Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic and Mediterranean Cruising on board Lady M


We had a great first impression of the Maltese islands when we passed the sheer cliffs of Gozo on our way to Valetta. They made us think of the white cliffs of Dover! Being back in Schengen and the EU we had to check in with Customs and Immigration. This was accomplished in Grand Harbour. We docked alongside an old high dock wall and had to use a large tire.. Read More


Monastir has turned out to be a good stop. It is an interesting, fairly small marina that was not easy to spot on arrival because it seems to have been constructed in between what used to be an island and is now connected to the mainland. The masts of yachts in the marina only became visible when we were fairly close in. The marina offers good protection and is quite.. Read More

Passage to Tunisia and beyond – What a Difference the Wind Makes! 

We departed Mahon, Menorca at 09:40 on Saturday September 3rd, in anticipation of good sailing in southwesterly winds that we knew would pick up overnight to gusts of around 23 knots, not bad for our easterly passage towards Carloforte, a smallish island with a large marina off the SW corner of Sardinia. We would then reevaluate to see if we wanted to continue on towards Tunisia or stop and rest.. Read More

Success, a Visitor and About to Head East

We ended up staying 2 weeks in Mahon with a little break in the middle. Having installed a new battery charger and finally found someone (Lawrence of Sail Power Menorca) to review our charging systems and diagnose and fix our battery monitoring system that wasn’t giving us any meaningful information. We now feel ready to move on with our travels east, Hooray! What made our time here so special was.. Read More