Transatlantic 2013

2013 transatlantic

1st October finds us setting sail on the boat in Corfu, a little late in the season and wanting to get out of the Med before the winter weather sets in. We quickly retrace our route from previous years, visiting Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Menorca, Majorca, Ibiza and then Gibraltar during the month. By early November OceanFree has travelled 2000 miles and is in the Canaries Islands whilst we prepare to cross the Atlantic in December to Barbados and the Caribbean.

December 2013

New Years Eve

By | December 31st, 2013|Winter 2013|

We are moored up in Union Island for New Year's Eve celebrations. It looks like its rum punch, pig roast and dancing to steel bands tonight.  Seems good to me. Happy New Year    

Sail to Bequia

By | December 28th, 2013|Winter 2013|

There has been a lot of rain here over Christmas - with severe flooding and even landslides. We were in Marigot Bay and must have had a foot of rain on the evening of Christmas Eve. It stopped raining for Christmas Day and we had drinks on the beach and [...]

Arrived in St Lucia

By | December 25th, 2013|Winter 2013|

We arrived in St Lucia yesterday after 15 days at sea from Grand Canaria All went well - but weather was unusual.  We had to.get through a low pressure system by leaving canaries and heading west and then north west for a few hundred miles.  The weather front was dramatic [...]

Land ahoy

By | December 23rd, 2013|Video, Winter 2013|

Change of plan - we are coming in from the north and its getting closde to Xmas, so we are going to skip Barbados and make landfall at St Lucia.   Its more yacht friendly. The first land we actually see is Martinique - but its only a couple of [...]

OceanFree mid atlantic video

By | December 17th, 2013|Video, Winter 2013|

We worked out that you roll about 200,000 times on an Atlantic crossing, left then right then left then......  So I don't know whether it was 9 or 10 days in when the madness started.   Sorry about the audio - this was filmed on a mobile phone

Somewhere mid Atlantic

By | December 16th, 2013|Video, Winter 2013|

Taken somewhere on a rough bit of water between The Canaries and The Caribbean. Rock and rolly.....   Sorry about the sound - filmed on my mobile phone!

The weather you dont want when sailing the Atlantic

By | December 10th, 2013|Winter 2013|

We are ready to go, the crew are all here in Las Palmas, but the weather is wrong! The wind should be a steady 20 knots NE tradewind - wind thats blowing from the North East to take us South West.   From the historical wind charts this should be [...]

Stores arrive

By | December 7th, 2013|Winter 2013|

Fruit and veg arrive for the trip.  George is getting the spiders out before bringing the bananas aboard. One for the boat, one for the mouth, one for the boat, one for the mouth......

Graffiti on the harbour wall

By | December 7th, 2013|Winter 2013|

The tradition here in Las Palmas is that transatlantic yachts graffiti their names  on the marina wall.  Some yachts have their plaques up for 2, 3 and even 4 years.  So it cant be too bad! Must go - more shopping to load!

November 2013

Our route to the Caribbean

By | November 20th, 2013|Winter 2013|

We are leaving Grand Canaria on 8th December for the Caribbean. The route is about 2800 miles and will take us south west from the Canaries for about 6 days until we reach the steady tradewinds when we will turn west for the Caribbean.    Our route will take us [...]