Day 10 and we are finally rounding the corner at cape st Vincent on the north western side of the island. From there it is a straight shot all the way to Nosy be and crater bay where we will be mooring the trusty old catamaran. The night shift was a very busy one with … Continue reading Wind for breakfast.. lunch and dinner.
I must have had a lil luck on my side today. One of the fishing reels started spinning like mad, so obviously some fish had bitten our very camp looking, luminous pink green and yellow squid. We were under sail though so no chance of slowing down the big catamaran. We were sailing pretty fast, … Continue reading Once i caught a fish alive
Day 8 has begun and the great news is that the wind has shifted to a favourable angle for us.. the bad news is that it is about as strong as a 90 year old emphesema sufferers breath. So no sailing for us. Thankfully we have these motors to fall back on yet again. In … Continue reading A fish tail
Dawn of a spanking new day.. day 7 of our sailing trip to Madagascar. and finally we get a decent sunrise. I was starting to think that maybe the Indian ocean was incapable. There are still the ever present layers of cloud around. I cannot ever in my life remember a time when there has … Continue reading Butt hurt
Sitting at the helm (steering wheel) of this boat, sailing resolutely through and over the indian ocean, you get mesmerized by these flying fish hoisting emselves out of the water. Usually they jump if they are being chased by a tuna, but also our boat flying off the crest of a wave, and then slamming … Continue reading Up up and away!
6am on day 6.. im gradually losing my mind, but i am greeted by a cheerful looking sun.. and treated to a bit of a wind shift. Its now blowing 12 to 15 knots but from a ENE direction, so we pull out a large chunk of our genoa, the head sail right at the … Continue reading Oldfactory assault
There is something completely serene about being the only person left on earth. The sun has just gone down on the second night of our journey.. and i have just started my first ever 6 hour night shift. The sky is darkened already although i can make out the masses of dirty grey steel wool … Continue reading I am legend
Working on a yacht on a long passage such as the one im on now, can get quite tedious if you let it. Different boats have different systems for how the shifts will run. The larger your crew the easier it is too, as you will only have to do every 3rd or 4th shift. … Continue reading 9 to 5.. not!
Day 3 of the sail to Madagascar, and ive just come on shift at 6am. Im a bit sad that i missed the sunrise cause its a stunning day. There is a mild north easterly blowing, which doesnt really help us at all as its directly on the nose, so we have both motors running … Continue reading Waste not… want not.
Packing for one of these sailing trips can be really complicated... or really simple if you prefer. Myself i like to do a bit of both.. and now that ive decided to finally start my blog, im definitely leaning more and more towards the complicated side. As if being a part time doomsday prepper wasnt … Continue reading Blown away