It’s 9:30 at night and I’ve got my back to the setting sun. I sit in the corner of the cockpit and watch the ocean roll and swarm downwind.
I’m listening to a creepy podcast. I downloaded tens of hours worth before setting sail on this 1000 mile voyage. There’s nothing that passes a night watch like an addictive podcast.
I spent the first night listening to Serial and then Someone Knows Something on the second. I often see Shearwaters circling the boat at night like flitting wraiths around the boat. Spirits. They’re comically loud at night on land but they’re silent at sea. [Read more…] about Video Blog: Sailing with Cetaceans
There’s a perpetual cloud over the mountain nearby.
It’s more than a cloud. It’s an immense white-grey pillow of damp.
It gives the vibrant green to this island, the innumerable dairy cows their grass, the people their food. [Read more…] about Cloud Islands: Volcanoes in the Ocean
I feel like I haven’t been away. The painted shutters on windows, the low stone walls, the dairy cows, the sparrows.
She stands where I left her. I left her.
I left her here. [Read more…] about A Return to Terceira – Sailing Home
Leaving Social Media on the Shore and Setting Sail
Checking your email, whizzing through your Instagram feed and clicking on your Facebook notifications might be an established part of our daily lives but it has no place at sea. During an Atlantic crossing, most sailors would never even see the word ‘Facebook. [Read more…] about An Atlantic Crossing – A world of distance and focus
People have been doing Atlantic Circuits since the time of Columbus and there’s a very good reason. It’s easier to sail with the wind than it is to sail against it.
Sailing where the wind blows
From northern Europe, there’s a very clear squashed circle of favourable winds that will blow you south from the UK to the Canary Islands, across to the West Indian islands of the Caribbean and then northeast all the way home. [Read more…] about Sailing Adventure 101: What is an Atlantic Circuit?