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The airtickets saga

We Arrived in Brazil with all the great intentions of Sailing on after a few days towards Capetown

Well the Cape was closed and we found out that if we carried on we would probably only be able to get flights home to our boats in 2021 because Cyrils puppeteers were controlling his strings well and international travel was not on the list
So after loads of deliberation we decided to leave the boat in Cabedelo and ask Brian to care for it while we were away and then come back to Brazil in January and finish the Job of getting it to Capetown

After much discussion John and I decided to buy tickets through a travel agent because if we did it ourselves on the internet we would not be in control if there were any cancellations etc. It turned out to be a really good decision

Pamela introduced us to a travel agency where one of here friends works and we booked airtickets from Joao Pessoa to Papeete flying on LATAM airlines and we were to fly to Sao Paulo to Chile then to Easter Island and onto…

Day 5 of Quarantine

June 20th 2020 QD5

Position: We are in the quarantine anchorage in Grenada with Anchor down

Boat: Gearbox is re-installed and now we are waiting for the raw water pump so we can test it again

wind Its been howling for the last few days and its good that we are at anchorage because the wind can flow through the boat and keep us cool
We are expecting a big blow tomorrow so we have to be prepared

People: We are both ok and happy
Alistair and Ingrid went shopping for us again and brought treasures like fresh vegetables and some more chicken
John had asked Alistair to get beers and he obliged so between us so we can have beer o clock again but in moderation

Comments:
We are in day 5 of quarantine and its really funny because when I was at the quarantine dock i asked for feedback about the virus free certificates we submitted on arrival and if out 14 days would be reduced. Their response is as follows 'We have no proof that you did not stop on the way from getting the certificate to the…

June 17th in St Georges

June 17th 2020

Position: We are in the quarantine anchorage in Grenada with Anchor down

Boat: Boat Is good and we are swinging wildly as the winds are strong here outside St Georges

wind Winds when coming in Yesterday were very good however we had to slow down because we were going too fast and I am a fraidy cat who didnt want to arrive and anchor at night without a working engine
John was more confident but acceeded too keep me happy and come in in daylight so we put all sails except the 3rd reef away and reduced speed to 3 knots to get our timing right only thing with that was the waves rolled us a lot. So anyone who would have been sea sick would have had it bad with the swaying and rolling sometimes over the 45 degrees mark. But having done the preparation we got here to the anchorage are in great time with the sun blinding us as as it rose over the anchorage. We sailed past the area so we could see what spaces were available and then tacked back to come in closer
Once we chose th…

Start 15th June 2020

June 14th 2020

Position: 11° 14.2745' N 059° 56.4821' W

Boat: Same as yesterday.

wind
Yesterday we had all sorts of wind ranging from no wind to 18 knots with lots of rain
Variable from North and west

People: we are both ok

Boat Speed: 0 to 8 KTS under sails

Distance 124 miles in 24 hours miles sailed with a total of 1912 miles sailed so far and approximately 118 miles of the 2030 miles to go until we arrive in St Georges Grenada for quarantine of 14 days
We are expecting an ETA of June 16 at around lunchtime if conditions stay the same
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada around the north tip of Tobago
Conditions: Swells are 1.5 m and the big ones still throw the boat around

Comments:
So yesterday we spent the day between rain and squalls and changing sails from pole out to pole down and the rest of the time we were mailing friends and anyone we needed help from Alistair and Ingrid are helping a lot already with Advice and arranging things for us
We have been given permissi…

Start 14th June 2020

June 14th 2020

Position: 10° 12.0030' N 058° 08.3712' W

Boat: Same as yesterday. Selector problem persists and we now know the clutches are worn so the job will have to be done in Grenada when we arrive

wind
Yesterday we had all sorts of wind ranging from no wind to 40 knots in a big squall on my shift in the night
Variable from North and west

People: we are both ok

Boat Speed: 0 to 8 KTS under sails

Distance 137 miles in 24 hours miles sailed with a total of 1786 miles sailed so far and approximately 244 miles of the 2030 miles to go until we arrive in St Georges Grenada for quarantine of 14 days
We are expecting an ETA of June 16 at around lunchtime if conditions stay the same
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada around the north tip of Tobago
Conditions: Swells are 1.5 m and the big ones still throw the boat around

