Antigua and Fish
24 January 2020 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank Hatfull | Variable
We arrived in Antigua late afternoon on Thursday from St Kitts.
Kalluna continued to St Barts with the intention of continuing to the BVIs.
The weather forecast for our passage was for light light variable winds from the SE.
The forecast was wrong, it was a bumpy passage with strong winds!
However, wid did catch 3 fish, 2 barracuda (which we threw back) and a Spanish mackerel (nothing like a UK mackerel) which we ate for supper.
The winds are now light and the the anchorage in Jolly bay is very calm and much fewer boats than normal.
We are now planning to spend a few days cleaning the boat ready for marketing photos.
Rolly Time in Nevis
22 January 2020 | St Kitts & Nevis
Mandy and Frank
It is about 30 mins to day break. We have had a rolly time in Nevis, so much so the boat on the next mooring broke away. It was so rough with the north swell we could not get ashore. We took shelter in St Kitts and
we are about to leave for Antigua, which is due East. The wind is SE ish so we are hoping to sail all the way .Sent Via SSB
19 January 2020 | Nevis
Mandy and Frank
We arrived before dawn yesterday (Saturday) morning. It was a very reasonable overnight sail and took about 20 hours, in convoy with Kalluna. The main problem was were too fast. All 4 of us were petty tired having
been up most of the night. We are on a mooring ball about 1 mile north of the town dock at Charlestown. Checking in was a real pain and almost as bad as St Lucia. The dinghy dock has gone and trying to use the
busy town dock was very difficult. We have tons of laundry to do but the weather does not look good for drying it. Very limited internet here so please contact us using our SSB sailmail email or put a post on the blog.
Sent via SSB.
On Passage to Nevis
17 January 2020 | on Passage - Guadaloupe
Mandy and Frank
we are on passage to Nevis. Currently off Guadalupe. Good speed, fair seas but no fish so far. Currently mid PM. should arrive at dawn. Sent via SSB.
Rainforest, Waterfalls and Fierce Ants
17 January 2020 | Prince Rupert Bay - Portsmouth - Dominica
Frank Hatfull | Blue Skies and Moderate Winds
We are still in Dominica but planning to leave today on an overnight sail to Nevis about 120 miles NW.
We have had a great time here despite the very stormy weather.
We hired a car for a couple of days which we shared with Dogh and Heather from Kalluna.
On Monday we spent the day driving the car across to the Atlantic coast and right round the central part of the island. We visited many interesting places including the Hampstead sugar mill ruins, Jacko Falls, Trafalgar Falls and Titou Gorge. It was a great day out.
On Tuesday we took the car up and over the Northern Link Road (NLR), the views were absolutely breathtaking through the tropical rainforest. We hiked up to the Bna Nef Falls. It was a good well maintained path up the gorge through lush vegetation to the spectacular waterfall. We met no other tourists at all.
On Wednesday we took the lower Cabrit trail across to Douglas Bay. On route I brushed against a tree covered in very fierce biting ants and my left forearm still has large sore welts days later.
We have not had any significant interest from prospective purchasers for Infinity B yet ... fingers crossed!
Wet, Windy, and Very Windy
13 January 2020 | Prince Rupert Bay - Portsmouth - Dominica
Frank Hatfull | Wet And Windy
We have been in Dominica for approaching a week.
The promised wind have kicked in and have been accompanied by very heavy squally rain.
We are well secured to a mooring with three lines, one each side to the fore-cleats and one over the port bow roller. The main mooring line to the concrete block 4m down is dyneema, which is very strong but no stretch at all. The consequence is that the boat snatches in the wind and our lines are very squeaky. So we are not as comfortable as we might have been at anchor.
On Wednesday Mandy and Heather checked in and later Mandy and I hiked through town and along the beach.
On Thursday Mandy and I took the dinghy upto the Cabrit dock and visited Fort Shirley. It's an impressively restored stone fort in a beautiful setting. It was reassuring to see how well the vegetation had recovered after the hurricane.
