Across to St Helena

Monday January 17Day 1, By 12:30pm, we had departed from the fuel barge and the continent of Africa, for the island of St. Helena, a UK territory. It is about 1300 nautical miles northwest from Walvis Bay. COVID restrictions there are 10 day quarantine, yet time at sea counts. Plus, a mandatory free COVID test upon arrival, but only performed on Thursdays. After a negative results you are allowed to go ashore. We have timed our passage to arrive on a Wednesday.

With all three sails deployed. We were cruising 7.5knots in a 12.4 knot breeze.


The moon is 100% waxing making it difficult to see the stars, yet adding miles of visibility to ocean.

Tuesday January 18 – Day 2, total nautical miles traveled 142.

If only everyday was like this!

Our weather person told us the forecast was 8 meter (over 26ft) waves in Cape Town, coming from the south. Yikes! We are 865 nautical miles north, should get some remnants of the waves on Wednesday.

Atlantic Ocean Sunset
22 12.837S 10 56.200E

Wednesday January 19 – Day 3, total nautical miles traveled 306, 164 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours. Forecast is for us is 3.7 meter waves, 8-12ft. In Cape Town, 6.5 meters or 21 ft. The actual waves for us were 3ft. at soft rolling at long intervals.


Thursday January 20 – Day 4, total nautical miles traveled 452, 146 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours. New time zone, GMT+1, 10am in Lagos, Nigeria, 4am in Philadelphia.

Moderate winds 7-10 knots, the sails are wing on wing with staysail Hoyt boom winged out too. Too many waves to successfully fly the spinnaker.

I haven’t posted food in awhile, for dinner I made balsamic chicken and peppers with potato wedges.

Friday January 21 – Day 5, total nautical miles traveled 583, 131 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours.

*Sourdough Notes* started the levain Thursday night, mix today, baked at night. This loaf is equal parts flour from Indonesia, South Africa and Namibia.

Saturday January 22 – Day 6, total nautical miles traveled 702, 119 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours. The sky was cloudy most of the day with moderate winds 9-12knots.

It was a James Bond double feature matinee kind of day. “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker”, frequently checking on the outside plus we had the AIS and radar alarms on.


Sunday January 23 – Day 7, total nautical miles traveled 844, 142 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours. Pancakes for breakfast, no blueberries.

This day we crossed the Prime Meridian, where East becomes West, Longitude 0 0.00E/W. New time zone, GMT +0, 8:38am in St Helena Island, 3:38am in Philadelphia.

Another James Bond double feature matinee day, “For Your Eyes Only” and “Octopussy”, Dan made buttered popcorn.

The wind has been pretty steady all day 12-15knots with little rolling waves and sails are wing on wing.


Monday January 24 – Day 8, total nautical miles traveled 989, 145 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours. 18knots of wind in the morning, the most wind seen so far, by late afternoon the wind was 12-15knots.

Another James Bond afternoon double feature, “A View to a Kill” and “The Living Daylights”.

For dinner I made barbecue chicken and a potato salad, so good!

The sun is setting behind the clouds.

Tuesday January 25 – Day 9, total nautical miles traveled 1140, 151 nautical miles traveled in the past 24 hours. We are moving too fast as it’s best to arrive in daylight. We will slow down for the rest of the trip by reefing the sails.

*Sourdough Notes* started a levain in the morning. Hopefully the warmer weather will allow it to grow faster.

Continuing with the James Bond matinee marathon, “Licence to Kill” (that’s how it was spelled on the movie, must be the British way)

Wednesday January 26 – Day 10, total nautical miles traveled 1279, 139 nautical miles traveled in the past 24.7 hours. After 9 days, 49 minutes, we arrived at St. Helena and connected to a mooring ball at 9am.

We are currently under quarantine, our yellow flag is flying. We will have COVID tests done tomorrow. If all is well, we will be allowed on shore.

And so the James Bond marathon continues, “GoldenEye” and “Tomorrow Never Dies”.

Thursday January 27, at 12:30pm the health department nurses came out to the boat along with Port Control to give us our COVID tests. This is the seventh time we’ve been tested since French Polynesia.

Dan was busy polishing the stainless on the boat, I’ve been working to finish sewing by bags to gift or sell.

More James Bond this evening, “The World is not Enough”

Friday January 28, negative COVID test results this morning, time to explore St. Helena!

12 thoughts on “Across to St Helena

  1. Dan and Marlene you two are the most adventurous people I know. I am so proud of you two and your traveling accomplishments.
    Love you,
    Big Mart


  2. Great pics!!! You guys are eating better than us on land. Fair winds and calm seas!!! Enjoy St Helena!


  3. Sounds and looks like this was a relaxing and beautiful sail to St Helena.
    I’ve never watched the entire series of Bond movies, may have to check them all out.
    You’ll have to send us your tentative route and timetable for the remainder of the trip. Some of the family may want to meet up with you on some of the islands or the southern coast.


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