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July 28, 2016

I recently returned from a sailing week in Ariadne with a group of old friends.  This group first visited the islands to sail in 1988 so this was a well overdue reunion at sea.  As a result we set about the business of sailing hard to catch up!  I thought what we achie...

June 17, 2016

We have just come to the end of our maiden voyage in Ariadne.  She is everything we had hoped she would be, and more besides!  The first day, in 12 knots of breeze she proved herself nimble sailing close to 10kts upwind; the next day we touched 11.5kts on a beam reach...

May 21, 2016

Ariadne has arrived in Tortola.  She covered the 2900 or so miles from Madeira at a decent pace and the crossing took less than the expected three weeks.  The delivery crew did a good job and I am grateful to them for her safe delivery.  Now alongside at her new home o...

May 3, 2016

 Ariadne has spent the last few days resting, restoring, and refueling in the island of Madeira.  She and her crew have set off again today at the start of the long leg across the Atlantic to Tortola.  Since leaving France she has put 1000 nautical miles under her keel...

April 25, 2016

Ariadne is making her passage southwest towards the Canary Islands.  She has left the Bay of Biscay and has turned south to parallel the Spanish and Portuguese Atlantic coast.  

 

This routing is standard for sailing vessels making their way to the Caribbe...

April 23, 2016

Ariadne sailed from Les Sables D’Olonne today at the start of her (hopefully less than) 36 day Atlantic crossing.  We are hoping to track her progress as she ‘crosses the pond’ and I plan to make updates periodically as she passes certain key points on the voyage....

April 10, 2016

With Ariadne now in the water, and handover scheduled for the middle of the month, we are hopeful that she will be able to leave Les Sables D’Olonne on the Biscay coast of France by the end of April.  From there she will set out, her precise route somewhat weather depe...

April 9, 2016

Its official.  S/V Ariadne is now a registered vessel on the British Register of Shipping, with a formal hailing port of White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. The Register of Shipping has issued us with a “Carving & Marking Note” which we will need to satisfy in order to finalize...

March 29, 2016

Flags have been an important part of seagoing life for centuries.  They are used to identify nationality and allegiance, also for courtesy and out of respect.  They are used to salute, to celebrate, commiserate and above all communicate.  The art of communicating throu...

March 5, 2016

I first visited the BVI in the fall of 1988.  A friend had a 48’ yacht based at Village Cay Marina in Road Town, the capital of Tortola, and he generously invited a few of us to come and join him for a few weeks of sailing and exploring the islands.  I had done a certa...

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