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Last report position from station EuanMara

Date: 2017-06-21 18:22
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 37º 02.00'N:009º 09.56'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-20 20:53
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 36º 02.44'N:011º 43.51'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-19 19:32
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 36º 51.58'N:014º 59.89'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-19 19:32
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 36º 51.58'N:014º 59.89'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-18 21:06
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 36º 45.52'N:017º 29.01'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-16 18:11
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 38º 25.67'N:023º 08.20'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-12 12:35
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 37º 44.38'N:026º 18.95'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-10 18:28
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 38º 31.53'N:028º 37.30'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-03 18:28
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 38º 19.38'N:029º 00.54'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-03 09:46
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 38º 04.18'N:030º 01.59'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-06-02 07:51
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 37º 26.09'N:032º 24.22'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-31 17:55
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 36º 45.11'N:033º 49.22'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-30 16:53
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 36º 15.55'N:036º 39.81'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-29 17:59
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 35º 55.35'N:039º 25.95'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-28 16:43
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 35º 14.96'N:040º 42.82'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-27 20:04
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 34º 35.78'N:041º 58.46'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-26 15:10
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 33º 43.36'N:043º 58.36'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-25 12:31
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 33º 03.62'N:046º 20.61'W
Course: 002º Speed: 4.00 knots
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Date: 2017-05-24 11:32
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 31º 45.10'N:047º 00.00'W
Course: 065º Speed: 5.50 knots
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Date: 2017-05-23 15:02
Station ID: Euan Mara
Position: 31º 28.87'N:048º 11.21'W
Course: 050º Speed: 7.50 knots
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1 2017-06-21 18:22 Euan Mara
2 2017-06-20 20:53 Euan Mara
3 2017-06-19 19:32 Euan Mara
4 2017-06-18 21:06 Euan Mara
5 2017-06-16 18:11 Euan Mara
6 2017-06-12 12:35 Euan Mara
7 2017-06-10 18:28 Euan Mara
8 2017-06-03 18:28 Euan Mara
9 2017-06-03 09:46 Euan Mara
10 2017-06-02 07:51 Euan Mara
11 2017-05-31 17:55 Euan Mara
12 2017-05-30 16:53 Euan Mara
13 2017-05-29 17:59 Euan Mara
14 2017-05-28 16:43 Euan Mara
15 2017-05-27 20:04 Euan Mara
16 2017-05-26 15:10 Euan Mara
17 2017-05-25 12:31 Euan Mara
18 2017-05-24 11:32 Euan Mara
19 2017-05-23 15:02 Euan Mara

Reports



Date: 2017-06-21 18:34
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location:
Title:


Land Ahoy !!!

We have cleared the end of the TSS and are now in the inshore traffic zone, just 12 miles until we round the
point into Sagres to anchor for the night...WOW a whole night sleep can't wait, I may even have a little treat...a
drop of red wine when we get anchored.. :) :)

It was a interesting time crossing at the top of the TSS 10 ships heading in and out of the TSS some passing
quite close.

Pilot Whales spotted twice today haven't seen then in a long time.

So we will have a nights sleep and head to Portimao in the morning its 25 miles so not to far...

Getting excited now as its not long until we have the grandchildren coming for a holiday :) :) :)

End

Date: 2017-06-20 20:54
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location:
Title: Not Far...


Not far to go now...134 miles to Cabo De Sao Vicente and a extra 25 miles to Portimao.
We hope to get there around 8pm tomorrow and anchor just around the corner at Sagres for the night, it will be
so nice to have a full nights sleep...... not sure we will get there by then, the wind has just decrease to only 5
knots, this all slow us down.......

After a few days of heavy cloud cover its a lovely bright sunny day today, we haven't seen much wild life apart
from 2 small turtles.

We are seeing more and more shipping, last night we saw a cargo ship heading straight for us, he was 9
miles away and traveling at 21 knots he did altar course, we passed about a mile part, not sure if he change
course due to picking up our AIS or if he saw our lights or maybe both.....

Its just over 90 miles until we get to the Traffic Separation Scheme ( we have seen a TSS for a long time) at
end of Cabo de Sao Vicente we have been heading up on our preferred course so we can go above the TSS
and enter the inshore traffic zone which is better for yachts, we don't really want to be in the TSS lanes or
crossing lanes that are meant for large ships.