Comments:
We sailed all day yesterday because we could not get the gearbox to engage and it was slow
This morning it started raining heavily on my 3 am shift a…

Start 13th June 2020

June 13th 2020

Position: 09° 00.8762' N 056° 09.9336' W

Boat: Same as yesterday. We did some checking on the selector and it went into reverse and it went into forward gear but we cannot test it because when the boat is doing 8 to 9 knots the propeller is turning faster from the drag of the boat than the engine turns it so we will wait until the winds slow down and test it then

wind Last night Was was strong and we sailed very fast even though we still have reefed both the main sail and the genoa down to two reefs
Average sailing speed for the day was just over 8 knots (14.95 KM per hour)

People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 7 to 12 KTS under sails
Wind: 14 kts from North
Distance 193 miles in 24 hours miles sailed with a total of 1646 miles sailed so far and approximately 384 miles of the 2030 miles to go until we arrive in St Georges Grenada for quarantine
We are expecting an ETA of June 15 at around lunchtime if conditions stay the same
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada ar…

Start of June 12th 2020

June 12th 2020

Position: 07° 23.5740' N 053° 23.0924' W

Boat: Alls well with the boat and she is sailing well but the selector on the gearbox is giving some troubles so the propeller doesnt engage in forward when you put it into gear but reverse works so we may have to reverse into the anchorage in Grenada just like i had to in Panama

wind Last night Was was very strong and we sailed very fast even though we had reefed both the main sail and the genoa down to two reefs
At times in the squalls we were sailing at 12 knots and averaged for the whole day over 7 knots which is really good for a boat this size

People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 7 to 12 KTS under sails
Wind: 18 kts from North
Distance 194 miles in 24 hours miles sailed with a total of 1456 miles sailed so far and approximately 574 miles of the 2030 miles to go until we arrive in St Georges Grenada for quarantine
We are expecting an ETA of June 15
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: Swells are 1.6 m and …

Start of June 11 2020

June 11th 2020

Position: 05° 35.0683' N 050° 41.8529' W

Boat: All good on the boat yesterday we motored a while and then in the afternoon we could sail again so its back to my kinds of days except during the night we had two or three serious squalls and had to put sails away and out and away and out again and again

wind Last night was good but for the squalls i mentioned and today we are predicted to have 14 kts on the beam (or at 90 degrees to the boat) so its going to be good if the weathermen get it right

People: we are both ok in the storm we let our tempers fray but 10 minutes later we sat out in the cockpit and sorted the misunderstanding out and it was all over
We have been at sea for 10 days now and about 3 full days of motoring all joined together because of periods where there was no wind
Boat Speed: 9 to 13 KTS
Wind: 10 kts from North westerly
Distance 139 miles in 24 hours miles sailed and motoring again with a total of 1267 miles sailed so far and approximately …

Start of June 10th 2020

June 10th 2020

Position: 04° 21.4794' N 048° 45.6867' W

Boat: THe engine got hot last night but we caught it before it overheated so we were very lucky and this am when it got light we redid the grub screw and put a hose clamp on it so it will be kept in place longer and cant work its way loose. When we get to grenada we will take the pump off and get a keyway made and then the problem will be solved.
Water is good again and we are back using it

wind Last night Was really light and with no engine we were really slow but flat seas and no wind allowed comfortable sleep. Its picked up a little but is still slow and we are motoring with the weather projections telling us it should start blowing at 11 am but we all know the weather forecasters simply cannot get it right
Never mind they said the wind would be blowing us toward Grenada at good speeds they got the direction wrong for another full day and to add we went into a zone where the current was countered just north of the Amaz…

Start June 9th 2020

Hi All

June 9th 2020

Position: 03° 40.6711' N 047° 28.2376' W

Boat: All good here and we ended up motoring for a total of 33 hours over two days and used 2.05 liters of diesel per hour to travel 6 knots per hour so i am glad we have wind again and can use the freeby
Our water in the water tanks was dosed with muthti (African for medicine) and now its a huge improvement and we wont have any more problems I hope
and it tastes better too

wind Last night after a rain storm John found some wind and we used it all night and are still using it now. Its Light but it works and the boat is sailing at 5 to 6 kts with better winds expected at 9pm this evening
Strange thing is that the wind is on the nose so we are beating towards the Caribbean which is very unusual. I even asked John if that wasnt the beginning of a hurricane because thats the only explanation i have for the wind reversing like that for such a long period in this area. Luckily he said no
People: we are both ok
Boat Speed:…

