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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Skills and drills in Galicia

BlueJay’s new crew were up before the sun this morning, who lazily stayed abed until after the safety briefings and only peeping over the horizon once the deck prep were completed. Boat ready and the mercury rising to give way to a pleasant temperature, we set out into the bay to familiarise ourselves with the […]

Torshavn

Haldorsvik to Torshavn   From Haldorsvik we set sail for Midvagur 48.9nm away- This was a thrilling sail with a max speed of 10knots. An early start leaving the Lonely small town of Haldarsvik with its unusual octagonal church, the only one in the Faroes. The coastline out of the fjord was Running with waterfalls […]

Delayed blog post from pre-departure in Iceland!

Sorry readers, this one got missed before the crew who left Iceland last week – ED Fun and games onboard the Bluejay…… jokes already on day 2 range from not being allowed birds in their bunks….sorry Ian… a comment actually stemming from seagulls flying around and trying to land! David and Wendy are our intrepid […]

Bluejay sails from Iceland to the Faroes

Bluejay Passage from Iceland to Faroe islands It was Wednesday afternoon that Bluejay and it’s crew set of from the anchorage behind the islands in Reydarfjordur, Iceland for her crossing to the Faroe Islands. The wind in the Fjord was still mild, but visibility was reduced by fog. As we left the swell from the […]

Sailing in the Faroes: from Haldorsvik to Midvagur

An early alarm call at 6.15 raised half the crew to get an early start for a longer passage to Midvagur. The plan was to leave Haldorsvik in the early morning sunshine and motor out to the entrance of the Sundini fjord round the northern end of Streymor and across towards the west! A long […]

What’s your favourite line?

The Crew members favourite lines on a sailing boat and why (a game played whilst sailing, courtesy of Emma) Emma: Staysail halyard, because it is loyal and dependable. Marilyn: Reef 3 – because most of the time the line does not do much, but it is there to stabilise the boat and the crew when […]

The village of broken tractors- Brekka, Mjoifjordur (also known as ‘Mojo fjordur’ by Alex)

According to the ‘Wonderful Fjarðabyggð’ guidebooks this fjord is known for its ‘contented sheep,  sound of silence, fog, and the opportunity to experience days of darkness’. Whilst the fjord was more beautiful than Nordfjordjur, a reconnaissance of the village produced three old, mini broken tractors from the 1970s, two dogs, five sheep, abandoned fish farms, […]

Arriving in Seydisfjordjur

The village of one bar and a cave- Nordfjordhur We hiked in our full sailing fowlies to the one and only open bar in the village of Nordfjordhur- called Baitbar, where a Latvian bar tender served us drinks. The bar resembled a Swiss mountain cabin, with long wooden tables, floral printed sofas upstairs in the […]