End

Date: 2017-06-18 21:08
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location:
Title:


400 miles.....done.....
440 to go...
been a bit choppy out here today winds been NE 18-25 knots and is now dropping its due to decrease to 5-10
knots so it will slow us down :(

End

Date: 2017-06-17 21:10
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location:
Title:


Found some wind today its a little bit to much to the East for us making it a bumpy ride, still we are traveling
along at around 6 knots and have covered 265 miles so far.....

End

Date: 2017-06-15 15:30
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location:
Title:


We leave Sao Miguel to sail the last 850 miles of our Atlantic crossing tonight, hoping for some more wind !!!

Date: 2017-06-12 13:55
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location: Faial
Title:


After 7 days in Horta on the island Faial we have left to start the last part of our trip back to Europe we are now
27 miles from the island Sao Miguel and Ponta Delgada where we plan to spend a few days having a look
round and waiting on a weather window to make the last part of our trip 850 miles to Portugal main land, we are
hoping to leave on Wednesday.

We had a very busy time while in Horta, our wonderful skipper/odd job man has mended "Jerry" the auto pilot
which was quite a big job, we also had to give the bilge a really good clean, some oil leaked from one of the
spare cans. As we were on the dock and water is included in the price we flushed out the water tanks
something that's not been done since we left the UK, the decks also had a good scrub down.

However we did get time to enjoy the island.... on the Monday after we arrived we were invited to have lunch
with the President of Portugal at the Holly Sprit Festival, everyone in the island is invited to lunch of local soup
(made with meat stock and bread), meat (beef), vegetables and rice pudding with sweetbread and lots of
local red wine...quite something to see this large marque set with long tables, red table clothes, white china, a
table in the middle with all the silver crowns that come from each of the church's around the island, there is a lot
of church's on the island we counted 6 in Horta, lunch was followed by traditional music and dancing what a
lovely day and a great way to meet the local people that are very proud of their lovely clean island (we didn't
see one bit of rubbish to whole time we where there). One lady took the time to drive us around the island and
show us all the local highlights, we can not thank her enough we had a lovely day.

End

Date: 2017-06-03 17:31
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Land Ahoy!!


We can see land......under 22 miles to go.....
We can see Faial and Pico :)
Happy crew on Euan Mara

End


Date: 2017-06-03 09:46
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Almost there!



Just 71 miles to go :)

Sun is out wind is 10-15 knots from the south, lovely sailing on a reach.....

End

Date: 2017-06-02 07:53
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


191 miles to go...
if only the wind would cooperate!!!

Not far to go now...
Yesterday was a had slog with the winds against us, in 20-25 knots of NE wind we zig-zagged all over the
place, the day before 30-35 knots of SW wind, today we have no wind!!


Have to go now..... and cook bacon and egg......

End


Date: 2017-05-31 17:50
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Fin Whales ahoy!


Great sailing yesterday in 15-20 knots of SW winds sending us in the right direction for the Azores, we went
over the 2000 miles mark yesterday, now we have just 275 miles to go. :) :) :)

Skipper spotted 3 Fin Whales yesterday right next to the boat one went right across our bow. Fin Whales can
be up to 24 metres in length these were defiantly bigger than Euan Mara, its a little scary when they are so
close to the boat. The depth meter showed 6 metres at one time so they may have been under the boat!!


Its very choppy out here today in SW winds of 20- 35 knots unfortunately we don't go faster in these winds as
we have to reduce the sails and the choppy swell slows us down.
The wind is due to veer around to the NE 20-25 knots sometime this afternoon or evening, not so good for us
as it would mean we have the wind on the noise so it looks like we will be doing some tacking which may well
increase the miles to get to the Azores and then would you believe it looks like no wind to 5 knots on Friday!!!
oh well wants a few extra miles/hours when your waiting for that large glass of red wine!!

End.

