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    • Stepping onto St Helena Island

      April 21, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      After 5 days of waiting on the boat for Covid tests, we were finally allowed onto the island. The ferryman came to fetch us and it was a bit surreal setting foot onto this remote island in the middle of the Atlantic. We checked in at immigration and headed straight to Anne’s Place for a cold drink. Actually, I’m not sure that I was walking straight - after 19 days on the boat, the island felt very unstable and there was definitely a bit of staggering going on. 😂 There are no ATM’s on the island and we had no cash, but they are happy to open tabs for the yachties. WiFi is very pricey at £3.30 for half an hour, and you can’t seem to make WhatsApp calls. But there is a wonderful relaxed vibe on the island. The locals are all very friendly and wave at you when they drive past. Looking forward to exploring more.Read more

    • Jacob’s Ladder

      April 22, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Some may not believe it, but I climbed the 699 steps up Jacob’s ladder. Dom and Craig were very kind and patient and stopped every 50 steps to rest (and then every 30 steps…) but we did it. The record is just over 5 mins and we did it in 50 🤣! I think that it’s safe to say that tomato face was the handbreak here! 😁Read more

    • Day 19

      St Helena - Namibia 2. Seetag

      January 8 in Saint Helena ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      08.01.2024 2. Seetag

      Heute mehrheitlich ruhiger Seetag mit wechselnder Bewölkung und 22-25 Grad. Abends ansteigende Dünung.

      Haben heute Nachmittag eine Ölplattform auf einem Transportschiff überholt.

      Am Abend war ein spezielles mehrgängiges Diner für die Weltreisenden (230 Personen) mit anregender Unterhaltung mit der Kreuzfahrtdirektorin Nadine.

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    • Island birthday

      April 24, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

      I never thought that I would celebrate a birthday on St Helena Island, but here I am! My gift from Gill was a most beautiful painting of the view from our boat, which I will treasure. Then we caught the ferry and everyone on board sang happy birthday! We had a fabulous day driving around the island visiting all the interesting places, and Craig had managed to find someone to make some cupcakes for me. If you know me, then you’ll understand what a highlight that was! 😂Read more

    • Island houses

      April 24, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

      We spent the day travelling around the island and saw The Briars, the first house that Napoleon stayed in after he was taken prisoner by the British and brought to St Helena. We also went to Longwood, where he stayed until his death. Then we met Jonathan the tortoise who is apparently over 190 years old. He lives in the garden of the Governor’s residence, Plantation House, which is surrounded by beautiful forests.Read more

    • Coffee time

      April 28, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      We visited Farm Lodge - one of three small coffee plantations on the island. Steve, the owner, was there and explained the process, which is extremely labour intensive. Every bean is hand picked, peeled, pulped, sorted, graded, dried and roasted and he and his wife do it all themselves. This results in it being very expensive (£10 for 125g) but it is one of the few pure arabica beans found in the world. It was brought here in the 1700’s and as it is the only bean on the island, it has never been modified. It’s delicious!Read more

    • Next step

      April 29, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We’ll be leaving St Helena tomorrow morning and heading for Ascension Island. We should arrive there in about five day’s time and will spend a couple of days there. Looking forward to sailing again and not eating so much! 🙈 Did some final provisioning today and had our milk delivered from above. 😁 We have really enjoyed our time on this friendly island.Read more

    • The kindness of the Saints

      April 30, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

      We found the St Helenians to be be very kind and friendly. They have limited resources on the island, but what they do have, they are very generous with. One morning on the ferry ride, one of the fishermen gave us a huge piece of fresh tuna he had just caught and wouldn’t accept anything for it. A few days later I asked Lisa at the Consulate Hotel if she knew where I could find some eggs. The next day she was waiting with six fresh eggs and wouldn’t accept payment. And when we climbed Jacob’s Ladder we were told that there are no taxis at the top to bring us down (and as you can imagine, there was no way on this earth that I was going to walk down as well 🤣) so Lisa handed her cell phone over to us with the taxi driver’s number and said she had some credit on it so we must just use what we need! I’m not sure that I would hand my phone over to some salty-looking strangers. The day before we left, we did all our provisioning and Hazel at the hotel said we should leave it there while we went around shopping. At the end of the day we returned to the hotel where Peter had his bakkie waiting outside to load it all up and drive us down to the harbour. They had also sold us a case of beer at the retail price, making nothing for themselves. On the ferry ride back, one of the Ukrainian yachties gave Dom a big bunch of spring onions - we’re not sure why😂 but it was very kind of them! On the morning of our departure, the ferryman Colin arrived in his boat with a huge yellowfin tuna which he also just wanted to give to us. We couldn’t possibly eat it all ourselves so we paid it forward a bit and gave some to some other yachties, Craig and Barbs, who were setting off for Brazil. They had already left their moorings so they turned back and the only way to get it to them was to fling it! 😁 As we sailed away we felt very humbled by these generous Saints.Read more

