Quite noisy

We arrived in Salvador, Brazil, during the annual carnival. What that means in 200db music (sic) blasting out from every bar and restaurant from 10am to 4am. I the only managed two hours at the parade.

Infinity pool
Infinity coconuts

After the carnival we took ourselved off to a beach resort 30 miles up the coast, joining Ken & Cheryl who had already booked in. After a couple of days at anchor in the Salvador Bay, including a very pleasant boat trip up river, we sailed for 36 hours to Cabedelo where we met the members of the fleet who had skipped Salvador.

We’ll probably skip Salvador next year when we return on Mistral.

Much more on Karen’s site.

St Helena and Beyond


We only had 96 hours in St Helena, but it was well worth the visit. After a week at sea it’s great to have a break, restock (spending GB pounds!) and do a little tourism.

St Helena is a tiny chunk of the UK and feels a little like a strange part of Devon. We took an all-day tour of the island and saw it all, including Napoleon’s Tomb and his house where he lived for the last eight years of his life.

First Time Flying the Parasailor
First Time Flying the Parasailor

Then it was off to Salvador, Brazil – 1930 nm, 14 days at sea. This is third or fourth longest passage in the circumnavigation.

We soon settled into the routine – watch, sleep, eat etc. We were forced to motor for the first day or two, but then the trade wind set in and we sailed for almost the entire trip. We also used the parasailor for the first time – what a great sail! Easy to handle, tolerant of wind shifts, and easy to snuff as long as you don’t leave it too late. We’re looking at one for Mistral…

We expect to arrive in Salvador at dawn tomorrow (the 10th). We’ll have a kip, clear in, then watch Tommy’s England game against Wales! Go Tommy!


Spain to St Lucia
Spain to St Lucia

Here’s how we got to Rodney Bay, St Lucia, from Spain, in 2022. We leave on Saturday 7 January on the World ARC 2023. You can see our position (updated every 4 hours) at the YB website.