Sailing into ROUGH SEAS for a 1300 mile offshore ocean passage with RUM FOR BREAKFAST as we cross the equator for the 4th time back into the northern hemisphere. The passage planning for this leg is dominated by the fast flowing Guiana current on which we hope to hitch a ride to speed Florence on her way to South America.
LAND HO on the exclusive Brazilian holiday island of Fernando de Noronha. Sailing across an ocean out of sight of land for 12 days to reach this paradise island was all worth it as we dodge dolphins on our way to explore this remote island’s stunning beaches.
Setting out to sail 1700 miles across the OPEN OCEAN from St Helena to Brazil. Casting off the lines for 12 days at sea, out of sight of land, gives us a huge sense of freedom. Catching our dinner whilst sailing is the easy part, preparing, cooking and cleaning up on the rock and roll ride that Florence gives as she surfs the ocean waves is another matter entirely.
1200 MILES FROM ANYWHERE, the remote isolated island of St Helena lies in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This tiny island is the first British territory we have reached with Florence since we left England over 6 years ago at the start of this voyage, but the reception we received was not what we expected. Join us as we explore this remote British outpost.
Sailing 1200 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, after 10 days at sea we finally sight the tiny remote Island of St Helena, but getting ashore on this isolated rocky island was more challenging than we hoped. Join us for life onboard as we catch & cook our dinner and sail Florence offshore across the South Atlantic Ocean.
Is this it? Have we done it? Is our circumnavigation complete? Sailing offshore in the South Atlantic Ocean we cross the most significant line of our 6 year trip so far, but is it the finish line?
STORM bound then FOG bound drifting and BECALMED, we finally sail out into the trade winds only for the BILGE ALARM to go off at 3am. 500 miles from anywhere we are taking on water mid ocean. The start of this South Atlantic Ocean passage was not an easy one.
Sailing in dense fog and dodging through ships with a BROKEN RADAR. The fog is one of the main challenges of sailing up the coast of Namibia. The wildlife is undeterred though, as we are surrounded by hundreds of seals leaping out of the water to get a better look at us. With the cold temperatures in this part of the ocean it is hard to believe we are in Africa.
The Skeleton coast has a fearsome reputation as a ship graveyard, Shipwrecks and skeletons litter the coast here. The pilot guide recommends staying at least 6 miles offshore, but we found an isolated anchorage amongst the dunes to get ashore and go skeleton hunting.
Namibia’s natural environment is inspiring on a grand scale, exchanging ocean waves for sand waves we make a road trip to the sand sea. Driving through herds of zebra and oryx we reach the red dunes of Sossusvlei. Climbing a towering dune to watch the sun come up and almost getting our 4×4 stuck in the sand were just part of the adventure.