Christmas Special Edition

Following the Dutch tradition, we had our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, aka 24th December. The plan was simple but ingenious, we would all cook of one or two dishes and we would gather at Ben.nl boat and eat and drink all together. Despite the awful morning, where Jelle and I watched a catamaran sinking…

Start of An Anchor Voyage-Part 2

On 30th November we lifted up our anchor and started our motor with direction the Lobos island. Arriving there, however, the sea was so restless and the swell so big, that anchoring there for the night did not seem a very good idea. So, we hoisted our sails and headed towards Puerto del Rosario, the…

Start of An Anchor Voyage-Part 1

After 2 weeks in the marina, it felt so good hoisting the sails again and feeling the cool breeze against our faces! The sea was smooth, the sun was shining and Libra was gracefully gliding over the sea in our upwind sailing. We had a nice speed and reached our destination fairly quickly; Playa Quemada….

Crossing to Canaries? Check!

We left Portimao on Thursday, 1st November at 10 am, filled with great memories, heartbreak over Chica and a new crew member; Jelle’s dad, Tom. We had quite a trip, as many things did not go as planned and some damages occurred, but we made it sound and safe and in record time! The first…

Portimao: The Lotus-eating City

Portimao is a convenient stop for many yachts, as it is an ideal location to either enter the Med or cross the Atlantic towards Madeira or Canary islands. However, most of the people going there, despite having many grand sailing plans, tend to just stay in the beautiful marina, bedazzled by the good weather, fresh…

This is the story of the Hurricane

After arriving to Cascais on the 28th September, we decided to stay a bit in this beautiful bay and enjoy the summer days. The first day we did our famous “dinghy beach landing” and I picked up groceries in our new favorite supermarket, Jumbo, while Jelle was watching over our dingy. We did spent most…

In the footsteps of the great explorers

It is been long time (longer than usual) since our last update, we know, but we did quite a trip since our last post, we are now in Cascais, Portugal and our log writes 2385 nautical miles!! On Saturday, 15th September we left our anchorage at Camarinas and headed towards Cabo Finistere, where we anchored…

Living La Vida Libra

On Thursday, 6th September, we left our beautiful, sheltered anchorage at St Yvette and headed towards South. We had perfect sailing conditions, sunny and windy enough to allow us to sail with a constant 7.3 knots of speed! We also witness an amazing dolphin show, as dolphins absolutely LOVE Libra! At night we crossed the…

Brexit, Vive la France!

Our last evening in Dublin was fun, as we had friends over at Libra, something we did last in July! However, our last night was far from fun as Libra started rocking violently in the middle of the night and we suddenly heard a loud BANG ,which made our hearts jump off our chests. We…

More than 1000 nautical miles!

The last days we had change of plans due to predicted storms, however we managed to leave Scotland and reach Ireland within a week! We wished to visit Armadale Castle and Loch Moidart, but our trusted Windfinder app forecasted strong winds for the following days, which made us change our route and head South as…