Category: New Posts

Another Year on Red Roo Our 2018 Wrap Up

Wow – another year over and it has absolutely flown by, I can’t believe we have been doing this for three and a half years now and have just spent our 4th Christmas on the boat!  We have the rigging of the Christmas boat…

We Made it to Morocco – Part I Tangier

Our last sail of the year (2018) was a little jaunt across to Africa 😀 🌍 just a mere 25 nautical miles from Barbate, Spain to Tangier, Morocco.  There was fog and no wind early but it cleared and by 9:30 we were on…

Cruising to Cádiz

Splash 💦 after all our hard work redoing the waterline and new anti-foul we are back in the water and making great speed.  Its amazing how quick Red Roo can go when she isn’t dragging barnacles and growth along with her! Our first mission was…

Our First Haul Out

After three years we finally got around to hauling out Red Roo for some much needed care and maintenance on her hull. Phil had a weeks head start before Maree arrived back from the UK following her exile as part of the ongoing Schengen…

Lisbon to Faro

Having offloaded Maree back in Figueira da Foz to fly back to the UK for the “Shengen  Shuffle” and dropped William in Lisbon it was solo time on Red Roo. The plan being to get quickly down and around the Portuguese coast and back…

Porto to Lisbon with William

NEW CREW ON RED ROO, we were very excited to have William, a relative from the UK on board for 7 days to travel with us from Porto south down the coast about 190 nautical miles to Lisbon.   This was Williams first sailing…

Porto – Portugal, a day cruise with family and friends

We were excited to be meeting Phil’s cousins the “Andersons” from the UK in Portugal for a few days but between us and Portugal there was 65 nautical miles of coast to cover from Baiona, Spain to Porto, Portugal.   There had been wind…

The Day the Engine Wouldn’t Start

What was to be a short journey to the next Ria turned into a long day, our intermittent engine start issue raised its head and wouldn’t start full stop.  We departed Ribeira and sailed nicely in moderate winds.  We had sailed into the Ria…

Hola Spain

Having been in Spain for just over 3 weeks now its been a real mixed bag, we have had uncomfortable large sloppy swell, flat calm seas, amazing rocky steep hilly shorelines, flat white stunning sandy beaches, plenty of fresh fish caught from the boat,…

Crossing the Bay of Biscay

France to Spain, the famous Bay of Biscay, a notoriously challenging bit of water to cross.  I admit I was nervous but also had a wee feeling of excitement thrown in along with the apprehension of what we would find out there.  So many…

Road Trip La Rochelle to Bordeaux

After a rolly night on anchor off Île de Ré we sailed the the short 12 nautical miles into La Rochelle.  We had chosen the expensive (but much better) option to berth right up in the city basin rather than at the massive yacht…

French Island Fun in the Sun, Swimming and Scrubbing

Summer has arrived at long last!  Almost three years since we left Australia and two rather cold years sailing northern Europe we have found the sun and are loving it! It actually took a few days to acclimatise after being cold for so long,…