January has without doubt, been a great start to 2022 here in Sardinia. The weather has been mild and dry and the strong winds we had in November and December have not put in an appearance this year. I’m wondering if this is typical of the climate in Sardinia, as I have noticed in recent… Continue reading Out and About in Alghero
My arrival in Alghero has proved to be a most fortunate, if unintended addition to my itinerary. Once I had refuelled Tatsu, I enquired at the fuel pontoon if there might be an available berth somewhere for a few days. In a trice, there was a small RIB alongside and I was ushered off the… Continue reading An Accidental Tourist.
The departure from Cartagena went smoothly. There was not even a breath of wind. I untied the bow lines and went aft to slip the stern lines. We motored out smoothly in the half light. The sea was still. Barely a ripple. Out, beyond the breakwater, where the ripples in the sea became wavelets, we motored… Continue reading The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men…
I have downloaded more GRIB files in the last week that I have in the last four years! These little data files contain the latest weather reports and enable me to run my next passage in real time through the forecast, using a clever piece of software. And it seems that the wind gods have… Continue reading grib files, winds and shopping lists.
A great many people I know have in the last year or so, for a variety of reasons, sold their yacht and turned to land travel in the form of a camper van or caravan. From the perspective of living aboard one, it is not entirely misguided to compare a yacht with a camper van.… Continue reading A Comparison of Yachts and Caravans…
The end of our third week on the hard in the boat yard is fast approaching and a great deal of work has been completed. Five bronze skin fittings, the fittings used to maintain the holes in the hull, to allow sea water in or waste water out, have been replaced and some have had… Continue reading On Wind, Dust and Toil Ashore.
I have heard it said that sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head. And on a sunny morning in April this year, as I fixed my gaze on the contents of my Pela pump, my head was indeed a tumultuous place to be. I had siphoned six litres of fluid… Continue reading This was the most unkindest cut of all…
Robin Knox-Johnston has been widely quoted as saying that he learns something every time he steps aboard a boat. As someone who has completed two solo circumnavigations his words serve to remind anyone who considers themselves to be a sailor, that there is an infinite amount to learn about the art. Living aboard Tatsu I… Continue reading On Crossing Oceans and the Frailty of Yoghurt Pots.
Those of you who watch Tatsu’s sporadic YouTube vlog will have seen that the solar panel project has been completed. At least, that is the inference. In fact, it rumbles on, past the eleven month point and, like a bent shopping trolley with a gammy wheel, it lurches down the supermarket aisle of time without… Continue reading The Solar Saga, a Lesson in Tolerance!
We had heard many stories of anchoring madness in the Balearics, but seen little evidence of it. In our first anchorage at Cala Blanco, we had seen some unorthodox anchoring techniques, but nothing that left us slack-jawed in disbelief. This was to change in Cala Boix… We crept into the cove a little before seven… Continue reading Mild Peril in the Anchorage and Sailing for Home