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.
After months of hard work and planning, not to mention the last week of provisioning the boat for 40 days at sea, we are ready to go. However, despite our state of readiness, the weather has decided to finally show us what real winter is like in Cape Town. High winds, heavy rain and a 6 meter sea state convinced us to take another few days to relax before starting our passage to St. Helena.
Knowing we wanted to move into a larger boat with more room for guests and crew, I listed our beloved HR-54, Feelin’ Good for sale while we were still over in the Caribbean. I wanted to get a jump start on the spring/summer selling season as I thought the market might be a little tough for selling boats. As it turns out, I found a buyer fairly quickly (he was already a HR-54 fan and knew the boat!)
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