On Friday we took a trip with Kalluna with Kalluna using our good friend Alexis as guide. He collected us from our boats and took us up the Indian River, we then hiked up through farm land to a local bar to sample the selection of rum. For lunch Alex took us right across the bay to Infinity where we had to climb onto a partially renovated dock in bouncy seas.
On Saturday it was so stormy we didn't manage to get ashore. So we continued our pre-sales decluttering and found plenty of useful bits to give away to Alex and a load more bits for the bin.
On Sunday we took the dinghy upto the Cabrit dock with Kalluna it was very windy. We hiked right upto the top of East Cabrit through the ruins and had great views right out across the bays form both North and South gun emplacements. The journey back to the boat in was very very wet and the dinghy was swamped.
We are now planning to hire a car for a couple of days.
Fast Sailing But No Fish
08 January 2020 | Prince Rupert Bay - Portsmouth - Dominica
Frank Hatfull | Strong Winds Predicted
We spent Monday morning in Fort de France.
It is much cleaner and tidier than the last time we visited.
The architecture is very colonial and there are some very interesting iron framed buildings, including the church and library.
We set off late Monday morning for St Pierre, we had a great sail and made record time. But we did manage to break the electric Genoa furler belt. They last about 5 years, we have spares and it was easy to replace at anchor.
On Tuesday morning we left at before dawn for Dominica. It was another very fast sail. We stopped off at several bays before eventually picking up a PAYS morning in Prince Rupert Bay.
So two good days of sailing but no fish even trying a new lure.
We are here with Kalluna and Cranstackie sailed up with us.
It was also great to see Alexis one of our dear local friends and we were able to give him all sorts of boat bits from our ongoing pre-sale clear outs.
Strong winds are still predicted for Thursday!
Grand Anse, Hiking and Old Friends
05 January 2020 | Fort de France - Martinique
Frank Hatfull | Gusts & Showers
We left St Anne's on Friday morning and arrived in Grand Anse d'Arlet in time for lunch.
Grand Anse is a very pretty little bay with nice restaurants and a sandy beach.
We are still buddying up with Kalluna so Mandy had been able to go snorkelling with heather whilst I help Doug with some boat projects.
On Sunday we all did a tough hike up and over Cap Salomon to Anse Dufour where we had a disappointing lunch (none of us got what we ordered). We managed to get a taxi share with a charmingly Russian family back to Grand Anse.
This morning we sailed up to Fort de France and arrived at lunch time and happened to anchor next to Bleiz Mor. It was fantastic to see them again and share their gateau!
We are off to St Pierre tomorrow and then onto Dominica before the forecasted big winds kick in!
Thank you all for you comments on the blog and Facebook. We really enjoy reading them
New Year, Bad Foot and Alpine Apartment
31 December 2019 | St Anne’s - Martinique
Frank Hatfull | Bright, Blue Skies and Warm
We arrived safely in St Anne's in Martinique on Friday.
Mandy bashed her foot on the boarding later which swelled up badly. But after a couple of days of ice packs and rest it is improving.
There are a number of OCC boats here including, Mermaid, Cranstakie, Kalluna, Zig Zag and Aspen, it's great to catch up with everyone.
Ester prepared an absolutely amazing meal on Cranstakie on Saturday for us and Mermaid. She turned the Wahoo we caught into a stunning curry.
The purchase of our apartment in The Alps completed yesterday, so we now hoping Bloody Boris doesn't get the UK totally locked out of the EU so we can't use it!
No firm interest from anybody looking to buy Infinity B yet ... I think we may have to drop the price in the New Year.
I have to strip the Watermaker again to replace the seal on the base of the other piston... at least I have had plenty of practice. Aspen may come over for lessons.
Happy New Year to all our friends.
Wahoo Boxing Day
27 December 2019 | Rodney Bay - St Lucia
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
We left Bequia yesterday (Boxing Day) just before dawn heading for St Lucia.
It’s always a bit tricky lifting the anchor and feeling one’s way out through a busy anchorage in half light.
We also found that the starboard side navigation light had packed up… another little job to add to the list.
Kalluna left about half an hour before us.
The wind was very light to start but soon picked up.
We had a reasonable beat upto St Vincent then a very fast beam reach all the way upto to St Lucia.
