Mischief - Crossing the Equator
We are nearly at San Cristobal with about 50 miles to run at 0400 UTC We crossed the Equator at 2100hrs UTC last night. We had a Neptune party which involved stopping Mischief on Lat 00degrees00.00', saying a few words, having a drink each and 1 for Neptune.The trip has been a bit frustrating with light winds and rain. We have done lots of motoring, over 50 hours, and I am very pleased we opted for an extra fuel tank as some in the fleet are running on fumes. We have even had to break out the wet weather gear from the depths of a locker as it is so wet but still warm at least. It was raining so hard yesterday it activated my life jacket which nearly gave me a heart attack as I was not sure what was happening. It also activated my AIS alarm which had to be canceled and the rest of the. read more...
Mischief - The Doldrums
We are experiencing the doldrums for the first time as we approach the equator. We have had the engine on for a total of 23 hrs in the last 3 days. This is more than we motored all the way from Guernsey to Lagos. I am glad that we specified Mischief with bigger fuel tanks as we may need to motor all the way to Galapagos looking at the weather forecast.We are all settling into life at sea again, getting use to sleeping in short bursts and getting in and out of damp clothes. Last night we had a about 4 hours rain which was a bit miserable although it was warm rain. As a consolation it has washed the salt off the decks but the crew refused to get out with the shampoo so I am still making water for showers.We drew a blank fishing yesterday so Trevor is on a formal warning for dereliction of. read more...
Mischief - Leaving Las Perlas
Hi FolksWe are off again and we are all glad to be back on passage, if only to give our livers a rest.We had a great time in San Blas and managed to kidnap Yellow Shirt Thomas for the trip to Shelter Bay, Colon. We called in at Portabello which is where the pirate Henry Morgan was based for sometime having ransacked it and held the inhabitants to ransom. We passed the final resting place of Sir Francis Drake at Nombre Dios Bay. Despite being a national hero at home he is also regarded as a pirate by the locals. Portabello was great and the people were very friendly. We had a great meal at a restaurant called Captain Jacks in the next bay round as recommended by Shepherd Moon who ate there the night before, great shout, thanks.We left there and put Thomas on the helm to prevent him having. read more...
Mischief - Santa Marta to San Blas
Hi FolksWe set off from Santa Marta at 1200hrs today having only finished our repairs at midnight yesterday. Talk about last minute but the damaged mast track has been staightened and refitted. More importantly we have figured why it is happening so a small rigging alteration and change in procedure should prevent a repeat.We left the shelter of the harbour to be greeted by 30knts of wind and big seas. We reefed down and despite it being hard to move about the boat we are making good speed. We should be in the San Blas Islands in less than 2 days. They are meant to be stunning so we are all really looking forward to it.Just as we were getting used to be at sea again we caught an enormous Wahoo, we estimated it to be 50lb in weight which took all of us to drag it over the rail. After well. read more...
Mischief - Birthday to Remember
We arrived in the San Blas Islands at 4.00 am and because it was dark we slowed up so we could negotiate the reefs around the islands in the daylight. According to the charts the reefs are only advisary and cannot be relied on. So we deployed Trevor on the bow to direct us around the hazards so we could anchor safely. Our first stop was Caos Cocos Banderos. This is an island consisting of a few palm trees and a Kuna Yalla Indian family living in a hut which reminded me of Robinson Crusoe. They were selling handicrafts which we bought a few to be polite. We spent most of the day relaxing and catching back up on the sleep we lost during the trip. The following day was my birthday so we decided to celebrate with fillet steak which we had stocked the freezer with. The meat in Santa Marta was. read more...