Bristol Electrics and Silverstone
28 July 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Over the weekend Mandy was away supervising a large group of Duke of Edinburgh candidates from Bourne Grammar School.
I had a much more interesting job to do on Warwick’s beautiful 1955 Bristol 404.
I spent a few hours rewiring the ignition circuits and removing some defunct cabling.
The car now runs much better.
Warwick was so pleased with the result that he has invited me to join him at the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) Clubhouse at Silverstone on Saturday!
It’s a real honour and I very much looking forward to it.
12 July 2021 | North Wales
We are just back from 10 days in Anglesey in North Wales.
We had a fantastic time walking and seeing friends.
We stayed in our camper at Bill & Kathy's fabulous "small holding" near Talwrn. It was amazing to see the way that they had developed the place since our last visit.
We met up for walks several times with Simon & Sarah who camped across the valley. Both Cracker and Fen enjoyed the freedom of the beaches and long walks especially in Beddgelert.
We also visited Liam (who I went to university with) and his family and two active labs. Liam prepared a vast meal on his newly installed outdoor grill which has inspired me to add one to my project list.
It was a great break and certainly helped make up for not getting to the alps.
Another Break in The Peak District
20 June 2021 | Hartington, Derbyshire
Frank Hatfull | Fabulous Blue Skies
We are just back from another short break in The Peak District.
We had fantastic weather and managed to get back home just before the rain storms started.
We had a couple of great walks through Biggin Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale.
We also took the bikes up the Tissington Trail to Sparklow and down through the upper Dove down to Hartington.
We are looking forward to going to Anglesey in North Wales next month and seeing lots of old friends.
Meantime the Triumph Tiger is back together after a clutch rebuild and is now awaiting dry weather for another road test.
Bikes & Gardens
02 June 2021 | Ashwell
We often go to open gardens run by The National Garden Scheme.
It’s also a great excuse to take one of the bikes out.
On Sunday we visited The Old Vicarage at Whissendine and had tea and cakes at The Hall in Ashwell.
Meantime work continues on the old Triumph Tiger after a very oily and smokey ride. Update to follow!
Completion of The Pergola
26 May 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We have completed The Pergola Project
Our thanks to Chris for his help putting the rafters up.
We just need to wait for the newly planted climbers to grow and with all the rain we are having that should be soon.
Our next gardening project will probably be a woven hazel fence around the composting bins.
22 May 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We have now had over 58,000 viewings of our blog.
Thank you all for visiting.
First Camper Trip of The Season
17 May 2021 | Hartington, Derbyshire
Frank Hatfull | Mixed
We are very fortunate to be able to get out to the Peak District for a few days.
It's our first time out in it this season due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
It's also Cracker's first time ever in the camper, and she seems has taken to it well.
We here for a few more days, but so far we have managed a couple of walks and a bike ride and have only got wet once!
We will be back in time for the weekend to continue with The Pergola Project.
14 May 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
I have been very fortunate, I had my second Pfizer Covid vaccine injection on Thursday.
Very minimal side effects, just a slightly sore arm and a bit of a headache.
Mandy has her Astra Zeneca injection booked for a couple of weeks time.
I am part of the National antibody trial, so it will be very interesting to see how active my COVID antibodies are now.
We are hoping the jabs will enable us to travel to our apartment in The French Alps in mid June, but we are not betting on it.
The Pergola Project
14 May 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We have made great progress on The Pergola Project.
We dug 3 holes (90cm deep) for the posts several weeks ago, but we have had to wait for a delivery of timber which arrived on Thursday.
So on Thursday afternoon we concreted the first post in whilst it rained.
Yesterday we concreted the other two posts and fitted the two cross beams.
We will let the concrete fully set for a few days before we fit the cross members.
We have planted a fabulous Madame Alfred Carrier rampant climbing rose, some rampant golden hop and a large Climatis Montana. It should all look fabulous next year.
Tinkering With The Tiger
14 May 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Tinkering with the Triumph Tiger has started.
I have replaced the horrid indicators with original new vintage Lucas ones and thrown away the horrid non OEM ones.
I have also taken out the forks and fitted gaiters and replaced the cafe racer style headlamp brackets with period ones.
I have also replaced the handle bars and clutch lever and new battery.
