Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bay Islands to Portabello. Panama.

600 miles from Honduras, Murder Capital of the Planet to Portobello , took 12 days , Punching into head seas for 300 miles, run out of diesel , found Capt. Norman in Vivorilla reef , shrimping , sold me 500 L. and 20 L. oil , and was advised to stay way off shore of the Nicaragua coast as the pirates where coming out and taking all the fish and electronics from the fishermen. They found us 76 miles offshore, and nearly got the drop on us , but we out run them on Perkins power , plus full sail once past reefs. Then had good winds and steep seas once off the bank to Portobello . where we spent some time before sailing to San Blas Islands. Where I visited for a while , met wonderful Kuna Indians and found a Puppy , from Chichime isl. called San Blas , who sailed with us to Bocas Del Toro. where we are preparing for the Panama Canal and last leg of 22 to B.C. Canada where the Wong was built and deo. from in 1991.

Offshore between Portugal and Madeira.

New sails by Carlos , Local tailor .

Getting outta town after 8 mnths in Bay islands.Honduras. after 38 day refit  with the help of Dyon. Temmings.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Berths available Cayman Islands to Blas Islands

Hi folks we still looking for crew to join Panama and the Blas Islands.
We plan to leave here around the 10th of June. Welcome to join two weeks or one month, depending of the time you want to spend sailing around the 378 islands (49 inhabited).
Our phone number in the Cayman is 001 345 322 3596. Welcome aboard.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Wong News from Gran Cayman

57 days moving and 5030 miles later, we are in Grand Cayman.
Since we left Portugal in January, we almost have had good NE winds to push us till here.
Portugal, Madeira, Canaries, Grand Turck and Cuba without rain, nor storms. Sometimes no winds neither. So outta 33days we motored 5 days. We caught big dorados, groupa, snake fish and trade beers for a full buckets of lobsters and red snapper.
Between Cayo Largo and Cayman islands w
e had our first gale. Sylvie and Clive shared watches and worked the Wong to Grand Cayman. The gale broke the mainsail yardarm.
We plan to leave here the 10th of June to join Panama and the Blas Islands and will be around there for the hurricane season.
Stay connected and happy travels to all travelers.
Some pictures from the last months...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

NEW ROUTE. Welcome to join us!

About 2months voyage.

We depart Madeira today to La Gomera; about 10 days there then across the Atlantic to Turks Caicos Island where new crew can join us or in Cuba. Anticipate E.T.A in Turks: First week in April.
Those who are able to meet about that time please get back to the captain : or call 00351 912639950 (number still working for one week) in the next few days. Look forward to meeting who can join us , Cheers for now.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

N 32º 38.8

W 16º 54.5

Bon Dia, Madeira

Having completed a full refit alongside and with the generous help and support of the Portuguese fishermen in Setubal, Sesimbra and Sines (with much thanks to the initially difficult and eventually very helpful harbour masters of these small fishing ports) we are now anchored in the beautiful and historically maritime-rich bay of Funchal, Madeira. We raised Porto Santo, the island just east of Madeira, 430 miles southwest of Portugal in four and a half days with a steady north easterly on the stern; also managed to bring aboard and chomp a big tuna for dinner on the third night out. Crew were very happy to feast on three or four rations of fresh tuna steaks and sashimi.

The great navigators of Portugal's illustrious and questionable age of discovery including Henry the Navigator's explorers, Vasco Da Gama, Bartholomew Dias, as well as Christopher Columbus made stops here in Funchal to victual and make repairs. The mountains reaching high above the city and up to 1800 m in elevation are lush with sub-tropical laurisilva forest (named a unesco world heritage site in 1999) and abundant with fruits and vegetables. We don't mind the daily coming and going of monster cruise ships next to us and the swarms they shove off onto shore, the locals are friendly and the dark haired fair skinned ones lovely. Thanks, life! We're now finishing the final touches on the rigging, provisioning of fresh fruits and vegetables, water, tobacco, and chocolate, and awaiting one last sturdy crew member to arrive; then the final word, 'Hello, would love to stay but really must be going- we're Caribbean bound.' We reluctantly said goodbye to all good 'Chinas' (friends) in Alvor including guests aboard Bruno, the "Charlie Chaplin of the seas" from Sines and Stano from Czech, but they're keeping in touch and already new chinas are being made. We'll raise the good power and get back to our true reality of life at open sea with big blue horizons at 360º very soon.

Three days after arrival in Porto Santo there was a small arm wrestle between Cpt. Clive and the Porto de Abrigo marina owner for surprise outstanding over the weekend marina fees for anchoring in an unmarked pay zone anchorage. Even with a barter of a "No Fixed Address" book and apparent half-discount still they got us in the end with taxes and so on to reach full price. The busy men are full of tricks but we're pretty sharp too. We motored up wind forty-five miles to Funchal where crew are taking final shore leaves, sending letters home, and going on walkabout. We're expecting a new camera for the documentary film we're making to arrive as well as a mother's sending of long stowed-away sea safety harness to arrive in the quick post. Bless the mothers with the patience of the world, without them their wandering sons and daughters would be adrift.