Date: 2017-05-29 21:57
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: LInda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Another Day is over



The Sun has just gone down, its soon time to start the night watches of 3 hours a time, Skipper is on first watch,
its been a lovely day, sunny, 10-15 knots of wind from the SW we are sailing on a reach doing 5-7.5 knots, if the
wind stays as it is we should have a good night, I'm hoping the stars will be out tonight its helps if its not so
dark when on watch.
We will be under the 500 miles mark today, but as I write we still have 510 miles to go.


We saw another Sperm Whale today just resting on top of the water, when recovering from a dive and
preparing for the next is when we see them on the surface, recovery time on the surface is 7 to 15 minutes, they
generally blow around five time per minute, they are quite hard to see in the swell/waves. When feeding they
may dive down 3000 metres for 40-60 minutes to catch squid and maybe some fish. Socialising groups may
spend several hours on the surface, we haven't seen any in groups.

End

Date: 2017-05-28 17:10
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


The count down is on......under 600 miles to go.......
Just hope the high pressure due over the Atlantic on Wednesday still gives us a enough wind to sail.....
I'm beginning to think I'm alcoholic can't wait to get in and have a very large glass of red wine, the thought of an extra day due to
light winds is just unbearable!!!!

Its a lovely sunny day, sailing well, if a little slower than we would like in 10 knots of westerly wind.

We had a first last night.... we sailed all through the night with Bird Big flying out in front of Euan Mara, we only had very light winds
so the only way to sail was to fly the spinnaker, which involves hand steering and lots of concentration, it was quite a tiring night,
very pleased when the sun came up.

We saw one ship in the night, one large cargo ship and a yacht today, this route is like a motorway compared with the East to
West crossing, we only saw one yacht in the whole crossing.

End

Date: 2017-05-28 16:38
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Whoops


Whoops I missed the "i" out it should of been "Exeter Chiefs" !!!!
Oh and encase you are wondering who Exeter Chiefs are there a Rugby Team....

Date: 2017-05-27 19:41
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


14 days at sea..........
We have had a mixed trip so far with some very good winds to none at all....some good sailing to some rolly sailing!!
We have 1637 miles behind us...
Roll on the Azores... 683 miles to go......

There is hardly any wind at the moment the big bird (our spinnaker) has has been up all day, but still only doing 3.5-4.5 knots, still
its better than none and having to use the engine.

We had a visit from some dolphins this morning, but the highlight of today has to be seeing a large sperm whale having a nice
rest right in our path, after we sailed passed he flipped his tail in the air and drove down what a sight :)

We continue to head north is the hope of some more wind....

Exeter Chefs played in the final today and WON!! well done! the only problem is our weather support back home went to the
match so we haven't had a weather report today !!!!

End

Date: 2017-05-25 21:23
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


We found some wind at last, not a lot but enough for us to sail a long nicely at 5 knots.... lets hope we can keep the wind now, the
trick over the next week is to keep in the wind but not head up to high and end up in the low... we are keeping a close eye on the
weather and our weather router back home is doing a great job....I just hope she doesn't want paying!

Last nights watches were quite hard on the eyes, it was a little misty, there was hundreds and thousands of stars out right down to
the water, in fact some looked as if they were in the water, so because it was misty you couldn't make out if it was a target
(another boat) or a star some even looked like they had red and green in then!!

This morning was saw 2 ships at the same time one going east and one west they passed within a few miles of us, then this
afternoon we saw a yacht, we called him on the VHF, had a chat he's heading to the Azores so we said we would meet them for a
beer when we get there.

Dinner today - duck, roast pots, green beans and gray.......happy crew.

End


Date: 2017-05-24 20:13
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


No Wind !!!
not a lot to report apart from there is no wind!!!
Feel like we are going backwards !!
Heading north under motor in hope of some wind.....

Had a visit from some dolphins today one had a baby :)

End

Date: 2017-05-23 16:55
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


All's well on the good ship Euan Mara :)

Sun is out and we are sailing along nicely.

We saw two ships over night, one was called Minnehaha it was 300ft....

We are now seeing Portuguese man of war, really weird you just see want looks like a pinky/ purple bubble floating long!!
Had a visit from some Atlantic spotted dolphins today.

End

P.S sailmail sever has not been working, so there was some delay on reports been posted.





Date: 2017-05-22 21:06
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Half Way..



