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Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody

27th June – Lagos

After the early start on Tuesday, we ended up motoring almost all the 75nm to Lagos. The highlight of the trip was a very keen pod of dolphins playing by … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

24th June – Sines

A nice but slow sail from Oeiras (Lisbon) to Sines, again just about 50nm. For the non-sailors, ‘nm’ is the abbreviation for nautical miles, about 1.15 times the normal mile. … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

22nd June – Good and Bad Fortune and Lisbon!

As the 2nd boat to leave the port, we set off with a modest northerly wind. There was noticeable swell, but not so much as prevent us trying out the … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

19th June – A Windy Run to Peniche

The winds abated enough to make the run after the days delay. However there was still a substantial swell, as can be seen from the photo of the disappearing boat. … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

16th June – Figuera da Foz plus minor disaster!

Just to impress the natives, the rally had a racing start in the river. As with all great ideas, this was affected by the light wind. We had the bright … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

14th June – Porto

We had a really lazy short downwind sail from Povoa. The surprising element was the occasional large swell (3 metre’ish) that blotted out everything around us. Anyway, it was something … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

13th June – Povoa de Vazim

After saying goodbye to Claire and William, we left Bayona after the best part of a week there. The wind was against us, but the first indication of what was … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

9th june – Friends & the Monte Real Yacht Club

We were delighted to get an email from fellow MOA (Moody Owners Association) members Claire and William Philpot a couple of days ago. They had spotted us on AIS, and … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

8th June – Santiago de Compostella

Santiago is a place many people have heard of, and is visited by thousands every year. It is held to be the place of burial of St James, and is … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Day 5-ARC Portugal

To those who wonder why the posts are all arriving at once, the answer is boringly simple. To post an email at sea, we have to use a long range … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day 4-ARC Portugal

And the day started so well, with the usual dawn and good wind, albeit with a largish following sea. Strange, but photos never quite reflect the reality of the sea … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day 3- ARC Portugal

A cracking day’s sail! Stayed on a single course for the last 24 hours with only minor tweaks for the wind, and maintained great speed throughout. We only saw one … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day 2- ARC Portugal

After a gentle night, dawn arose with the light winds continuing. Rather surprisingly, there were still about 6 other rally yachts in sight. By 0600, the decision was taken to … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day 1- ARC Portugal

The start of the sailing! With glorious sunshine we were all up early and managed to cross the starting line on time. I say on time, because we hung back … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chutes Away!

Of course it’s all very well us taking pictures on board, what about the view from land though? Well here are some fantastic pictures, taken by our nephew Max as … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Wind!

Weehee, we’re moving! ┬áHad the chute up initially, then the wind changed. Now on to headsail and we’ve got the self steering set up and it’s working. Self steering means … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Watch Them Go!!

If you want to keep an eye on our whereabouts to see how we are getting on then this is the link to go to. It updates about every 4 … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Start of the Passage to Spain!

We are on our way, albeit only at 1.3 knots! Glorious morning with very little wind.

June 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Paranoia

Weight-consciousness is not just confined to the ladies, or imposed on men by them. When a couple of your friends make the marine equivalent of ‘your b*m looks big in … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

Dartmouth

Most sensible folk would think of a sail from Lymington to Dartmouth as a simple days passage. Especially at the end of May with the country having reasonably pleasant weather. … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Adventure is under way

After so much preparation over so long, we cast off from Gosport after 11 years berthed there. The first hop was to Cowes to meet up with friends from the … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 2 Comments