It was Mandy’s turn to run the OCC radio net which is always a challenge when on passage… but it was nice at last to be able to speak with Mermaid and Cranstackie.
We had a really big fish strike off St Vincent and spent half an hour trying to reel it in… but it got away.
We then caught a large Wahoo midway between St Vincent and St Lucia.
We arrived in Rodney Bay at about 16.00 an earlier than expected which gave us plenty of time to prepare a fish supper for Kalluna!
We leave for St Anne’s in Martinique very shortly.
25 December 2019 | Admiralty Bay - Bequia
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
Happy Christmas to all our friends
The Friendship Rose
24 December 2019 | Admiralty Bay - Bequia
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
We have had a fine week in Bequia.
The anchorage has steadily filled up since we arrived and it’s now quite busy with boats awaiting Christmas.
Dream Catcher has arrived as have several other OCC boats, but as yet no sign of Mermaid.
I have been suffering from a bad back which had not been helped by the rolly gusty anchorage.
We have done quite a few hikes which has kept us fit and helped my back, but it’s been too windy for Mandy’s paddle board.
Yesterday day we went on a trip on The Friendship Rose to Mustique, with Doug and Heather from Kalluna.
The Friendship Rose is a 50 year old locally built timber sailing boat. She now runs day trips with our good friend John from Ballyhoo as captain.
It was an absolutely excellent day out with marvellous crew and included breakfast, champagne, lunch and cocktails.
We are booked into Pappas to join in The Swedish Christmas Eve celebrations tonight. It was an absolutely fantastic affair last year!
The forecast is for wind to switch to Southerly for a few days, so we plan to head up to St Lucia on Boxing Day and the straight on to Martinique for the New Year.
Tobago Cays and Bequia
16 December 2019 | Admiralty Bay - Bequia
Frank Hatfull | Breezy
On we moved round to Tobago Cays on Friday.
Mandy very much enjoyed the snorkelling and turtle watching.
We spent only two nights there as it was fairly windy and lumpy in the anchorage.
On Sunday we had a fairly brisk sail up to Bequia in convoy with Kalluna and Laurie N.
We had good views of Canouan and Mustique as we sailed past.
Unfortunately we did not catch any fish on route.
Galene happened to arrived a few hours after us.
We are hoping Mermaid will arrive soon.
We are all set to stay here to Christmas.
Mandy has her paddle board pumped up and is hoping for flat water and light winds.
Wind in Union
12 December 2019 | Clifton - Union Island
Frank Hatfull | Windy
We had a short but bumpy crossing across to Union Island on Tuesday.
Unfortunately we caught no fish at all!
We are currently on a mooring ball right up by the Kite Surf School.
It has been absolutely amazing to watch them, they are so fast and so skillful as they pass within a few feet of Infinity B.
We helped Kalluna fit their new anchor yesterday morning and then walked across the Island to Sparrows for lunch.
It’s been a windy and wet couple of days and yesterday evening the wind swung right round from North East to South West. As a consequence we also swung right round into shallow water and touched the bottom.
We are planning to sail round to Chatham Bay today until the wind drops.
Walking, Waxing and Wind
05 December 2019 | Tyrell Bay - Carricou
Frank Hatfull | Bright but mixed
We have been in Carricou just over a week.
It is one of our favourite islands. The locals are just so friendly and always very happy to chat.
We spent a couple of glorious days anchored off Sandy Island until the weather changed dramatically!
We have been getting on with a number of jobs on Infinity B, including replacing a missing teak deck plugs, waxing and polishing, and general decluttering.
We have also been able to repair Kalluna's ongoing VHF problem.
Most importantly we have been able to get out and do some long walks.
Yesterday we did our favourite hike from Windard to the Round House at Bogles, with the most spectacular views across the reefs to Petite Martinique, Petite, St Vincent and Union Island'
We are planning to leave here in a day or so and head for Tobago Cays - another of our favourite places.
Two Fine Catches
27 November 2019 | Tyrell Bay - Carricou
Frank Hatfull | Fine & Windy
We had a very blustery and stormy sail up to Carricou yesterday.
However we did manage to catch a huge 1.5m Wahoo.
