Yacht Wishing For The Moon

Oyster Lightwave 48

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.

Sunday evening, the 24th

24 November 2013 | About 500 miles West of Cape Verde Islands
Greetings to all our regular readers, and the occasional readers too!

We have been having the most wonderful day's sailing today with good winds, and Aries and the boat performing beautifully, The sea is a deep blue with lots of white horses everywhere and, after a cloudy start, a sunny day with fluffy white clouds. To give you some idea of sea conditions the waves are generally about four feet but fairly regularly the underlying swell, which is present all the time, pushes them up to 8 or 10 feet so that they then block the horizon for a few moments. We have been making splendid progress at 7 knots or more, and have reached 9 knots on a few occasions. We have not changed sails now for 48 hours. Our noon to noon mileages have been 157, 153 and, today, 172. For the really talented mathematicians among you, that adds up to 482 miles by noon today, and allowing for the 6 or so hours since then we are now over 500 miles or very nearly a quarter of the way! At the moment, lighter winds are being forecast in four or five days time.

This morning it looked as if we might be heading for a shower of rain and it was just possible to see part of a rainbow on the horizon ahead, but nothing came of it. There are a few birds flying around - Len thinks they are probably storm petrels - but we have seen no more dolphins or flying fish since last reported, although there were several little ones on deck on Saturday morning. We have not seen any whales.

There is, of course, much less to tell you about now that we are at sea and have left the supermarkets, cafes etc behind. You will be reassured that all appears to be going smoothly. There have been no arguments and no-one has fallen out, just Johnny saying that he has decided that he prefers, after all, to be called Johnny rather than Butch! The watch system is working well and we rotate it so that we each get a different period each night. The waning moon is rising later and later, but that gives a chance to see the stars more clearly and to see the phosphorescence in the water. In a few days' time we shall be moonless and then the cycle will start again. During the day the sun is pretty hot - definitely suncream and/or T shirt weather. We have a green umbrella which is erected in the cockpit to ward off the worst of the sun. How about that! The nights are pleasantly cooler although one doesn't need more than a pullover when on deck at night. We are all reading fairly regularly, except Len who generally fins something to do to the boat when he is not spoiling us with wonderful meals: fruit salad, toast and marmalade for breakfast, salad, home-made bread and cheese for lunch and a very good and filling hot dish for supper - tonight it's Hungarian pork and sauerkraut goulash (or it might be Czech!) with boiled potatoes. One of the highlights has been Len's spiced apple and walnut cake - which I'm afraid didn't last long!

Richard has now come down from the cockpit saying that he has just returned a large flying fish to the sea. It turns out to have been about 6 inches long. No more fish have been caught, We are naturally keeping a sharp eye out for monsters from the deep, but so far have seen none.

Best love to all.
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