One of the main problems with a 47 year old bike is none of my spanner's fit.
All our vehicles including boats for the past few decades have been metric, The Tiger is imperial. Mr Amazon delivered some AF sockets yesterday and I'm waiting on Mr eBay to deliver some AF spanners.
The good news is spare parts are very readily available and very reasonably priced for the Triumph.
What a Triumph!
08 May 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank has been a bad boy .... Again!
I have bought a beautiful 1975 T140V Triumph Tiger 750.
Identical to a Bonneville but only a single carburettor.
Because she is over 40 years old she is Road Tax and MOT exempt.
So plenty of triggering to keep me busy.
The Camper Seat Project
30 April 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Our latest project.
We bought an immaculate set of black electric Range Rover seats on eBay from a delightful couple in Melton Mowbray.
We collected them in our trailer, boy they were heavy.
We have fitted the front ones in the camper and wired them up.
They look fantastic and feel very comfortable and much better than the original Mercedes van seats.
We are hoping to go out for a test ride tomorrow.
The down side is I have hurt my neck and shoulder lifting the seats and as a consequence I'm a bit grumpy!
The next project on the list is the Pergola for the grape vine.
Do let us know if you would like our surplus set of rear Range Rover seats
CharlieBird Gets New Axles
26 April 2021 | Suffolk UK
A couple of weeks ago we replaced both axles on CharlieBird’s trailer.
One of the suspension arms had completely rotted through and the wheel had collapsed.
It was impossible to move the boat and trailer any distance and so we unable to get CharlieBird lift her off.
Unfortunately we therefore had to do axle swap whilst she was sitting on the trailer.
Fortunately she is only about 2 tons but we did have to wait for the field to dry enough to give us firm base for the jacks and axle stands.
With Mike from Sestina’s kind help it was a surprising straight forward job.
We did get through quite a number of discs on the angle grinder cutting off the old axles but we had no other issues.
The new axles were delivered from Alko in Germany some months ago and fitted perfectly.
I still have to do the final adjustments on the brakes and try a test run around the field in Suffolk.
And ..... thanks again to Mike.
Garage Forecourt Completed
17 April 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We have have finished the garage forecourt for the bikes.
It looks great.
Many thanks to Dave and Charlie for their help.
We are now on to next project - The Pergola
The Current Project
17 March 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We are busy digging up the area in front of the garage.
We are putting in a new surface drain and new block paving.
It will then be much easier to turn the motorbikes around and work on the car.
The skip arrives today and Dave arrives with his mini digger tomorrow.
I foresee much mess to follow!
Cracker and Poppy
11 February 2021
Frank Hatfull | Snowy
Cracker in her new comfy bed. She says she is very pleased and may even be nice to the cat.
She also says she is very sad that her friend Poppy the 15 year old Labrador passed away last week.
This Year’s Skiing
26 January 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
I think that this will be all the skiing Mandy gets this year.
4 inches of snow in our garden in UK.
The Chocolate Whirlwind
23 January 2021 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Cracker is a 2 year old brown working cocker spaniel.
She is indeed a “Cracker” and has now been with us a week.
She settled in extremely rapidly and gets on well with “Poppy” our 15 year old Labrador.
Our 2 year old Bengal cat “Khaleesi” is slightly less at ease with the newcomer and creeps about quietly keeping well out of the way.
The first few days with Cracker The Chocolate Whirlwind involved full speed hand-brake turns around the house. The new addition of extra grippy underlay for the mats in the hall has helped enormously in the reduction of the chaos.
She has now settled down quite a bit and is generally now obeying the speed limits in the house.
Outside she has been unbelievably obedient and comes back immediately.
She gets ecstatic about retrieving balls and now drops them instantly on the “leave” command.
She is happy to travel in the car with or without her new best friend “Poppy”.
We took for a 6 mile cycle ride without incident, but unfortunately it had little effect on depleting her lithium ion battery pack!
So all is well after our first week!
15 January 2021 | Easton on the Hill, Northamptonshire
Today “Cracker” our new Cocker Spaniel joined the pack.
She is 2 and delightful.. I wanted to call he Jo Cocker...but sadly overruled!
38th Wedding Anniversary
16 December 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
It's our 38th Wedding Anniversary today.
We would have normally be out sailing in The Caribbean.
