Klik hier voor de laatste update in het Nederlands

Last update June 02 2011.

We are still anchored at Ilha da Culatra. Going nowhere because we still wait for the new mattresses... Our Portuguese guy is working on it, he says (as his wife does the actual labour, might that be the problem?).
Well, as Culatra is a place of reunion and recognition it's not the worst place to stay, every day boats from the Nave Pegos boatyard (known as 'Bruce' by all sailors) are coming in at the anchorage. They start to build and repair their boats like we did when we just went into the water.

On May 11 we get a bad shake-up. As I was busy preparing breakfast I heared John shouting at a big boat to call the marine police. I looked out of my kitchen window to see sort of a ball floating next to our boat. I went outside and then saw it wasn't a ball but a dead body. Right right past our boat. Looked like it had been a long time in the water too. After about 1.5 hours, the maritime police finally came and got the body out of the water (after it scared the hell out of a lot of other early birds in the anchorage).

We are in the Algarve (Portugal), in the tidal area between Faro and Olhao. This area is surrounded by little islands, Ilha Faro, Ilha Bareta, and Ilha Armona Ilha Culatra. Sometimes we go for a walk. We walk along the beach from the village Culatra where (mainly) fishermen are living, to the southwest side of the island where the lighthouse at Farol is. Farol is an abandoned village full of second homes and empty outside of the Season. We followed a stone path through the village and passed the rescue building and walk to the dunes behind the beach. Strange to walk in a deserted town, ghost-like.

On a sailboat, you're always conscious with energy and water. We catch rain water on our hood or make fresh water with our homemade watermaker. We collect electricity through the wind generator and solarpanels (and propellor-generator when sailing). The lamps we use on board are now almost all LED's. To move the boat we use the wind and occasionally the diesel engine. So you see that life on a boat is pretty environmental-friendly with little or no emissions. I was just reading about carbon footprints and thinking about it, we do compensate for our plane tickets....
We flew with the two of us for a long weekend to the Netherlands. Thanks to Kees and Anja from the S/Y Tokeh Baroe we could leave JoHo in their place in the harbour. As allways he time in Holland was hectic, many things still to be purchased, many people to see, things to do. The things that Joseph and Karin will bring in July with their car have to be packed and ready to load. A quick visit to my parents and John's sick grandmother.
Time flies, before we knew it, it was Monday and time to fly back. For us this might be the last trip for a long time to the Netherlands.

The last week of May we shopped for food and drinks, the boats is stuffed to the max now, ready to stay at anchor sailing along the Algarve coast 'till Joseph and Karin arrive. Did some BBQ'ing with Kees and Anja. John has learned how to eat crab legs from Chris, an Englishman we knew from the yard and met again at Culatra.
And YESS!! we received our new mattresses.
May was a busy month. For the next month we're planning to sail to Ayamonte (Spain) on the Guadiana river, where we have to pick up our 'new' (used) reefingsystem. But first we said goodbye to Kees and Anja, they are ready for their trip to the Canary Islands now. Probably see you guys there somewhere in September or October!

If you're interested in sailing the BAHAMAS, BERMUDA, MALDIVES or BONAIRE have a look at our books at SAILADVENTURES where the books are available online.
You can always mail us for more info on these cruising grounds or cruising in general, we'll gladly help you out.

Jolanda

Current position

JoHo is in the water on anchor at Ilha Culatra in Portugal. Position 37°00,0' N - 07°50,4' W.
You can reach us by e-mail and cellphone +31 (0)6 139 789 26.

Plans

To use JoHo as a holiday address, most likely in the Mediterranean, but maybe we'll sail further around in the years to come.
Meanwhile work some in between where and when possible, saving a few bucks for our sailing trips.

John and Jolanda.