AROUND THE WORLD IN 35 DAYS

Back in Auckland again after circling the globe in a westerly direction.  So nice to be back in Auckland, bright sunshine and clear sky’s to welcome me.  Auckland Airport is one of the worlds easiest to arrive in, so quick to get through immigration and the baggage is usually on the belt ready for collection.  … Continue reading AROUND THE WORLD IN 35 DAYS

SPECTACULAR ARRIVAL AT ST JOHNS

After what seemed like weeks rolling through the North Atlantic – in reality it was only a few days - we arrived at the St. Johns Pilot Station at seven in the morning. The sea became calm and the swell subsided, a full moon set ahead of us into the harbour entrance as the sun … Continue reading SPECTACULAR ARRIVAL AT ST JOHNS

AZORES HIGH

Since leaving Gibraltar we have travelled a thousand miles.  During that time, we have rolled relentlessly accompanied by squeaking and creaking, moaning and groaning, rattling and shaking, and a cacophony of other noises.  This vessel loves to roll.  She is so enthusiastic; the speed and severity leaves you with a headache.  I would love to … Continue reading AZORES HIGH

PIT STOP IN GIBRALTAR

Approaching Gibraltar from the Mediterranean side in the early morning is always a special occasion.  As you get closer the rock rises above the horizon and features become visible and the Europa Point light house provides a reference for entering Gibraltar Bay.  Many generations of British Sailors must have felt relief in the past on … Continue reading PIT STOP IN GIBRALTAR

DARDANELLES IN DAYLIGHT

I have transited the Dardanelles many times but always at night.  Today I had the opportunity to make the passage in daylight and bright sunshine. Wonderful. We entered the northern end of the Dardanelles from the Sea of Marmara at daybreak and the blinking lights on shore gradually turned into recognisable structures and landmarks.  The … Continue reading DARDANELLES IN DAYLIGHT

HEADED TO NEWFOUNDLAND

One week ago I boarded a plane in Auckland and now find myself heading down the Bosporus with a long voyage ahead.  This time I have no heated bathroom floor – a hardship I will have to live with. A 30 hour trip from Auckland brought me to Galati in Romania where a new build … Continue reading HEADED TO NEWFOUNDLAND