farmer boy 9:32pm, 15 January 2013
Hi all - just thought I would let you know that I have finally crossed the Atlantic and I am sat waiting for a burger and chips in a marina in Grenada - glad I am here - the crossing was a nightmare - trade winds my arse......Bog got blocked and we had F7 - F8 most of the way - God it ws windy..... thanks to all you guys for helping me make it this far.

pjbharrison 6 years ago
Congratulations, John.
Thought you were locked in a cell in Cape Verde!
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Well done, John! Looking forward to the details when you have time to write them up.
Chattinglil 6 years ago
Forgive my ignorance as I'm new to this site - but did you do it in an Achilles 24?!
jendave2 6 years ago
Nice going, very envious!
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
That be Farmer John ..... Was going round the world in An Achilles, 24
Changed his mind , set off in a Albin Vega, Got halfway .. (bit lonley)
met a man in a Vancouver 27 ..... so sold the vega,,, and had a nice potter in the America.
Will Garnier sailed his 24 across ,,, Wrote a book Big man small boat
voyage of a madman.. Gave a talk at our last get together in Burry port ..
rothwell_neil Posted 6 years ago. Edited by rothwell_neil (member) 6 years ago

When will you start to believe me about the 'Denney' effect? Just like Pig Pen in Peanuts attracts flies, you attract weather, just one of those things.

Congratulations and at least you can now work on the tan?

farmer boy 6 years ago
Thanks guys - it is so wonderful here - nice people and lovely weather. We have just about fixed the boat now so we shall be off to an anchorage tomorrow. (Pricky Bay) - The crossing was boisterous but boring although I did catch a massive tuna.... it was swimiing with us for hours so I got out the rod and sat at the bow "fly fishing" for it and it eventually took the lure... powerful fish - took me ages to get it on board and then poured vodka down its throat to subdue it - well- kill it actually... tasted lovely!

I shall get it all typed up asap - funnist thing was trying to have a crap in a bucket in 5m waves and 30kts of wind as it rolled from rail to rail - never again!

Neil - you sold up and retired yet!!!

Regards to all.

Daddsie 6 years ago
If you are in Prickly Bay look out for a 34 foot Westerly going by the name of Lucy Ellen. Neil and Josie are the owners say hi to them. Nice people.
farmer boy 6 years ago
Hi Dadsy... I think I have seen a westerley - I will have a motor over when I have fixed the impellor on the outboard... alwys something broken! I shall give them your regards - will they know you as Daddsie?

It is so bloody wonderful here - I just cannot tell you how bloody wonderful it is in the Caribbean. The people are beautiful, the climate is sublime and most things are reasonably priced. The whole island is set up for boats and it is such a perfect place to go sailing... only problem is getting here. I sometimes think I should have stuck with the Achilles I had but the truth is most of the time is at anchor so a bit od space to live in is important!.

We took 19 days from Cape verde and the Vancouver 27 rolled from rail to rail all the way with a boisterous tailwind! The bog got blocked so it was crapping in a bucket for 3 weeks - oh joy! Surprising how tricky it is in a rolling boat!

Regards to all.....

pjbharrison 6 years ago
No updates on the blog yet, John.
I suppose internet access must be difficult.
Looking forward to the anecdotes/book

Daddsie 6 years ago
We stayed with them this time last year, yes he will know me as Daddsie
farmer boy 6 years ago
Daddsie = no luck finding your friends I am afraid. This place is so much fun - loads to do and pertfect weather. Th3e blog will have to wait until I return to UK - off buggering about in a Hobbie Cat now and live band on at the marina and then karaoke and half price pizza - bloody paradise.
I have found a 40 fy yacht for $10,000 - not in bad nick owner cannot sell it 0 I am tempted to leave it at anchor and use it as an apartment! I will never understand why people ever leave here - best not buy it - Helen will kill me!
I am flying home on Monday so I shall try and get it all written up - it has been such a laugh (most of it will have to remain a secret!) so glad I teamed up with this other guy = so much better than being solo.
Neil = back on Tuesday so pop in later in the week if you are about.

ps = just a quick thanks to all you guys who have helped me along the way - I thought it was going to end up as a disaster but I have had a ball in the end! Take care.

Red Marlin 6 years ago
Just realised I do not post much in response to your news. But I read and enjoy all you write keep it up
Tony - Red marlin
pjbharrison Posted 6 years ago. Edited by pjbharrison (member) 6 years ago
Will you be at The Mumbles in June, John?

Perhaps you could give an account of your exploits. I'm sure we'd all enjoy your unique narrative style.

What do you think, Norman?

Great match in Cardiff today
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Shame Wales only woke up in the second half. Given the match stats in the Sunday Times today, Ireland did brilliantly to hang on. I hope Wales do better in their next home international, as I have a ticket. I'll look at the tides and see if I can sail down for it!
rothwell_neil Posted 6 years ago. Edited by rothwell_neil (member) 6 years ago
Great match down in Twickenham too, just back from that in time to watch Italy beat France.

John, will be away for most of next two weeks but will give you a call when you settle back into life in Cheshire.
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