Zephyr's Travels

Vessel Name: Zephyr
Vessel Make/Model: Ovni 395
Hailing Port: Falmouth
Crew: Colin & Rebecca Campbell
14 September 2023 | Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
18 August 2023
11 August 2023 | Closing in on Lanzarote
09 August 2023 | 150 miles off south Portugal
06 August 2023 | Atlantic coast of Spain (Finisterre)
04 August 2023 | Biscay
03 August 2023 | Manacles Buoy
30 July 2023 | Helford River anchorage
26 July 2023 | Helford River anchorage
25 May 2023 | Helford River
28 April 2023 | St. Mary's harbour
09 June 2022 | Ponta Delgado
01 June 2019 | Port Pendennis Marina, Falmouth
24 May 2019
Recent Blog Posts
14 September 2023 | Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Is there life on Mars?


18 August 2023

Bikes Onboard

With wall-to-wall sunshine, cheap flights and accommodation it’s hardly surprising this place is inundated with holidaymakers. Our UK summer hasn’t really helped with all the storms to encourage people to stay in our green and pleasant land. Instead, they descend here in their droves. Its fabricated [...]

14 August 2023

Arrived Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

We got into the marina late yesterday afternoon after a speedy sail down the east coast of the island dodging the windsurfers and getting an arrival escort of 4 Pilot Whales including a cow and calf. The calf was surprisingly adept at surfing down the swell waves. No pics unfortunately.

11 August 2023 | Closing in on Lanzarote

Friday's Fish Day

One of the many check lists I'm told to do when on watch is to check the rigging using a head torch when it's dark. On last night's check I came across a Flying Fish on the deck of zephyr, Dead. bumped his head on landing I reckon. He was a little beauty.

09 August 2023 | 150 miles off south Portugal

Last leg of this passage, Portugal - Lanzarote

Part of our daily routine is downloading weather grib files, receiving and sending emails to Lucy. who simplifies every thing for mum (Gran) who tends to prefer a more user friendly form of communication i.e WhatsApp. We don't have the technology to go down that road.

06 August 2023 | Atlantic coast of Spain (Finisterre)

Tricky Situation in the Galley

As I'm typing this Zephyr is really rolling! I've managed to recover from being seasick but still struggling negotiating simple tasks on here.

Azores 2022

09 June 2022 | Ponta Delgado
Colin Campbell
We finally arrived in Ponta Delgado, Azores on Sunday 29th after a generally event free passage and with just a day to spare before a nasty depression was forecast to cross the island.

We'd been watching the weather for some time before departure after seeing endless north easterlies too early in the spring for our cruising plan. We finally slipped the mooring in Falmouth on 19th May with a favourable forecast involving a circuitous route to avoid the calm spots.
The passage started off in glorious weather beating westwards skirting north of Scilly out to a point 70 miles west of the Bishop to catch the promised westerlies before two fairly nauseous food free days beating south in a fresh WNW'ly.
No pain-no gain they say, and so it turned out with the pain followed by three solid days of boisterous beam reaching across the rhumb line to catch the next and final conveyor belt well out to the north-east of the Azores to dodge light conditions down the rhumb line and take advantage of settled NE'lies as we got closer to our destination. It didn't go totally to plan with one 24-hour period of calms but still managed to keep a birthday party appointment on arrival!
The boat went well with only a couple of problems, one being an earth fault tracked down to the SSB DSC aerial (earth faults on an aluminium boat are always a worry). The second was a failed ball joint on the autopilot ram. I'd felt very smug after finding the problem knowing I'd just taken delivery of a spare joint before we left, only then to find the system has two slightly different threaded joints. Yes, my spare was the joint on the opposite side of the quadrant. Fortunately a bodge kept the show going.
On the wildlife front, there wasn't anything particularly unusual apart from perhaps the huge numbers of small Portuguese Men of War in floats as far as the eye could see. I can see a sensationalist tabloid press headline now if any of them make it to Newquay this summer.
We had a pit stop from a couple of bees off Scilly who were replenished with honey before heading on their way.
Whale sightings were in short supply although one of the 3 was possibly a Sperm Whale by the shape of the spout. Closer to the Azores we had a visit from a couple of passing Rissos Dolphins and a spectacular feeding display from some pretty big Tuna but again no whales.
The first signs of land approaching Sao Miguel were a moth at 300 miles, a pod of dolphins at 250 mile (who appeared within about a minute of starting the engine for the calm patch) and then the island Shearwaters at around 200 miles. Sadly, various flotsam also started to appear with increasing frequency at about the same time.
On the stats front:
Rhumb line distance Falmouth to Ponta Delgada 1225'
Distance sailed 1425'
Sailing time 10.4 days
Engine run for charging 1 hour (the wind genny and elderly solar panels did a great job)
Engine run for motoring 24 hours
Fish caught nil (3 bites)
We are now in Ponta Delgada for a couple of weeks cycling before heading on to Santa Maria and then the central island group later in June.
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Pre departure at home and afloat
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