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Rodney Bay, St. Lucia to Le Marin, Martinique. 19th February 2019. Good sail, but no fish.

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We got there! Long day motor-sailing and hand-steering, but made it 🙂

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Bad: Autopilot belt snapped again. Dave ripped the sail. Good: Found a kelp crab. Kept on sailing.

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More lovely downwind sailing.

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Pleasant trade wind sailing. Experimenting with egg replacer.

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Domestic chores took most of the day. Pleasant downwind sailing.

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Back to downwind sailing, pretty much on a direct course to our destination. Enough wind to make good time in the morning; less later on but at least we are moving in the right direction.

Kids got the lego out again. And their headbuts (which we have not seen, at least not in such a ferocious fashion, for quite some time).

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Slow day’s sailing.

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Baked bread, made chocolate, chilled.

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As the day dawned we found two flying fish on the boat! I mean, “we caught two flying fish”…. After consulting our fishing book, Charlie gutted them and broke their back muscles so they wriggle appropriately, rigged them so their wings stayed out, and attempted to use them as bait to catch something more dinner-appropriate. Not successful, possibly because we were sailing too fast and the hooks were ripped through the fish.

Winds lower (10-15kt), seas still lumpy. Scooting along at 7kt or so with a triple-reefed main and the whole of the jib. Could and would go faster if we raised some more mainsail, but the lumpy seas make it uncomfortable at speed so we just tootled along.

Ate the last of the cake as a late-morning snack; planned a 1000Nm-to-go cake.

Seas died down later in the afternoon, so released the rest of the sails. Speeds between 9 and 12 knots in 12-15 knots of wind. Lovely 😊 – we hoped to stay ahead of most of the coming calms if we kept this speed up for a little while. Racing towards 1000Nm to go, too, which means more cake.

Some maintenance – fixing a loose cushion back which was letting our books slip down behind the cushion; repairing a loose/wet electrical connection on the speed transducer; engine checks which revealed a slightly worn fan belt on the starboard engine. And catching up on the tidying in general.

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Bumpy seas, but OK sailing.

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Light-wind sailing. Swimming mid-Atlantic.

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Not enough wind for our liking. Port engine not operational. Kids mixing awkwardness with activities.

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Lovely day’s sailing as the winds dropped. Sleepy night.

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Racing downwind. Autopilot belt failed. Interesting night.

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Didn’t write anything down this day – sorry!

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Great morning’s sailing. Didn’t write anything down in the afternoon..

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Varied wind speeds. Kids playing games, making things and a mess with clay. Charlie helming with Theo in his wrap.

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An uncomfortable morning, but once we slowed the boat down it became more comfortable. Nighttime squalls.

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Changing weather forecast, so changing course. More good food…

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Comfortable start to the passage – eating proper food, too. Establishing passage routines.

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Wonderful sail. Experimenting with twin headsails (success), stargazing with Arthur, ringing in the New Year off the South coast of Tenerife.

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Atlantic crossing aborted for now after a couple of minor boat problems. Lovely passage, though 🙂

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Sailing against the trade winds…. not fun.

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Be aware of the wind speeds in this area (ignore the forecasts, listen to locals) – fun sailing in flat conditions with light-ish background winds.

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Relaxed sailing – learning to make the best of a broad reach.

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Lovely sail – settling into having two crew & three kids.

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We had planned this passage to test our sea legs on a longer stretch than we have encountered previously, as you do when one of the two-person ‘crew’ is eight months pregnant…

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chug chug chug

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Our worst passage to date, by a distance.

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On passage from Lisbon to Alvor we had a combination of lovely sailing conditions (first half) and wind-lacking conditions. Charlotte poorly again!

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More dolphins!
December 42017

On the way from São Martinho do Porto to Peniche Arthur and Dave enjoyed “following a pod of dophins” (as Arthur shouted in the most joy-filled voice we’ve ever heard).

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The autopilot heading-input broke in the middle of the night. I decided to head to a marina rather than hand steer.

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While on passage from Porto to São Jacinto, we enjoyed the winter sunshine and some dolphins followed us for a while.

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A 45 hour crossing with no major scares. Sea-sickness.

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  • Rodney Bay, St. Lucia to Le Marin, Martinique

    Rodney Bay, St. Lucia to Le Marin, Martinique

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Nineteen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Eighteen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Seventeen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Sixteen

    Crossing the Atlantic – Day Sixteen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Fifteen

    Crossing the Atlantic – Day Fifteen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Fourteen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Thirteen

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  • Crossing the Atlantic – Day Eleven

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