Antigua & Barbuda

Pigeon Bay Beach, Antigua

With so many Caribbean options closed to us due to COVID, we have decided to stay in Antigua for a few weeks as its one of the least affected places. We spent a few more days in Jolly harbour sorting out some of the things that got broken whilst sailing here and catching up with Pepe and Bear again. It’s not as hot here as we thought so I’m not in the water as much as I should be but some of the beaches are just gorgeous, so we take the dinghy in and wander along the waters edge.

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Another ocean and we’re half way round the world….

Our track across the Atlantic. The blue markers were 6am recordings

We left Europe from Las Palmas in Grand Canaria on 4th Dec to cross the 2,700nm to Antigua. Our longest sail to date and our first crossing with crew. With food for 3 for at least three weeks, fully fuelled up and with everything checked and re-checked, the last thing we did was look at the weather and to our delight we had a steady 20-25knts Easterly which would give us a lovely sail.

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The Great Escape

La Linea marina

The sail to the Canary Islands is roughly 600nm south west of Gibraltar, so we have been checking the weather daily to find a good window. Our batteries were due to arrive on 29th, which meant we could fit and test them easily before setting off around the 2nd Nov, but on arrival we discovered only one had been delivered. We checked the website again and saw that the other 3 were not due until 4th – another delay but not too serious. Trifecta arrived and Bilby came in a couple of days later so there are now 4 cats all waiting to cross. Sisu are already in Lanzarote waiting for us and the next good window is 9th November.

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Italy and her islands.

The Colliseum

We arrived in Sicily early in the evening, dropped anchor and poured ourselves a glass of red. We were the only boat in the anchorage outside Licata marina, which for Aug 10th must be a first. We had been warned repeatedly not to be in Italy in August as the crowds were horrendous but 2020 is proving to be a year of change and tourist-free is one of the very few benefits. We caught up with Matt and Cristy from Trifecta for a late brekky and to check in – all very easy and a free check-in – bonus. Continue reading

Malta

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The Malta approach

We were met at the pontoon of the Royal Malta Yacht Club by Mike and Proud and two other boats from the Covid-free Odyssey group after a frustrating sail, including one day of lovely 25kn winds where we sailed at 8.5knts all day and a couple of days solid motoring with headwinds.  The group now consists of two Australian and two American boats and that evening we had drinks on board the other Australian boat Ikigai. continue reading….>

Sailing again and a disaster avoided….

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Overlooking the bay of Liminasi with Indian Summer in the background

After weeks of having to stay in the small town of Kas, we were suddenly allowed to go sailing for a few days.   We had to stay in the province of Antalya but that gave us a few beautiful anchorages to go and visit and shake out the cobwebs that had been gathering on the boat.  We left with another boat Acheron skippered by Jim and headed down Kekova.  Kekova is actually an island but has lots of anchorages around it – all of them spotlessly clean and of  course completely empty.  continue reading…