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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Starling has sailed 1/4 way around the world!

Arriving in Galapagos under sail is a real once in a lifetime moment. The green, volcanic shapes and black, lava formed coastline are unlike anywhere else I’ve visited. After a beautiful close reach across the equator we made landfall in the lovely town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the island of San Cristobal. After 8 different […]

Bluejay sails into Jamaica

Remember those 9 complete strangers who met a couple of weeks ago then went off on an adventure from Martinque to Jamaica, taking in St Lucia on the way? At 3am this morning they entered the marina in Jamaica while playing Bob Marley on deck. Everyone was up on deck whether they were on watch or not. […]

Night skies & Galley disasters on Bluejay

The eggs are gone. And so is the honey. However the bilges are really clean. This is our 4th day at sea now and it’s fair to say the boat is rolling about a fair bit in big swells, which has meant for a few galley disasters. If you put it down, it *will* slide […]

Starling crosses the Equator!

Good evening from a the flock of merry Starlets en route to the Galapagos islands. We write to you from two miles south of the equator, having just been granted safe passage by Queen Neptune (aka Felicity). The Equator crossing ceremony involved confessing our sins and paying a penalty for them, sacrificing some rum and […]

Bluejay prepares to sail from St Lucia to Jamaica!

Right now, Bluejay is moored quietly at the end of the pontoon at Rodney Bay Marina, while all aboard are experiencing the warm Caribbean hospitality ashore. Today she was treated to a full wash & scrub up and was restocked with the all important provisions for our ocean crossing. Excitement has been building for the […]

Deserted Islands, Sail Training and Whales

Last Friday (14.2.2020) I arrived in Madeira to join a boat that I have a soft spot for. “Hummingbird” will always be special to me as it was the boat that I started my Clipper Race Campaign on. I also thoroughly enjoyed taking her around Iceland with Rubicon 3 in 2015. Upon arrival into Madeira’s […]

Deserted Islands, Sail Training and Whales

Last Friday (14.2.2020) I arrived in Madeira to join a boat that I have a soft spot for. “Hummingbird” will always be special to me as it was the boat that I started my Clipper Race Campaign on. I also thoroughly enjoyed taking her around Iceland with Rubicon 3 in 2015. Upon arrival into Madeira’s […]

The power of 4!

4 days ago, 9 complete strangers including a software engineer, a rigger, a Watersports company owner, a local politician, a plant nursery owner & a development engineer, met at a marina in Martinque to undertake an adventure together. 4 days later & it feels we’re a little family. Having spent 4 wonderful days learning together, […]

Magical times with Rubicon 3

No ordinary holiday; no ordinary companions. Signing-up for a Rubicon3 sailing holiday is a step into the unknown. Sailing on a yacht much bigger than anything I’ve sailed in before and not knowing anything about your fellow crew members until you arrive at the marina can appear daunting. Fortunately, everyone is in the same boat […]

Glorious Grenadines – how to sum up such an incredible sailing holiday in the Caribbean?

Arrival day in Grenada was a pretty standard day, welcome lunch and snacks followed by a round of safety and boat briefs, modified to a relaxed Caribbean pace to take account for acclimatising to the warmth. Safety briefs completed during the morning and an opportunity to pick up a last few provisions, Bluejay slipped her […]