We used one of our new fishing rods I bought from Bill on Cadence last year and a brand new blue Yo-Zuri lure.
It's the largest fish we have ever successfully landed and is nearly as tall as Mandy who is of course my finest catch!
We had a party on board to celebrate with Kalluna, Galene (who we have not seen for quite a while) and an American couple from Pura Vida.
Today we have to look at Kalluna's VHF and batteries and go for a long walk.
On Passaage To Carricou
24 November 2019 | Grenada
Mandy and Frank
We left True Blue Bay on the Southern tip of Grenada at dawn about 06.00 local time. Kalluna X42 left with us. We are currently motor sailing along the West Coast heading for Carriacou, we should arrive early PM.
We had a couple of very wet and windy squalls crossing St Georges Bay. The fishing line is out with a shiny new lure and our fingers are crossed. Sent via SSB
Test SSB Posting
24 November 2019 | Woburn Bay Grenada
Mandy and Frank
We are at anchor. All is well and even the water maker works.
This is our first post by Shortwave Radio (SSB) this season. We hope it works. Frank & Mandy
21 November 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Very Heavy Showers and Hot
We are afloat.
The guys in the yard were excellent.
Island Dreams also did an excellent job looking after Infinity B while we were away.
We have been busy today...
Aircon Pump Fixed.
Genoa and Staysail are on.
All is looking good!
Heat, Humidity and Lots of Tasks
20 November 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Heavy Showers
We are having a very busy time trying to get Infinity B ready for launching.
One of the challenges has been the lack of water in the yard during the day.
Water is so bad today that there is no water at all in the apartment to flush the WC.
We move onto the boat tonight ready for launching tomorrow.
Mandy has sanded most of the copper coat below the waterline on Infinity B and now both of them have nice smooth bottoms!
16 November 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Warm and bright
We have arrived safely in Grenada
Left home at about 4 am GMT
Arrived here at about 9 pm GMT (5 pm local time)
Bit of an issue as somebody had not vacated the room we had booked.
But fortunately all was sorted by the Boat Yard Manager
Work starts tomorrow getting Infinity B ready for the season.
Flying Out To Grenada
15 November 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
We are all packed and ready to go.
We fly out to Grenada tomorrow.
Then we have a few days hard work until we launch Infinity B on 21st November.
I’m not at all looking forward to the long haul flight, the jet lag and the massive temperature difference.
Infinity B is For Sale
07 November 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Very miserable grey damp day in the UK
Infinity B is now officially for sale. Please let anybody know who might be interested there are links below or contact me direct.
She is listed with Transworld Yachts Click Here - Infinity B
and she is also listed with Lighthouse Yachting in Antigua
Click Here - Infinity B
We are flying out to join launch and sail Infinity B in just over a week.
We are looking forward to seeing all our friends.
Our Sailing and Life Plan 2019 - 2020
23 October 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Beautiful Blue Skies
Our current life and sailing plan is to sell Infinity B and buy a small apartment in the French Alps.
We fly out to Grenada on 16th November and will spend a few days getting Infinity B ready before we launch her.
We are intending to advertise Infinity B with Transworld Yachts in the UK and Lighthouse in Antigua.
Boats are always tricky things to sell, but last year Eowyn a Hallberg Rassy sold in just a few days, others can take over a year.
The apartment we are in the process of buying is small (53m2), 2 years old and two minutes walk from the medieval town of Samoëns.
We are just about to pay the deposit and we are expecting the sale to complete in mid January.
Mandy has off-piste skiing book for February/March so in theory could stay on in the new flat for a bit more skiing.
If Infinity B sells after Christmas we will ship our personal effects back and then move into the new flat in the Alps.
If Infinity B has not sold before May we will either ship her back from Antigua or sail her back from St Martinand sell her in the UK.
So….. our actual sailing plans for this season are very loose. If possible we would like to sail up to the USVIs and then make our way back round to Antigua for Mandy to fly out in February for her ski trip. If there is a lot of interest in Infinity B we will head straight up to Antiqua.
28 September 2019
We are considering selling our much loved Infinity B.
She is very high specification and set up for short hand and blue water sailing.
