Pipistrelle’s Journey

The story so far … from April 2008 …

Total sailed to date: 52,000 nm

Total for circumnavigation: 35,000 nm

To see a map of exactly where we are, click here

September 2017

  • Laeso island, Grenå, Ballen (Samsø), Reersø, Spodsbjerg (Lange) – Denmark
  • Lysekil, Marstrand – Sweden

August 2017

Mooring Scandinavian style in Lyngor

  • Hunnebostrand – Sweden
  • Kristiansand, Revesand, Lyngor, Jomfruland – Norway
  • Fraserburgh, Scotland
  • Caledonian Canal from Corpach to Cullochy, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness and Inverness
  • Kerrera, Oban, Scotland

July 2017

Crinan – entrance to Crinan Canal

  • Crinan, Scotland
  • Craighouse, Jura, Scotland
  • Ardminish, Gigha, Scotland
  • Bangor, N. Ireland
  • Howth, Dublin
  • Kinsale

 

  • Azores to Republic of Ireland

 

Sunrise Azores to Kinsale passage

May – June 2017 – Bermuda to the Azores

  • Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
  • Horta, Faial

Pipistrelle in Horta, Faial, the Azores – June 2017

May 2017

  • Bermuda

Anchorage in St. George’s in fine weather

February – March – April 2017 – The Caribbean

Magen's Bay

Magen’s Bay, USVI

  • Antigua
  • St. Barts, including Ile Fourchue
  • St. Martin
  • Spanish Virgin Islands (Puerto Rico) – Culebra
  • US Virgin Islands – St. John, St. Thomas
  • British Virgin Islands (BVIs) – Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Jost van Dyke, Norman Island

January 2017 – The Caribbean

  • St. Martin
  • St. Barts
  • Antigua
  • Guadeloupe
  • Les Saintes
  • Dominica

Total sailed in 2016: 6,200 nm

November – December 2016 – The Caribbean

  • Martinique
  • St Lucia
  • Bequia
  • Mustique
  • Mayreau, Union Island and Tobago Cays
  • Grenada and Carriacou
On mooring No 07 in St Helena

On mooring No 07 in St Helena

January – April 2016

  • Grenada, Caribbean
  • Iles du Salut, French Guiana
  • Jacaré, Brazil
  • St. Helena – UK, South Atlantic
  • Saldanha Bay, South Africa

Total sailed in 2015: 7,150 nm

November – December 2015 – South Africa

Safely alongside

Pipistrelle safely alongside – FBYC

  • Simon’s Town, False Bay
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Durban

October 2015 – Madagascar to South Africa

  • Durban – South Africa
  • Isles Portugueses – Mozambique
All blown out!

All blown out!

September 2015 – Madagascar

  • Berangomania, Moramba, Majunga
  • Nosy Hara, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Bé, Nosy Komba, Nosy Munuko (‘Nosy’ = ‘island’ in Malagasy)
Pipistrelle in Madagascar

Pipistrelle in Nosy Hara, Madagascar

July – August 2015 – Seychelles

  • Port Victoria, Mahé
From Trois Freres looking East over Eden Island

From Trois Freres looking East over Eden Island

June 2015 – Chagos, British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT)

  • Ile Boddam, Salomon Atoll
Ile Boddam

Ile Boddam

March – April – May 2015 – The Maldives

Our track and distance

Our track and distance

Pipistrelle at anchor

Pipistrelle at anchor

Atolls galore!

  • Thiladhunmathee Atoll
  • Miladhunmadulu Atoll
  • Faadhippolhu Atoll
  • Male Atoll
  • Felidhe Atoll
  • Mulaka Atoll
  • Kolhumadulu Atoll
  • South Huvadhu Atoll
  • Addu Atoll
Maldives

Powder Blue Surgeon Fish

February 2015 – Sri Lanka

  • Trincomalee

January 2015 – Thailand

  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Phuket – Yacht Haven Marina

Total nautical miles sailed in 2014: 1,195

December 2014 – overland travel

  • Myanmar
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
Inle Lake

Inle Lake, Myanmar

October – November 2014

Pipistrelle's new forepeak decor

Pipistrelle’s newly decorated forepeak?