Last year we were in Bequai.
We were hoping to have been in our new apartment in Samoëns in the French Alps this year.
However, because of COVID we have been very busy focusing on the garden instead.
We now have new raised beds, fabulous vegetable plots and a new arch for fruit trees.
We bought ourselves 3 huge garden pots as anniversary presents.
This evening we are eating out at The Exeter Arms in the village.
First Christmas at Home
08 December 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
It will be our first Christmas at home for 7 years.
We have spent the past 6 seasons away sailing on Infinity B in The Caribbean.
We are completely unused to the cold UK winter and we have not had a rear Christmas tree while we have been away.
It has been very exciting going through all the old family decorations and hanging them on the tree.
Unfortunately because of COVID Max and Berry are staying in Edinburgh and we probably won’t see them until spring.
Happy Christmas to all our friends and blog followers.
The New Member of The Fleet
18 November 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Cold & Wet
A week or so ago we drove down to Maidenhead to collect and ride back the newest member of our fleet.
She is a one on the left a 2017 BMW R Nine T with only 400 miles.
The next is our BMW R 1200RT LC.
On the far right is our baby G 310GS.
So all we now is the summer to come!
We are going to miss being in The Caribbean for the winter.
A Painting To Remember
13 November 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We bought a fabulous painting by Leigh Davis a well know UK artist.
We liked it so much because it reminded us sailing Infinity B.
It is now hanging above the fireplace in our living room.
Here's a link with a bit more information about the artist:
09 November 2020 | Suffolk UK
Here is our new boat.
She is a Parker 235 and called CharlieBird.
She is currently temporarily "moored" on her trailer at Mandy's cousins paddock in Suffolk.
We are planning to keep her somewhere on the East Coast (UK) and we have just joined The Woodbridge Cruising Club after many years of absence.
Infinity B - Sold
26 October 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Today we completed the sale of Infinity B.
We are both very sad to see her go.
We wish her new owners Ida & Sally happy and safe voyages in a wonderful yacht.
We have not given sailing and we are in the process of buying CharlieBird a Parker 235 from Ida.
We will be keeping CharlieBird in Suffolk and will put her back in the water in the Spring.
09 September 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We have had a pretty busy summer despite COVID.
We had a delightful 5 weeks in France at the new apartment, which we managed to furnish. We also made lots of new friends and did some nice hikes. We were fortunate enough to get home just in time to beat the deadline for the new obligatory quarantine.
The long drive home in the camper has aggravated my back and I have been going to physio for the past few weeks which is helping.
We have also been working hard on our garden which is looking great and we are staring to think about next year's projects.
We have just returned from a long weekend visiting our son Max and his girlfriend Berry in Edinburgh. We took my eldest daughter Cheryl with us and we all had an excellent time
Mandy's Birthday is coming up soon and we are hoping to get away in the camper to the Peak District for a few days.
It looks like Infinity B will soon be having new owners, the survey is booked and we are looking forward to meeting them and handing her over. Fingers Crossed
The Dinghy and Lots of Progress
19 July 2020 | Rêve de Montagne - Samoëns
Frank Hatfull | Blue Skies
Our dinghy on Infinity B was a 9ft AB inflatable with a 15hp Yamaha outboard.
Here at the apartment our dinghy is a French registered 67hp Panda 4x4.
it is a brilliant little “go anywhere” car.
We have done huge amounts to organise the apartment and now we have a fully functional utility room and new shower.
We still have a new WC to fit.
So with all the work done we are beginning to get out walking and cycling more.
The social life in the village of Samoëns is excellent.
Travel and Unpacking
09 July 2020 | Reve de Montagne - Samoens
We had a good trip down through France on Monday.
It was over 600 miles and we left home at 04.00 UK time and arrived at 20.30 French time (19.30 UK).
We had two slight issue on route. The coffee thermos leaked all over the floor and the engine refused to start a couple of times.
The apartment is even better than I remembered.
We have spend the past couple of days unpacking the camper and the trailer and sorting the flat out.
We have still quite a bit more to do and furniture to buy.
But none the less we are very comfortable and we have vastly more space than on the boat!
Packed and Ready To Go
04 July 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Despite all the UK Government's continuous changes in direction and mis-information, we are off.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have lifted their advisory note forbidding travel to Europe.
