Barracuda's Blog

The adventures of Kate and Graham and our OVNI 395.

26 April 2018 | 100 miles Offshore - Georgia / South Carolina Border
24 April 2018 | Straits of Florida
23 April 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, Grand Bahama
20 April 2018 | Palm Cay Marina, New Providence, Bahamas
19 April 2018 | Norman's Cay, Bahamas
18 April 2018 | Warderick Wells Cay, Bahamas
17 April 2018 | Warderick Wells Cay, Bahamas
17 April 2018 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
17 April 2018 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
16 April 2018 | Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
14 April 2018 | Staniel Cay – Exuma Cays, Bahamas
12 April 2018 | Cape Santa Maria, Long Island
10 April 2018 | Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
09 April 2018 | Lady Slipper Cay, Aklins Island, Bahamas
08 April 2018
07 April 2018 | Myaguana, Bahamas
05 April 2018 | Turtle Cove Marina, Provo, T&Cs
03 April 2018 | Turtle Cove Marina, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
02 April 2018 | Beautiful Big Sand Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

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.
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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...
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a pre-retirement holiday
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some shots from our lovely trip around the Aegean with Ailie
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2 great weeks with Steve and Bibi Rainey.
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A long weekend with Catherine and David.
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Barracuda, K & G head south to a new home.
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Barracuda does the Western Isles of Scotland.
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Kate and Graham Chillin'
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