  • Phuket – Yacht Haven Marina (REFIT!)
  • Phang Nga Bay and Phuket, Thailand
  • Telaga Harbour, Langkawi, Malaysia
  • Krabi, Thailand

June – October 2014

  • Krabi – Krabi Boat Lagoon, Thailand

May 2014

  • Phuket – Yacht Haven Marina

March and April 2014

Thailand

  • Butang Group, Koh Rok Nok, Phuket (various anchorages), Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay and the Hongs, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Muk, Phi Phi Don, Ao Chalong (Phuket), Yacht Haven Marina (Phuket)
Thai fishing boat on mooring

Thai fishing boat

February 2014

Malaysia

  • Langkawi – Rebak Marina (Rebak Island), Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (Kuah), Telaga
Langkawi

Aerial photo of Rebak Marina (on short flight to Penang!)

Total nautical miles sailed in 2013: 7,300

November 2013

Malaysia (or marinas galore!)

  • Rebak Marina, Langkawi
  • Straits Quay Marina, Penang
  • Pangkor Marina, Pangkor
  • Admiral Marina, Port Dickson

October 2013

Singapore

  • overland trip from Danga Bay
Marina Bay Sands Hotel and laser show - Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Hotel and laser show – Singapore

Malaysia

  • Danga Bay Marina, Johor Bahru

Indonesia

  • Nongsa Point Marina, Batam (Riau Islands)
  • Belitung Island (East Sumatra)
  • Kumai, Kalimantan (Borneo)
Thoughtful orangutan - Kumai

Thoughtful orangutan – Kumai

  • Jepara, Java (for Borobudur, Prambanan and Yogyakarta)
Dreaming stupas - Borobudur

Dreaming stupas – Borobudur

Fishing village

Fishing village – Jepara

August – September 2013 – Indonesia

Male headdress - Bali

Male headdress – Bali

  • Lovina Beach, Bali
  • Medana Bay, Lombok
Diagonal banded sweetlips

Diagonal banded sweetlips

  • Rinca and Komodo, Flores
  • Labuanbajo, Flores
  • Maumere & Riung, Flores
  • Lewoleba, Lembata
  • Kalabahi, Alor
Waiting to dance - Alor

Waiting to dance – Alor

July 2013

  • Saumlaki, Yamdena Island, Tanimbar Group, Indonesia
  • Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, Australia
  • Duchateau and Panasia Islands, Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea

Panasia Island

  • Huon Reef, Entrecasteaux Islands, New Caledonia

Huon Reef

May and June 2013

Land diving - Pentecost

Land diving – Pentecost

Rivolieu Bay, Epi

Rivolieu Bay, Epi

Vanuatu

  • Anatom
  • Tanna (Port Resolution)
  • Efate (Port Vila, Port Havannah)
  • Epi (Revolieu and Lamen Bays)
  • The Maskelynes
  • Pentecost
  • Espiritu Santo 

New Zealand to Vanuatu: 950 nm

April 2013

  • Opua
  • Bay of Islands – various anchorages
  • Whangaruru Harbour
  • Kawau Island

March 2013

  • Waiheke Island (Easter)
  • Gulf Harbour Marina – haulout and refit
NZ fern - Great Barrier Island

NZ fern – Great Barrier Island

January and February 2013

  • Whangarei Marina, Town Basin
  • Auckland – Westhaven Marina, Pier 21
  • Hauraki Gulf – Waiheke Island (various anchorages). Motuihe, Rangitoto, Rotoroa Islands, Rakino Island, Gulf Harbour Marina, Kawau Island
  • Coromandel Peninsula – Squadron Bay, Coromandel Harbour

Total nautical miles sailed in 2012: 3,883

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island (Pipistrelle in centre)

December 2012

  • Great Barrier Island – Tryphena Harbour, Oneura Bay, Kaiarara Bay, Wairahi Bay, Nagles Cove
  • Whangarei Marina, Town Basin
  • Tutukaka
  • Bay of Islands, NZ – Opua, Urupukapuka Island, Wipipi Bay
In bloom in Northland

