Currently browsing

April 2013

IMG_1452

Porto to Gibraltar – Round 2

Two weeks ago in conjunction with the Easter Holiday, we flew to Porto with plans to sail Shearwater to Gibraltar where she would meet up with a SevenStar yacht transport ship to make her way to Florida.  Unfortunately, the weather gods did not get the message that spring had arrived, …

Safe arrival in Gibraltar!

Early yesterday, we arrived in Gibraltar after a lovely day of sailing and beautiful weather (that seemed like it was well earned after our first 24 hours!).  Technically, we were in Gibraltar for under 8 hours, but slept for 4 hours and then were tornadoes of activity for the rest …

Day 2 – Flat seas and fast reaching

Our trip has been somewhat delineated by the turn to go east (or slightly before) – the big waves/more wind than you want section, and the amazingly flat/wind from the beam or rear quarter section that has had us flying along smoothly.  We’re really enjoying the sailing we ‘ve been …

Day 1 – Lots of discomfort

We left Douro River at 7am Friday morning – skies were clear, the northerlies had arrived, and the harbor entrance was open! From the start of our day, things were uncomfortable – big waves, lots of wind (saw 40 knots twice), and putting in the time to get over the …