Sailing matilda

15 April 2013 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
25 March 2013 | Union Island, SVG
10 March 2013 | Union Island, SVG
25 February 2013 | Speightstown, Barbados
18 February 2013 | North Atlantic Ocean - 165 East of Barbados
12 February 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean - 300 miles North of the mouth of the Amazon
03 February 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean - 260 miles East of Ilha de Fernando de Noronha
29 January 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean - 225 miles West of Ascension Is.
23 January 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean - 145 miles West of St Helena
16 January 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean - 75 miles from St Helena
10 January 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean
31 December 2012 | V&A Marina, Cape Town, South Africa
20 December 2012 | Hout Bay Yacht Club, Hout Bay, South Africa
24 November 2012 | Durban Marina, Durban, South Africa
24 November 2012 | Bluff Yacht Club, Durban, South Africa
16 November 2012 | Richard Bay, South Africa
11 November 2012 | 85 miles off Richard Bay, South Africa, Indian Ocean
08 November 2012 | Mozambuique Channel, Indian Ocean
02 November 2012 | La Port, La Reunion

St Helena Here We Come

10 January 2013 | South Atlantic Ocean
We had a fabulous New Years Eve in Cape Town; dinner at a swish restaurant and watching the fireworks with Peat Smoke and Gunvor. The rest of our time was spent provisioning and getting matilda ready for the 1690 nautical miles to St Helena. We left on the 5th as scheduled and so far we have had plenty of wind so no need to bother with Mr Stinky (our engine). The Duogen is churning out power too, so we've had no reason to use any diesel at all so far which is always nice.

I've been a little ill since we left Cape Town - just a cough and a bit of a cold - so my usual trouble with getting enough sleep has been exacerbated. As you can imagine I'm a joy to be with, but Heather is coping well. We've been eating wonderfully well this leg thanks again to Heather's provisioning efforts. We've had loads of fresh lettuce, tomato, cucumber, falafel, hommus, quiche, fish cakes and samosas. So with our usual ban on booze when at sea we should be in pretty good shape by the time we reach Brazil. South Africa was a great place to spend a couple of months, but the food is so good and so cheap, you can't help but gain a few kilos.

We should reach the half-way point to St Helena sometime today and cross the GMT meridian line (zero degrees East to West) tonight. There is a World ARC BBQ party planned for the night of 17 January, so we should make it in plenty of time for that. We get to spend 72 hours in St Helena and there are a lot of interesting walks there we'd like to do, so we might have trouble fitting it all in. Most of the rest of the fleet will head for Salvador on 18 January, but we have decided to head for Fortaleza instead. This means we are not competing with the rest of the fleet for this leg so our last competitive leg (to Richards Bay) is now sadly behind us.

We should arrive in Fortaleza by early February in time for the Carnival there, then we will head for Tobago and the Southern Caribbean Islands for a month or so. We plan to arrive back in St Lucia by 1 April to have the generator replaced and for the final World ARC party on 15th. Matilda is already officially on the market now with a broker in Nanny Cay in the BVI, so we will drop her off there with a tear in our eyes late April.
Vessel Name: matilda
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 42E
Hailing Port: Portsmouth
Crew: Jonathan & Heather Howard
About: Jonathan and Heather Howard are now back in the Caribbean after completing the circumnavigation. matilda is now on the market and in May we will return to the UK with our friends on Peat Smoke.
Extra: matilda was re-launched in October 2011. Our circumnavigation took 15 months and we are now starting to think about getting back to work.

Sailing matilda

Who: Jonathan & Heather Howard
Port: Portsmouth