1140 miles behind us..
1128 miles to go....
happy times....we love it when the distance to destination is less than the miles we have covered.

The wind picked up yesterday evening and went round to the west so it was time for some down wind sailing, yippee lots of
rolling!!!! and oh boy did we roll with a large swell coming from the north so pleased when day light came and the wind went north
west so we could go on a nice reach, but there is still a large swell so not the most comfortable sail boat ride.

Highlight today is seeing another yacht, it was going the other way, maybe heading to Bermuda ?

End

Date: 2017-05-21 19:39
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: 1000 miles


1000 Nautical Miles

At 19.15 UTC we crossed the 1000 miles line :)
1262 miles to go to the Azores.
Just 130 miles to half way, we should make that at around this time tomorrow, so a party is planned on Euan Mara for tomorrow,
all are welcome cocktails at 17.00 :)

Fabulous sun set yesterday one of the best we have seen, if that wasn't good enough it was topped with a superb green flash.

Today's excitement was seeing whale's they were quite far off, we could see the splashes and tails coming out of the water.

We are still having a motor boat ride!!!! the grib files show some wind around now 20.00 but we haven't had any, fingers crossed
we get some soon.

End

Date: 2017-05-20 21:15
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: 1 week


its 1 week since we left St Martin and the Caribbean behind us.

Last night I had to don trousers, fleece, socks and shoes. Its the first time these strange items have seen the light of day since
September 2015!! now I know 23 deg is quite warm to some of you but trust me when you have lived in a arrange of 35 deg for the
passed 16 months 23 deg is cold!!!

We had a good but slow sail through the night, the wind has now died and the motor is on.
So far the grib file and our weather reporter back home has been quite accurate, so its looking like a motor boat ride until 6am
tomorrow when the wind is due to start picking up and coming from SSW which will be a good direction for us.

Its been a exciting day...... first we sight a sail boat way off behind us we can just see the stick, we did sight what we thought was a
sail boat a few nights ago but saw nothing in the day so we think it may be the same one, it seams to keep dropping back and
then catching us up, then we see a large cargo ship way off to starboard.

End

Date: 2017-05-19 19:45
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Day 7


Day 7 into our trip across the Atlantic.

757 miles behind us....
1428 miles to go to the Azores....

All's well on Euan Mara

Good sail last night with easterly winds of 8-12 knots but a little slow at times.
Today has been a lovely sunny day with about 10 knots of easterly winds.

Seen a few more birds today but no dolphins or whales...

End.


Date: 2017-05-18 18:56
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Day 4-5


After motoring motor/sailing for the last 24 hours, at 10am we were able to turn the motor off.
We are only sailing at about 5 knts in 10 kts of wind but at least we are sailing and not using any of our fuel.

It rained last night, not nice when your on watch it was as black as black until about 2am when the clouds parted and the moon
peeked thought, there was also a few shooting stars, which are always good to watch.

We are now into day 5 with 634 miles behind us and 1500 to go!!

Still no fish.....it would help if the fishing lines were deployed!!!!!

End




Date: 2017-05-17 12:45
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title: Weather


It just shows you can never be sure of what the weathers going to do......

At 0325 we still had the engine on due to no wind when the wind started to pickup 12, 14, 18, 20 knots sails were deployed, we are
off sailing again but its quite choppy so we have a bit of a bumpy ride.......... I've checked all the weather info we have and it all
say 5 -10 knots!!! Our weather router back home also said we were in for light winds!!!

We are just over 500 nm into our trip the Azores is 1660nm
We are over 24N 057W its cloudy and a little colder, temperature in the cabin is only 25 deg we have been use to 35 deg.....

End






Date: 2017-05-16 10:06
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: North Atlantic
Title:


All's well....

412 miles done!
1747 miles to the Azores!

Wind E slowing going round SE between 10-18 knots.

Ben is working well, doing a good job of keeping us on course, he's so good, he never needs
feeding.....unlike other crew members!

We have seen a few flying fish and one seabird today and that's it..nothing else, not a sign that
anything else is out here.

