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Click to view the map showing our trip through Canal du Midi to Sicily.

Martinique to Guadeloupe

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, […]

Ready to Depart

Gratis is ready to depart for La Rochelle


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 […]

Depart Tomorrow

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.   [map style=”width: auto; […]

Parts Arrive

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.

Weekend Departure From Martinique

Our replacement parts have departed France and should land this arvo – not bad for departing Adelaide last Friday. It looks like we shall depart for France this weekend.


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 […]