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Mañana, living on island time, and work

Mañana, living on island time, and work

I’ve always been a rusher. Hurried. Impatient. I don’t sleep deeply. I find it hard to dawdle (except in supermarkets, when I’m crippled by indecision). I fidget. My short legs seem happiest at a trot. I plan, obsessively, and once I’ve started a plan I work tirelessly until there are results. My life is full […]

Sandy Lane Yacht Club – review

Sandy Lane Yacht Club – review

When I had to decide where to spend my first birthday away from home there was only one choice. We had stayed at the Sandy Lane Yacht Club in 2018, a year or so after its soft launch. We knew that if we wanted a couple of nights of luxury, whilst keeping the costs sensible, […]

Mandarin Oriental Canouan – review

Mandarin Oriental Canouan – review

We may not have actually stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Canouan, but in our couple of hours there we got enough of a feel for it to put it on our bucket list. When we stayed at the Sandy Lane Yacht Club, we asked in advance whether there were any tours we could do. They […]

A birthday in multiple paradises

A birthday in multiple paradises

The reality of living on a boat is that things break, things go wrong, you get sick, and you get used to cuts and bruises. It’s a reality every sailor has to pass through and settle into as they choose to continue their life onboard. It’s a challenge. But it’s a challenge many of us […]

On Communities

On Communities

It might be in Grenada or Guadeloupe. It might be in the ABCs or San Blas. Or it might even be in French Polynesia or the Whitsundays. It could be a week, a month, or years. But we will continue to make connections, and see familiar hulls, and find ourselves stretching out on the sand […]

Snapshot – week 3 onboard

Snapshot – week 3 onboard

First of all, thank you. Thank you for all of the support and feedback over the last few weeks. We had to think hard about what to share on this blog. It would be so easy just to share lighthearted stories about exhilarating sails and lazy days on the beach. Photographs of a tropical paradise. […]

Settling into Mirounga – our first two weeks

Settling into Mirounga – our first two weeks

We’re now Mirounga’s owners, in every sense. The Thursday after we moved onboard we signed the registration papers, and a few days ago we went into the customs office to register as Mirounga’s crew. We’ve insured her. We’ve replaced her old SVG flag with a new one (and added a fun Bequia flag). We just […]

The fortress on the hill, Mangwana – review

The fortress on the hill, Mangwana – review

Designed by British-based architect Jake Edgley, who trained with Sir Norman Foster, Mangwana was built between 2007 and 2010. Apparently, his brief was to “create something with a high “wow” factor that is very comfortable to live in with lots of natural ventilation”. If this is the case, the brief was perfectly executed. We’ve been […]

“Are you handy”? – renovating East Wing

“Are you handy”? – renovating East Wing

In early September 2020, we had our first video call with Richard, the original owner of Mirounga. We were chatting about live-aboard life and what it takes to maintain a yacht. At one point Richard asked, “are you handy?” We looked at one another and shrugged. We had decorated and done a little DIY before. […]

The Lookout, Bequia – review

The Lookout, Bequia – review

This is more than a review, it’s an ode to two wonderful people who have made the first few weeks of our big move infinitely more comfortable. If you visit Bequia, be it to quarantine or not, we can’t recommend The Lookout enough. We are, by our own admission, budget travellers who love a little […]