It seems like just yesterday Spirit, our new Oyster 575, left the docks of Fox’s Marina in Ipswich, England to start her life cruising the waters of the world. It was May 19th, a chilly, grey, misty day when the 2,000 nautical mile transit started – destination, the city of Palma in Mallorca, Spain. She traveled from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Channel Islands, from the French, Spanish and Portugal Atlantic coasts to Gibraltar. Then, Spirit traveled northeast in the Mediterranean to the island of Mallorca where we spent seven weeks circling the island, exploring all it had to offer – especially the late afternoon pitchers of Sangria.
The crew then sailed Spirit to Northern Sardinia, which became home base for the next couple of months as the anchorages, harbors and towns were all explored, as well as the southern coast of Corsica and the remarkable port of Bonifacio.
So here we are at the end of September having traveled over 3,600 nautical miles with memories of beautiful coastlines, sunrises and sunsets, walking through small quaint towns and sampling the cuisine in a variety of restaurants (when we could read the menus). A memorable summer? You bet! A few of our favorite photos are below – some old, some new.
Spirit and her crew are now back to Palma for a few weeks of maintenance and preparation for the 1,200 nautical mile transit to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, then the almost 3,000 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
For our crossing team (Dick, Pat, David, Lars and our crew couple Tom and Hannah) it’s “anticipation time” for the journey to the Caribbean. The six of us will gather in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in late October for a week of preparations for the November 8th start.
So much more to come…