Shango 2017-

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Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
50° 45.371' N 1° 14.83' W 18 Aug 2019 09:28 None None None Osborne Bay, Isle of Wight. Lymington was yet another good stop. We were busy...walking about an old English town, an afternoon at our best pub yet, a quick visit to Cowes and all the racing activity, and a visit to the RMS Victory in Portsmouth. What an amazing boat and a very well done exhibit. The world's oldest remaining warship and the pride of England with good cause. We spent 2.5 hours and had no time for the Maritime Museum or the other ships on display. We bought annual passes so we could go back again from London. We also bought and installed the required fittings to convert and enable our gas system to accept both British and European propane and butane tanks. We are now anchored off the beach from Queen Victoria's summer house. Quite a palace and setting. We will wait here for good weather and tide to get further up the Channel to Brighton as we continue our progress to London.
50° 45.496' N 1° 32.016' W 13 Aug 2019 10:57 None None None Lymington, just across the Solent from Cowes. We're on a pontoon right off the town center. As usual, sailboats everywhere with moorings, pontoons, and docks filling every bit of the river. We are getting used to all the boats in this sailing crazed part of the world. Every town prides itself on never turning a visitor away and the harbormasters everywhere couldn't be more pleasant. Bad weather tomorrow so we'll hunker down for a bit and enjoy then harbormaster's favorite recommended pub. Not sure what our plan for the Solent is yet. Probably explore a bit, get our propane sorted out, see Nelson's HMS Victory, and generally take in the sailing scene for a week or so.
50° 38.782' N 1° 55.945' W 12 Aug 2019 19:48 None None None Studland Bay...east of Portland Bill! Darmouth was a great place to spend a week waiting for the right tides and winds to get around the Bill. We met some wonderful cruisers and locals and as usual found a favorite pub for too many lunches and afternoon pints. This morning we headed out at 6am for the Bill and had favorable currents for 8 of the 12 hours. We motor sailed and sailed with only one episode of high winds and adverse currents which we were able to manage by quickly reefing and altering course. By 6:00pm we had anchored, taken showers for the first time in too long,and were ready for our cocktails in a beautiful setting off white cliffs and rolling fields. Tomorrow we leave early again for the Solent...England's Annapolis and Newport rolled into one. Not sure what to expect since it is Cowes Race Week off the Isle of Wight so we hope things are not too crazy.
50° 21.179' N 3° 34.345' W 04 Aug 2019 13:40 None None None Dartmouth. We had a rip roaring motor up to Dartmouth from the Yealm. 3+knots of favorable current. Yealm was another great stop. Another old fishing village with wonderful architecture and access to the South West Coastal Trail. We had a good hike followed by a pint and a Scottish Egg which was as good as advertised. A deep fried egg deep covered with ground pork and bread crumbs. Not very healthy but very tasty. We'll be in Dartmouth for several days visiting the sites and planning our next passage...the crossing of Portland Bill. The Bill is a headland with among the strongest currents in the Channel. The seas gets very nasty if the wind opposes the current and even in calm wind days boats are advised to stay 7 miles offshore. I also might get Shango's bottom cleaned. The loss in speed is beginning to be noticeable and I'm sure as heck not going overboard to do the cleaning in this brown and frigid water! Clear water in at least the 70's is my criteria for a swim even with a wetsuit.
50° 18.682' N 4° 3.169' W 02 Aug 2019 09:30 None None None On a mooring in the River Yealm. Last night had dinner on Shango with another English couple we met in Bermuda. They suffered a terrible lightning strike soon after leaving the Azores for England on what was to be their final passage of their circumnavigation. They were forced to  return to the Azores for emergency repairs and we actually passed each other as we were heading out from the Azores. Virtually every piece of electric gear connected to the boat's electrical and electronic networks was fried. They were in Plymouth having a survey of damage prepared by their insurance company. What a way to finish a circumnavigation. We'll go ashore here and check out the town, take a walk, and probably try one of their world famous Scottish Eggs.

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Vessel Particulars

Name: Shango 2017-

Length: 12.3

Draft: 1.6