Please contact us if you know anybody who might be interested.
15 September 2019
Happy Birthday Mandy
The Barrel Arrives
13 September 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Our shipping barrel which is full of boat bits and my yoghurt mix, arrived in Grenada this week.
Kellon Stroude (see photo), our very reliable broker collected it from the docks and sorted out all the customs papers and payments.
He then delivered all the way to the boat yard at Clarke's Court and handed it over to Anita Sutton at Island Dreams.
Anita is going to store it for us until we arrive back in Grenada in mid November.
Infinity B is one of the masts way over in the background... she is probably missing us!
Beautiful Weather in The Alps
13 September 2019 | Les Carroz - French Alps
Frank Hatfull | Fabulous weather.
It is fabulous bright clear September weather up here in The Alps.
We have been doing a little bit of hiking and visiting some of the local towns.
We are very grateful to Jo & Dee for the use of their apartment.
We are sat in the sun at 1100m on their terrace.
Tunnels, Mountains and Dates
11 September 2019 | Les Carroz - French Alps
Frank Hatfull | Cool but clear blue sky.
We left home in the UK at 04.15 this morning in the Volvo.
We arrived at the Euro Tunnel in Folkestone at about 07.15 in good time for our 08.20 train to Calais.
In fact in very good time indeed...... we were 24 hours too early... we were supposed to there tomorrow.
We had to buy another ticket.
We thrashed across to the Alps all across France on their good but expensive toll motorways.
We made great time and arrived in Les Carroz at 17.15 UK time.
The Volvo XC40 was excellent both on the motorway and on the mountain hairpins.
However the crew (Mandy & I) are completely shattered!
The Concerned Cat
05 September 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | A bit damp and a lot cooler today.
Khaleesi The Kat is very concerned about The Brexit debacle.
She is afraid she might be sent back to Bengal!
Meantime I continue with the one job I hate more than varnishing the boat......and that is painting the windows of the house!
However, Mandy and I are looking forward to getting away next week to go walking in The Alps.
Poppy The Dog and Khaleesi The Kat are both delighted to be looking after Liz while we are away.
02 September 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Bright blue skies and good weather for painting the windows.
As our dread of a no deal BREXIT increases so does our anxiety.
However after over two years Mandy has now succeeded in getting dual German Citizenship and a new German EU passport.
Our son Max has also been able to get German Citizenship too.
It’s a pity but I think that I would struggle to get Citizenship anywhere in Europe as my only other language is COBOL.
But perhaps somebody could find an old IBM mainframe in Sweden and ask me to become resident there.
Meantime we are planing a trip to France and Austria in our nice new lovely Swedish Volvo XC40 dinghy.
It will be a good test for both Mandy’s new passport and the XC.
30 August 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | The weather is fine and we are hoping it remains dry
Yet another domestic project.
As always I strive to continue to be Mandy’s perfect husband!
So I have taken on the job of trying to fix the 10 year old leak in the sun room.
We put the scaffolding up an I removed the oak facia board and window cill.
It is now clear where the leak is.
The fix requires a new chamfered cill, flash band, some DPC sheeting and the sailors best friend a ton of silicone mastic.
Hopefully I will get it done before the rain returns.
The Hurricane Season Starts
25 August 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Beautiful warm Bank Holiday in UK
It looks like the start of The Caribbean Hurricane Season is starting.
We home Infinity B is safe and secure in her cradle in Grenada.
But.... far more importantly we hope that everybody on all the islands remain safe.
Safely Home and Anchored
20 August 2019 | At Anchor - Easton on the Hill
Frank Hatfull | Mixed Weather
We are safely back from our trip in The Land Yacht and now safely anchored at home.
Poppy - Tired and Wet
19 August 2019 | Carsington Water - The Peak District
Frank Hatfull | Very Wet
Poppy (14) had a very long 8 mile hike around Carsington Water today.
We took the bikes.
Poppy was very tired and wet by the time we got back to the camper.... but very happy.
The Land Yacht
18 August 2019 | Heathcote - The Peak District - UK
Frank Hatfull | Blustery and Changeable
We are away for a few days in The Land Yacht in the Peak District.
