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.

Wednesday and Thursday the 28th November

28 November 2013 | Just over half way!
Hi Everyone!

As you see, the top news story from your roving reporter in mid-Atlantic is that at about 0700 this morning Wishing For The Moon reached the half way point in her passage to Barbados. As if to remind us that one cannot always rely on the elements to be kind, the wind dropped during the night and today it has been very light indeed: so light in fact that without the engine to help us along we would be sailing at between 1 and 2 knots even when the wind was favourable, which it certainly has not been for much of the day. At the moment, 1530 local (1730 with you) the wind is less than 5 knots bang on the nose so the sails are flapping uselessly but the engine is giving us a little over 5 knots. It's a strange thing but after days of running at between 6 and 9 knots, the boat seems stationary in the water when she's only doing a couple of knots. We miss the sound of water rushing past the hull, especially during the night. Light airs do, however, mean calmer seas and today the ocean is as calm as a nunnery at evensong - just a gentle swell to remind us that we are on water.

For the past two nights we have sailed with the big spinnaker up, which is in itself unusual because of the difficulty of getting it down if the wind changes. However, all went well and it did give us extra speed which was welcome. Lenny spent the nights sleeping in the cockpit so that he was on hand if anything did go wrong.

I mentioned the other day that we are well and truly in the tropics and that it is now hot. How hot, I hear you ask? Well, the thermometer in the galley was registering 100 degrees F last evening and at lunch time today it was into the 90s. In another part of the boat it was only 5 degrees less hot. One can easily do the first night watch in shorts alone, with a shirt later in the night. The stars last night were truly wonderful.

When we were in Cape Verde we heard from some of you that you were posting comments on the blog. Very sadly, we have not been able to receive those comments which is a matter of disappointment for all of us. We would love to know what you are saying and if there are questions you want to ask: it would even be nice to know if you would prefer us just to keep on sailing indefinitely! We may get the comments emailed to us, but more likely we shall have to wait until we ourselves can get into the website, which will not be until we are pretty close to land. Despite all that, please keep the comments coming because sooner or later we shall see them.

I suppose you will want to know that J C-R is trying out yet another name (Sarah, you may want to skip this bit). For reasons that are entirely unclear today's preferred moniker is Butch Squid-Hunter, Somehow, I thought the Butch would be back before long, and so it has proved. Tomorrow's name - who knows?

It is probably overstating it to refer to it as the highlight of the day, but today has seen the Washing of the Smalls Good job done and the guard rails are ferstooned with drying washing.

We are having roast leg of lamb for dinner this evening. Lenny has made a great-looking marinade in which it has been resting for a few hours. The bone from the leg was cast into the sea and we watched to see whether a Great White would emerge and devour it, but nothing happened. Richard has tried to catch another fish after his earlier triumph, but they have remained unco-operative and elusive. No more dolphins, no whales, no ships, no yachts, not even flying fish today

Naturally, we wonder how you all are and what you are up to., but for the moment that will have to remain a mystery for us. We continue to get on well with no points of friction yet emerging. We drink many mugs of tea a day, read when we want to, sleep when we need to and have our meals together. No mutiny!

Tomrrow's Friday - TGIF - and you'll all be off for the weekend. We hope it's a good one for you all. For us, we hope for a better wind so that we can resume sailing in place of motor-sailing.

Lots of love to you all and, if I may be allowed a personal message, special love to baby George!
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