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A few people have asked us how we managed to keep the boat sailing 24-7 when there were just two of us to crew the boat, and three kids to look after. ‘When do we sleep?’ being the most common question. So, I’ll have a go at explaining, and perhaps help other sailors-with-kids to decide whether they want to go offshore at the same time.read more
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