Category Archives: Sailing PILIGRIM

President John F Kennedy

“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

– President John F Kennedy
1962 America’s Cup dinner

 

advanced First Aid – Ratownik

I am so excited.

Although last weeks were extremely busy with plenty of unexpected changes I managed to fit a very interessting advanced First Aid training into my schedule.

It is a great added value for anyone and for us unimaginable sense of safety. We are very often out of civilization in a high seas or in a jungle and basically we can only count on ourselves. This training lasts 6 days and makes you aware how to help people in case of variouse accidents.

Very useful, informative with a great sense of humor.

Thanks to our outstanding Trainer Arek 🙂

I still hope, I won`t need those skills.

 

Atlantic Crossing from BVI to Azores

Survived!!!!

AGAIN we have crossed the Atlantic Ocean 🙂 this time in 19 days from British Virgin Islands to Azores. We made 2480nM and it was a bit more challanging then a previouse one. All safe and good.

Now sightseeing the Azores 🙂 simply lovely… we just miss some Caribbean sun…

Please say hello to our new friend: Cool Whale, who was flirting with our pretty Beneteau 50 🙂

Diving RMS Rhone (BVI) – Sailing PILIGRIM

This cruise is simply lovely. So chilled out, slow motion, full of sun, very short distances, beautiful spots, best skipper :p and last but not least: diving.

We decided to dive to the wreck of RMS Rhone near Salt Island. This year is the 150th anniversary when this British steamer was overhelmed in a tremendous hurricane. All passengers were send under deck to fasten the seat belt and the crew was fighting against the weather. They were motoring up to the limit to avoid crashing on the reef. Due to extremely high temperature of the engine and cold waves washing the deck the steamer simply exploded and started to sink. Over 200 passengers died in this tragedy. Whole crew of 22 man and only 1 passenger survived and were rescued by the inhabitants of the Salt Island.

We went up to 23 meters and swam through the bow of the wrack. Wrack is already pretty rusted but still makes a big impression. Current was very strong, but visibility still good. As Jasiek is a Dive Master and we made a warm up dive a day before I felt very safe and comfortable even in those conditions.

Below photos are from the warm up dive and the lovely video from the wreck:

 

Next dive planned for tomorrow 🙂

British Virgin Islands – Sailing PILIGRIM

Greetings from Tortola!!

We have just parked in the Road Harbour and await our new crew.

This sailing trip is very special to me, as it will be FIRST ONE driven by me as a skipper. I am totally excited and barely remember to breath, but Jasiek is just next to me and always happy to support me. It is totally different story, when you are in charge and every decision you take is binding. Weather forecast is very smooth with a wind around 15 knots from the east. Distances between islands are maximum 20 nM and mostly only few miles, so should be a nice, easy going cruise in a beautiful area.

We sailed to Tortola from St. Maarten with a stop in amazing Baths Bay on Virgin Gorda Island so alredy have great first impression.

Wish me luck and Jasiek patience for my slow manouvers hahahahaha

Martinique to BVI – Sailing PILIGRIM

What a beautiful one way with a great diversity of the Islands.

We started in Martinique in Le Marin marina, which is already very well known by us and sailed north west up to British Virgin Islands. In 9 days we sailed 353 nM doing 2 night passages to save time for daylight sightseeing of islands. Our crew was also excited to take part in the night navigation shifts and to check any new light on the horizone. From Martinique we went to our beloved Dominica and met with Albert and Felix. We took an advantage to visit Polish tallship Chopin, which was anchoring in Portsmouth. Pretty exciting, as for me it was first time on such a big ship. Maybe one day I will be part of a crew there. Who knows…

Another great island on the way was Guadeloupe. Very nice suprise, as the island is really beautiful and people are very friendly. As there were no cars to rent left, we decided to hop on any bus and see what comes next. Then quick hichhiking and final result was 8 cars, 1 bus, few amazing places and actually whole island drove through. From Pigeon Island to Deshaies, Grand Anse, Point a Pitre, Saint Anne and through mountains. Than quick hop on board and night sail to St. Kitts.

Suprising change of the island character, as St. Kitts looks very dry and compare to Guadelupe totally different. Small sightseeing and chill in beautiful bay. Exactly what we were looking for.

Next day was a looong day sailing to St. Maarten. Lovely weather, smooth sailing and good moods. Simply amazing. Jasiek was looking for a new outboard engine, so we spend few hours motoring from Simpson Bay to Marigot etc. Unfortunately we didn`t manage up to Maho beach, where you can observe landing planes just above your head.

Another night passage to British Virging Island with an amazing pit stop in Bath Bay on the Gorda Island. Beautiful baby blue water, sandy beach and big stones doing a nice labirynth for the water.

We are finising our cruise in Tortola saying goodbye to Arlene, Gary, Karolina, Darek and Maciek.

I Simple loved this one way, thanks to much sailing and variety of nature and landscapes.