Land Ho!

I’ve never been as excited to see land as when I first spotted the lights of Martinique.  Along the horizon evening lights were just visible, a yellow haze glowing through dark, rainy skies.  BMac had me take a look to confirm at about 04:00 that the glow was indeed Martinique and not an approaching ship.…

Bruce’s Tale from the High Seas

*Thanks to Bruce for sharing his experience of crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard Detour. What is it like to make a passage? I remember as a kid visiting a “fun house,” a room with a floor that rocked around in random directions. Imagine living in that room for almost three weeks night and day. On the…

Prepare to Set Sail

Obviously, I’m backtracking a teeny-tiny bit…but we couldn’t have skipped across the Atlantic Ocean without being prepared and despite Detour‘s impeccable condition (hopefully fellow boat owners are having a good laugh here), there was a tremendous amount of preparation necessary for boat and crew. Detour is in constant maintenance mode (sailing the world is all about completing boat…

Lanzarote

Our first explorations of Lanzarote began at Marina Lanzarote, where we were docked directly in front of a high-end shopping mall.  Surely, we’d traveled hundreds of miles to visit exotic, Atlantic Islands…but there we were at Marina Lanzarote gazing up into the orange hue of Burger King’s neon ‘WHOPPER’ sign.  During the day, cruise ship passengers…

Isla Graciosa

Detour sailed marvelously during our four-day passage from Alvor, Portugal, blazing along at about 7-knots, throughout which Brian and I took turns reefing and un-reefing sails.  Inconsistent wind speed (north-northwest at 15-30 knots), paired with a few squalls, kept us bounding up and down the ladder to reduce and increase sail area so that we could remain comfortable…

The Crossing

Welcome to the phase of our lives which will now and forever be deemed, The Crossing.  When, exactly, did we stop cruising and begin crossing?  I think it was somewhere between Portugal and the Canary Islands. It’s transatlantic season!  The Canary Islands are the staging ground, and we are moving through with the masses of sailors…

Alvor Anchor Club

The transient, Alvor Anchor Club began just a few weeks ago when Brian and I became surrounded by fun-loving sailors – what are the odds!?  Great minds think alike; we all thought the Alvor River would provide good protection on the hook and reasonable access to neighboring, larger towns while we waited the next forecast to sail…

Rolly Day Woes

If we’d thought we’d left England too soon, Alvor seemed an instant, English getaway on the southern coast of Portugal.  We walked down cobbled streets, lined with tiled buildings, chic cafes, and souvenirs fashioned from cork (grown in southern Portugal); few tourists meandered, but we noted those who did commented on the chochki souvenirs with Brittish accents.  Yesterday’s ‘Sunday…

Berlengas

Back to reality after touring in Porto – we had a weather forecast to catch!  We’d met some new friends at the docks in Leixoes; boats seemed to be arriving daily, with sailors of all nationalities aboard who were our age!  Quickly, we became acquainted with a Norwegian boat S/Y Westlee, and passed along our contact…