Barracuda's Blog

The adventures of Kate and Graham and our OVNI 395.

18 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
18 January 2018
17 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
14 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
13 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
12 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
11 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
09 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
07 January 2018 | St Pierre, Martinique
06 January 2018 | Saint Pierre, Martinique
05 January 2018 | Anse Mitan, Martinique
03 January 2018
02 January 2018 | Grand Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
01 January 2018 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
31 December 2017
31 December 2017 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
30 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
28 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
27 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
26 December 2017 | Approaching St Lucia

Our Bags are Packed, We’re Ready to Go

27 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
Today's Blog comes from departing Steve and Bibi after 10 weeks onboard Barracuda

Well … what an experience of a lifetime … and yes we do not feel the need to do it again, at least not immediately. However, in order to sum up this trip we need to start with a huge thank you to Graham and Kate. Firstly for extending the invitation to us relatively inexperienced sailors, and secondly for providing us with yet another wonderful Rainey/Walker shared adventure. Thank you also for your generosity of spirit, leadership, encouragement, coaching, support, understanding and undending patience without which the trip would not have been so memorable and enjoyable. The preparation involved must have been almost overwhelming and the vigilance and attention to detail en route resulted in an event free passage with a safe and happy crew. Hopefully the skipper and first mate were happy chappies too. There were moments of exhilaration, quiet solitude, shared experiences.

The Highlights:
Night passages with the heavens above … an awe inspiring sight.
Sunrises and sunsets were spectacular but moon rises even better.
The safety we felt within Barracuda as she ploughed through the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Arriving 22 days later with an edible cabbage, butternut squash and tomato on board!
The “drying out” of our livers must surely have some lasting good.
Getting Steve to play cards and board games!
Steve making bread and even seen at a stove (on one occasion!)
Not to mention …
Caribbean cruising, swimming, snorkelling, eating, rum punches, lobsters, Christmas merriment and Graham’s grill, providing endless hours of communal activity.
Oh…… and we won a prize!

The Lowlights:
Salty bottoms … the less said the better!
A week + of sea sickness, did wonders for the waistline so should maybe go under highlights!
Steve’s lack of sleep … again the less said the better…

Words are really insufficient to express our gratitude but we are truly blessed to have completed this adventure with you both. Our memories will last forever and we wish you fair winds as Barracuda’s adventures continue.

PS You must be so looking forward to some peace and quiet on your own.
Vessel Name: Barracuda
Vessel Make/Model: OVNI 395
Crew: Graham and Kate
About: Learning as we go....
Extra: Look to this day for it is life...
Barracuda's Photos - Main
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a pre-retirement holiday
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Created 21 June 2015
some shots from our lovely trip around the Aegean with Ailie
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Created 16 January 2015
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Created 19 July 2014
2 great weeks with Steve and Bibi Rainey.
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Created 18 July 2014
A long weekend with Catherine and David.
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Created 18 July 2014
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Created 18 July 2014
Barracuda, K & G head south to a new home.
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Created 18 July 2014
Barracuda does the Western Isles of Scotland.
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Created 18 July 2014
Kate and Graham Chillin'
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Created 18 July 2014