Sailing Reports

Sailing to Saint Helena

Days at sea: 11.98 Nautical Miles: 1,846 Average speed: 6.42 knots (154 nm/day) Fastest day: 7.5 knots avg (180 nm/day) Slowest day: 5.25 knots avg (126 nm/day) We were lucky to get to spend almost six weeks exploring Cape Town, but it was time to move on and across the south Atlantic! On January 8th,…

Sailing Reports

Sailing the Mozambique Channel

After a month in Madagascar, it was time for us to tackle the next big hurdle – the Mozambique Channel.  The forecast included a mix of wind directions, but we knew we would get some sailing in with winds coming from the north, and those were the conditions for which we were waiting.  That, and…

Catamarans & Sailing

Passage to Madagascar

We had waited oh-so patiently for this weather window: five days of calmer winds to get us from Seychelles to Madagascar. There had been a window in late July, which several of our friends took. We, however, were waiting on a package to come in, and would have to wait for the next window. It…

Catamarans & Sailing | Sailing Tips & Tricks

The Cruiser’s Chartplotter

One of the most important pieces of equipment on a cruising boat, chartplotters aren’t often used to their full potential. What is a Chartplotter? It sounds simple enough – something that plots charts – but a chartplotter is a complicated and extremely valuable piece of equipment on the boat. In fact, the manufacturers would like…

Catamaran Brands & Model Reviews | Catamarans & Sailing

Australians Love Their Catamarans

Pretty much everywhere we have been, especially the Caribbean has been chock full of production catamarans.  Fountaine Pajots, like ours, mingle with Leopards and Lagoons.  Occasionally there’s an Antares, a Catana, or an Outremer thrown in for funsies.  For three years, I’ve pointed at a catamaran and said “what’s that?” to David.  95% of the…