Crew members were asked where and why and how they came upon meeting with Clive and the Nuthin Wong. Alex of Australia, carpenter and builder aboard who was traveling in Spain said, "I've got an adventurous spirit and this is right up my alley, the sea is my friend. Boats, learning how to sail, get out of the comfort zone, self-growth, it was blowing the right direction. I think we've got a pretty good team together and we've all got skills and knowledge that is suitable. I think we've got a boat packed full of character." Sian of England, purser and cook aboard said, "I found it on sailing networks, from there I went to the blog, read the philosophy, felt that I could get along with people who have a similar view on life- detachment from consumerism and the rat race appeals to me a lot. I purchased Clive's "No Fixed Address" and read it along the way hitchhiking to Barcelona and Lisbon. I felt really at home when I arrived, it just feels natural. I think that I'm good at organizing/ locating things and I like looking after people." She said," I want to cross the equator, and travel in South America, I'd like to do woofing and volunteering- not the tourist things, become fluent in Spanish. It's good to be moving, getting experience with sails and procedures, watch scenarios, I like the boat and crew and the wildlife. The dolphins really move something in me, I'd like to see whales. I'm looking forward to the challenge of being in bad weather and the good weather." Sylvie of Walloon, Belgium, camera and technical person aboard said,"I'm looking forward to return to South America and didn't want to take a plane, I've got to get to know the sea. The Wong is a friend of a friend. It's my first time aboard a boat- a new world, trying to make my marks and feel more accustomed, learning all the time. Mostly, learning how to live in a simple way. With the camera I'm happy to have a new project."

Chris from Canada, first mate and interpreter aboard grew up on his godfather's Chris Craft boats in Lake Huron, Ontario from the age of six days, and first sailed on the Atlantic ocean aboard the Nuthin Wong nine years ago from Halifax to St John's, Newfoundland, and again from the south of France to Barcelona. With a fine letter of recommendation from Cpt. Clive and his Canadian Marine Transport seaman's logbook signed and ship-stamped he found work on performance sail yachts as deckhand in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. He went back to the land to study and try out a busy life because he thought he didn't want to sail rich men's boats but instead had to acquire his own. That didn't come soon enough and for almost seven years the sea constantly called him back, so by chance he found work on a 70 ft Hinckley sloop this past summer in the Med. He kept in touch with Clive and he and the Wong have welcomed Chris aboard the Hood of the Blue sail training vessel as first mate. After this crossing he will have his miles and time at sea logged and plans to study for his captain's papers. He says he is where he belongs- home at sea with good people and a bountiful venture at hand.

Asked about this being his fifth large ocean crossing in the past twenty years and into his second circumnavigation aboard the good Wong, Captain Clive said, "I'm overjoyed to have opportunity to escape the charade of daily western existence and to accept the awakening force of reality where life takes on a different meaning of survival other than raising the paper to pay landlord at end of month." About the crew he has aboard now Clive said, "It's a special part of circumnavigation. Neptune has graced with each individual strong character, some experienced, some not but all come to with a will and I feel honoured to have good fortune of having such a good crew to cross Atlantic."

We're now preparing to sail to one of the western Canary islands three hundred miles south of Madeira and pick up the sixth crew member. Happy Days, travelers! Get in touch, read "No Fixed Address", keep in touch, and join for the next leg in the Caribbean. Paradise lives!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bye Bye Europe

We finally got the work done and bunkered up in Spain. Have a good weather window for monday 31 january and we will stand out for Madeira. Blog will be updated once there, 480 miles from Cap St Vincent. Good North Eastern winds in our favour we should raise Porto Santo 50 miles before Madeira within 5 to 6 days where we will go ashore to explore and bump up our fresh produces vegetables and fruits and local wine. Happy travels to all you travelers on the road and the high seas we look forward to your comments.
Here some pictures of the last couple of week from different ports between Sines and Lagos including Isla Cristina in Spain where we got diesel from fishermans.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Refiting in Sesimbra, Portugal

Some pictures of Sylvie, Sian, Antonio, Chris and water dog Sara. Refitting in Sesimbra.

Bonjour et bienvenue à tous les visiteurs francophones!
Quelques photos du Nuthin Wong et de son équipage prises ici au sud de Lisbonne, Portugal. Nous préparons le jonque pour la grande traversée transatlantique. Départ prévu d'ici deux semaines environ. Il reste quelques lits disponibles ... avis aux aventuriers!
Un nouvel arrivage de copies du livre "No fixed Address" nous est parvenu... chouette cadeau (pour les anglophones) à l'approche des fêtes de fin d'années. Joyeux voyage à tous.

Some pictures of crew and progress being made preparing for the Atlantic crossing to Cuba, refit going as well as can be expected in Portugal , where the word RUSH does not exist in their vocabuary; Still have a few bunks available which we expect to fill in the next few weeks. We have a hold full of new books which make a great xmas gift as they on special this month. happi travels travelers.