Shango 2017-

Position Reports


Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
50° 9.169' N 5° 3.745' W 17 Jul 2019 16:20 None None None Falmouth, England. We hit the tides well coming into the Channel and Falmouth. Always a nice way to end a passage with a good push. First time in a while that we have entered a harbor guarded by castles! Many, many sailboats. Three big marinas and several huge mooring fields. Sure glad we got a slip. The Portpendennis marina is a very good spot with very helpful people. First stop after check in was to drop our staysail for repair at a nearby sail loft. A stroll around town, dinner out, and early to bed is our plan for the day.
49° 40.75' N 7° 41.85' W 16 Jul 2019 12:30 None None None A very nice blue sky day but there is no wind. Had great sailing last night until Amy's watch and the wind stopped like a light switch was turned off and it has been motoring ever since. We have just less than 100 miles to go and a landfall tomorrow morning looks likely. My big decision for the day is whether to shower and shave today or wait for the marina tomorrow. On the fence as of now. Should be a busy night tonight as we will be splitting two shipping channels. Hopefully there will be fewer fishing boats. We had no idea how active the fishing was along these shallow banks (400-600 feet) 100-200 miles offshore. It's interesting that the boats are grouped by nationality. There will be 2-5 French boats, then British boats and even groups of Spanish boats. Looking forward to Fish and Chips. As always looking forward to a full night's sleep tomorrow night.
49° 26.75' N 11° 17.13' W 15 Jul 2019 12:30 None None None Another good day of sailing yesterday until midnight. Began motor sailing then and with the exception of only an hour of two it has been constant since then. It also looks as if it will continue light until Wednesday mid day when we should arrive. The cold front front reappeared on this morning's forecast and fortunately it is not supposed  to reach the Channel until Wednesday after 6 pm. As always, fingers crossed. Good news that we will be arriving in Falmouth on a rising tide so we should get a significant push as we head into the Channel. We were able to get a slip at a marina in Falmouth. That will be a very welcome convenience. We got an email today as well from the marina in London where we want to spend the off season and they confirmed that they also would have space for us as. Good day for bookings. We are seeing more boats on AIS, especially fishing trawlers. The boat activity serves to heighten the anticipation of reaching our British landfall.We were saying this morning that this landfall seems to be one of most anticipated ever for some reason. The Marquesas and South Africa were big ones but so is this one. Must be all the nautical history. All is well as we motor along.
48° 50.75' N 14° 58.0' W 14 Jul 2019 12:30 None None None Since midnight it has been a constant shifting between sailing and motor sailing as the winds continually cycle between 5-8 and 11-13. We are just about able to make our course for the Channel. Just after breakfast we finally were rewarded with some some blue sky and sunshine. We had both had enough of the grey overcast skies. We obviously had been taking for granted the constant blue skies of the Bahamas and Bermuda. Finished my McCullough book last night. Very interesting account of the early New England settlers heading out to explore and settle Ohio. Several residents from our hometown, Newburyport, figured prominently in the events. No signs of the previously forecast cold front for the near future. Fingers crossed. Minor problem last night. As I went to furl in the staysail a bit, the furling line gave way in my hinds. The line severed at the drum. Glad it wasn't the genoa furling line. All is well.
47° 56.597' N 18° 3.47' W 13 Jul 2019 12:30 None None None Moving along nicely on a close reach in 13-19 knots. Last night was gorgeous with clear skies, a nearly full moon, and very good sailing. I was enjoying my watch so much that I was able to let Amy get an extra 1.5 hours sleep. Many bonus points for me. We are back to a dry but cloudy day with occasional breaks of sunshine. This morning we passed another boat that left from Praia the day before us. A nice French couple on a smaller aluminum go anywhere boat. The first sailboat Aleta and we have seen although we have seen large ship AIS targets at least once per day. That will all change when we approach the Channel. Big event last night. We left Praia first thing on Monday which was the middle of the night back in the States.I had downloaded a chart for the UK just that weekend given our change in plans. I needed to pay for the chart and get the security code for its activation.Back and forth emails all week to Massachusetts and California were making very slow progress. made for payment and the codes I successfully got the UK charts to install and open on our chartplotter and laptop. It's always sort of nice to make landfall and have the right electronic charts! Score one for the sat phone connection. Our desired course for the Channel is 80 degrees and the best we can do is 65 degrees. Winds are still supposed to go west allowing us to make it. Fingers crossed.


Vessel Particulars

Name: Shango 2017-

Length: 12.3

Draft: 1.6