We are not film makers but we will try to post a few video of our travels on this page. You can subscribe with YouTube or keep up-to-date with our blog.

Here is a selection of photographs taken over the years as a taster of what is to come. As we start our journey around the world we will build up a catalogue of videos and images.

Here is a contact form it looks very pretty. However my email address is not exposed to kill spam but if you want to send an attachment I will reply. Hey ho, this is a family blog so if you don't know my email then do not worry about it.

You must have a plan.

Image

In an ideal world everything would be planned and nothing would ever go wrong, but life is just not like that so all we can do is make plans knowing that this isn't what we will actually do!

2021 To the Med!

We have booked the Arc Portugal for 2021. The Arc Portugal leave Plymouth at the beginning of June and finishes in Lagos on the Algarve on the 30th June. Linda will be still teaching at this time so I have another couple coming on board, Ian and Gwen Oliver. Ian and Gwen had a half share in a Rustler 42 and did the Arc Baltic with us last year. Their boat is up for sale now but they are not giving up sailing, we had no boat of our own when we sold Diamond Blue so this suits us both.

After the Arc, i will fly home to check on CP Lighting for about a week and then return with Linda who breaks up on the 8th and we will fly back to the boat and spend the summer in the med. The route is not yet finalised as we will be time limited by the Schengen zone rules, we will only have 7 weeks for cruising in the Schengen zone and after that we will need to be in Montenegro or Croatia. So the approximate route is Cadiz, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol, Balearics, Corsica, Sardinia, Ponza, Ischia, Capri, Sicily, Italy, Montenegro, Corsica and finally Venice. It is a lot of traveling but we have to get east to get out of Schengen. I am sure that this restriction will go at some point of a long term visa will become available.

If all goes well in 2022, we will cruise Greece and possibly a bit of Turkey before heading to the Canaries where we plan to depart to the Caribbean in December 2022 and we expect the world will have returned to some level of normality by then.



Tracking Sea Crusader

Image

We have a "Where is Sea Crusader" page, this uses AIS and will only update when our AIS signal is picked up. We found out that our AIS aerial was deck mounted and so the shore based aerials would lose us once we were five miles offshore ensuring upset at home!

Last year we were given satellite tracking devices by YB for the ARC baltic which works anywhere and usefully provides other interesting information such as speed and direction. We had to return these at the end of the rally or pay a huge fee. I am looking into other tracking alternatives to allow all our friends to stalk us!

Communications

Image

Sea Crusader has an array of communications including VHF, SSB, Sat Phone and normal mobile phones. Whilst we are in Europe the best way to communicate with us is to either call us, iMessage, WhatsApp or email.

When we start to go really off grid the best way to communicate with us will be via the "Contact Us" form on this site. This will take plain text email and pass it through a special mail server which will compress it into a tiny data parcel and we will be able to pic it up via either SSB (A seamen's version of ham radio) or Sat Phone.

Fancy a sail - don't be afraid to ask.

Image

We plan to do a lot of sailing over the next few years and friends are always welcome when there is a fit. It is not always possible to accommodate everyone and there may not be a fit. If you want to join us for a leg or can help with a leg, don't be backward in coming forward just drop us an email and let us know.

Please do not be offended if we can't fit you in. If you do join us we expect you do help with cooking, cleaning and provisioning whist you are on board and to pay your own fares.




© 2020 Paul Reading