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Bluejay prepares to sail from St Lucia to Jamaica!

Right now, Bluejay is moored quietly at the end of the pontoon at Rodney Bay Marina, while all aboard are experiencing the warm Caribbean hospitality ashore. Today she was treated to a full wash & scrub up and was restocked with the all important provisions for our ocean crossing. Excitement has been building for the […]

Deserted Islands, Sail Training and Whales

Last Friday (14.2.2020) I arrived in Madeira to join a boat that I have a soft spot for. “Hummingbird” will always be special to me as it was the boat that I started my Clipper Race Campaign on. I also thoroughly enjoyed taking her around Iceland with Rubicon 3 in 2015. Upon arrival into Madeira’s […]

Deserted Islands, Sail Training and Whales

Last Friday (14.2.2020) I arrived in Madeira to join a boat that I have a soft spot for. “Hummingbird” will always be special to me as it was the boat that I started my Clipper Race Campaign on. I also thoroughly enjoyed taking her around Iceland with Rubicon 3 in 2015. Upon arrival into Madeira’s […]

The power of 4!

4 days ago, 9 complete strangers including a software engineer, a rigger, a Watersports company owner, a local politician, a plant nursery owner & a development engineer, met at a marina in Martinque to undertake an adventure together. 4 days later & it feels we’re a little family. Having spent 4 wonderful days learning together, […]

Magical times with Rubicon 3

No ordinary holiday; no ordinary companions. Signing-up for a Rubicon3 sailing holiday is a step into the unknown. Sailing on a yacht much bigger than anything I’ve sailed in before and not knowing anything about your fellow crew members until you arrive at the marina can appear daunting. Fortunately, everyone is in the same boat […]

Glorious Grenadines – how to sum up such an incredible sailing holiday in the Caribbean?

Arrival day in Grenada was a pretty standard day, welcome lunch and snacks followed by a round of safety and boat briefs, modified to a relaxed Caribbean pace to take account for acclimatising to the warmth. Safety briefs completed during the morning and an opportunity to pick up a last few provisions, Bluejay slipped her […]

San Blas

After a great fleet start outside Santa Marta we were on our way to the San Blas islands, just off the coast of Panama. The wind died shortly after the start so we motored overnight, but were rewarded with perfect spinnaker conditions the next day. We hoisted our medium-weight kite and started flying along at […]

World ARC Leg 1: Bonaire – Santa Marta

Yesterday we left Bonaire around 10:20 in the morning. We first had to clear out of immigration and all had to attend. After the last big rain squall passed we hiked to town. When we came there we had to wait for the immigration officer, this would take some time, so I sent the crew […]

Glorious Grenadines

Our holiday exploring the many varied islands between Martinique and Grenada is almost coming to an end… It’s been a brilliant two weeks with slightly stronger winds than the usual trades, so with a couple of reefs in the main we’ve been eating up the miles down wind, arriving in a new place most days. […]

World ARC Leg: quick stop in Bonaire!

After a week of preparation, that incorporated a training sail to Marigot bay, with the crew, food shopping, paperwork and checking out, Starling was finally ready to start the WORLD ARC20-21 rally on Saturday the 11th of January out of Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Our crew Is formed out of round the worlders Gary and […]

Starling arrives in St Lucia

After an epic crossing of the Atlantic, Starling and her crew arrived safely in St Lucia on Friday morning. They are spending the next few days exploring the island and getting their land legs back and will update you soon!

Starling can almost smell the land (and the land can smell them!)

After 17 days at sea we are all smelling of eau de onion with a hint of diesel and a waft of whatever is lurking in the lazarette. Good job we have all managed to get along ok and live with each others night time orchestrations. Almost everyone now cooking and we haven’t starved. Fresh […]