Our trip from Tenerife to the Cape Verde’s was trouble free. Sailing with the wind consistently behind you makes such a difference. Sadly no edible fish but great hopes for better luck across the Atlantic. Some photos to follow.
Our journey South continues and we left Maderia on 1st October. A few photos – now all labelled up as my use of technology improves. Given the late arrival of the boat we were very relieved to reach Tenerife in time to start the rally across the Atlantic. We will have done 1300 miles in 3 hectic weeks.
Finally crossed Biscay! No photos of that as not really a photo moment – big seas and winds. Philippe and Jon Luc, our French skippers certainly knows how to do Biscay and were great. Now well rested and motoring in glorious sunshine just of La Corunna and actually we would love a bit more wind! A bit of mending this morning on the boom brake and Julian’s tools came into their own. There are many of them, but I am told you cannot have too many! Should be round Cape Finisterre this evening and heading South.
Storm Ophelia and her mates are slowing our progress across Biscay and onto the Canaries. We have had a successful 24 hr trip with our French crew from Cherbourg to Camaret sur Mer where we were storm bound. Julian and I then took the boat onto Concarneau where we are again storm bound. Moored with the fishing boats so hopefully some excellent fish tomorrow. The weather is very changeable but we think there is an opportunity to cross Biscay early next week. It is all a little frustrating but all is well and the boat performing.
We left Cherbourg in A Capella of Belfast yesterday at 17:00 in glorious sunshine. Our destination is Madeira although bad weather this coming week may mean we have to wait in port for better winds. All seems wonderful so far.
We walked 70 miles from Dale to Strumble Head camping as we went. This is a fabulous coastline but distinctly unfriendly to boats. Sadly it was a very foggy day when we passed Ramsey sound, and we were unable to see the Island, and so not able to study the fierce tidal streams from the safety of land.
We had to return home to sell the electric car. A fond fare well, but something else off the list of jobs.
Construction of A Capella of Belfast is now underway and the hull arrived at the Allures factory in Cherbourg for fitting out in early June. Julian visited Cherbourg on the 14th and 15th of June to discuss a few details and to see our new boat. She looks magnificent with all her shiny aluminium hull construction clearly visible:
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On Tuesday February 14th Patricia and I traveled to Portsmouth to take the ferry to Caen. We had booked the night sailing so we took the opportunity to visit HMS Victory in the afternoon and then a very enjoyable early supper with an old friend who lives in Portsmouth. The night crossing was uneventful and we arrived at the Allures factory at 09:00. We spent a busy day with Francois from Allures fine tuning our specification and inspecting 45.9 # 1 which is now complete and about to be rigged and launched.
We drove back to Caen in the late afternoon and stopped off at Omaha beach. Imagining the troops landing on the beach and facing machine gun fire from the cliffs above was very sobering.
Following an overnight stay in Caen and then the morning ferry, we arrived back in Portsmouth at 14:00 on Thursday.