Time has flown since our last blog in Norway – we hardly seem to be able to keep up with ourselves.
Our season in the North came to a grand Finale with some fabulous sailing from Lofoten to Kristiansund and then Kristiansund to Plymouth – we sailed many miles and visited lots of new harbours – always with the focus on heading south.
Once in Plymouth it was straight into maintenance mode – we had our work cut out to finish the jobs in time – especially as we also needed lots of equipment servicing and our annual MCA survey. In addition to the regular jobs we added to our workload by:
Removing old batteries, cleaning the bilges and then fitting new batteries
Fitting a new solar panel
Fitting a new mainsail
Fitting some new curtains and carpet in the saloon
Going to a ship captains medical course and when everything else was finished doing all the prep work to cross Biscay!
Biscay – well it was all about the weather, missing the two big low pressures and finally dodging storm Louise. We had a plan and after a pit stop in Camaret (see arrow) we took a big detour right in to the centre of the bay – it seemed to work, the max wind we had was 35 knots.
We are now in Marina Sada, phew, resting and preparing for our next legs south to the Rias and Portugal before a full winter programme in the Canaries.
No room on the way south but there are spaces to join us January, February ad March 2019 in Lanzarote – just before Brexit! As with everyone else in UK we are not sure how that will effect us. Just to let you know – planning for next winter – we are unsure of what the sailing in EU rules will be after Brexit so we are taking the opportunity to have a winter off for maintenance and rest before summer 2020 when the dust has settled. If you were planning a winter sailing holiday break with us in the future come in 2019!
See the full Canaries programme here
Of course – summer 2019 we will be going to Norway again and as they are not in the EU it will be business as usual. Some great trips happening there, why not join us
See Norway programme here
That’s all for now folks – a great week in the Rias awaits us and the blog will reappear regularly from now on