Zoë and I sailed from Gibraltar to Almerimar with my Mum this weekend. I use “sailed” a little loosely as there was essentially no wind, so we motored nearly all the way. Zoë had a fantastic time. The weather was lovely, and with so little wind, it was really easy to stop for a swim every so often (like when the water temperature sensor said 27°!). The highlight for me was sitting down for dinner in the setting sun and being joined by 40 or so dolphins. Highly recommended!
My Mum (and of course Ian, Roger, Curtis & Hannah) has this afternoon succesfully completed a transatlantic crossing in her boat, Elemiah. That’s quite an achievement. It took them three weeks, including about 5 days with no wind which they had to motor for. Three cheers for Elemiah!
Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take Zoë on a weekend hop down the Med over the next month or two.
My Mum has set off on her transatlantic crossing from Nova Scotia. Their progress should have been reported continuously via blog postings through their Iridium satellite phone, but they could not get the (serial!) modem working in time. For some reason text messages sent through the Iridium web site don’t seem to work either. I have a feeling that Motorola is involved with Iridium, which probably explains why it doesn’t seem to work properly…