is an assortment of memories, many pictorial, from the travels of
Blue Hound, including:
France, Spain, Portugal, The Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Brazil
and the Azores (x4), North Africa, Malta, Greece, Cuba, Dominica and
more, together with a collection of resources useful for
sunset picture was taken from Blue Hound, anchored in the Canal de
Itaparica in near Salvador in Brazil. Completely magical!
Hound is a staysail schooner, built by Chantiers des Ardennes in
Marseilles in 1981, in steel.
15.1m, with a beam of 4.60m and a draught of 2.84m. Sail area approximately 1200 square
feet. Displacement 26 tons loaded.
built as a training vessel for the French Navy,she
has a long and chequered history.
2019 - 2022
world has changed. We completed the Pacific crossing to Bundaberg,
Australia via Pitcairn Island (almost), the Gambier and Austral
Islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Tonga. Then we sailed down the
Australian coast to Eden and across the Tasman Sea to Nelson, New
Zealand and on to Picton and Covid lockdown. That led to 2 years in NZ
(mainly in the Bay of Islands) and another crossing of the Tasman in
2022 from Opua to Bundaberg.
The two crossings of the Tasman were tough with 3 gales in the first and a storm in the second.
August 2022 that was followed by 2,200 miles mostly of day sailing up
through the Great Barrier Reef and 'Across the Top' which led us to
Darwin in 7 weeks. We spent a month there cooking in a very
uncomfortable climate before heading up to Saumlaki in Indonesia. It's
all in the blog referenced below in the 2019 Trans Pacific paragraph.
We had a
fishing net around the main rudder for 1173 miles, but the hydrovane's
independent rudder served us well, until the net fell off during a
gybe. The seas were too big to allow us safely to cut the net off.
2016 - a Busy
the miles in with 2,722 miles logged and several new experiences plus a
grand tour of the Canary Islands - except el
Hierro (we'll get there some day)!