Winds went a little light yesterday afternoon so I took the opportunity to cook a roast dinner, pork chops with
roast potato's, roast butter nut squash, broccoli, green beans and of course gravy, crew really enjoyed
it...back to pasta tomorrow....

Wind picked up over night Monday into Tuesday up to 20 kts we still have full sail out, doing
7-8 knots.

Fishing lines have been out, not caught any fish....only seaweed!!

Update......
Engine is on.....after a great morning sailing at around 7 knots the wind has died, hope it will be back up tonight going to download the latest weather now and see......

We just have a visit from the spotted Atlantic dolphins, lovely to see these small lively dolphins playing around Euan Mara.

End

Date: 2017-05-14 15:52
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Atlantic West to East
Title:


Hello Everyone

100 + nautical miles....
We had a slow sail up the Anguilla Channel having to make several tacks in light winds, the good thing was
we were sailing and not having to put the motor on.
Once out passed eastern end of Scrub Island we could set our course for the first waypoint at 25N 60W in
easterly winds 12 to 15 knots.
Through the night we sailed with reduce headsail and main, just encase we had any nasty squall's that like to
sneak up on you in the dark!
Full headsail and main are now out and we are cracking along a 6-7 knots, its a beautiful day sun is out the
water is a lovely blue, what a great day for Liam's first Atlantic sail

I've made bread its in the over now, the crew are keenly waiting for it to finish cooking, it does smell lovely !!
So I best go and make lunch.

End



Date: 2017-05-13 13:49
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: St Martin
Title: Leaving


Today we start our trip across the Atlantic, east to west.......
Will be leaving a little later today, wind are a little light but its time to go.....
Hope to do a reports daily.

end

Date: 2017-05-09 02:02
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: St Martin
Title:


Getting ready!!
We have been very busy getting ready to sail back across the Atlantic our destination is Portugal.
We will sail via Bermuda and the Azores.
Total miles 3530.

More updates to follow......

End

Date: 2017-03-05 19:18
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: BVi
Title:


We are now in the BVI's
I'm a little behind wind the reports but will hopefully catch up soon X

Date: 2017-03-05 19:18
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Antigua
Title:


I thought it was about time I put finger to key board and wrote a little something......

After leaving St Pierre Martinique we sailed 156 miles to Antigua, stopping over night at Prince Rupert Bay,
Dominica and Pigeon Island, Guadeloupe we arrived at Jolly Harbour Antigua in time for sun downers..
We hadn't planned to stay over night going on to St Kitts the next morning but there was no wind.... don't think
we have ever had it so calm just no wind at all!! as you may know we are not very keen on using our engine to
get anywhere, after all we are a sailing yacht and diesel cost money so we save it for when we really need it.
So Antigua it was for a few weeks, after signing in we headed round to English Harbour had a lovely visit to
Nelson's Dockyard. The potential for English Harbour was recognized as early as 1745, it was completed
much as it stands today in 1789 and was Britain;s main naval base in the Lesser Antilles, Nelson was
stationed here in 1784. Today Nelson's Dockyard is managed by the National Park. While we are in English
Harbour we see two rowing boats arrive that have just rowed across the Atlantic 3100 miles in just over 39
days with a crew of four rowing, I just can't imagine rowing all the way across the Atlantic!!
We then head round to Falmouth Harbour to meet up with Emily Morgan, we have the AIS on and can see lots
of large private yachts are in Falmouth....Maltese Falcon a sailing yacht at just 88 meters long, just a little bit
bigger than Euan Mara's 12.7 meters the Maltese Falcon is 12 meters wide almost as wide as we are long!!!
Twizzle is here but a little smaller at just 58 meters, a motor yacht called Air has a helicopter on the stern!
Velsheda one of the J class boats is here too she looks really small at just 40 meters but she has such
beautiful lines. There are loads more really large sailing yachts and motor yachts here, how much these
yachts cost to run I have no idea, some you can charter for more money than I could ever imagine and that's
just for a week!!

We plan to visit Antigua's sister Island Barbuda but before we do we meet up with Karma who are heading up
to the north end of Antigua somewhere we haven't taken Euan Mara before, we did have a holiday here once
at a Sunsail Beach Club where we did lots of dinghy sailing.

