The South Pacific continues to astound. We ‘ve passed through Tikehau, Moorea, Tahiti and Tahaa and we’re now on our way to Suwarrow, Niue and Tonga.
Since my last update we have completed the longest passage on the world circumnavigation – 2980 nm from Santa Cruz in the Galapagos to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.
We had Patrick and Janie to help us (thanks!) over the 21-day passage. Three weeks is honestly too long to be sailing non-stop, but needs must.
After a few days in the Marquesas we said goodbye to Patrick and Janie and sailed ourselves the 480 nm south-west to the Tuamotu Islands and the Ahe atoll. All the atolls are a challenge – poorly surveyed and charted sometimes and inaccurate tide tables. Only to be attempted in daylight and in good visibility.
We are now well on our way – two legs completed, Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Santa Marta Colombia, and Santa Marta to the San Blas Islands. We are now in Shelter Bay, Panama, preparing to go through the Panama Canal.
We collected Mistral of Portsmouth at the beginning of August, and with the help of Bill, Sheila, Laura and Rory, we sailed her from Gruissan in France to Palma, Mallorca.
Since then we’ve been based in Palma. Quite a few friends and family have visited including Laura H, Calum, Ceri, Isobel, Mia, Tilly, Shirley, Jane H and Janice. More to come!
Mike of Guardian Yacht Services has been a great help with finding experts to repair and improve the boat. And there have been a few things to fix – tender motor, mainsail furling, a tear in the genoa to mention a few.
So far, apart from fixing broken things and learning how to splice dyneema into soft shackles, we’ve visited Andratx, Cala Blanca, Las Isletas, Soller, Deia, Pollensa, Port-Petro, Laguna del Salobra, some of those in the course of sailing around Mallorca. And now the weather is starting to cool down, we’re enjoying Palma even more.
I’ve uploaded all the documents that I’ve got, so that’s it for the time being. Here’s the list on one page:
Last document for a while – the 1955 version of Volume 1 of AP 129-Flying.
The RAF’s bible of flying – AP 129 Flying Volume 2 – Aircraft Operation, 1958 edition (thanks Batty). Volume 1 – Aircraft And Equipment to follow shortly.
I completed the Proficiency Gliding Course at RAF Swanton Morley in 1971 as an Air Cadet. Here are the instructions I was given on arrival.
Here are the Chipmunk T Mk 10 Flying Instructor’s Handbook and the Jet Provost T Mk 3 & T Mk 4 Flying Instructor’s Handbook. (Thanks Batty for the Chipmunk manual and Ted Hunkin for the JP manual.)