This means that our car insurance is now valid again.
The camper (Infinity C) is packed to the gunwales as is the trailer.
There are also 3 bikes on top of the trailer.
We have been for a test run and all seems well.
We leave home at 04.00 on Monday to catch the Eurotunnel train at 08.00.
We hope to be at our new apartment in Samoens by about 20.00 the same day.
We will let you know how we get on.
Boat Viewings & French Mountains
28 June 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Life is looking very positive.
We have had three viewings of Infinity B and one offer so far.
There are more viewings booked and a lot of interest.
The COVID lockdown is slowly lifting and we are at last booked on Eurotunnel for Monday 6th July.
We are really looking forward to getting to our new apartment in Samoëns at long last.
The camper and trailer are packed tight with furniture and bits for the empty flat.
We thinK it will take us about 14 hours door to door.
Jasper has been busy fitting a new shower and WC ready for our arrival.
House & Garden
22 June 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
As you will know Amanda and I are retiring from sailing and Infinity B is up for sale.
We will therefore not be disappearing on our regular winter sailing cruise for several months at a time and letting the house out while we are away.
To replace the boat we have bought a small apartment in Samoëns in the French Alps.
Our current plan is to be away for a month at a time several times throughout the year.
We are looking for friends who might like a break and stay (obviously at no cost) in Deben House while we are away.
If you know of anybody who may be interested do please contact us.
Frank & Amanda
Safely Home and Starting to Unpack
28 May 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We arrived back home yesterday evening.
The camper and trailer were both absolutely full of all our possessions from Infinity B.
There was more traffic on the roads than on the way down, but it was hard work driving with all the weight onboard.
We have started unpacking and it’s very much like moving house with piles of unrelated items to sort and put away.
It was very sad to leave Infinity B behind but she looks great after we cleaned and tied her.
We are now planning to have a boat jumble at home.. so if we there are any nautical bits you need do message us.
The Final Lift
26 May 2020 | Universal Marina - River Hamble - UK
Frank Hatfull | Fine weather
Infinity B was lifted on to the hard at Universal Marina on The Hamble today.
Last night was our final night afloat on her.
Tonight is likely to be our final night sleeping on her.
We have virtually completely emptied her of many years of clutter.
We have scrubbed the decks and cockpit.
We just have the inside to polish before we leave tomorrow.
It's a very sad day indeed.
Hopefully she will soon find a new equally passionate owner.
Safe and Sound on The Hamble
24 May 2020 | Universal Marina - River Hamble - UK
Yesterday we safely unloaded Infinity B off the ship in Southampton.
All the logistics were organised by Peters & May and were very efficient.
We motored down Southampton Water and up the River Hamble.
We safely docked at Universal Marina mid afternoon.
We will spend the day emptying Infinity B of all our clutter before she hauls out on Tuesday.
M25 on route to Southampton
22 May 2020 | M25 heading south west
Frank Hatfull | Windy
We are our motorhome heading south to collect Infinity B off the ship.
The ship is ahead of schedule but the weather for unloading is bad.
It's very windy and they say that there might be a 24hr delay
Infinity B is on her way home
12 May 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Infinity B left St Johns in Antigua onboard the AAL Melbourne yesterday.
They are currently steaming at 12 knots and currently scheduled to dock in Southampton on Sunday 24th.
We don’t have an official unloading date yet.
I feel quite sad about her returning home to be sold and it reminds me of Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and her sad return to be broken up.
The good news is that Our new broker has several people who want to view her.
Infinity B on board.
09 May 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Infinity B has been loaded onto the AAL Melbourne and will be leaving Antigua in the next couple of days.
There are about 25 other boats travelling on deck with her.
Their progress can be see on this link AAL Melbourne
Don't forget you can also her sale listing at www.jryachts.com
29 April 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
It is still looking good for Infinity B being shipped back to Southampton.
It looks like she will leave Antigua on 10th May and arrive in the UK on 21st May.
She is now up for sale with John Rodriguez Yachts
The Shipping Forecast
13 April 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Mandy and I are keeping busy during the lock down with garden and domestic tasks. We have also been sorting out things to take to our new apartment in France (for when the lock down lifts).
