Position: 3º 49.92′ S 32º 24.498′ W About to weigh anchor for Martinique. Despite our lack of actual tourism, Fernando de Naronha will be one of our favorite places we have ever been. Looking forward to 16 easy passagemaking days. All is well.
Position: 3º 49.908′ S 32º 24.492′ W With a tremendous amount of help from Claude and Jules on Eva, we managed to get our new rig up, and the outboard (which was submerged in a squall the other night) cleaned out. We are as provisioned up as we can be here, and ready to depart […]
Position: 3º 50.058′ S 32º 24.018′ W Almost done at Fernando. We just checked out, but still need to finish repairing the rig. Probably leave tomorrow. Next stop, Martinique. All is well.
Position: 3º 49.92′ S 32º 24.498′ W We are shipbound at Fernando de Naronha (waiting for parts in paradise). Because we are American, we are not allowed to get a Visa without visiting the Consulate in the USA. So we have spent our days playing with our friends on Eva, swimming, and watching the huge […]
Position: 3º 58.308′ S 31º 39.552′ W Lovely wake up call this morning, “Dad, I just noticed the engine is overheating…” Thank god Ruby is sharp. We turned it off and found that without sails or engine, we were still drifting in the right direction at 3+ knots. It seems like our luck tends to […]
Position: 4º 18.408′ S 30º 5.088′ W We lost our lower shrouds today. This time it was due to the bolt that holds the tangs to the mast, breaking. The port shroud dropped immediately to the deck, and the starboard hung on by a few threads. Vick and I sprang into action, dropping sails and […]
Position: 5º 11.85′ S 26º 53.88′ W We are 10 days out from St. Helena and have 16 days left to Martinique. We have tossed out quite a bit of our fresh veg due to rot, and the fridge is looking a little sparse. That said, we are still eating well and finding joy in […]
Position: 5º 50.58′ S 24º 27.06′ W Today has been back to back squalls. We are reefed down and just riding them out. Sadly, the wind in the cell comes at 90° to the trades, so we are not making very good distance today. Yesterday we made 155 miles (our plan speed is 144). Still, […]
Position: 6º 26.1′ S 22º 9.198′ W We are having some really fantastic sailing today. Last night’s pizza was fantastic, and we are ripping along towards the site of the former ITCZ. it looks like there is a chance that we might be able to pass North while the ITCZ is absent. Fingers crossed. All […]
Position: 6º 41.742′ S 20º 0.282′ W Last night’s dinner turned out to be glorious chicken and slaw sandwiches. Ruby’s dough was used for focaccia instead of pizza (though we are having pizza tonight, I hear). And that was in turn made into sandwiches. For the non-GF non-cruiser set, this might sound under whelming, but […]