Open Water

22 November 2019 | Las palmas
19 October 2019 | Lanzarote
04 September 2019 | Nice cove near motril
31 August 2019
20 June 2019 | Komiza
26 May 2019
26 May 2019
26 May 2019
26 May 2019
19 May 2019
19 May 2019
19 May 2019
13 May 2019
27 April 2019
25 April 2019
24 October 2018

All Set

22 November 2019 | Las palmas
Richard Simons | Nice
It’s quite a challenge to shop for three weeks at sea, and plan to eat well. We have 180 eggs, two per person per day and about 90 pieces of fruit. Frozen meat and fish for 10 days, after that we are fishing.

Preparing to sail across the pond

19 October 2019 | Lanzarote
Richard Simons | Lovely
I am not totally sure how I find myself here, I guess it comes under the "be careful what you wish for" category. I can say that if not for Rosanna's and friends support I would not be here.

I am in Lanzarote, a volcanic island off Africa a stone throw from Gran Canaria where the arc rally starts on November 24.

Having made a number of longish sails in the last couple of months I have discovered that it is fun to be in the middle of nowhere for a while as long as you are safe, have good company and food. So that is what I am focusing on as I drill holes in my boat, wait for Rosanna, Ben, Francis and Manu, while I go shopping and eat pastries.

Finally water

04 September 2019 | Nice cove near motril
Richard Simons
I have been struggling to get water from my watermaker, but after a few helpful suggestions I appear to have fixed the problem with a little plastic scoop that is now stuck to the bottom of the hull and it shoots water up the pipe. The watermaker is transformed. I see showers in my future.

Long sail

31 August 2019
Richard Simons
We decided that it would be good to make a longish journey so we set off from Montenegro with the goal of a non stop journey to southern Spain.

Highlights:

Straits of Messina at midnight accompanied by fireworks

Sailing with twin headsails

Not being desperate to get off the boat.

Croatia is grand

20 June 2019 | Komiza
Richard Simons | Sunny
At first I thought I was going to be disappointed in Croatia, it felt like it was all about the tourists with none of local holiday makers we saw in Italy.

But having got away from the bigger centers I see loverly coves to anchor in and charming smaller towns with real shops and cakes.

The water is clear and the swimming is lovely.

Bari and around

26 May 2019
Richard Simons
We went for a wonderful walk in itria valley and walked through olive groves and wild flowers, with truli dotted around the countryside. Ate delicious onion focaccia for lunch in the middle of nowhere.
Vessel Name: Mercury
Vessel Make/Model: Alubat Ovni 395
Hailing Port: Old Greenwich
Crew: Richard, sometimes Rosanna, Joanne, Matthew, another Peter,Ben, Emily, Pat, Graham, Kate, Paul, Peter, Peter Rebecca, Tony, Rob, Caroline, Leslie, James, no cat yet
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I could get used to this

Who: Richard, sometimes Rosanna, Joanne, Matthew, another Peter,Ben, Emily, Pat, Graham, Kate, Paul, Peter, Peter Rebecca, Tony, Rob, Caroline, Leslie, James, no cat yet
Port: Old Greenwich