Agapanthus in bloom – Northland

November 2012

Fiji to New Zealand: 1,187 nautical miles

August – September – October 2012

Fiji – Savusavu (Vanua Levu), Vuda Point, Denarau (Viti Levu), Musket Cove (Malolo Island), Robinson Crusoe Island (Likuri Habour), Lautoka

Tonga to Fiji: 400 nautical miles

Streaming humpback whale fluke

July 2012

Ha’apai Group, Tonga

June 2012

Vava’u group, Tonga

May 2012

Opua, New Zealand via Minerva Reef to Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga

Opua to Tonga: 1190 nautical miles

Pipistrelle in Town Basin before departure

April 2012

  • Whangarei to Opua, Bay of Islands

January 2012

The haul

  • Whangarei – haul out at Norsand Boat Yard
  • Great Barrier Island
  • Bay of Islands, NZ – Opua, Waipipi Bay, Oke Bay

Total nautical miles sailed in 2011: 7,960

December 2011

  • Bay of Islands, NZ – Roberton Island, Moturua Island, Urupukapuka Island, Waewaetorea Island, Cape Brett, Parekura Bay, Manawaora Bay, Russell, Pomare Bay

Roberton Island, Bay of Islands

November 2011

  • Opua, North Island, New Zealand

Tonga to Opua: 1,072 nautical miles

October 2011

  • Kingdom of Tonga – Niuatoputapu, Vava’u group (Neiafu and various anchorages), Tongatapu (Nuku’alofa and Pangaimotu)

Pipistrelle in Vavau

September 2011

  • Samoa – Upolu, Savaii
  • Cook Islands – Suwarrow

Suwarrow – in the lagoon

June – July – August 2011

Pretty pareos

  • Society Islands – Tahiti,  Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora

Stingrays in Moorea

June 2011

  • Tuamotus – Kauehi, Fakarava

May 2011

  • Marquesas – Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua-Pou, Nuku Hiva

Fatu Hiva

April 2011 – 3,043 nautical miles

  • Galapagos to Marquesas

March / April 2011

  • Galapagos – San Cristobal – Isabela – Santa Cruz

March 2011 – 932 nautical miles

  • Islas Perlas to Galapagos

January to March 2011

  • Panama (Atlantic / Caribbean) San Blas Islands (Kuna Yala) – Isla Grande – Isla Linton – Panamarina – Shelter Bay Marina (Fort Sherman)
  • Panama Canal Transit – 45 nautical miles
  • Panama (Pacific) Las Brisas / La Playita – Panama City – Taboga
  • Islas Perlas (see chart below) – Contadora, Mogo Mogo, Isla Viveros

Las Perlas Archipelago

Total: 12,237 nautical miles sailed to December 2010

August to December 2010 – 947 nautical miles

  • Curacao – Bonaire (5 times!) – Aruba
  • Colombia – Santa Marta – Rodadero – Cartagena
  • Panama – San Blas Islands (Kuna Yala) – Isla Grande – Isla Linton – Panamarina

Pretty starfish – East Lemmons, San Blas

January to July 2010 – 1,929 nautical miles

  • Windward and Leeward Islands – BVI – USVI – St Vincent and the Grenadines – Grenada – Los Testigos – Cubagua – Tortuga – Los Roques – Las Aves de Barlovento / Las Aves de Sotovento – Bonaire – Curacao

November to December 2009 – 3,078 nautical miles

  • ARC 2009 – Las Palmas – St Lucia

April to November 2009 – 3,177 nautical miles

  • Povoa de Varzim – Lisbon – Algarve – Spain – Gibraltar – Mediterranean Morocco – Balearics – Gibraltar – Madeira – Canary Islands

April to October 2008 – 3,106 nautical miles

  • Guernsey – Poole – Devon – Cornwall – Scillies – Southern Ireland – Dublin – Scotland – Classic Malts Rally – Isle of Man – Ireland – Pembrokeshire (Milford Haven) – Brittany – Ile d’Yeu – Northern Spain – Atlantic Portugal (Povoa de Varzim)

Grazing in the meadow