Plot our Progress

It was always our intention to leave the UK destination, Caribbean.  That is now fact. We have travelled more than 5000 miles from the UK, through France, Northern Spain, Portugal, to the Canaries, the Cape Verdes Islands before crossing the Atlantic. We made landfall in Antigua where we stayed for 3 months before heading south to Grenada to sit out hurricane season.  So you could say that progress has stopped for the now at least. As to what next, who knows…

If you are new to the blog here are some key dates you may want to click on via the calendar.


30th July – depart Topsham, Devon, UK.

7th August – English channel crossing

19th August – Depart France / Biscay crossing / arrive Northern Spain

6th September – Depart Spain / Arrive in Portugal

11th September – Leixoes, Portugal – nearly shipwrecked!

28th September – Arrive Caiscais, Portugal (actual arrival date 24th September)

27 October – Arrive Canaries


15th February – Arrive Cape Verdes Islands (actual arrival date 6th Feb)

23rd February – Carnival, Cape Verdes Islands

1st March – eve of departure – Atlantic crossing

17th April – Atlantic crossing (actual dates 2nd – 18th March – took a month to write it up!)

11th May – Antigua Raceweek and International Cricket

12 Responses to Plot our Progress

  1. Julian Gerrity says:

    Hi all the very best and are you in twitter ? Kind Regards Julian

    • Hi Julian, forgive the question, are you new to us? always curious to know who is following…have twitter account but dont use it…keeping this going is enough of a task…thanks for following I hope I keep you interested! ALl the best PHilippa

  2. Julian Gerrity says:

    Hi,, Classic Boat tweeted information & details of your blog etc which caught my interest as sounds a very amazing & brave adventure..

    I generally follow twitter as its easy to dip in & out of, but ill keep catching the blog.

    Safe Voyages & i’m not Jealous in the slightest ! lol

    Kind Regards


  3. Neil Eccles says:

    We’ve never met but heard all about you all from Graham, Ben’s father. The very best of luck to you all. Those kids are going to have a tale to tell when the finally go to school.

    Neil and Bron Eccles
    S/Y Cutaway

  4. Joe Walsh says:


    I truly admire you and yours. In the madness of our 09:00 to 17:00 world’s it is great and refreshing to observe your world.

    I look forward to follow you journey. A journey that will be more than the destination.

    I wish you well.

  5. Joe Walsh says:

    “Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might have been” Arthur Ransome

    “I need the sea because it teaches me” Pablo Neruda

  6. Linda Sharpe says:

    Ben, Philippa, we are following your progress with great interest. As Alan Buchanan fans we love your boat. You are a couragous family. Good luck in pursuit of your dream. Adrian and Linda Sharpe

  7. Neil says:

    Hi Ben and Philippa. great to see how well you are all doing. Following your adventures closely now that’s it’s definitely winter in Weymouth. Dhanu still looks in very good shape, you must know a good shipwright ;-). All the very best to you all. Neil (Weymouth Marina)

  8. Hi Ben, Philippa, Olive and Alfi. It´s New Year´s Eve and we are thinking on you. We wish you a very happy new year and a safe journey. The German couple from Lagos, Christine and Heinz,

  9. Harriett palin says:

    Godspeed dearest sister for the next big leg xx

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