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Life aboard – a second year

    Some days, it’s all truly amazing – exquisite location, gorgeous weather, happy children and a contented husband.Other days, it’s just like life would be anywhere, anyhow_food to prepare, chores, homework.Then, there are the days which are, well, bothersome_everything is … Continue reading

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Cinque Terre in Cinque Giorni

A slight diversion from ‘the plan’, we turned north out of Viareggio instead of south and went to see for ourselves this place that people kept insisting we see. “You really must visit the Cinque Terre”, they would say, “It’s … Continue reading

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Mistaken Identity

So it’s dark, everyone’s asleep below and I’m chilling out on the foredeck, wishing I had a book on the stars of the northern hemisphere because the moon isn’t up and the stars are sooo bright…. Just as I stifle … Continue reading

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Passage Making Stats

Friends on Merengue suggested we post some stats on our trip for the benefit of others who might consider a similar passage (even if it’s from their arm chair).  Here’s how our Atlantic crossing has shaped up so far: WaterWe … Continue reading

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Night Watch

I just popped my head up for watch checks, surrounded by 3 ships, no Ma, not literally, the lights of 3 ships each at 90deg from each other on the horizon, a glow coming from what I can only assume … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the first watch

Two conversations with a container ship, one at 9.9NM distance, then again at 5.5NM distance as his approach is coming within .5NM of us…he assures me he has us in his sights and his intention to leave us clear. I … Continue reading

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Underway to Gibraltar

Yes, a few days RnR and we’re back on track making our way to Gibraltar. Overnight tonight aiming to arrive Monday afternoon to cross through at the appropriate tide times. We think we can see the coast of Africa off … Continue reading

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