The weather is very blustery and changeable.
We have just completed a 10km hike through Wolfscote Dale and Biggin Dale with Poppy our 14 year old Labrador.
It is one of our favourite walks and I was permitted 1 pint of Black Sheep in The Waterloo Arms!
It’s nice to have time off from projects!
The Front Garden Project
18 August 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Back in April when we arrived home we started to completely re-model the front garden.
We dug up the lawn and dug several tons of compost into the flower beds.
We also put a lot of gravel down and created a completely different feel.
The whole of the front now seems far more integrated and leads nicely round to the “white garden” by the kitchen.
The next project involves painting windows.... which I hate doing.
I’m beginning to look forward to getting back to boat projects on Infinity B in November!
10 August 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | No sun today, very windy and overcast.
Yet another home project.
About a month we had EON fit 12 x 305w PV Solar Panels to our south facing garage roof.
The system worked so well that we found we were giving away a lot of our power back to the grid.
So a couple of weeks ago I fitted an iSolar immersion heater controller which gave us free hot water from our PV solar system.
I have now fitted 3 large lithium ion batteries and controller to store the rest of our spare solar power which we can use when the sun goes in.
I have also set it up to charge the batteries with very cheap economy 7 electricity in the early hours of the morning.
I guess our next venture will be an electric car!
05 August 2019 | Home
Frank Hatfull | Clear Skies after The Rain
We have had a busy few weeks.
Mandy has been away for a week in the Lake District in her role of accessor for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. She had two gold teams from Bourne Grammar School to look after.
Mandy and I then met up in Hexham for the evening before driving up to Edinburgh to see Max and Berry for the weekend. While we were there we visited the house that Mandy’s mother was born in we also walked across the causeway to Cramond Island in Firth of the Fourth.
Meantime I have been working hard on converting the space above our garage into Mandy’s Keep Fit Room. We put some velux windows and turned the stairs around last year. Now it’s all insulated, plastered, painted and carpeted. I have also fitted 14 cupboard doors to hide away junk.
We are planning to take the Grenada barrel down to the shippers in London this week.
04 July 2019 | UK
Frank Hatfull | Glorious Sunshine
Happy 4th July to all our American friends.
The Shipping Barrel
30 June 2019 | Franks Office - UK
Frank Hatfull | Glorious Sunny Day
We are getting ready for next season already.
We have packed a big plastic barrel full of spare boat bits for shipping to Grenada.
Some of the 84 items included are:
Gen Set Alternator
Engine Starter Relay
Vang Gas Struts
Dinghy Cable Lock
We will take the barrel down to the shipping agent in North London in the next few weeks
28 June 2019 | Henån - Sweden
Here is a video of a short delivery trip we were on in Sweden on a Najad 570.
It was taken a few years ago.
World Cruising Club - Blue Water Weekend
23 June 2019 | Lymington UK
Frank Hatfull | Pretty Good Weather
We are just back from the World Cruising Club’s Blue Water Weeekend in Lymington.
We volunteered to help out and talk about our experiences and advise new potential Atlantic sailors.
There were probably about 200 people there.
I sat on a panel discussing equipment and we both helped out on Salamander with general discussions.
We met some great old friends and made several new friends.
We had a great time.
The Lake District
05 June 2019 | Derwent Water - The Lake District
Frank Hatfull | Mixed Weather
We are spending a few days in our camper in The Lake District.
Mandy is an Accessor for Duke of Edinburgh scheme and has two gold teams coming up here in July.
There are a few areas on their routes she wanted to check out in advance.
We have also been to their proposed camp sites to ensure that they would be suitable..
We have been doing a lot of walking and cycling with Poppy our 14 year old Labrador who has been finding enjoyable but tiring (much like her owners).
We have to be be back for the weekend as Mandy has to assess the bronze DofE groups in Grimsthorpe.
Swedes, Sails and Thanks
26 May 2019 | Gun Wharf Portsmouth
Frank Hatfull | Bank Holiday
Yesterday we left home at 05.30 from in our new Swedish Volvo to avoid the Bank Holiday traffic.
