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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Wind seeking

During the past few days I have become very fond of my knee pads, the spinnaker, and warm water. The knee pads will not stop me being first in the bruises competition but at least one area is bruise free. Me and the spinnaker cuddle up when I am too tired to fight my way […]

1000nm left to go

All is happy and well on the good ship Bluejay as we make good speed towards St Lucia. We have a had a little fun with our main heads (toilet) but this seems to now have been resolved. We have been poled out for a few days now albeit on different gybes and the whole […]

Gorgeous eastern point of Madeira with Ihlas Desertas in the background

Learning to sail in Madeira

  We have just wrapped up our Madeira explorer week with Rob, James, Jacqueline, Lydia, David Sarah. It has been a great trip with weather variations from drizzle to rain to Sunshine, but always with a temperature around 19 to 25 degrees Celsius. We started of in the beautiful resort of Quinta do Lorde, al […]

Bluejay back on the big blue Atlantic

It’s been a hectic time for the crew of Bluejay as we prepped for leg two of ARC plus adventure in the Cape Verde town of Mindello. With final provisions in place and all of our pre departure checks completed, our 11 strong crew headed out for the 2000nm crossing to St Lucia. The forecasts […]

Starling is off!

Greetings from the Atlantic high-then low-seas! We are 11 souls on board the good ship Starling, with approx. 300 nautical miles already behind us as we head south then south west off the African coastline. Only another 2400 NM or so to go… We have already spotted dolphins and a friendly whale, as well as […]

Hummingbird at anchor

After a lovely evening at anchor star gazing some of the crew rowed over to Ilhas Desertas.  

Bluejay en route to the Cape Verde islands!

With a degree of trepidation, the crew of Blue jay arrive over a few hours on Wednesday. What have we signed up for? The yacht a 60’ Clipper with its blue hull resting next to the pontoon invites us to board.  Within minutes it’s like old friends meeting except we’re strangers. Bags dropped off and […]

Day 9 Portland Marina

Day 9 After a breakfast of flipping good pancakes (flipped by Mark), we left sunny Dartmouth bound for Portland. A firm south-westerly wind pushed us toward our next port of call. At times, the wind increased as squalls came and went. But even a brief hale storm left behind it a magnificently full rainbow. And […]

Dartmouth Delights

6 November Despite a much easier night passage than the previous two, the crew were soon abed for a couple of hours of much needed kip, before the sybaritic delights of the luxury marina showers were sampled by the crew prior to a walk ashore to the Dartmouth institution that is Cafe Alf Resco‘s. After […]

Joining Bluejay

With a degree of trepidation, the crew of Blue jay arrive over a few hours on Wednesday. What have we signed up for? The yacht a 60’ Clipper with its blue hull resting next to the pontoon invites us to board. Within minutes it’s like old friends meeting except we’re strangers. Bags dropped off and […]

Tuesday 5th November

Blogs – Sat to Mon Saturday 2 Nov The crew started the day watching the Rugby World Cup final in the saloon (it turns out the pubs in Greystones weren’t planning to open their doors at 9am for an England game). It was a pretty disappointing result but Jane attempted to raise our spirits by […]