As a follow-up to my article of the FBB Sailor satellite system (from Inmarsat). I wanted to let you know that I went ahead at the last minute and had the FBB 150 system installed as a backup to the vSat system in Cape Town. Yes, I chickened out depending on the Iridium phone for our primary weather-gathering device for our passage from the South Atlantic up to Cape Verde…
After a tremulous departure from Genoa: a stubborn bow-thruster, an untested crew, and truly ugly weather, we found ourselves regrouping in Barcelona. Despite difficulties, we’d successfully traversed an angry Gulf of Lyon, but there is still much work ahead if we are to free ourselves from frigid grip of the Mediterranean in winter.
A sparkling clear day to begin our passage from Barcelona over to Palma de Majorca where we will spend some time getting Giamma up-to-speed on the boat and have some more minor work done. The weather looks a little rough for later in the week so we might spend the time here taking advantage of the fabulous marina STP where all the really big yachts get their maintenance done and/or spend the winter months.
After 45 days of repairs and minor refit work we are ready to depart from Genova for Barcelona on our way across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. We have a new crew onboard and will use this first passage to shake down them as well as the boat. Tracy has taken on the role of feeding all these hungry guys all the way to Grenada.
After some rest and relaxation here in Gran Canaria, we are ready to begin our third and final passage on this long journey from Cape Town to Genoa, Italy. We’ve used this time to perform some minor repairs to the boat systems and to get some rest for the crew so we are refreshed and ready for the next 1500nm. It’s strange but I think we are ‘almost home’, yet the Canaries are still a long way from the Med.
We’re ready to begin our second passage on the way from Cape Town, South Africa to Genova, Italy. Today we leave from Jamestown, St. Helena and will have the longest distance to cover in one passage, about 3’100 nm or almost twice the distance we just sailed. Along the way we’ll cross the Equator and pass the Cape Verde Islands.
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