Date: 2017-02-20 22:40
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Martinique
Title:


Trying to sail up the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands...
to start where we left off last May before we headed south for the hurricane season.

Having spent Christmas and New Year in St Anne's with old and new friends it was time to stock the
cupboards and head up the Islands to visit some new places..... on Sunday 8 January we said a tearful
goodbye to some of the wonderful new friends we have made not sure if we would see them again as they
stay put in La Marin to get work done on the boat...hope we will see them somewhere up the islands.....
16/01/2017
We head to Fort de France not far just 12 miles it was good to be out sailing again....
The anchorage in Fort de France is just of the town by Fort St Louis the dinghy dock is good with lots of space
to tie up within a minutes walk your in the town, walking though the narrow streets with all kinds of shops, when
we had enough of shopping we go back to the boat for cocktails, we sit in the cockpit watching the iguanas it
the trees, we can't believe just how many there are... we planned to spend just 2 days in Fort de France so
we can keep going North, but the wind start to blow from the North going very light, looking like its not going to
change until Sunday .....not good for sail north so we stay and spend more money than we should!!!
On Thursday we head SE across the large bay to spend a few days in Trois Ilets, what a lovely surprise we
get to find they are having a caravel on Friday evening, want a great time it was different to the lavish
costumes of Grenada caravel more home made lots of colour and all the bands played drums and danced...
just fabulous.

So its now Sunday the wind is NE 20-25 knots so time to get going first stop St Pierre where we will check out
of Martinique, we like it here, good memories of when Gemma was with us, we will sign out on Monday head
on early Tuesday, we said more sad goodbye's yesterday... again not sure if we will see our new friends
again.
But we are looking forward sailing and visiting some new Islands......

End

Date: 2017-01-15 19:58
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Martinique
Title: Sailing North


Trying to sail up the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands...
to start where we left off last May before we headed south for the hurricane season.

Having spent Christmas and New Year in St Anne's with old and new friends it was time to stock the
cupboards and head up the Islands to visit some new places..... on Sunday 8 January we said a tearful
goodbye to some of the wonderful new friends we have made not sure if we would see them again as they
stay put in La Marin to get work done on the boat...hope we will see them somewhere up the islands.....

We head to Fort de France not far just 12 miles it was good to be out sailing again....
The anchorage in Fort de France is just of the town by Fort St Louis the dinghy dock is good with lots of space
to tie up within a minutes walk your in the town walking though the narrow streets with all kinds of shops, when
we had enough of shopping we go back to the boat for cocktails, we sit in the cockpit watching the iguanas it
the trees and can't believe just how many there are... we plan to spend just 2 days in Fort de France so we
can keep going North, but the winds start to blow from the North and go very light looking like its not going to
change until Sunday .....not good for sail North so we stay and spend more money than we should!!!
On Thursday we head SE across the large bay to spend a few days in Trois Ilets what a lovely surprise we
get to find they are having a caravel on Friday evening and want a great time it was different to the lavish
costumes of Grenada caravel more home made lots of colour and all the bands played drums and danced
just fabulous.

So its now Sunday and the wind is in the NE 20-25 knots so time to get going first stop St Pierre were we will
check out of Martinique, we like it here a it has good memories of when Gemma was with us we will sign out on
Monday and head on North early Tuesday, we said more sad goodbye's yesterday... again not sure if we will
see our new friends again.
But we are looking forward sailing and visiting some new Islands......

End

Date: 2017-01-15 19:08
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: St Anne's Martinique
Title: Happy New Year


Happy New Year !
3/01.2017
Not had much internet !


We welcomed the New Year in onboard "Just Imagine" it was a lovely evening topped off with bubbly and
fireworks from one of the hotels on the beach. Last year we where in the North Atlantic Ocean 022deg 29.635N
021deg 51.991W this year we are at anchor at St Anna's Martinique 14deg 26.791N 060deg 53.753W quite a
few deg further south !

we have been here since leaving St Lucia on the December, we had a lovely Christmas, started with a BBQ
on Christmas Eve afternoon a "Pot Luck" everyone takes a side dish to share their own meet to BBQ and
drinks, with cruises from all over the world verity of dishes is just unbelievable.

