Provisioning

Provisioning is positioned as one of the most difficult things to do prior to setting off on a long voyage. You are told to grease your eggs, sprout your veg, and stock up on treats. As Maria recounts below, provisioning a boat for an ocean crossing is something of a...

Halfway to Barbados

Last night, 1st December 2017 at 2258 UTC, with 1011 miles to go, we reached the halfway point in our voyage from Cape Verde to Barbados. After showering and changing into our least-stained t-shirts and shorts for the occasion, it was time to get the party started. I...

Close encounters of the third kind

You don’t expect to see much 880 miles from land. There’s plenty of water of course, and a few flying fish around. But for the best part of a week we have seen no boats other than Anemone and Akouavi the other day. Then yesterday afternoon a large catamaran, More Joy,...

Daily Routine

Our days onboard Lady Jane revolve around food, sleep, and safety. And not necessarily in that order. Watches start at 2000 and run to 0800, split into two six-hour shifts. Maria can sleep at any time during the day or night, so she does the 0200 to 0800 watch. I take...

Bread

In complete contrast to yesterday’s trauma, today brings a treat to the motley crew. It is bread day. Maria is kneading the dough in the cockpit as I write this. And now that she has overcome seasickness, she has become the Mary Berry of Lady Jane. Baking bread at sea...