Yacht Whimbrel

Discovery Bluewater 50 catamaran

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

11 December 2018 | Jolly Harbour

Repairs Under Way

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

Getting along

03 June 2014 | Azores to Cadiz
Last night and this morning the seas are generally easier, but we still get the occasional dump of water in the cockpit which keeps the watch on their toes. This morning is showery, with the wind irritatingly sometimes up to 25 knots, and then down to 10 knots but always from NNE - NE keeping us sheeted in.

Watches are loosely 4 hrs on 4 hrs off, with a dog watch 6 - 8pm so that we switch watches each night. Just Karel and myself now on board. It does feel more like racing than cruising, but the upside is that we are getting along quickly. I am also not pressing things up due to the delicate nature of our mainsail, which is going to need some more fixing next calm or port.

Is this normal weather?? Hmm! I think that the winds are generally northerly between Portugal and the Azores because of the Azores High and the Spanish Low pressure regions. But I certainly did not expect it to be so chilly and wet, and was hoping that the wind would be kinder and be more from the NNW than the NNE and NE. For the passage between the Caribbean and the Azores certainly Easterly winds were expected for the first few days, but not the strong ENE winds and heavy seas we experienced, but after that I had expected the voyage to be a battle with calms and sunburn. But in fact we had only 3 sunny days and 3 days with the wind behind the beam, and two days of calms. I was in oilies and pullovers most nights and some days for at least the second half of the trip due to the cool temperatures and humid air which was again unexpected.

But some had it worse, with those poor guys on the Beneteau whose keel fell off, and another which lost its mast somewhere West of the Azores, and probably many more that I do not know about. Generally I think we had it good and have barely used diesel except to charge the batteries and make water. But that's sailing - no guarantees and you get what you get despite the best efforts of the forecasters.

I do not know who/what rollytasker is, but will check it out when next I have an internet connection.

Our dream meal when we arrive is one that doesn't suddenly decide to leap off the table or throw itself at you!
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