A little tourism in Valencia this afternoon before some local shopping.

Very modern architecture.

First Sail

Well, we’ve sailed Mistral of Portsmouth for the first time! Just a short sail – two hours – enough to get a feel for her handling and to work out how some of the lines work.

It was gusting force 6 so we kept a reef in the main. The wind was much milder in the marina so easy to park.

Boat Owners

As of September 2019 we are boat owners. We are the proud owners of a 2001 Oyster 56, soon to be named Mistral of Portsmouth. We are grateful to the previous owners for keeping her in such fine condition, and we will be sailing her for the first time in October.

Mistral undergoing survey

Test by Email

Testing the ability to post to this blog by email. Might be important at sea. These pictures were taken in April 2018 while sailing in Croatia. 


Welcome to Chris and Karen’s sailing blog. We are planning to join the 2021 ARC+ and the 2022 World ARC and have just bought a wonderful Oyster 56. We can’t wait.