Jamie and Rosemary can bang on about sailing and weather windows and whatever all they like, but us three know that the Real Sailing Life is owned and run by us; me (XL Dita), Walter, and Bella. We are the … Continue reading 19. Real Sailors Wear Scales
So, it’s a new year, we’ve been here 6 weeks… what have we been up to?? Well the first thing we’ve been doing is – I believe – fairly obvious; having a baby. Hugo Young arrived on the 17th December … Continue reading 18. New Year Address…
Meet Hugo, our new skipper. He was born last night in sunny Malaga. Mummy and our new son are doing well. Continue reading 17. Our Newest Crew Member
On Monday, 23rd November 2015, we slipped Barbate for the sea trial and however far we could make beyond that… The forecast was good: W4-5 overnight, decreasing 2-3 backing SW, sea state moderate decreasing slight. We were also – by … Continue reading 16. 2015 – The Final Leg!
On the basis we had entered our third week in Barbate, we thought a post was probably due so we could update you on exactly what we’d been up to! Barbate is a very small town; no tourists, no train station, … Continue reading 15. The Hotel California, Barbate
We were dying to get out of Vilamoura by this point – or, as some graffiti we saw told us: ‘Vile-moura, Hellgarve’ – that we took a punt on the weather not looking too bad (despite some more rain), and … Continue reading 14. Well hello, Andalusia!
Following Fairleadgate, everything else went smoothly in Nazarè. We had some good long walks up to Sitio (right on top of the hill). We even eschewed the funicular (more due to Bella not being allowed on it than us being … Continue reading 13. The Sunny Algarve… Kind of…
On Wednesday 14th October, everything still looked good weather-wise and we got underway towards Nazaré! The wind was mixed – not much of it, but from all kinds of directions for the first few hours, along with a bit of … Continue reading 12. Nightmare in Nazaré…
Our first anchorage at Muros lay on the Costa da Morte – The Coast of Death! – foreboding enough for a decent headline we feel, even if it is slightly melodramatic for anything experienced while there…. We ended up spending … Continue reading 11. The Coast of Death and Beyond!
After our trip across Biscay which, to be quite honest, has taken to being discussed in hallowed tones as if we’d walked away from a near-death experience, rather than had a bit of a rough crossing in some pretty notorious … Continue reading 10. La Coruña to our First Anchorage (Muros)