Frisky Cruising Adventures

Sailing our new Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa to the US East Coast

27 October 2017 | Trinidad
25 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
23 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
22 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
20 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
17 October 2017 | Equator Crossing
17 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
11 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
10 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
09 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
03 October 2017 | Ascension Island
03 October 2017 | Ascension Island
03 October 2017 | Ascension Island
02 October 2017 | Ascension Island
24 September 2017 | Jacob's Ladder St Helena
24 September 2017 | Plantation House St Helena
24 September 2017 | Jamestown St Helena
24 September 2017 | St Helena Island
23 September 2017 | St Helena Island
23 September 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to St Helena

3rd Atlantic crossing completed

27 October 2017 | Trinidad
Linda
We crossed the north Atlantic Ocean west to east from Bermuda to Portugal in 2012, and back westward from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean again in 2015. On October 27, 2017 we completed our 3rd (and hopefully last!) Atlantic Ocean crossing. This time we crossed the south Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town South Africa to Trinidad in the Caribbean. This crossing totaled over 6000 miles.
Our arrival in Trinidad was GREAT! We arrived officially at 7:30 am after rounding the north side of the large island of Trinidad overnight. The harbor of Chaguaramas had a customs/immigration dock to which we tied up -- feeling solid land underneath after 22.5 days at sea.
Clearing procedures went smoothly and then we moved to a nice marina in the harbor. Two other cruisers helped us tie up. This marina, Coral Cove Marina, has a nice small swimming pool, a laundry room, small market and two cafes.
Trinidad is a safe hurricane haven, which this year has been crowded with cruising boats for obvious reasons. There must be literally 1000 boats here, both in the water and in boatyards. All of them are awaiting the end of hurricane season (officially sometime now in November), and also getting repairs completed before the cruising season. Consequently there are many good service providers and excellent rates for hauling/launching one's boat.
Frisky has a few issues which can be completed best in a boatyard, so current plans are haul out here before we leave and head north.

Fruit hammock almost empty

25 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
Linda
Provisioning for 3-4 people for more than a month is quite an "art" and one of the biggest challenges of course is keeping fresh fruit and vegetables. We found that hanging a fruit hammock high in the cockpit was a good storage location, well venilated and relatively cool....although the temperatures of course gradually warmed up more and more as we neared the tropics.
Here is the final photo of our fruit hammock with the last of our lemons. We had affectionately named our fruit hammock "Dolly Parton" when it was chocked full at the start of our trip. Now it was named "Twiggy" -- you will only understand that reference if you were born before 1965!

Big ships and AIS

23 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
Linda
The ocean is huge and when on passage it is unusual to see another vessel; however, as we got closer to the coast of South America, we started to see our AIS equipment light up with approaching cargo vessels. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is amazing technology. It will tell us how far away the vessel is; what is its current position, speed, and even if it is changing course by how many degrees of its rudder! For many of the large vessels it will tell us what the ship's destination and ETA is. One of the ships we saw was headed to Singapore for arrival in 4 weeks time! That is a long way from the coast of Brazil. The most important aspect of the AIS is telling us CPA (closest point of approach) and time to CPA. If the CPA is less than one mile, we get nervous and sometimes we use the special calling feature of our AIS enabled VHF radio to call the ship directly. Of course we know the vessel's name from the AIS and the VHF radio actually "dials" their radio, ringing it like a telephone so they pick it up and we speak directly to them. Because we also transmit our AIS data to the ship, they usually have seen us and it is only a matter of confirming whether which vessel will pass ahead or behind. The attached photo show how large and relatively close this cargo ship came to Frisky

Ocean swimming with current

22 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
Linda
On a relative calm day with minimal wave action, the guys just could not resist cooling off by swimming in the beautiful clean ocean water. The temperature of the ocean had reached about 82 degrees by this time. The amazing current we were enjoying was really evident because even though the boat was slowed to almost nothing, it still pulled the swimmers along at more than 2.5 knots. Having a rope tied around was definitely essential.

Laundry Day mid-ocean

20 October 2017 | Atlantic Crossing to Trinidad
Linda
One of the "luxuries" aboard our boat Frisky is a small washer/dryer. Because we can make water with our water maker (reverse osmosis for ocean water) and because we recharge batteries from our solar panels, we have the resources we need to use the washer/dryer when underway. This works amazingly well because our machine was built for the RV market, so it is fastened down securely. To save on power consumption and to take advantage of the "free" warm wind, we usually hung the clothes in the cockpit where it dried quickly. Sheets and large towels, however, I saved until we reached land in Trinidad at the marina.

Crossing the Equator !

17 October 2017 | Equator Crossing
Linda
For any long distance cruiser, crossing the imaginary line of the equator is a special event. Because we had decided to follow our weather router (Chris Parker) advice to take advantage of a strong favorable current off the coast of Brazil, we had delayed our "equator crossing" event by several days. But finally at 7:35 am, everyone was awake for the momentous event when the latitude reading on the instruments read 00.00.000...well almost! The best photo of the instruments which we were able to capture was 0 degrees 0 minutes .001' North -- which is about 5 feet north of the equator. Close enough for a celebration. We doned the crazy hats and trinkets which crew mate Dean had left for us. Celebrated....and those not on watch when back to their bunk!
Vessel Name: Frisky
Vessel Make/Model: Maverick 400 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Ventura California
Extra: Sailing our NEW Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa across the southern Atlantic, crossing the equator into the Caribbean and the East Coast USA
Frisky's Photos - Main
Island 1200 miles from west coast of Africa. Stop en route across southern Atlantic Ocean
4 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
Crossing the southern Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town South Africa to Trinidad in the Caribbean with new catamaran, Frisky. 6000 miles
7 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
Racing round St Lucia and Heineken Regatta in St Martin
17 Photos
Created 14 March 2015
From Canary Islands to Cape Verde to St Lucia
88 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Mindelo marina and island tour Nov 2014
22 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
30 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Photos from Dec 2014 through spring 2015
35 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Inland Turkey with amazing rock formations
56 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Mosques, churches, palaces and forts
22 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Resort on Sicily Italy
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Ancient city ruins
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Monastery and Windmills on Patmos Island
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Anchorages and harbors in Turkey
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Ancient ruins at Ephesus
4 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Sites in Malta
13 Photos
Created 23 May 2013
Sites in Tunisia and Boat Yard
14 Photos
Created 23 May 2013