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Walkabout
Owner Andrew & Traci Roantree
Design Beneteau Oceanis 45
Length Overall 13 m 84 cm
https://www.instagram.com/walkabout_gonesailing/
Flag United Kingdom
Sail Number GBR3430L


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06/12/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - We've Only Just Gone and Done it!! - We are in Grenada

N12:02.7 W61:45.0We are here!!We crossed the finish line at 1630 (Walkabout/Grenada Time, UST-4) on Saturday 4 December 2021.Apologies for the lack of update since then - we have been too busy celebrating, meeting up with friends from the ARC community and enjoying the Caribbean sun and vibe.I find it hard to put into words how we feel…. We are overjoyed at what we have achieved.  5 years in the planning, and Traci and I have pulled this off - by ourselves.  15 days at sea, through all sorts of weather, we have done each other proud, and Walkabout has done us proud.We arrived too late to get through Health and Customs control on Saturday, so we were resigned to having to stay quarantined on the boat overnight - a slightly disappointing way to celebrate the moment.  But we. read more...


04/12/2021

Walkabout - Land Ahoy!!!!

N11:58.6 W61:21.1After 15 days at sea, the call has gone out - Land Ahoy!!!!!It is a bit fuzzy in the distance, but it is there and we are closing in.A really frustrating morning with very little wind, just doing whatever we can to coax the boat along.Just over 30 miles to get through the finish line and into the marina.Think we can smell the rum punch from here!!. read more...


04/12/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - It Ain't Over 'til the Fat Lady Sings - Day15 Mindelo to Grenada

N11:59.5 W60:45.6Just when you think you are cruising in to the finish, and everything is good in the world.Having a bit of a chat with Morgane of Sark on the VHF - and it all goes to rats.The Blue Water Runner that has been driving us towards Grenada for the last 30 hours decide to separate itself from the top furler.The whole thing slid down the torsion rope and very nearly into the drink.Luckily Traci noticed the problem very quickly, and we dashed on deck to try to sort the mess out.The sail is unusable without getting the torsion rope back in place - looks like we will need a tennis court or something to lay it all out and get it put back together - so no more BWR on this trip.The cause of the problem - our old friend, and jogger’s nemesis - chafe. The attachment line worn right. read more...


04/12/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - It Ain't Over 'til the Fat Lady Sings - Day15 Mindelo to Grenada

N11:59.5 W60:45.6Just when you think you are cruising in to the finish, and everything is good in the world.Having a bit of a chat with Morgane of Sark on the VHF - and it all goes to rats.The Blue Water Runner that has been driving us towards Grenada for the last 30 hours decide to separate itself from the top furler.The whole thing slid down the torsion rope and very nearly into the drink.Luckily Traci noticed the problem very quickly, and we dashed on deck to try to sort the mess out.The sail is unusable without getting the torsion rope back in place - looks like we will need a tennis court or something to lay it all out and get it put back together - so no more BWR on this trip.The cause of the problem - our old friend, and jogger’s nemesis - chafe. The attachment line worn right. read more...


03/12/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - Talk of Scurvy may be Premature - Day14 Mindelo to Grenada

N12:10.0 W58:36.0Oooh! We are getting close to Grenada now!!If things stay as they are/forecast, then we should be in Port Louis sometime tomorrow afternoon (Walkabout Time) - so just one more night at sea, and 190NM to run!!The cookery club has been doing a stock take, and figuring out how much food we need to gorge ourselves on before we arrive!!The list of remaining fresh produce is as follows;1 Orange1 Courgette (zucchini)1 Avocado7 Lemons & Limes1 Cabbage1/2 Red Cabbage6 Tomatoes3 Carrots1/2 MangoBag of potatoes We also have 2x500g beef mince.It’s like ‘Ready, Steady, Cook…’. Suggestions please on what we can rustle up for our final night at sea with that little lot!One thing is for sure, the scary has been held at bay by Traci’s fab victualling.We ate like kings yesterday.For lunch. read more...



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