the line! Conditions are very fair so far; the only disappointment was a fish that went off the hook again. Looking forward to a great night-time sailing with a bright full moon!Laura. read more...


Blonde Moment - Blog 11 Sines

A dull morning in Sines but warm.The crews all assembled at the castle high above the marina and sandy beach.The Portugese explorer and navigator Vasco da Gama was born here in 1469 and an excavation at the castle has unearthed coins, pottery and even Roman artefacts.We were given a tour of the castle and museum and then treated to a delicous spead of tarts, quiches, salads and fruit with cake.A real treat.The sun came out in the afternoon as we were all preparing for tomorrow's final leg and a really long one round Cape St Vincent to the Algarve and Lagos.. read more...


Blonde Moment - Blog 10 Nazare to Oeiras

The wind and sea conditions meant that the fleet were given the choice of sailing on to Oeiras on the Thursday or Friday.Seven boats left on the Thursday but we were enjoying Nazare so much, we decided to stay the extra day.A walk along the red flagged beach with huge dumping waves in lovely warm sunshine was just what we needed.The sail to Oeiras on Friday 1st July started slowly but the wind gradually kicked in and we enjoyed a great downwind sail until the acceleration zone exists there and the wind went very rapidly from 10 to 16 to 34 knots needing 3 reefs in the main and the headsail reduced to a postage stamp.Very exciting sailing!A maximum speed of 10.8 knots was recorded........Oeiras gave crews the opportunity to hop on a train to visit Lisbon, Cascais or. read more...


Blonde Moment - Blog 9 Figuero da Foz to Nazare

`Having recovered from the long sail and a very late night celebrating over was also our wedding anniversary.... Paul and I decided to skip the tour of Coimbra as we had both been before.BM was given a thorough bubbles wash down outside and a good dust and polish inside whilst the washing machine did endless loads.Sometimes on these rallies you just need a day to catch up with yourself.We popped over to the market opposite the marina and bought half a kilo of fresh prawns and some lovely bread and thoroughly enjoyed our lunch in between jobs.There is also a walk along the beach which is worthwhile.Monday 27th there was a coach trip to the top of the hills behind Figuera with a stunning view along the coast.We also visited the museum with lots of modern art and finally. read more...

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