Janice & Mick on Zoa

Vessel Name: Zoa
Vessel Make/Model: FWM 39
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Janice & Mick Johnson
About: Janice & I have recently retired to try out the Cruising Lifestyle on board our Yacht Zoa, a Fairweather Mariner 39.
12 February 2022 | Tyrell Bay
04 February 2022 | Getting Close
04 February 2022 | Off Guyana
04 February 2022 | Off Suriname
04 February 2022 | Plato Demerara
04 February 2022 | Off French Guyana
04 February 2022 | Off Cabo Orange
03 February 2022 | Just off the Amazon River
02 February 2022 | Just off the Amazon River
01 February 2022 | Off Cabo Gurupi
31 January 2022 | Off Sao Luis
30 January 2022 | Off Ponta Itapage
29 January 2022 | Off Ponta Paraccru
28 January 2022 | Off Fortelesa
27 January 2022 | Off Cabo Calcanhar
26 January 2022 | 55 miles from Cabadello
25 January 2022 | Jacare Brazil
21 March 2020 | Jacare Brazil
19 March 2020 | 1753 Miles from James Town
18 March 2020 | 1651 Miles from James Town
Recent Blog Posts
12 February 2022 | Tyrell Bay

Got Here

20220212 Tyrell Bay Lat 12 Deg 27.529'N Lon 061 Deg 29.461'W

04 February 2022 | Getting Close

Cant wait for a good meal

Well after a fantastik night it turned into a bugger of a day.

04 February 2022 | Off Guyana

Cruisy Day

After a pretty miserable night, been lovley, reaching at a comfy speed with a bit of

04 February 2022 | Off Suriname

Wind is dropping

Well it was a pretty slow old day today, the wind faded away, and there was a lot of

04 February 2022 | Plato Demerara

Still reaching along

Well its been a pretty monotonous 24 hours beam reaching,e had some great speeds

04 February 2022 | Off French Guyana

Flying Along

After a frustrating start to the day repairing Autopilots, I got them soorted and it turned

Got Here

12 February 2022 | Tyrell Bay
Mick
20220212 Tyrell Bay Lat 12 Deg 27.529'N Lon 061 Deg 29.461'W
Anchored
Well I made it, sorry about the late post, I basically anchored and fell asleep, then
yesterday I had all kinds of dramas, the outboard wouldn't go and I needed it to get to
the check in place, I ended up getting it going and getting checked in in the nick of
time. I dont get why, I had the Mechanic take it a few days before I left, then I actually
ran it myself in a 44 in his yard. Somehow the Carby got completely full of crap.
Then after moving out of Quarantine to a new Anchorage position, I fell into a big
sleep again.
The last day and night of the trip were pretty wild, It quietened down as I approached
land, one good thing was that it was fast and I got here just on dark.
As for the trip in general, it was pretty hard. Zoa pulled me through.
A few more things broke than Im really used to, mainly because she sat for so long I
think. There was also some pretty windy times.
But I'm here now, Ive only been on land for an hour or so but it looks nice, the people
i I met were friendly. There are yachts everywhere, ive just got to make this dinghy
reliable and have a look around.

Cant wait for a good meal

04 February 2022 | Getting Close
Mick
Well after a fantastik night it turned into a bugger of a day.
All night we were on a beam reach straight down my rumbline, hardly ant waves stars
out just gliding along at 5 to 8 knots.
Then thismorning bang nothing, I spent ages trying to keep her sailing but in the end
had to motor, and even then you had to watch out for all of the seaweed, its like big
areas of carpet.
There is just a little wind now and we are gliding along, with an occasional bang from
the boom.
So I was all excited about getting in buy lunch tomorrow are out the window, maybee
tomorrow evening, but I doubt I will get to check in.
Hopefully the weather is not too bad, there talking about some rain.
Well thats about it, a cloud coming now so I will shoot through, doesent look too bad,

Cruisy Day

04 February 2022 | Off Guyana
Mick
After a pretty miserable night, been lovley, reaching at a comfy speed with a bit of
current.
The Monitior wind vane is doing the steering and doing a good job.
Not too many Miles to go, which puts me there Thursday, but more likely Friday.
Everything is going fine, just getting low on fresh food, but there is plenty to eat.
Also out of cookies to have with coffee, which is a problem.
Not much to add its been a nice day, hopefully there is more of the same tonight.
The wind is filling in a little as we speak.

Wind is dropping

04 February 2022 | Off Suriname
Mick
Well it was a pretty slow old day today, the wind faded away, and there was a lot of
that weed this area is famous for.
Having said that the wind has piped up a bit and we are flying now.
I took both reefs out during the day, then about 16:00 it piped up a bit so I put one in
to see us through the night, but no sooner was it in that the wind dropped so I was
feeling a bit silly. However its back now so all good.
The wind is forecast to be lighter over the next few days, so my ETA is looking a bit
dodgy.
Not much else to report, there has been just enough wind to sail, and not have things
banging around, I should have a little favourable current.
Looking forward to ariving but a way to go yet.

Still reaching along

04 February 2022 | Plato Demerara
Mick
Well its been a pretty monotonous 24 hours beam reaching,e had some great speeds
last night, in the end I slowed her down, it was just getting too wild.
Everything is going well, I had to fiddle with the Pilot a bit this morning. The monitor
also does a good job, it has just 1 little problem that needs sorting.
I should have some current with me for the rest of the trip, though not as much as
yesterday.
The wind seems to pick up in the evening, which is when you wind down a bit so you
can relax, but where screaming along again , but its pretty comfy and no banging
around.
Cooking dinner is hard, Ive got some chicken tonight and maybe some rice. My rice is
always crunchy, probably just inpatient.
So that's about it all's going well out here.

Flying Along

04 February 2022 | Off French Guyana
Mick
After a frustrating start to the day repairing Autopilots, I got them soorted and it turned
into a beautiful day, sunshine and good winds.
We are absolutely flying now due to 2 or 3 knots of current..
Another nice job that poppeed uo was the cooking oil, it had the cheepest lid money
can but, I put it in what I thought was a safe place, but no, so I had a pots and pans
cupboard full of oil to clean up, I did the best I could, its not a good time to wash
everything now.
There are a few clouds about but hopefully they miss us, they cleared up into a starlit
night last night, and a tiny moon for a change.
So all in all a pretty good day.
I'm not going to include the Lat and Lon position for a while. Just as a security
measure, some people say you shouldn't put it on social Media.
Of course Jan and Hanna will have it if needed
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