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Lifting keel paradise

by Adrian 5th Apr 2015 - Caribbean
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If there’s one place you need a lifting keel yacht its in the Bahamas…

We’ve been here for about three weeks sailing up through the island chain towards our eventual mainland US landfall. 

Mile upon mile of uniformly flat sub 3m depths across large banks between islands has been a completely new sailing experience. It’s a bit nerve wracking, but the Forward Looking Sonar and good weather (and light) have been invaluable.

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The T&Cs

by Adrian 23rd Mar 2015 - Caribbean
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That’s not the Terms and Conditions, but the Turks & Caicos.

The seas and beaches of the Caribbean have nothing on the waters of the Turks & Caicos (the Turquoises & Caicos might be a better name). I have never seen so many amazing shades of blue and have no idea how to even begin to try to describe them (cerulean?

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Beautiful Barbuda

by Jax 24th Jan 2015 - Caribbean

‘Beautiful Barbuda’ is the tagline of the behemoth that is the Barbuda tourism authority – I’m kidding, everything about this beautiful island is on the small scale. The island comprises 62 square miles, mostly flat, with a population of under 2000. Everyone is friendly and it feels very laid back and safe.
Two foot bay The beaches – white, or verging on pink depending on the light – and the sea – turquoise are undisputably beautiful.

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Antigua and Island Diversity

by Adrian 20th Jan 2015 - Caribbean
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The most unexpected thing about the Caribbean islands for me has been the diversity and differences between them.

This is an amazing cruising ground, where every day with a 20 or 30 mile sail you can be in a different country with a totally unique feel and character.

Antigua is a bit like Hamble, Cowes or Gibraltar – it’s a place with deep nautical history that is on most sailors’ destination list.

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Dominica – the nature island

by Adrian 11th Jan 2015 - adventures
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After leaving Bequia, we’ve sailed overnight to reach Dominica in one hop. After weeks of short day sails between islands it seemed a big thing to sail 140 miles overnight. It wasn’t, and it went fine. Sailing north is always a bit more tricky as you’re invariable tight on the wind. Fortunately the wind played ball and we were able to manage close hauled at 40-50º apparent in the open stretches between the islands in 15-20 knots of wind.

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Happy New Year 2015 – we were there…

by Adrian 1st Jan 2015 - Caribbean

In today’s Times Newspaper… (click to enlarge)

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We’d like to wish everyone reading this a happy new year and all the best in your life journey – whether its slinging the hook or just lazing on the sofa.

Adrian and Jacqui

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Vagaris crew in day off shock

by Adrian 18th Dec 2014 - Caribbean
Soufriere and the Pitons

For those of you familiar with the geek you will know how he loves to spend all day every day working on the boat….the boat that is already extremely well prepared for almost any eventuality…in fact he was heard to say during the crossing “I’ll put that on my jobs list for St. Lucia”….wtf?! How about putting “relax and take it easy” on the jobs list for St.

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Las Palmas first impressions

by Jax 1st Sep 2014 - destinations

Unlike many marinas we have visited of late where traffic passes through and locals keep their boats to use on weekends and holidays, Las Palmas Marina is a real community, taking living aboard to another level.

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The boats are invariably older, but predominantly ocean going (either just returned or allegedly heading out, though don’t be surprised if they stay here for another year…) and kitted out with extensive long distance cruising equipment – wind vanes, solar panels, fuel canisters on deck, bicycles etc.

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The rain in Spain…

by Adrian 8th Aug 2014 - places

We are sitting in a peaceful anchorage in the Ría de Muros, the northernmost of the Rías Baixas, just a short distance off a beautiful beach in only a few metres of clear water….the only thing wrong with this picture perfect scenario is that the view of the beach is obscured by a heavy curtain of rain and we are confined to below decks listening to the sound of the rain drumming down on the coach roof

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The rain in Spain, it would appear, falls mostly on Galicia.

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Hey, Mr Zamburiña man…

by Jax 14th Jul 2014 - atlantic europe

Last time I was in A Coruña (to give it its proper Galician name) I ate something called ‘zamburiñas’ without knowing – apart from them being some sort of seafood thing – what they were…whatever they were I thought they were delicious.
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In other parts of Spain, I have come across them in tins – obviously not the same experience.

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