Christmas Day was spent with friends, drinks onboard Karma in the morning and Christmas dinner on Emily
Morgan, with Uproar and Moosetracks, we had duck, turkey, crispy roast potatoes and loads of differed
vegetables, and raver a lot to drink! we had a lovely day but so missed all family it was our first Christmas
without any of the family.

End

Date: 2016-12-04 02:56
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: St Luica
Title: Rodney Bay


St Lucia

We are now in St Lucia waiting for the ARC boats to come in only 3 in so far........
well we are really only waiting for one boat Emily Morgan with our friends Bones and Anna... we saw her off on
the ARC last year from Las Palmas so this year we are welcoming her back to St Lucia...the fog horn and
whistles are ready, what we are hoping is that they arrive sensible time of day and not 3 in the morning like
when they returned to the UK a few year ago....

Euan Mara is anchored at the east side of Rodney Bay off Reduit Beach a lovely long sandy beach lined with
hotels and beach bars, the hotels don't look too bad only been 3 stories high, the down side is the jet ski's that
holiday makers rent off the beach, with little or no training they are let loose one of these high powered water
scooters that go at about 60 mph and start using the yachts at anchor as roundabouts !!! Rodney Bay is over a
mile long so why they have to speed around the yacht is beyond my understanding.

We arrived here last Friday after a night sail from Bequia up the windward coast of St Vincent in 20-30 knots of
winds with a average wind of 27 knots, it was forecasted to be 10-15!! we looked forward to getting in the lee of
St Lucia after a bumpy ride across the St Vincent/St Lucia channel as soon as we got in the lee of the famous
Piton's we had no wind at all the thought we would have to motor the 29 miles to Rodney Bay but no mother
nature had other plains as we got out from behind the Piton's the wind started to blow as hard as ever back at
about 25 knots.......we were pleased to drop our anchor and get a some sleep. Friends arrived on Sunday
morning Out of Africa and Moosetracks they are anchored nearby.

Its been quite a interesting few days..... on Monday evening we were relaxing in the cockpit after dinner
enjoying a cocktail, it was a pleasant evening with no wind, suddenly the it turned cold and the wind started to
blow within 60 seconds the wind was blowing at 40 knots from the west !! (it normally blows from the east) the
sea's where huge with waves breaking over the boat, boats where dragging their anchors all over the
anchorage one MayDay went out followed by boats asking for help as they were been blown ashore or
dragging into other boats. We stayed in the cockpit with the engine running ready should we need to get out of
someone way... 3 boats ended up on the shore its a good job its all sand.... the next day we watched as they
pulled them off..

Oh and just so you feel better....its rained and rained and rained the last 3 days.....

End

Date: 2016-11-29 14:02
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: St Luica
Title: Waiting for Emily Morgan



Date: 2016-09-28 23:15
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Tobago
Title:


We are anchored at Scarbouough Tobago.

Date: 2016-08-15 18:40
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Grenada
Title:


We left Tyrrell bay heading to St Georges Martins Bay on 2 August we had a good sail down the west coast
although the wind did drop a few times slowing us down to 3 knots at times, we arrived at 1700 having sailed
33 miles.

Having spent 2 days anchored off St Georges, to stock up the at the IGA supermarket they sell Tesco and
Waitrose lines !!
We headed round to Mt Hartman Bay just 9 miles around the end of Grenada, we haven't been in this bay
before so its nice to be somewhere new....Gregg and Jo on Serenade are next door, Liz and Devin on
Moosetracks are just around the corner anchored in Calivonoy Cut, Russ and Lisa on Tumultuous Uproar will
join us in a few days, we are all off to join in Grenada Carnival light parade on Monday evening thanks to Jo
for getting our light kits from Carib for us all.....a hat that lights up, t-shirts flashing neckwear and wrist wear and
best of all a multi colored flashing light saber the grandchildren would love them.......oh and we must not forget
a Carib drinks bottle for the getting the beer in....... mini bus picked us up at 6pm we were told it started a
7pm.....true the form it started on Island time 8.30-9ish......we had a great night I've put on photos on FB. Next
day it was Fancy Mas that where they dress up in all the colourful costumes what a sight just fantastic.

