The story of Topaz Rival

Sailing adventures of one man and his dog. Please feel free to leave a comment!

Sint Maarten to Bermuda Day Seven

A fast night's sailing and we are now getting close to Bermuda. We are testing the engine at the moment and keeping fingers and toes crossed that it continues to work for the final section from the finishing line to the custom's dock. Next message from...

Sint Maarten to Bermuda Day Six

An eventful night with no wind, lots of wind,rain, and an engine that decided not to work, being starved of fuel. The symptoms were very similar to the bout of diesel bug we had last year but I find it hard to believe it could have come back so quickly after...

Sint Maarten to Bermuda Day Five

Sails are up again after a night under engine with no wind. Goosewinged with the breeze expected to pick up a bit tonight as we close on Bermuda. Our calculations (or rather Weather 4D's) indicate that we should arrive sometime on Saturday, morning if the...

Sint Maarten to Bermuda Day Four

We have been sailing all day and are making good progress, now with the cruising chute but with main and genoa overnight. Forecast is for the wind to drop later and then come back from the south tomorrow morning. All good on board, crew behaving themselves!

Sint Maarten to Bermuda Day Three

Sailors are a bit like farmers - the weather is never quite right. Yesterday I was complaining about very little wind but now we have good wind but from the wrong direction. Close hauled against a northerly wind and hoping it will bend around to the east as...


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