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One Year In Today has been a pretty similar day to that one year ago, when we left our home of 8 years to move aboard our sailboat- errands and boat jobs. Granted, this morning I was taken to and from shore in the dinghy by Dave and the boys in what they nicknamed the ‘Naked Taxi Service’ (the boys wore only life-jackets), rather than travelling by car, and today’s main and ultimately unsuccessful errand was to find somewhere to book Hector’s routine childhood vaccinations using my limited Spanish, rather than last year’s measuring up for...read more
We are currently moored at a marina in Baiona, our first marina since La Coruna just over two weeks ago, having spent the intervening period anchoring or mooring around the Ria’s between the two. The next week doesn’t look ideal for sailing, as the remnants of a Hurricane and series of Southerly winds look like they will get in the way. Actually, as I was typing this the wind started to get strong and consistent enough to have me pop outside to double-check none of our mooring ropes were in a position likely to chafe. A couple of times. Being...read more
Well, we won’t be setting off across Biscay this weekend, that’s for sure – the above from Buoyweather relating to where we would be roughly 24 hours after exiting the Rade de Brest for a crossing. In fact, looking at the longer-range forecast, it may be some time before a window appears. Windfinder’s week-ahead forecast has, over the past few weeks, been reasonably reliable in showing the general weather patterns for the North Atlantic. Looking at this, and guessing its impact on the sea state, I can’t see the swell in Biscay even...read more
Just a quick update as to where we are and how we are doing, as Charlotte and I have both been neglecting this blog. We’re currently moored to a visitor’s mooring buoy just off a small village called Lanvéoc, in Brittany, France. We arrived here yesterday, and walked up into town at around 1pm to pick up some food, forgetting that many French shops close for lunch – which, here, lasts until 5pm. So, we had lunch in a café next to the beach and spent the afternoon there before hopping in the dinghy back to the boat and cobbling together a...read more