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.
We’ve spent the last few weeks sailing the Balearics – Valencia to Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and then on to Sardinia. We’re learning how the boat works and how to fix her!
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We spent most of February sailing our new boat, Mistral, from Valencia to Palma and back. The boat is a 2001 Oyster 56, and we love her!
We escaped Spain just before the lockdown, and have spent the last ten weeks in lockdown in France. Once we’re released we’ll travel back to the UK to visit friends and family, then head off to the boat again.
More sailing details at: http://mistralsailing.net
A beautiful two weeks in a chartered Dufour 43 sailing from Dubrovnik to Split and back with friends and family.
The annual Round the island Race, round the Isle of Wight, that is, took place this year on 2 July. We entered, as usual, with some friends, having sailed the Solent for the previous few days.
Conditions were challenging, at times, but the big disappointment was the genoa jamming as we tried to take it down towards the end of the race. Hey ho, we had fun and there’s always next year.