Our main concerns are for our fellow cruisers who are still under lock down in The Caribbean and who are unable to plan their haul outs for the hurricane season and to determine how to get home.
Fortunately Infinity B is still on track to be shipped back to the UK in May with Peters and May.
We have had confirmation she will be on AAL Melbourne.
A lot of the UK south coast boat yards are shut, but we have been able to book her in at Universal Marina on the Hamble.
We will keep you posted.
The Flight Home
22 March 2020 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Fine
I left Infinity B on the dock in Antigua at about 17.00 local on Saturday with very mixed feelings.
My good friend Jessie very kindly gave me a lift to the airport.
Checking in all went well apart from the fact I had booked in as Frank and my passport says Francis which caused some delay.
The flight and boarding were on time but take off was delayed by an hour as 3 passengers and their luggage were evicted!
The plane landed in Gatwick at 9.45 where Mandy met me with the car.
So we are safely home and now have to anxiously face the global consequences of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Lock Down in The Caribbean
18 March 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Fine
There is a certain feeling of mild panic amongst the yachting fraternity out here due to the corona virus potential pandemic.
Many of the islands are now introducing entry restrictions to all boats coming in.
It has made it pretty much impossible for anyone to travel between islands or to plan a passage home.
Fortunately Mandy has managed to get safely back to the UK from her French skiing trip in a car with friends.
My health has improved dramatically with an additional course of a second antibiotic and I enjoyed a walk into the marina.
I have managed to get Infinity B onto a very pleasant private dock just north of customs in Jolly Harbour where she will stay until the delivery crew take her into St Johns for loading onto a ship in May.
Apparently Virgin Atlantic have stopped flights home, but I have been able to book onto a BA flight on Saturday night.
So all being well withh planes and trains permitting I will be home by early afternoon on Sunday.
Chaos in The Cabin
14 March 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Fair
Lots to report.
Firstly and most importantly... In desperation I had to start on some additional antibiotics (Nitrofurantoin) and now all is now infinitely more comfortable with my boy bits! Hopefully I will be able to get off the boat and by some provisions now!
Secondly... Infinity B's viewing on Thursday went well. She is a fabulous boat and deserves a good owner. Fingers crossed!
Thirdly... I have been packing up our personal bits either to ship back by freight or if Infinity B does not sell, to come back with her to the UK and then to be collected in Portsmouth.
I'm hoping to get back to the UK as soon as possible and then onto the apartment in Samoëns. Timing is a bit vague especially with the corona virus issue.
Pills, Penance and Peeing
10 March 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Fair but Windy
Mandy is still away skiing, but now with friends in Switzerland.
I have had a few days of being quite poorly again.
I have managed to get my temperature down with regular combined doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen.
I have had to wrap up in warm clothes and a blanket despite it being 30C here because I was so cold.
I have also had to resort to the dreaded cyprofloxacin again to try and sort out the prostate infection.
It works well but It’s horrid stuff and one has to take it for weeks.
I’m so looking forward to peeing painlessly again!
The very worst of it is I have had no alcohol for days either!
The boat viewing is still booked for Thursday and we are very much hoping that the potential buyer is keen.
I am very grateful I Doug and Heather who scrubbed Infinity B’s water line and helped me move onto a mooring ball.
Snow and Army Rations
04 March 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Slightly Overcast
Surprisingly there is no snow here in Antigua.
However, Mandy seems to have found plenty in Flaine in The French Alps, where she is enjoying her off piste course with The Ski Club of Great Britain.
General maintenance, cleaning and decluttering continues on Infinity B here in Antigua, ready for the sales viewing next week.
I have had plenty of social visits from fellow Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) members, including Nevera, Songster, Saralane, Baloo and Allegro.
Yesterday I gave lessons on teak deck maintenance including replacing chalking and teak plugs.
Dining onboard has deteriorated slightly whist Mandy is away. I have dug out the emergency army rations from the bilges. They are now over 6 years out of date, but just about edible if mixed with a tin of veg and copious amounts of Lee & Perins.
The weather forecast is for a strong northern swell. I am anchored in very shallow water so I might have to move to prevent hitting the keel.
The blog hits 50,000 viewings
01 March 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Fine and Calm
We have just hit 50,000 viewings of our blog.
We started it in 2014 when we were getting ready to cross The Atlantic.
