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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,…

200 Nautical Miles of Brittany Coast

It was not all clear skies, calm seas and nice sailing winds in a perfectly functioning boat but we will not dwell on the less than perfect days as we update you on of our recent passages and stops as we continue to explore…

Ile de Bréhat, a place I could happily call home

Ile de Bréhat just 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide at its widest point and undoubtably one of the most beautiful places we have visited so far.   We had planned to anchor off the island in deep water and then scope out…

Au Revoir Normandy, Bonjour Brittany – working our way West

This leg will see us change regions in France leaving Normandy and entering Brittany.  France is dived into 13 regions, (similar to Australia being divided into States).  It was our intention to leave Îles Chausey early in the morning (7am ish) with the tide…

Îles Chausey

We decided to back track a little and visit the Iles Chausey which is a group of small islands, islets and rocks off the coast of Normandy, in the English Channel just 10 nautical miles from Granville.  They are the pride of the area…

Bonjour France – Granville

Finally it feels like we are off again exploring new waters at last, only to arrive in Granville and stop a lot longer than planned… Firstly a good passage from Jersey to Granville just a short 30 nautical miles, so there was always land…

2018 Begins – United Kingdom to the Channel Islands

Saturday 5th May and finally we are away again, let the 2018 adventures begin! It was a lovely farewell from our marina family in Ipswich, with crews from Trimilia, Navigare & Phoenix all turning out on J Pontoon to wave us off.  Many goodbyes,…

Waiting out Winter

Well it certainly isn’t all beaches and bikini’s living on a yacht, certainly not this far north thats for sure.  It has been a long, cold, wet, white and expensive off season for us.   We arrived back in the UK on December 19,…

Another Night on the North Sea – The Last Passage for 2017.

We had actually started to think we would be spending Christmas in Holland, and had left our run to the UK too late BUT finally, after two weeks in Vlissingen waiting for suitable weather to cross the North Sea to Ipswich (for winter) an…

St Nicholas Day in Veere & Ready to Launch from Vlissingen

This blogs journey. The fog finally lifted enough for us to leave so we made passage from Bruinisse to Veere (25 nautical miles).  We had perhaps 3 nautical miles visibility at most during passage with at times down to 1.5 n m, but clear…

1995 Beer Prices and The Big Muscle

Amsterdam, Haarlem, Oudewetering, Waddinxveen, IJsselmonde (Rotterdam), Willemstad, Bruinisse Amsterdam to Haarlem a mere 13 nautical miles but due to a fuel stop and bridges it took us almost 6 hours to get there under engine (it isn’t appropriate to sail in the channels with…

Dutch Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet

Firstly the sailing (well motoring) part – Volendam to Amsterdam is again another short hop of 15 nautical miles with one lifting bridge and one lock to navigate and pass through as you leave the Markermeer and enter the Noordzeekanal (basically the waterbody/river from Amsterdam…