Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

What a Difference a Day Makes!

Barometer is climbing and the wind is subsiding but we are still sailing, just. This boat is quite amazing how she can slip along at 5.5 knots with 7 knots of wind. Although we enjoyed the progress of the last 3 days, clearly we were ready for a bit of a break from the intensity of it all; both of us had trouble keeping our eyes open during our night.. Read More

Past the Half-Way Mark!

Just a quick update: As of our most recent log, we have done about 433 n. miles since leaving the BVI so are now more than half-way to Bermuda! We have been doing good speeds, sometimes with a couple of reefs in both the mainsail and genoa. We are pretty much on the same longitude all the way up but it is our latitude that we need to gain. We.. Read More

Setting Sail for Bermuda

The blustery winds of the past few days have subsided and we awoke to this beautiful sunrise in Soper’s Hole. So, generator is on, water is being made, tea is brewing while Howard is showering and I will follow.  We checked out of the BVI yesterday so are all set to head off to Bermuda today.  The forecast looks like we should have nice beam reaching with wind around 15.. Read More

Weather update

It looks like the earliest we will be departing is Wednesday as winds are forecast to be brisk ESE with lots of squalls today and tomorrow. Meanwhile we have enjoyed a couple of nights in the Nanny Cay marina, spending two very pleasant evenings with friends, and completing our final preparations for departure such as changing the oil in both the engine and gearbox, etc.

Power Restored!

Out with the old generator …. Howard happy to see the Onan generator out of the boat.  Perhaps it was doomed to fail, Onan having fallen out of favor in God’s eyes according to Genesis … In with the new (to us) ….. Installed, tested and protected from the elements… And meanwhile, the cockpit table has been undergoing a facelift.. just one more coat of varnish before we reassemble it… Read More

Messing Around in the BVI

Before getting stuck into this post, I want to let you know that I added a couple of photos of Timberline Lodge to the Oregon post, in case you are interested…. I can’t believe it is almost a month since we returned to the BVI from Oregon.  We have managed to have a bit of fun in between trying to prep ourselves and the boat for a passage back north.. Read More