Sailing to Tobago is not supposed to be easy, but it is not supposed to be this bad! Sailing upwind against the current became more difficult when we were hit by a 35 knot squall. We also caught a massive fish and experienced the delights of cruising Tobago, culminating in Carnival.
Offshore sailing in the Doldrums, a sailors nightmare. Join us as we plot our way through frustrating calms and challenging squalls sailing from South America to Trinidad. With nothing to see but sea sky, we had our heads in the clouds as nature painted a beautiful skyscape above us.
Sailing overnight along the coast of South America we turn left and navigate off the charts up a jungle river. Taking a sailboat into the jungle is a real change of scenery after all the ocean sailing we have done recently.
We fix the damage to Florence from our South Atlantic Ocean crossing and explore French Guiana in South America. We explore Devils island and share how the film Papillion may have taken some liberties with artistic license and the European space centre launches an Arianne 5 rocket over Florence’s mast.
Sailing the final leg of our 4th major Ocean crossing we have one last challenge, to cross the uncertain weather of the doldrums. Light and fluky winds find us drifting towards the finishing post, but a friendly dolphin escort keeps our spirits up.
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.