Category Archives: Portugal

Amazing Azores

On 20th June Elaine flew out from the UK to the Azores to join Bob for a 10 day holiday – no sailing involved! With Pipistrelle in Ponta Delgada Marina, it seemed the ideal opportunity to focus on exploring the … Continue reading

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The Last Ocean Leg

Or Azores to Kinsale and Dublin On 30th June, it was comings and goings at Ponta Delgada airport, with Elaine departing (see Amazing Azores post) on the same flight on which Martin Goodchild arrived.  It’s not the first time we … Continue reading

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Flotsam and Jetsam in the North Atlantic

Variable weather, trying to catch the wind, constantly changing sail configurations and dealing with unidentified submerged objects all made for a challenging, not entirely uneventful passage from Bermuda to the Azores. Back home in the UK, having flown from Bermuda … Continue reading

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Pipistrelle makes Landfall in the Azores

After a 14-day passage, Pipistrelle, with Bob, Pete Stone and Bob Tuckwood on board, reached Horta on the island of Faial.   A full account of the trip will follow shortly, but this is worth posting! On the marina wall … Continue reading

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Bermuda – The Onion Island

Thanks to growing thousands of tons of onions in the 19th century and exporting them in the main to the USA, Bermudian seamen were known as ‘Onions’ and the island, ‘The Onion Patch’.  Though trade declined after WW1 until the … Continue reading

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On Passage at Last!

Gibraltar – Madeira – La Palma – La Gomera – Gran Canaria Gibraltar to Madeira With ticks against most of the items on the ‘to do list’ we finally weighed anchor at La Linea (Spain), made use of the new … Continue reading

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The Algarve and Beyond – 2!

Pipistrelle in the Rio Guadiano Pipistrelle then had a new experience, venturing 20 nm inland, up the Rio Guadiano.  This river marks the southern border between Portugal and Spain, with a large suspension bridge just north of attractive Ayamonte.  The … Continue reading

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The Algarve and Beyond – 1!

The passage south from Lisbon was interspersed with stops at anchorages at and near Sesimbra, Sines (the birthplace of Vasco da Gama where we heard cicadas for the first time – a true sign we were approaching warmer climes!), and … Continue reading

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Casting Off in 2009

The Prologue – Winter 2008-9 This period was a hive of activity after our return home from Portugal in mid-October.  Initially we set about sorting out the cottage after the flood damage in the summer, and by Christmas had everything … Continue reading

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At the end of this wonderful and sometimes challenging four and a half months’ adventure on board Pipistrelle, we would like to thank those without whom some of the ‘plain sailing’ wouldn’t have been possible….. For the loan of a … Continue reading

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