La Aventura with Patti & James

06 July 2018 | Faial Island –Atlantic Portugal
24 June 2018 | National Holiday day in Faial
22 June 2018 | afternoon whale watching boat trip
20 June 2018 | an enjoyable day trip to another island.
19 June 2018 | Fabulous Faial. – Azorean Island
18 June 2018 | Faial Island – Horta Harbour - Mid Atlantic
29 May 2018 | Mid Atlantic - in the middle of nowhere
26 May 2018 | the cruising yachtsman’s haven
25 May 2018 | party day in Hamilton
10 May 2018 | Vero Beach/Ft Pierce –road trip to Jacksonville.
12 April 2018 | Vibeke onboard
17 March 2018 | lovely to return to Belize and Mexico and meet up with sailing friends along the way
24 January 2018 | I have become so interested in Guatemala textiles
17 January 2018 | So great to catchup with so many friends and our families
01 November 2017 | what a wonderful Guatemalan fiesta to experience
29 October 2017 | Volcanic crater
28 October 2017 | Antiqua - Guatemala


Well we planned to do - and we did it! - our Atlantic crossing. The boat has done this trip at least twice with Jimmy Cornell her previous owner - so it was time for our adventure. All our preparation and planning was well worth it. All the systems and gear on the boat worked very well, and we crossed with no breakages or disasters. We ate well, with fresh food all the way. I was baking bread every 3/4 days and the chicken and meat bottling provided us with excellent passage meals - no canned stuff for is. The double filtering of our tank water to give us 'fresh' drinking also worked well -not having 100's of plastic bottles of store purchased water on board was fantastic. We had fresh tomatoes and fresh vegetables to the very last day. We arrived in the BVI's with still one full tank of fuel and 1 full tank of water. Our 12 hours evening watch system of 3 hours on- 3 hours off, starting at 8pm worked well, combined with daytime naps, we were never exhausted or over tired.
It was great to revisit both Gibraltar and the Canary Islands. We had a week in both ports - Gib for New Year and Las Palmas. Having purchased La Aventura in 1995 in the Canary Islands and sailed to all the islands in the group during 95 and 1996, it was lovely to return after all these years and remember why we had enjoyed it so much here all those years ago. It was a real milestone for us to 'cross our track' from our journey in 1996 when we sailing the boat from Lanarote to the UK - this time we were heading west for hopefully many more years of safe sailing and exploring.
So- was the crossing what we expected- YES AND NO .We had light winds for the first two weeks after leaving the Las Palmas - so that was disappointing - but when we came into the steady Trade Winds it was great- and she went like a train with no stopping her - our best noon to noon run was 149 miles - with 5/6 days of over the 130miles per day. We never got caught out by any of the squalls and rain showers, and reduced sails early every time we saw those vicious dark clouds building behind us. We sailed in only light winds for the first two weeks with the spinnaker and at times the lightweight cruising shoot/ main combination. Our sail plan of poled out genoa and main with the gibe preventer always on proved to be powerful and easy to reef in and out. Sometimes when with wind was at 170degrees we could put up the cutter for at little extra push. Sailing alone with no other yachts for all those days was wonderful - although we did have dolphin, sea birds and flying fish for close neighbours. We were 'on station' with 4 other yachts using the ledgendary weather guru "Southbound 2" Herb on the SSB weather net daily at 1700, so we knew there were at least a few others about, so not totally alone. The wide skies full of stars and the moon at night was wonderful and different every night. The cloud formations and the moving weather were fascinating. We both read several books, James enjoyed his Sudoku and games on the phone and we had the BBC World Service for news and sport on the radio. There were days when it felt like we had been on passage forever, but the last week went by very quickly and enjoyably with the solid Trade Winds. We checked into the British Virgin Islands at WestEnd- Sopers Hole, Totola at 11am on Saturday 11th February - 2900 natuical miles over 23 days
image: downwind sailing - spinnaker and main - she is going like a train in lovely trade winds - 20 knots
Vessel Name: La Aventura
Crew: James & Patti

Who: James & Patti