June 8th 2020

June 8th 2020

Position: 02° 00.2320' N 045° 31.0388' W

Boat: All good here and we had to motor for 19 hours because the wind took leave from us and the weather says it will only come back tonight after dark
Our water in the water tanks is going to be treated today then we have to leave it for 10 hours before we can use it again. We found a bottle of treatment silver ions and will dose the water as a trial and then see how that goes
The water isnt hurting us its just the smell which is strange and it tastes like an overdose of chlorine

wind We have zero winds so we are motoring at 6 knots and then every 24 hrs we stop to check the engine and we start again
People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 5 to 6 KTS
Wind: 0 kts from anywhere
Distance 145 miles in 24 hours miles sailed and motored with a total of 885 miles sailed so far and approximately 1145 miles of the 2020 miles to go until we arrive
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: flat like a lake on a still summers morni…

June 7th 2020

June 7th 2020

Position: 00° 36.4707' N 043° 33.4697' W

Boat: All seems well with the boat and she is sailing fast even with the light winds we are experiencing
Our water in the water tanks has developed a peculiar taste and so now we are boiling it before we use it and I am sure it will be ok and i also have enough emergency water in bottles to see us the rest of the way to Grenada should it be required

wind We have light winds but are still able to sail and going very well considering
People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 5 to 7 KTS
Wind: 8 kts North easterly
Distance 142 miles in 24 hours miles sailed with a total of 740 miles sailed so far and approximately 1280 miles of the 2020 miles to go until we arrive
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: good with a bit of rolling

24-hour mileage: expecting around 142 miles which is still really good even though we have current helping us

Comments:
Yesterday we had a strange thing happen to us while sailing slowly along. I c…

June 6th 2020

Position: 00° 51.9458' S 041° 43.2092' W

Boat: Yesterday the pulley for the raw water (sea water) pump came loose and the engine got hot but John got is and put it on again however we are sailing and saving the motor for when we get to Grenada and I have and idea on how to repair it so the same wont happen again and we hope we can send the pump in for that modification while we are in Quarantine but other than that all good with the boat

wind We have light winds but are still able to sail and going well
People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 5 to 8 KTS
Wind: 10 kts East North easterly
Distance 172 miles in 24 hours miles sailed
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: good with a bit of rolling

24-hour mileage: expecting around 172 miles which is still really good even though we have current helping us

Comments:
John has a sophisticated weather routing program which relies on being able to use the iridium for downloading the data so it takes a long time at 2400b/s but it h…

June 5th 2020

June 5th 2020

Position: 02° 27.1630' S 039° 11.2222' W

Boat: boat is going well and we have now gone past Forteleza and well on our way to the Amazon river mouth Crazy Sophia is a fast boat and at times we were sailing between 10 and 12 Knots

wind at the moment is good from behind so we are running at around 8 knots
The weather forecasters are still hiding from Covid because they got it all wrong again saying no rain but it bucketed down all afternoon and from 3 am to 6am a loght drizzle all the time which is soaking
People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 7 to 9 KTS
Wind: 12 kts easterly
Distance 182 miles in 24 hours miles sailed and motored
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: good with a bit of rolling

24-hour mileage: expecting around 182 miles which is really good even though we have current helping us

Comments: Again No fishing boats last night at all and only fivene cargo ships last night
We are swapping between a run (wind directly from behind) and a broad re…

June 4th 2020

June 4th 2020

Position: 03° 55.0575' S 036° 47.3630' W

Boat: boat is going well and we have now gone around the corner 74 miles east of Forteleza so going well

wind at the moment is very light so we are motoring and have been for the last 6 hours
THe weather forecasters are hiding from Covid because they got it wrong again but we are loading the next forecast and we will see how they do from there
People: we are both ok and I have now cooked two dinners so the food routine is back on track
Speed: 4 to 6 KTS
Wind: 5 kts easterly
Distance 134 miles in 21 hours miles sailed and motored
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: good with a bit of rolling

24-hour mileage: expecting around 146 miles by 0900 hrs today
As of now i will only measure the mileage from this time so from tomorrow it will be a proper 24 hr mileage

Comments: Again No fishing boats last night at all and only five cargo ships so far today
Yesterday one Ship carrying LPG gas passed us and i had to call …