Whoop whoop land at last, was that a nice sight or what? We had the BBQ on the fly bridge all ready to go and some beers on ice (just a few) I even had a cigar ready, It was such a nice feeling lighting that.
Here was our first sighting of land just before sunset. The Island of Antigua to the right of the sun.
By the time we got to English Harbour it was pitch black and very hard to find an anchorage with enough room for Kapowai, keeping in mind anchor chain length, water depth and staying out of the shipping channel and away from other boats. However we did find one and dropped the anchor, phew G & T time.
This was the view in the morning.
After a leisurely breakfast, and the first one where you didn’t have to hold your plate down, we got Kapowai ‘Caribbean ready’ deck chairs out, snorkelling gear ready, ice maker working, suntan lotion to hand. A quick radio call to the harbour master and we were on our way to a berth.
Kapowai berthed along side, so nice to step onto dry land after so long at sea, I couldn’t have done it with better people on a better boat, big thanks to Sean & Lois and of course Kapowai.
After not seeing a thing for 11 days, the last thing you want to see is a boat in trouble, this morning thats what we saw, to be fair it wasn’t really in trouble now but had been at some point, we first saw it off to starboard and made our way over to it, I grabbed my camera and went and stood on the bow, I took as many shots as I could trying to get a name and to see if there was any sign of life. Sean carefully manoeuvred Kapowai to within a few meters of the boat and blasted the horn, yeah scared the hell out of me. We watched and listened but there was no-one onboard. Rang it in on the sat phone to Antigua SAR and they told us the lone skipper had been picked up by a cargo ship on the 19th February – before we left the Canaries. Brings it home as to how dangerous this sailing can be, i’m glad I didn’t see this early on in the crossing. The boat is a Dufour 29 and I think the name is Masupa.
You can see the mast is gone and the sails are in the water, all the fenders are out so we were pretty sure a rescue had taken place. Hope all involved are safe and well.
Still very little to see and not a lot to do either, except for the all important scrubbing of the decks and engine room checks.
Later we tried some trolling and despite keeping the speed up had three strikes and landed one Mahi-Mahi. Dinner that night, it was great.
Mahi-Mahi or common Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus)
There isn’t a lot to see out here, but most evenings just as the sun was setting we would be treated to a few visitors, here’s one of them, great to watch but hard to photograph.
Leaving Santa Cruz behind and heading toward open water, these were the last few shots of Tenerife, this is the Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”(formerly named, but still commonly referred to as, Auditorio de Tenerife), it was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.
It looks like a T-Rex claw to me. A nice shot of the old part of town, and as you can see it was 1520 local time.
Now most vessels use AIS (Automatic Identification System) it’s automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. I set AIS up on my wife’s phone so she could see where we were at any given time, now people like to take photo’s of boats and upload them to AIS so folk can put a face to a name, so to speak, I phoned my wife from Kapowai as we left the port knowing it was the last time we would speak for at least two weeks. A few days later my wife sent me this photo, you can see me on the back deck talking to Jeanette on my phone, I’m sure if you zoom in you can see a tear, how spooky is that.
Thanks to Ernst-Gert Schmidt, I hope you don’t mind me using your photo.
Since my accident I haven’t done a lot, not even blogged, two reasons really, not a lot to post about (I don’t get out much) and it hurts to type, but hey, i’ll grin and bare it.
When I did get out, I made the most of it, I flew to Tenerife on the 22nd of Feb to join my brother and his wife (Sean & Lois) and sail across the Atlantic, yeah you read that right, sail/cruise across the Atlantic on their boat Kapowai.
I arrived late that night and after a good sleep and last minute shopping in the morning we were off, no messing around, which was just as well, I may of got cold feet but luckily the shear scale of the crossing hadn’t sunk it. I took a photo every day with the GPS enabled on my camera and this is the result.
It’s a well established route and before folk leave Santa Cruz a lot of them leave their mark. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time or the paint.
Leaving Santa Cruz and the last bit of land we will see for the next 13 and a half days.
Another interesting post by Kapowai.
Our next port was Vilagarcia at the head of Ria de Arousa. The idea being to catch the train to Santiago de Compostela.
This was the final resting place of St. James the apostle who had brought Christianity to the Iberian peninsular, was beheaded in Jerusalem and his remains returned to Galicia.
The remains were lost in the 3rd Century before being found again in 814 AD. A church was then built on the site but was destroyed during the Moorish invasion. After the reconquest a cathedral was started in 1075 and consecrated in 1211.
It has always been an important place of pilgrimage but suffered through the many european wars. It has lately undergone a revival, in 1985 there were 690 pilgrims, in 2014 there were 237,886.
A university was added in 1495. Here are a selection of photos of the city and the cathedral. Unfortunately it was undergoing…
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As part of my recovery process I decided to have a bit of Rest & Recuperation, and what better place than on a boat, one that is alongside and not going anywhere of course. Luckily enough my brother and his wife just happen to be on the South coast, not far from home. This is Kapowai, their home from home.
After the hello’s I checked into my forward cabin and then to the back deck for afternoon G&T, it’s a stunning boat with plenty of room onboard, sleeps 10 and never runs out of ice, although the Gin can sometimes be hard to find. After a long night of catchup and story’s of the crossing from the USA it was bed.
The next day was another late summers day, cool breeze but lots of sun, we decided to take the tender up the river and find a nice pub for lunch.
The trip up the river was great with some interesting sights.
Some that didn’t make it.
Small ferry, that can’t be missed.
And a lot of very nice homes.
And finally our destination, we were told this pub had great beer and excellent food, they weren’t wrong.
And even some words of wisdom.
All in all a great couple of days. You can check out my brothers blog here.
Deal is a town on the south east coast of England, we have been spending a bit of time down there as it is close to our holiday home it’s a really nice place and well worth a visit.
And folk with a sense of humour.