Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody

Arrival in St Lucia!

Crossing the finish line at Rodney Bay was a great moment. After being at sea for exactly 22 days, covering a distance of around 3,000nm (3,500 miles/5,700 km), we did … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 7 Comments

Day 22 – 15th Dec

Now only 155nm to St Lucia, plus a few miles further to Rodney Bay which is on the west side of the island 🙂 We are so looking forward to … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Day 21 – Sat 14th Dec

Only 328nm to St Lucia! At current speed, that is another 2 days. The last 3-4 have been ones of rapid progress with strong Easterly trade winds. However the downside … Continue reading

December 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Visit from the Flying Squad

Sailing with two crew for long passages is about settling into routines, most notably at night. We tend to work on 3 hour watches, one person on deck and one … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Day 12 – 5th Dec – Empty Sea

One question that is frequently asked is ‘what is it like out there?’ Now we like an enormous can make a few comments. In calm weather, it is a gigantic … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

Day 8 – 2nd Dec

Just to deter any complacency, we encountered 2 days of stormy weather. Winds up to gale force, constant rain and heavy seas helped to us see the other side of … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

Day 6 – Friday 29th

Whilst eating supper on Wed evening at sunset, we were treated to a real show. A shoal of large fish, each about 1 metre long, came close and were leaping … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Day 3 – Wed 27th

It came as something of a relief to leave the marina and get out to sea again. A massed start makes for good spectator viewing, but was let down by … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 2 Comments


The organisers of the ARC Rally are great at getting good and knowledgeable luminaries to talk about their experience and offer advice. However after 2 days of hearing about dismasting, … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment


Ever tried working out how much food you need in a month, on the basis that you will never get to the shops? It is not too easy! Reducing the … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Crew & Stowaways

The ARC Rally sees various changes in Las Palmas. With so 250 extra yachts in the harbour, it attracts all sorts of animal converge to try and seek passage. These … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sailing to the start

After a wearying journey with all the gear, it was so good to be back on Freebooter! A quick visit to the adjacent supermarket to start the provisioning, with now … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Final Prep

Despite having overloaded the boat when we left the UK, there always seems to be a shedload of ‘stuff’ to take out with the inevitable Ryanair challenge. Somehow we need … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · 4 Comments