ATLANTIC CROSSING FINAL LEG: DAY 16 – 22

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Before this trip it was hard to fathom the reality of three weeks at sea on a constantly moving boat and at mercy of the weather – would I be in awe, tired, sick, irritable, scared? What did the Atlantic Ocean have in store for us on our late and delayed February passage? Weather forecasts are generally only good a few days to a week out, what the second and third week would bring was anyone’s ... Continue Reading

ATLANTIC CROSSING: DAY 9 – 15

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One thousand nautical miles to go! I’m delighted to report we’re finally on the home stretch. On realising what could’ve been a 2,600 nm passage had we been able to sail the rhumb line, was depressingly turning into a trip closer to 3,000 nm; we decided to postpone a halfway party and instead celebrate when the remaining distance was down to three figures. So what if we took the scenic route ... Continue Reading

ATLANTIC CROSSING: DAY 5 – 8

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Ahoy from the 14th latitude of the mid-Northern Atlantic! We’re now more than one week in and finally headed in a westerly direction toward our destination. When I last left you we were on a SSW track towards Cape Verde (an independent archipelago off the coast of Senegal, Africa), in search of suitable trade winds that promised to carry us to Martinique. We’d been skirting the edge of an ... Continue Reading

ATLANTIC CROSSING: DAY 1 – 4

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Greetings from the sea – 350 nautical miles off the coast of Mauritania, Africa. Having torn our original Lagoon mainsail on departure day of the Atlantic Odyssey rally, it was a long and patient three weeks sitting in Tenerife awaiting a replacement. Though I’m pleased to report we’re finally on our way to the Caribbean! Earlier in January the rally fleet set out into a week of strong trade ... Continue Reading

Atlantic crossing: take two

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The sail is here! Almost three weeks to the day since we tore our original, eight-year-old Lagoon mainsail, a new and robust sail is now rigged. Back on January 8th the disappointment was tangible as we motored back to La Palma Island and watched our fellow Atlantic Odyssey yachts sail away over the horizon. We should be in Martinique right now; skin bronzed from the passage; wearing shorts, ... Continue Reading

Flashback to Funky Formentera

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Every now and then we’ve come across a little-known gem that truly takes us by surprise. Off the east coast of Spain, Formentera – the southern-most island in the Balearic archipelago – is no secret. The island’s flawless white-sand beaches, crystalline waters and breezy beach bars are well patronized by an in-the-know Italian crowd and cool holidaymakers from other European neighbours. Though ... Continue Reading

Out of the rally

Atlantic Odyssey II rally start (credit- Cornell Sailing)

By now it’s obvious finally my darling is sadly out of the rally. In fact, we’ve tracked backwards and are further from our final destination! As previously reported, the head was torn out of our original Lagoon mainsail when gybing in strong winds off the bottom of La Palma (with two reefs in the main and no foresail). In the Canaries, areas to the south and between islands suffer from funnelling ... Continue Reading

One more sleep…

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If you’d asked me six months ago how I anticipated I’d be feeling the day before our Atlantic Ocean crossing; I expected I’d be secretly freaking the hell out. Surprisingly though, I’m not. I’m actually feeling (somewhat) calm. Sure the rest of the crew might say I’m acting a little stressed. The boat is a cluttered mess as we stow and re-organise, we’ve bought and sorted enough food to feed a ... Continue Reading

VIDEO Morocco: Chefchaouen to Fez

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  Pleased to present part one of our journey through Morocco in motion picture. Highly recommend switching picture quality to HD 720p via the cog wheel and be patient should it need to buffer. I've plenty more to share from the trip including our visit to Morocco's Sahara, Todra Gorge, Marrakech and Essaouira. Though with an Atlantic Ocean crossing looming, it'll have to wait until our ... Continue Reading

Memories from Morocco: Chefchaouen to Fez

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  “I am Berber. My home is south Morocco – the Sahara. After school I became a camel trekking guide, then I worked in a hotel reception and as a waiter. Next I trained as a four-wheel driving guide on desert tours. Today I am a driver.” Ali, our personal host from Your Morocco Tour, was happy to see us when we finally walked through the sliding doors at Tangier Med’s extensive commercial ... Continue Reading