We went for a walk last Saturday to the brewery!!! a few years ago a man from the UK retired here and got fed
up with only have larger to drink so he set about making his own real ales the result was the West Indies Beer
Company making a range of real ales, well you can image just how pleased the skipper was to find this
place.......... we have been there twice since then and I'm shore we will visit again.........

We plan to spend a few more days here looking into prices of been hauled out for a bottom clean and paint
then we may go back up to Carriacou and from there head down to Tobago.

End

Date: 2016-08-06 15:13
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Carriacou
Title:


Oh dear... I did promise myself I would keep this little blog up to date...
We have been anchored in Tyrrel Bay since the 28 June!!!
It is lovely to be back here the place where we first landed after crossing the Atlantic Ocean..
We arrive after a lovely 37nm sail from Bequia making over 7kts all the way.
There are a few boats here we have met along the islands and there is a very busy social live, with noodling on M/W/F aqua aerobic with a floating noodling its great fun and good excise, Mexican train dominoes on a Wednesday
and Sunday afternoon, walks on Tuesday and Thursday around this beautiful island these can be from 2 hours to all day, on Saturdays I help with the kids free swimming lessons which the local diving center (Lumbadive) is running for
the local children, its been good it see the children making progress.
Then there is the evening get together's in some of the local rum shops there lots to choose from on the Island of 100 run shops and only one petrol station.

End

Date: 2016-06-21 10:51
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Martinique
Title:


Martinique still....

Weathers not been very good strong winds and lots of rain but been very hot... it is the rainy season, worst thing is having to close all the hatch's when it rains so hard. Happy to report full water tanks :)

We have spent our time between St Anne's and La Marin depending on what we need to do.

Been working hard cleaning Euan Mara's bottom, the anti-fouling just hasn't work the growth you get in the warm waters is a nightmare, weed, barnacles you name it we get it, we even have some crabs living on her bottom they like
hiding in the through hulls. We've spoken to other cruisers they use hard anti-fouling and just keep going under and giving the bottom a scrub........

We been to 3 cruisers get together's this week, 2 BBQ and one just drinks, all been in different locations a shore, the breach and even the town square, meeting cruisers from all over the world.... Australia, Denmark, German, South
Africa, Canada, France. Some are waiting for a weather windows to head to Panama, the ABC's Islands or Columbia, others are like us heading south.

Weather looking better for the weekend so may be leaving then...

End

Date: 2016-06-10 18:09
Station ID: Euan Mara
Author: Linda
Location: Martinique Marin
Title:


Hello

Martinique still.....
Anchored in Cul-de-sac Du-Marin.....Marin is one of the Caribbean's largest yacht centers with the large Marin Marina and haul-out-facility, the boat lift is for over 400 ton!! there is every yacht service you could wish for including a
Marine electronics work shop that has repaired our wind vane when others have said we need a new one at A3500!!!!
Cul-de-Sac du Marin is a vast, deeply indented bay, surrounded by hills and lined with mangroves. Its full of shoals they are visible in good light.... its large when I say large I mean large, I don't think I've ever seen so many yacht's in
one place... there are just loads, the marina has 750 berths, its just about full you can see the odd space here and there, mostly full of cat's which are charter yachts, then there is the boats on moorings, at anchor and tied to the
mangroves must be over 900 yachts! Its said its the best place to be in Martinique during a hurricane.

We have been here a few days doing more stocking up, we now have as much in the store cupboard as we did for crossing the Atlantic......to get to the supermarket you take to dinghy up through the mangroves, park at the dinghy
dock and get your shopping trolley from the trolley park right next to the dinghy dock, its just like Tesco but by dinghy not a car, must be the easiest and cheapest shopping since arriving in the Caribbean....

On are way here we stopped at Granse Anse D'Arlet, a little village set on a white sand beach with magnificent mountains towering behind. Once a fishing village its now a geared to tourism and just didn't seam to have a nice feeling...
We also stopped at St Anne which is just outside Cul-de-sac Du Marin its lovely, the surrounding countryside is like been at home with some lovely walks and beautiful beaches. We plan to go head back there tomorrow and stay for a
few more days..... the bakery is good too.....

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