Guadeloupe to Flores, the Azores

gratisaustralisAtlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Flores 2015, Guadeloupe 2015, Ocean Crossings, The Azores 2015

Guadeloupe Marina Departure for France took place on the 19th May and what a slow, monotonous sail it was! Seas flat calm upon departure, was the name of the game of that first week. The winds wouldn’t play and light as they were insisted on pushing us ever westward. With a tight time line, Big Bertha was a constant ticking over in … Read More

Martinique to Guadeloupe

gratisaustralisCaribbean, Guadeloupe 2015, Martinique 2015

Our departure didn’t go quite as planned. Wind from the NE – practically on the nose: there was no way we intended commencing the journey with winds on the nose and an uncomfortable passage between the islands. Instead, we continued northward under the protection of the islands until day break. Due to the islands making their own weather, it was a ‘little’ wet … Read More


gratisaustralisCaribbean, Martinique 2015

The window for departing the Caribbean prior to the incoming Hurricane season becoming ever smaller, Barbados no good, a check of the weather and on to Martinique we headed. Winds light, it was more of an overnight motor than a sail. All one had to do was be aware of sudden wind gusts when travelling between St Lucia and Martinique. … Read More

Depart Tomorrow

gratisaustralisCaribbean, Martinique 2015

Big G is afloat once more. We depart La Marin for La Rochelle tomorrow morning. At this stage, the Azores will wait until our return trip: only a fuel top up if required. The sail will take 3 weeks, give or take – the speed is all up to the weather.     Image: a feathered passenger hitching a ride … Read More

Parts Arrive

gratisaustralisBoat Work, Caribbean, Martinique 2015, Sailing

The parts arrive today. Almost ready to head out to Lamentin in order to collect them. Gratis goes up on the hard tomorrow morning.       Image: Bob at the top of Jacob’s Ladder, St Helena.


gratisaustralisCaribbean, Martinique 2015

We arrived in Martinique a couple of days ago and have been racing around sorting out various issues.   We are now awaiting for the alternator to arrive from Australia – thank you so much Damian – and Bob is still working on the issue of the cutlass bearing. The remaining spiels and images are gradually coming along. Touchwood, they will … Read More


gratisaustralisBarbados 2015, Caribbean

Arrival in Barbados took place just after dawn this morning. Check in at customs at the main port, then around to the anchorage to anchor just off of Bridgetown. With massive liners arriving, one was required to exit ASAP. But for the need to replace the cutlass bearing this stop over would not have been on our list. As places go, … Read More