• At Sea

    Our next talk: Cultures of the Ocean

    Our second talk is just around the corner! This one is all about the remote island-cultures we visited during our voyage and the unique relationship people have with the ocean. Alex and I are incredibly excited to tell you all about the wonderful, resilient people we met during our circumnavigation and the life-lessons they have to teach us.

    For those who can make it, it’s being held at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institution this Thursday 5th of March at 7.30pm. Visit the BUEI website or see the poster below for more details. We’d love to see you there!

  • At Sea

    Want to know more about life at sea?

    Psst… are you still there? I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since we completed our voyage. Time has flown by since getting back Bermuda and a LOT has happened since then, but I’ll save those updates for another post. For now, I just wanted to tell all the Bermuda-based folk that Alex and I are giving a talk at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute on Tuesday 4th of February at 7.30pm, and you’re all invited! Visit the BUEI website or see the poster below for more details.

    This will be the first of a series of three talks over the next few months and will take you on a virtual tour of Bob and give an overview of the voyage and what it’s like to live on a small sailboat in a challenging environment. In the second and third talks (in March and April) we’ll talk more about the places, people and wildlife that we encountered. We hope you can make it.

  • At Sea

    Homeward Bound

    I keep a running list of jobs to be done. ‘Replace head gaskets’. ‘Check rigging’. ‘Clean filter’. Stuff like that. The list is never finished, but I try not to let it get too long. The more important things, like ‘check rigging before next leg’ go straight to the top, and other things stay there for weeks, months or even years.

    Today I was looking through the list and came across one or two things that have been put off for a while. ‘Replace engine belt’ and ‘oil change on high-pressure pump’. “I’ll do that in the next port”, I thought to myself. “Where are we going again?” “Oh, wait, that’s right………… we’re going to Bermuda.”

  • Ascension Island,  At Sea,  Brazil,  Caribbean,  Fernando De Noronha,  Martinique,  St Helena

    Crossing the Atlantic

    The photo above is looking up at Bob from somewhere in the depths of the South Atlantic Ocean.

    We’ve made it from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Woohoo! Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a reasonable chunk of Atlantic lying between us and Bermuda that we’ll be tackling over the coming months, but it still feels like a major achievement to cross such a huge swathe of ocean. We’re currently in the Caribbean and working our way north, from Martinique to Nevis, where Alex will be the best man for his best friend’s wedding. I can’t think of anything better after almost two months at sea than a week of celebrations with good friends.

  • At Sea

    Escape from the Doldrums!

    Day 11 at sea. Perhaps another 7 to go.

    We finally made it out of the doldrums five days ago after a frustrating time trying to escape. Every day we worked hard to make it far enough North to find the wind, and every day that wind eluded us. We used up as much diesel as I dare without running the tank dry. The days were slow, grey, rainy and depressing and our daily runs were likewise: we made just 60 miles for two days in a row, then 42 the day after that.

    Finally our luck changed and we picked up a nice force 3 breeze, North Easterly, which built and has stayed between 4 and 6 ever since (about 25 knots at times, which is fairly breezy). The mainsail is double-reefed, reducing it’s size to about 40% of it’s full compliment, and with just a sliver of headsail set as well we have averaged 150 miles per day over the last four days, which might be a record for this old lady.

    There’s not much out here. We’ve stayed about 350 miles offshore to avoid the wicked currents that are often produced by the outflow of the Amazon river. Millions of gallons of fresh water dumping into the Atlantic can make things difficult closer in, generating rough seas, strong currents and turning the surface of the sea a muddy brown colour even 200 miles out. Or so I’ve heard.