Tortue's voyage

Tortue de Mer, in Greece and beyond!

Vessel Name: Tortue de Mer
Vessel Make/Model: Jeantot Marine, Privelege 39
Hailing Port: Sete, France
Crew: Michael Karamanof et al.
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03 April 2020 | Galley Bay, Antigua
30 March 2020 | Antigua
25 March 2020 | Basseterre, St Kitts
21 March 2020 | White House Bay
20 March 2020 | St Kitts
15 March 2020 | St Bart
10 March 2020 | Marigot, St Martin
07 March 2020 | Guadeloupe
02 March 2020 | En route to PTP
28 February 2020 | Saint Pierre, Martinique
19 February 2020 | Fort de France
17 February 2020 | Rupert’s Bay, Dominica
16 February 2020 | Anse Pain de Sucre
14 February 2020 | Anse Pain de Sucre
10 February 2020 | Dominica
09 February 2020 | Rupert’ Bay, Dominica
07 February 2020 | Portsmouth, Dominica
05 February 2020 | Le Marin, Martinique
01 February 2020 | Grande Anse d’ Arlet
21 January 2020 | Grande Anse d’ Arlet
Recent Blog Posts
03 April 2020 | Galley Bay, Antigua

Lockdown in Galley Bay

Well, it would be too good to stay as it was, since yesterday there is a week-long lockdown imposed on the island, hence no work on Tortue, we motorsailed all the way down to Falmouth harbour and back on Wednesday, but at least we know what to do and got the work planned for when the situation normalizes. [...]

30 March 2020 | Antigua

Antigua welcomes us

Well, that’s an overstatement, just sneeked in last Thursday with the help of some connections. A smooth 12-hour/ 50nm Motor against a moderate Easterly, caught a nice mackerel too, which made for a good dinner! Clearing in took about 3 hours, but we are healthy and legally in the country, that counts. Anchored in Deep Bay, see pic, we are often in the empty Galley Bay Resort, they have been very hospitable! Today we are in Falmouth (not in Cornwall!) trying to arrange for some work on the boat, which seems-despite the overall situation- still possible. Otherwise we will stock up, stay on board most of the time and wait for things to happen. We will do some fishing, snorkeling, swimming and wait and see... Stay safe and healthy all!

25 March 2020 | Basseterre, St Kitts

Basseterre goodbye!

This morning we climbed up the local hill, a great two-hour walk there and back, see picture. Adding variety to our boat gym routine of push-ups, sit-ups and plank. We got confirmation that we can be accepted in Antigua, so we motor-sailed the 6nm, cleared out here in Basseterre and we looking good for weather, as the wind calmed down and the rain nearly stopped after a week! More from Antigua!

21 March 2020 | White House Bay

White House Bay, St Kitts

Nice 5 km walk to the South of the island was needed, to clear mind and soul from viral thoughts! Starting to adapt and accept, we are certainly not stranded in the worst place! Some spearfishing this pm, nice Greek bean soup to settle the stomach, home-baked bread to top it up, no decent bread in English speaking islands... Tasty self-caught fish is always a winner!

20 March 2020 | St Kitts

St Kitts & Nevis

If this post feels forced and contrived, it’s because it probably is, first time I have to push myself to write an update. We arrived in St Kitts’ capital Basseterre 3 days ago, visited the Brimstone Hill fortress, met some crew from the Sea Cloud II, a cruise ship at anchor, sending their passengers [...]

15 March 2020 | St Bart

Saint Barthélemy

Sailing in the time of corona, sounds like a FG Marquez novel, but is our reality...

Lockdown in Galley Bay

03 April 2020 | Galley Bay, Antigua
Michail Karamanof | Fair, light SE breeze
Well, it would be too good to stay as it was, since yesterday there is a week-long lockdown imposed on the island, hence no work on Tortue, we motorsailed all the way down to Falmouth harbour and back on Wednesday, but at least we know what to do and got the work planned for when the situation normalizes. Boat is in good condition but needs a new coat of antifouling and a couple of repairs. It’s anchored in Deep Bay still, half a mile from Galley Bay Resort, where my eldest son is working and we live with the staff. Missing my boat (first time I sleep off it since 1.11.2019), but internet is better here! Plans are getting chopped and changed all the time, but the aim still is to cross the Panama Canal around 15 June, hopefully this current year!
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Antigua welcomes us

30 March 2020 | Antigua
Michail Karamanof | Breezy, pleasant
Well, that’s an overstatement, just sneeked in last Thursday with the help of some connections. A smooth 12-hour/ 50nm Motor against a moderate Easterly, caught a nice mackerel too, which made for a good dinner! Clearing in took about 3 hours, but we are healthy and legally in the country, that counts. Anchored in Deep Bay, see pic, we are often in the empty Galley Bay Resort, they have been very hospitable! Today we are in Falmouth (not in Cornwall!) trying to arrange for some work on the boat, which seems-despite the overall situation- still possible. Otherwise we will stock up, stay on board most of the time and wait for things to happen. We will do some fishing, snorkeling, swimming and wait and see... Stay safe and healthy all!

Basseterre goodbye!

25 March 2020 | Basseterre, St Kitts
Michail Karamanof | Fair, light breeze
This morning we climbed up the local hill, a great two-hour walk there and back, see picture. Adding variety to our boat gym routine of push-ups, sit-ups and plank. We got confirmation that we can be accepted in Antigua, so we motor-sailed the 6nm, cleared out here in Basseterre and we looking good for weather, as the wind calmed down and the rain nearly stopped after a week! More from Antigua!

White House Bay, St Kitts

21 March 2020 | White House Bay
Michail Karamanof | Gusty, squalls
Nice 5 km walk to the South of the island was needed, to clear mind and soul from viral thoughts! Starting to adapt and accept, we are certainly not stranded in the worst place! Some spearfishing this pm, nice Greek bean soup to settle the stomach, home-baked bread to top it up, no decent bread in English speaking islands... Tasty self-caught fish is always a winner!

St Kitts & Nevis

20 March 2020 | St Kitts
Michail Karamanof | Gusty and mixed
If this post feels forced and contrived, it’s because it probably is, first time I have to push myself to write an update. We arrived in St Kitts’ capital Basseterre 3 days ago, visited the Brimstone Hill fortress, met some crew from the Sea Cloud II, a cruise ship at anchor, sending their passengers and crew home and cutting their visit in the Caribbean short by a month, Michele’s and Hans’ trips cancelled, Günter ‘s and Edith’s Trip in jeopardy, heard yesterday that other islands around us stopped accepting yachts, marinas closed on all French islands, so, what do we do, as we are all writing history?
Anchored in a nice bay, 6nm South of Basseterre, fishing, cooking, reading, sipping rum punches, all proven antidepressants! Stay busy and healthy all and till soon!

Saint Barthélemy

15 March 2020 | St Bart
Michail Karamanof | Fair , occasional squall
Sailing in the time of corona, sounds like a FG Marquez novel, but is our reality...
St Bart for short, this island is also known for their high prices! Very exclusive, still French overseas territory, small, Russians, Americans, super yachts, 5 Euro for a beer that costs 2 Euros in St Martin... Nevertheless not spares from the virus here either, all restaurants close from tonight, some other islands turn sailors away, no one knows what next week will look like! Wind has lessened a bit, our 30nm /6hour trip yesterday was smooth.
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