Moonlight Adventure

The story of our travels on board Moonlight, our Vancouver 36.


The Atlantic Crossing

Posted by yachtmoonlight on December 17, 2009 at 4:17 PM Comments comments (10)

The big moment was at 1.30pm on Saturday 21st November, when we sailed out of La Palma and headed off in search of The Caribbean.


(Leaving La Palma)


As I was concerned that I would suffer from the seasickness that has haunted me on this trip so far, and Becky w...

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Friday 20th November 2009

Posted by yachtmoonlight on November 20, 2009 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (2)

We had a quiet weekend, tidying and cleaning the boat ready for Becky’s arrival on Monday.

I felt very English (and a tad old) on Sunday as I baked scones while listening to a Radio Four Woman’s Hour podcast.

John noticed that some of the lines had frayed quite badly. The swell in marina is still causing the boat to roll around a lot and the ropes are rubbing badly on the cleats on the boat and the pontoons. One of the lines was very badly frayed and was in danger of ...

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Friday 13th November 2009

Posted by yachtmoonlight on November 14, 2009 at 12:28 PM Comments comments (3)

We left Madeira on Tuesday 3rd November as planned and set sail in the morning.

There was enough wind for us to sail for the first few hours, but the wind soon died away and we had to run the engine to keep us going.

The sea was choppy, which made the boat very rolly and although it had been sunny when we set out, the sky gradually filled with clouds and we had occasional showers from late afternoon and through the night.


The following day wasn’t much bett...

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Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Posted by yachtmoonlight on September 3, 2009 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (4)

We both had a very restless night on our first night in Baiona marina, due to the unbelievably loud creaking of our mooring lines as the boat wobbled around in the swell that was coming into the bay. It became so bad, we moved into the back cabin in the middle of the night, which we don’t keep made up for such events and is usually used for storage, so this was more difficult than it sounds. We emptied the contents of the back cabin and made up the bed, resulting in us having to do an &...

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Thursday 27th August 2009

Posted by yachtmoonlight on August 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM Comments comments (5)

Last Thursday morning was a rare drizzly day. When we woke up there were several small boats in front of the anchorage, nearer the beach with snorkelers in the water diving down for razor fish which they pull out of the sandy seabed by hand.

We went ashore as John wanted to go to the ‘Ferreteria’, which disappointingly didn’t sell ferrets, or any small mammals for that matter. It was a hardware store, which is one of the very types of shops that I find exceptionally du...

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