Yacht Wishing For The Moon

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Vessel Name: Whimbrel
Vessel Make/Model: Discovery Bluewater 50 catamaran
Hailing Port: Guernsey
Home Page: www.sailsunsea.com
27 January 2021
02 May 2020 | Isola D'Elba, Italy
06 April 2019
26 January 2019 | Carlisle Bay
07 January 2019 | Jolly Harbour
11 December 2018 | Jolly Harbour
08 December 2018 | Jolly Harbour
07 December 2018 | Anchored Freemans Bay English Harbour
06 December 2018 | Anchored off OJ's Crab Hill Bay
05 December 2018 | Jolly Harbour Antigua
04 December 2018 | 88.8 NM East of Antigua
03 December 2018 | 260 NM East of Antigua
02 December 2018 | 423 NM East of Antigua
01 December 2018 | 580 NM East of Antigua
30 November 2018 | 893 NM East of Antigua
29 November 2018 | 740 NM East of Antigua
28 November 2018 | 1070 NM East of Antigua
27 November 2018 | 1232 NM East of Antigua
26 November 2018 | 1376 NM East of Antigua
Recent Blog Posts
27 January 2021

Summer 2021 plans

Wishing For The Moon is now back in shape with a new engine, new watermaker, and better plumbing. Now in Isola D'Elba Italy.

02 May 2020 | Isola D'Elba, Italy

Wishing For The Moon

Now on shore on the island of Elba for last couple of years, and works going on October 2019 up to March 23 with engine replacement, plumbing, hull works etc, but locked out due to the virus thing here in Italy, and new engine blocked in the UK still.

06 April 2019

The Futur Plan for Whimbrel

We are free for charters around Antigua between 20th April and 5th May, which is the period of Antigua Race Week 27th April to 3rd May.

06 April 2019

Cruising around Antigua

We start out from Jolly Harbour half way up the West coast.

26 January 2019 | Carlisle Bay

Guadaloupe Circuit

After checking out in English Harbour following a nights stay, and watching an Atlantic crossing rowing boat with 5 men on board arrive around midnight, we sail down to Deshais bay.

07 January 2019 | Jolly Harbour

Christmas Cruise

Cathleen aboard 14th Dec, and guests arrive 22nd. We sail south out of Jolly Hr, anchor off a beach for the night, then visit Cades Reef for snorkelling and spend the next night anchored off Carlisle Bay, near English Harbour.

Thursday to Sunday

17 November 2013 | Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde
Good morning everyone!

The sharper-eyed among you will have noticed that this entry is sent from Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente, one of the islands in the north west of the Cape Verde archipelago. We arrived here in quite blustery conditions and hot sunshine at about 0930 local (1030 GMT) this morning and have anchored outside the marina in the Porto Grande. Arrival here means we have sailed about 850 miles in 2 hours less than 6 days, at an average speed of about 6 knots. Given light and somewhat variable winds in the first couple of days, we think that is quite reasonable progress.

But what of life aboard Wishing for the Moon since our last journal entry? We should have sent an entry yesterday or even the day before, so our apologies to all our loyal and regular readers for the interruption! The big excitement on Friday morning was to have a pod of dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Some were just breaking the surface while others were leaping clean out of the water and one or two leapt at right angles across the bow, apparently trying to get as close to the boat as they could. It felt a real privilege to be able to watch them. Then, as if that wasn't enough, we had a shoal of flying fish whizzing past the boat, but none came aboard. We hope that may happen in due course.

Talking of fish, on Thursday evening Richard was fishing without, he says, much expectation when he hooked what turned out to be a very pretty fish of about 5 pounds - Lenny thinks it was probably a dolphin fish. After some discussion as to whether it should be kept, the matter was resolved because of the difficulty in getting the lure out. Jonathan gutted and filleted it, but in doing so managed to lose his balance, fly across the cabin and land on his back. No damage apart from bruising. We ate the fish for supper with boiled potatoes and fresh green beans and absolutely delicious it was.

We have been very spoiled with the meals we have had. We bought good supplies in Gran Canaria and Len has produced splendid and varied meals using the fresh ingredients we bought. One of the guides to the Cape Verde islands we have on board shows a marvellous looking indoor or covered market in Mindelo, so I'm sure we will explore that. I hope it's as good as the photograph of it suggests.

There are quite a number of other boats from various European countries - France, Germany, Sweden, England - which are presumably stopping here while doing the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). We wouldn't want you to think we have come here just for a rest cure or to sit in the sunshine doing nothing, although that would be very pleasant; the shade temperature is now about 82 degrees F and a strong breeze makes it feel fresher than that. The swimming in the sea is lovely, too. (Do we hear that snow is forecast for the south of England later this week? Poor you.) No, we are here for two main reasons: to re-stock with fresh supplies and to enable some repairs to be carried out to the boat - nothing serious, a small tear in the mainsail, a couple of tears to a sail cover and the spray dodger, and a bit of carpentry. You may be interested to know that Len had put about a ton of stores aboard before we arrived in Gran Canaria and that while we were there we added just over 1,000 Euros worth of fresh food - meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk, cereals and other stuff. Then we had the problem of stowing it, but all was duly resolved.

We have been short of the company of other boats on the passage down here. We made VHF radio contact with another yacht, East Wind, also bound for Cape Verde but apart from her we have seen only a couple of yachts and a ship - all on the horizon. Also, almost no birds at all until the very early dawn today as we sighted the CV islands, and then only 3 or 4.

As we lie here at anchor, we are, of course, flying the yellow 'Q' flag to indicate to the port authorities that we are waiting for them to give us clearance to go ashore, but apparently they don't work on a Sunday!

You can imagine that as we got close to the island our mobile phones came back to life and we were all pleased to be able to talk to family and friends at home. We plan to stay here until Tuesday or Wednesday morning - but nothing is yet fixed in stone. We will add another entry in the next day or so. Until then, love to you all from all of us.
Whimbrel's Photos - Main
Images from our 2013 crossing from Gran Canaria to Bequia via Cape Verde Islands
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Created 21 December 2013