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Hummingbird sails the NW coast of Spain to Vigo

Today saw us setting off at first light to sail from Baiona to Muros, a passage of around 45 miles. Paddy had prepared the passage plan the previous evening and talked us all through it. Probably just as well as he was nowhere to be seen when we slipped lines. It proved to be a […]

Hummingbird sailing in the azores bound for Spain

Tuesday 3 March Left Terceira at 0820 and practised rigging and hoisting tri-sail and storm jib. These are used together in wind speeds of 45+ knots and our wind force was only F4. Once we reverted to Yankee 3 and 1st reef we set our course for Ponta Delgado on San Miguel. The passage took […]

First Few Days in the Azores; Sun Sea & Sealife

After arriving in Horta and a very fast taxi dive from the airport to the Marina I met up with Pete (skipper) and Mark (1st Mate) along with the other crew members. In the afternoon we went over the boat intros (inside and out) and then we ran a man over board simulation on 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 […]

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 […]

Learning to sail in Madeira

  We have just wrapped up our Madeira explorer week with Rob, James, Jacqueline, Lydia, David Sarah. It has been a great trip with weather variations from drizzle to rain to Sunshine, but always with a temperature around 19 to 25 degrees Celsius. We started of in the beautiful resort of Quinta do Lorde, al […]

Hummingbird at anchor

After a lovely evening at anchor star gazing some of the crew rowed over to Ilhas Desertas.  

Crew of Hummingbird 1: BOB 0

After a tasty dinner in Brest, where enough seafood to sustain a small country was gorged we set of to see BOB (Bay of Biscay). Bob could be a mean frightening enemy or a tame pussyfoot and for two days a steady ten knots eased us downwind. This was my first experience of the watch […]

Delayed blog from Oct 19th – Sorry this was missed, ED

I know, I know it has been silence in the Hummingbird blog section.. She has gone through refit for a couple of weeks to make her ready for the Atlantic winter season. We started our trip from Gosport (Gosvegas by the local sailing community) exactly a week ago. Returning customer Daniel from Switzerland, Irish James, […]

Powering across Biscay

It was Monday morning when we left Brest. Restocked and fully planned we set sail for the Spanish Rias.. unfortunately the wind was light the first 24 hours and the engine had to assist the sailing. This did not hamper the great meals brought to the table by James and David and lunches by Daniel […]