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Pre-June 2006 report

 Captain Lawry and the webmaster
13 photos

When one approaches the launch of what has been the dream of half a lifetime,...

We're off! report

Have I really escaped from the ratrace?
14 photos

Our chosen date for departure was 16 June, but it should not be left undescribed as just another insignificant date, as it holds many special memories for us.

Scillies to Ireland report

Siobhan, Lawry and two young crew members
13 photos

When we set sail from the Isles of Scilly, Siobhán and I were confident and composed about being totally self-sufficient ... in the alien environment of the Celtic sea...

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From Kinsale to Galicia report

Hurricane Gordon preparations
21 photos

What a pure adrenalin rush and adventurous derring-do for both of us, to launch ourselves into the Atlantic in a very sound craft...

Spain photos

Galicia, Spain, 2006
18 photos

The night we arrived on the Spanish coast, we were sailing from Cape Finisterre to Portosin, running for shelter before the hurricane struck.

Leixoês to Madeira report

Views in and around Oporto
30 photos

Our sojourn in the marina at Leixoěs enabled us to visit the ancient city of Oporto, the centre of the world’s port trade.

Madeira to the Canaries report

October in Porto Santo and Madeira
31 photos

At 2230 hours, we furled the lightweight genoa and unfurled the working jib, going at the same speed but more upright with a north-easterly force 4/5.

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The Canary Isles and countdown to the Big One! report

Adam and his Dad on the way to La Gomera
11 photos

This was it then, the day had arrived, the moment for which I had dreamed for so many years and for which Siobhán and I had worked and prepared for the previous two to three years or more.

Atlantic crossing report

Siobhán glowing
20 photos

For the next three weeks we saw only one other yacht and that on the horizon.

Barbados report

Slave hut, Barbados
16 photos

We have arranged to spend New Year’s Eve at a party on the beach ... and to barbecue on the beach on New Year’s Day.

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Barbados and Grenada, February 2007 report

Lawry in a cooling Tropical downpour
48 photos

... but what of our further dreams, will they come to fruition?

Windward Islands, March 2007 report

A beautiful rose beside some splendid Carriacou blooms
25 photos

On 10 January 2007, we lifted the anchor and turned the bow towards Grenada and the Caribbean proper, since Barbados is an island on its own in the Atlantic some 100 miles from the nearest Caribbean island of the Windward Islands.

Mayreau, Bequia, St Lucia, April 2007 report

Girl Friday
19 photos

..., as it was still morning, we headed out again towards Mayreau, the next in the chain of the Grenadines.

Martinique, April 2007 photos

Diamond Rock, Martinique
15 photos

We arrived in Cul de Sac du Marin, Martinique, having had a fast and windy crossing, at 1220 hours, and then piloted our way between the reefs up to the head of the bay, by means of the excellent French buoyage system.

Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, Monserrat, April 2007 photos

Anse de Bourg from Fort Napoleon
23 photos

We were heading for the Iles des Saintes, a group of idyllic small islands just south of Guadeloupe.

Sint Maarten, April-May 2007 report

Scuba-diving for pearls in Sint Maarten bay
10 photos

Two days after sending our last chronicle, we left the Dutch side of the dual-ruled island of Sint Maarten/St Martin and headed for the French side and anchored in Marigot Bay.

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USA or bust, May 2007 report

Who says the great white whale is in danger?
8 photos

We switched onto starboard tack with the full main and lightweight genoa and headed north-west in search of the southerlies on the west of the high pressure area.

Six moons in the USA, month 1 report

Jamestown Rhode Island Conanicut marina
14 photos Rhode Island

We arrived in the United States of America on 27 May 2007 and sailed up Rhode Island Sound, calmly, sedately and unhurriedly after 12 days of ocean life. We surveyed to port and starboard the sumptuous mansions, whose grounds ran down to the water’s edge ...

Typical Plymouth house
43 photos Massachusetts

After four relaxing days in Jamestown, we cast off and headed north towards Plymouth, Massachusetts, along Buzzard Bay, stopping in a couple of places en route.

View of Connecticut from the sea
12 photos Connecticut

We had planned to travel gradually along the Sound and chose Mystic River as our first point of entry on the Connecticut side. I had noticed a slight juddering in the steering wheel when under pressure and wanted it examined before it worsened.

I'm a native New Yorker
65 photos New York

It was an exciting day’s sailing in respect of our entry into the Big Apple. The East River was calm and unchallenging, so we enjoyed the New York skyline gradually appearing out of the haze and later found ourselves dwarfed by the skyscrapers on our starboard side.

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Six moons in the USA, month 2 report

Six moons in the USA, month 3 report

Duck at Chestertown Marina
43 photos

At 1300 hours on 30 July, with mixed emotions, we cast off the shorelines at Brielle Marine Basin. We waved goodbye to our relatives, most of whom had come to wave us off and had posed for photographs with us and “Light Blue”. Our hearts were in our throats and tears in our eyes, as we put on a brave face, ...

Six moons in the USA, month 4 report

Siobhán on high
36 photos

A Chesapeake skipjack sailed out majestically as we were anchoring. A cool breeze is cooling the saloon and reducing the 85º heat to a more liveable temperature thanks to Siobhán’s handiwork in making the wind scoop, which works perfectly. ...

Six moons in the USA, month 5 report

For my next trick ...
38 photos

We stayed in the anchorage at “Mile Zero” in Portsmouth for four days from 5 to 9 October and visited Norfolk on the other side of the Elizabeth River, walked miles and enjoyed our visits to the Chrysler Art Gallery and the Argentinian sail training ship “Libertad”. We were awoken early one morning by a super cruise ship tying up on the other side of the river ...

Six moons in the USA, month 6 report

Happy on the job
12 photos

... but into every life a little rain must fall, or rather, in our case a 57-foot mast, rigging, sails etc., ... without warning and little noise, the whole lot went over the starboard side of the boat.

Living the 'nightmare' — months 7 and 8

Ready for the respray job
23 photos

Tony and Parson Jack Russell 'Schooner' spent Christmas Day with us while Dave was visiting relatives in Spain and a wonderful time was had by all, with turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and loads to drink (some nightmare — ed.)

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Living the dream again — months 9 and 10

Frank and Anne and shuttle
23 photos

Eventually, with all prep work done and our new crew aboard, we said all our goodbyes, with emotionally charged lumps in our throats, filled up with diesel and cast off, headed out across the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) and out into the inlet towards the Atlantic Ocean. Head into the wind, we ...

Escape from paradise USA — April 2008

Off on our voyage once more as we leave the USA for Bermuda
23 photos

By midnight, the wind had risen to 21 knots, so we furled the LWG, unfurled the working jib, put one reef in the main and settled in for a fast bout of broad reaching. I wrote, ‘Good to be alive’.

Bermuda and the voyage to the Azores — May-June 2008

Another cup of tea, Mr Fixit?
31 photos

The promised gales eventually arrived. While Siobhán, Kent and Mary Lou went into Hamilton to provision, I stayed on Light Blue, just in case lines parted and I needed to move her, and experienced winds up to 59.8 knots. We had tied up to three of the offshore anchor lines and were protected on the starboard side by the Hallberg Rassey, ...

Azores to Kinsale, Ireland and Plymouth, England — July-August 2008

Happy to be at sea again
9 photos

... we slipped our lines and passed out of the marina and headed off at 035º towards the western tip of Graciosa and onwards to Kinsale about 1,200 miles away. In a virtually cloudless sky, we motored until 15.00 hours, when the wind picked up to force 4.

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