Since then we have spent 6 magical seasons in The Caribbean.
Thank you all for your interest and your comments.
Meantime I will keeping decluttering and cleaning Infinity B whilst Mandy enjoys her skiing.
De-Cluttering and Skiing
29 February 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Fine and Calm
I am out here on my own for a while because Mandy is off skiing which is one of her great passions.
She flew out of Antigua on Wednesday and landed in the UK early Thursday.
She spent Friday rushing frantically about doing tasks including getting my spare specs repaired.
On Saturday she flew off to Geneva and then by bus to Flaine high up in The Grand Massif in the French Alps.
I am trying to get Infinity B ready for a viewing on 12th March.
I have been busy decluttering and cleaning all the cupboards.
It is surprising how much boat junk one accumulates over the years.
We have a whole lot of items for sale including:
2 Brompton folding bikes
2 lots of dive gear
Sailrite ZigZag sewing machine
Dinghy and Outboard.
Peters & May
25 February 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Fair
We made a big decision last year to sell Infinity B.
She is up for sale here in The Caribbean but also in the UK.
Being a Swedish boat she is more likely to sell in the UK to someone who wants to cross the Atlantic or circumnavigate the globe.
We decided to do like many of our friends have done and to ship Infinity B home with Peters & May who have a good reputation.
At the end of each Caribbean Yachting Season Peters & May provide a 'mast up' passage for over 50 yachts on the deck of a large ship.They provide a well planned operation to ensure the yachts are loaded, cradled and lashed ready for safe sailing.
Mandy has been dealing directly by email with Rachel in their Southampton Office - Rachel.Windsor@petersandmay.com.
The booking process has been first rate with a very friendly and efficient service.
So in early May, Infinity B should be heading to Portsmouth from Antigua on one of Peters & May's popular Transatlantic Sailings.
Do take a look at their website www.petersandmay.com
Bloody Rough Crossing
19 February 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Windy
We sailed up from Pigeon Island to Deshaise on Sunday afternoon after Mandy spend most of the morning snorkelling.
We met up briefly with Bob & Eileen from Songster in the anchorage.
We left Deshaise at dawn on Monday.
The weather forever was reasonable and it was supposed to be the lightest winds for a few days.
But .... none the less we were cautious after our 50+ knots winds of the previous day.
We had a reefed main and reefed staysail.
The conditions were dreadful we had strong winds, high seas, heavy rain and poor visibility for the 8 hour crossing.
We arrived safely but tired in Jolly Harbour mid afternoon.
We had an easy day yesterday and all is well.
Punch and Anchor Scare
16 February 2020 | Pigeon Island - Guadeloupe
Frank Hatfull | Bloody Windy
We helped a young French family on a charter catamaran pick up a mooring in very windy conditions a few days ago. We also helped them sort out a problem with their windlass. Before they left on Friday they kindly gave us a very special bottle of Guadeloupe punch which we shared with Blaize Mor in the evening.
On Saturday we left The Saintes on a windy trip across the Guadeloupe Channel to Pigeon Island half way up Guadeloupe. We used the staysail and a heavily reefed main and we were fine.
Late afternoon a massive storm with gusts of over 50 knots hit the anchorage. It was so violent and unexpected our anchor broke loose and we were cast adrift.
Luckily we managed to gain control and re-anchor 40 minutes further down the bay before it got dark.
The wind gauge showed a maximum of 59.4 knots that's probably gale force 11, we were very lucky!
The good news is we caught a large Spanish Mackerel in the morning.
We are planning to sail to Antigua on Monday, weather permitting.
Wind, Waves and Walking
13 February 2020 | The Saintes - Guadeloupe
Frank Hatfull | Bright, Wet, Windy but Warm
We are still in The Saintes.
It's been very windy and wet.
We managed to move onto a calmer mooring a few days ago, so we are fine.
We are doing lots of walking to keep Mandy fit ready for here skiing trip at the end of the month and too keep me slim!
We have had a little bit of interest in selling Infinity B, but our plans are still fluid as to when we will get home.
Whilst we are out here we are using the Internet to investigate buying a Panda 4x4 and some electric bikes for the Alpine Apartment.
We will probably head back to Antigua over the weekend.
We were very sad hear of my old friend Keith Upton's wife Carole's recent death.