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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,…

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…