We arrived at 08.30 at Gun Wharf Marina in Portsmouth to meet our dear Swedish friend Peter and his crew on S/Y Ellen a Swedish registered and built Arcona.
Ellen had just arrived from Antigua on a large cargo vessel with many other yachts also being transported back to Europe.
Peter & Jackline had very kindly stored our huge genaker and code zero sails and brought back to England for us.
They are light wind sails which we don’t use in The Caribbean because there is plenty of wind most of the time.
So we would like to say a huge Thank You to Ellen and Owners!
We left Portsmouth at just after midday and had a horrid trip back with long delays due to traffic.
However the new Volvo performed well and was very comfortable.
Volvo European Championships
16 May 2019 | Weymouth an d Portland National Sailing Academy
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
We are helping out at the Volvo 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 European Championships in Portland.
Our good friend Matt Desorgher is beach master here and kindly asked us to help out for a few days.
We came down with the camper and dog on Wednesday after my doctors appointment.
The event is being held at former Olympic sailing centre.
The weather is bright and breezy, perfect for sailing.
It is a great opportunity for us to catch up with family too.
The Darlington Cat
19 April 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Glorious Easter Weather
We have had a delightful couple of days.
On Wednesday we set off north to collect Dylan from Darlington.
He is a 5 year old Bengal Cat that needed a new home.
We stopped off on route a Fountains Abbey near Ripon.
It is always a stunning walk and the huge Abbey ruins brought into mind the sad recent tragedy at Notre Dame.
We stayed overnight with Paul and Janie from Shian.
It was great to catch up with them again.
On Thursday morning we collected Dylan from his former delightful owners who were very upset to see him go.
He is settling in well but has not yet met Poppy our ancient Labrador!
Cars, Planes and Trains
12 April 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Very cold compared to The Caribbean
I left Clarke’s Court Marina in Grenada at 13.00 on Wednesday in Paul’s taxi.
Paul was charming and exactly on time, so we will definitely use him again.
I was first in the queue at the check in, but still had to wait an hour!
The BA plane was well crewed and very new and left on time at 17.00.
Unfortunately, I had drawn the short straw with my seat allocation for the overnight flight.
I was middle of the middle aisle, not a great place for a grumpy old claustrophobic!
I had a games console playing, long legged youth to my right who took my leg room and continually nudged and kicked me.
To my left I had a large restless lady who then swapped about an hour in with her vast mother.
I was left with no room even when I folded my shoulders in.
I just had to get out, I stood by the WCs for about ½ hour, then the kind cabin staff rescued me an put me in a crew seat for a few hours.
Early on Thursday morning I managed to catch the early non stop train with 2 minutes to spare, unfortunately it had no tea or sandwiches.
All was going well until we all had to get off at Huntingdon because of an accident at Peterborough, so Mandy collected me and we were still home in very good time.
I’m not sure I’m upto doing another long haul flight for quite a while.
Today, Friday we picked up our fabulous new Swedish car from Marshall’s Volvo in Grantham.
Hiten the salesman has been a dream (not the sort thing one normally says about a car salesman). We ordered the car before we left in November, with lots of help choosing the specification, and here it is better than one could have hoped for.
Now it’s time to start planning for next season’s Caribbean sailing trip.
Getting Ready to Leave
09 April 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
Almost ready to go.
Flying back to the UK tomorrow
We are having Anita from Island Dreams to look after the boat.
She seems really sensible and I'm sure Infinity B will be in safe hands over the hurricane season.
Do mention us if you contact her to have your boat looked after too.
06 April 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Very Wet and Windy
Infinity B is safely hauled out in Clarke’s Court Marina.
She is safely secured in a cradle with 3 tie downs each side.
The yard team were really excellent.
I now have 5 days living on board out of the water, which is never pleasant. Down the ladder and across the yard in the rain at 05.00 just for the WC.
I have decommissioned the water maker and stowed all the sails below deck.
Yesterday evening I made a canvas bag for the freshly varnished cockpit table.
Plenty more to do!
Mandy flys back from skiing in the Alps to the UK today, she’s had a good time but is suffering from sore shins.
She will have plenty to do before I arrive later in the week.