by Nick Seven weeks in Dominica left much to reflect on. A beautiful and inspiring island in so many ways but nonetheless a tainted paradise with a worrying future. Dominica is known as ‘The Nature Island’ and appears at least largely unspoiled. Its dense forest and steep mountains meant it was less fought over duringContinue reading “Dominica: An island craving progress”
With the arrival of June we left Dominica, Covid tests done, we checked out with customs and immigration, bid our farewells and then with a 1 night stoppover at anchor in a Martinique bay followed by a 24 hour jump south, we picked up a mooring at the Southern end of St Vincent. Now, awaitingContinue reading
The diary of a day at sea Somehow, at sea, the passing of time seems to be experienced differently to that in other episodes of life to date… Possibly due to the random hours of wakefulness dictated by the watch rota and the practicalities that preoccupy you – the wind, the sails, the omnipresent yetContinue reading “A Taste of Passage”
I had expected to be greeted by a lush vegetated archipelago but instead we arrived at the dry volcanic north face of Lanzarote and the similarly arid, adjacent but quieter island of Graciosa. These stark and dramatic landscapes draw your minds eye to the past with clear scale-able volcanic craters providing a narrative of theseContinue reading “Reflections on The Canaries”
(from Steve again) News from Lilly: arrived in Dominica, all well and happy after a good passage. Some paperwork to sort out before they can land – but we look forward to more details soon.
We have a lot to write and many beautiful pictures to show of our stay in the Canaries, but I look forward to putting that together during the coming weeks when we will be crossing the Atlantic from ElHierro, first taking a SouWesterly course to find the more reliable Easterly trade winds and setting aContinue reading “Westward Ho!”
(A note from Steve, just to pass on the current news…) Today Lilly and crew cast off from the Canaries and head towards the Caribbean, either Dominica or St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It’s a distance of about 3,000 miles in a straight line – which they won’t be trying to follow. The traditional routeContinue reading “Thursday 18th March – another departure”
Seems like we’re 1 phone down on board so if trying to contact, forget Nono n K’s phone… try Nicks – 447709760710 sorry for boring post.
After two false starts we stowed Lilly ready for our longest passage so far, 600 odd miles to The Canaries. Heading South adjacent to The Moroccan coast felt like the first step towards lands truly exotic. The prospect of sailing to a volcanic archipelago far away where bananas, mangoes and avocados grow aplenty struck aContinue reading “Portugal to The Canaries”
Reflecting on the past three and a half months since leaving Wales to sitting here, rolling at anchor off Sagres at the South West corner of mainland Europe, there are 2 overriding features of the trip which come to mind. Namely the forced slow pace of travel, and secondly the significance of our diverse socialContinue reading “Portugal”