Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Full Moon at Trellis Bay and Thanksgiving

We ended up picking up a mooring at Marina Cay on Wednesday, which is just across from Trellis Bay but had the advantage of having a bit more breeze and being less crowded.  The bottom photo was taken from the Marina Cay Hotel looking towards The Dogs and Virgin Gorda prior to us sampling a Pain Killer at the Pussers bar (somewhat overpriced at $9 each).  The other two photos,.. Read More

Full Moon at Trellis Bay and Thanksgiving

We ended up picking up a mooring at Marina Cay on Wednesday, which is just across from Trellis Bay but had the advantage of having a bit more breeze and being less crowded.  The bottom photo was taken from the Marina Cay Hotel looking towards The Dogs and Virgin Gorda prior to us sampling a Pain Killer at the Pussers bar (somewhat overpriced at $9 each).  The other two photos,.. Read More

Back in North Sound

Having completed our tasks in Red Hook, we departed Friday afternoon to spend the night in our much loved Francis Bay on St John where there was less of the northerly swell and a beautiful tranquil bay …. And because Howard has a National Parks card and is over a certain age, moorings are great value at $7.50 per night.  The next day we cleared back into the BVI in.. Read More

Back in North Sound

Having completed our tasks in Red Hook, we departed Friday afternoon to spend the night in our much loved Francis Bay on St John where there was less of the northerly swell and a beautiful tranquil bay …. And because Howard has a National Parks card and is over a certain age, moorings are great value at $7.50 per night.  The next day we cleared back into the BVI in.. Read More

Farewell Ed

You may have seen from our tracker that we are now in Red Hook Bay on St Thomas, USVI.  We had a good trip from Virgin Gorda on Wednesday, motor-sailing all the way (to make good time) in rather unusual weather conditions for this part of the world, rather muggy, full cloud cover, windy but no rain; it was more like a day on the Chesapeake in August but without.. Read More

Farewell Ed

You may have seen from our tracker that we are now in Red Hook Bay on St Thomas, USVI.  We had a good trip from Virgin Gorda on Wednesday, motor-sailing all the way (to make good time) in rather unusual weather conditions for this part of the world, rather muggy, full cloud cover, windy but no rain; it was more like a day on the Chesapeake in August but without.. Read More

Arrived in North Sound, Virgin Gorda

The last 24 hours or so of our trip were perhaps the best sailing of the whole passage.  We still had to bank a bit of easting as a small trof north of the islands was forecast to bring a few squalls and winds to head us by about 50 degrees from a little north of east to much more southerly but we were still able to enjoy a comfortable.. Read More

Arrived in North Sound, Virgin Gorda

The last 24 hours or so of our trip were perhaps the best sailing of the whole passage.  We still had to bank a bit of easting as a small trof north of the islands was forecast to bring a few squalls and winds to head us by about 50 degrees from a little north of east to much more southerly but we were still able to enjoy a comfortable.. Read More

In the Tropics!

Into our third day of motoring now due to very light winds, most of which were coming out of the south-east (where we want to go) so we are well rested and are caught up with all the little extra tasks that need to be done during quiet periods. The big bonus is that we are able to position ourselves well for the easterly trade winds that have begun to.. Read More

Fred’s back in charge

Once the wind died, the seas became much less confused and flattened out so “Fred” was again put back in charge of helming the boat while we were able to catch up on a bit of R&R. The best bit is that Fred is happy to steer an accurate compass course all day long. The only problem of leaving him in charge when conditions are a bit rough is that.. Read More