Yacht Whimbrel

Discovery Bluewater 50 catamaran

Vessel Name: Whimbrel
Vessel Make/Model: Discovery Bluewater 50 catamaran
Hailing Port: Guernsey
Home Page: www.sailsunsea.com
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
25 November 2018 | 1540 NM East of Antigua
24 November 2018 | 395NM West of Sao Antao
Recent Blog Posts
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.

11 December 2018 | Jolly Harbour

Repairs Under Way

Crew all departed - Colin left on 10th and donated a Yamaha P45 Piano!

08 December 2018 | Jolly Harbour

Secured in Jolly Harbour

Now settled in the marina.

Routine days on passage

23 November 2013 | 300 miles West of Cape Verde Islands
We are blessed with perfect winds and weather. Wind between ENE and ESE force 4 occasionally 5. Atlantic swells only 1.5 to 2 meters high. The motion of the yacht is now much more gentle than the first night out. We roll on down the swells, with the occasional bigger wave catching under the stern to spill anything that is not well wedged, and to test our balance moving about the yacht. Everyone getting more agile, and the last vestiges of Mal di Mare have disappeared. We have a typical trade wind sky spotted with small cumulus with a little Cirrus brushing the upper atmosphere. The temperatures are quite warm during the day, up around 27 to 30 degrees C, but in the night falling to a delicious 20 degrees.

The waning moon rises a little later each night so that we are plunged into darkness at 7pm, the yacht rushing into the blackness with only the bright stars above and the flashing of phosphorescence in the sea to light our way. We change down the sails before dark, lowering the spinnaker and setting the Genoa for the night so that there is less chance of sail changes in the dark on the foredeck. At night also there is always the possibility of a rain squall rushing through to carry away the Spi unexpectedly.

The Aries self steering has become indispensable and is generally very reliable, and lifts the burden of helming hour after hour from the crew, and uses no power to run. It was amazingly fortuitous to find the device behind the shed in the garden when we bought our little cottage on the island of Elba back in 2000.

My day revolves around preparing 3 meals a day for the always famished crew. Dinners have been Chilli Con Carne and rice last night, Tortellini with fresh pesto yesterday. Jonathan cooked up some delicious hamburgers with a tomato topping, cabbage and leeks the night before while we were at anchor in Mindelo, busily repairing the damaged Aries wind vane so that we could get underway the following morning. Lucnches recently have been salads with lettuce and other items likely not to keep long, some Taboule, Tuna and mayo sanwhiches etc. Breakfasts sometimes eggs and bacon or scramble, fruit salads and cereals.

We are aiming to work our way more to the south as our latest Grib forecast suggests better winds on the latitude of our destination in 3 or 4 days time, and light winds or calms to the north. So we will stay on port tack for the next couple of days. Best wishes to all, Len
Whimbrel's Photos - Main
Images from our 2013 crossing from Gran Canaria to Bequia via Cape Verde Islands
6 Photos
Created 21 December 2013