    • Not a soft landing

      May 6, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

      We had heard that getting onto Ascension is not easy. The landing consists of a couple of steel steps or a couple of concrete steps - take your pick. There are also a few thick ropes that you can hang onto for dear life. And you can expect to get wet. So when Craig, Dom and I arrived there in Foblet (with all our goods in a dry bag) we were a bit shocked to see how extreme the swell was. It would recede from the steps then rush back and completely engulf them in foamy water. But we thought, hey, they said it wouldn’t be easy. So after a few manoeuvres, Craig managed to get Foblet alongside the concrete steps and Dom made a dash for it, grabbing the rope and doing a bit of the splits as the water sucked Foblet away. Within seconds he was almost waist deep in water standing on the steps. Craig tried to get Foblet closer again so that I could get off, but another huge surge of water came in, lifted us up and threw us bow first at the rocky wall. We could hear crunching noises as poor Foblet got her nose smashed. We were both hanging on for dear life and there were quite a few swearwords coming out of my mouth. Foblets reverse gear was no match for the force of the water, and within seconds we were smashing against the rock again. More crunching noises and more cussing. And did I mention that 3m Galapagos sharks are spotted around this area every day, waiting for the likes of us! Craig managed to get us away from the landing but Foblet’s nose section was starting to deflate, so we had to try and pump her up whilst negotiating the current. In the meantime, Dom went ashore to ask for some help, and someone came to drop us a stern line from the platform above. But by then it was clear that Foblet needed some attention, so somehow we managed to get Dom back on board and we limped back to FOB. Well, I was so shaken by then that this incident literally drove me to drink - a tequila and a G&T to be precise. A bit later, Okko, one of the guys who was working on the nearby tugs, must have seen poor Foblet’s deflated spirit, so he stopped by in his rather large and wonderful rubber duck and offered to drop us on land and pick us up later. He did this for us every day, (another example of the kindness of strangers) and although he made our lives so much easier, I’m not sure that I want to get onto that landing ever again in my whole livelong life! 😂Read more

    • The sights of Ascension

      May 6, 2022 in Saint Helena ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      You can only live on Ascension Island if you work there or are under 18 years old. Once you retire, you must leave. So nearly everyone there either works for the Ascension Government or is part of the US or British military bases. There is no tourism and there are no facilities like car hire. But we were lucky enough to meet Herbie, the head of Sea Rescue, who said that his wife, Tanya, would happily drive us around the island (and keep our shopping in her fridge while we were out - nothing is too much trouble for these kind island people.😊) So Tanya took us to the beautiful, but sadly named, Comfortless Cove, where we found a most unusual cemetery. She drove us through the US and British military villages. The British village is called Two Boats and there’s also an area called One Boat, because, we’ll, there’s one boat there! We got to see the beaches where the turtles lay their eggs. Sadly, we were not allowed on the island at night time to see them, but every morning from our boat you could see the fresh tracks. It’s also hatchling season, so the friggin’ frigate birds are continually circling the area. We also got to see the Sea Rescue boat being launched for it’s weekly training session. She showed us the many and varied communication structures and the unusual landscape. We visited the museum and had a drink at the NAAFI (not ‘nafi’) bar (Navy, Army, Air Force). A truly fascinating place.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, Sint Helena, ሴንት ሄለና, سانت هيلنا, Seynt Elena, Святой Алены, Востраў, Света Елена, Ɛlɛni Senu, সেন্ট হেলেনা, སེནྚ། ཧེ་ལི་ན།, Sveta Jelena, Svatá Helena, Saint Helena nutome, Αγία Ελένη, Sent-Heleno, Santa Elena, سنت هلن, Sent Helen, Sainte-Hélène, San Héilin, Santa Helena, સેંટ હેલેના, San Helena, סנט הלנה, सेंट हेलेना, Sveta Helena, Szent Helena, Sankti Helena, Sant’Elena, セントヘレナ, წმინდა ელენეს კუნძული, Santahelena, ಸೇಂಟ್ ಹೆಲೆನಾ, 세인트헬레나, Senti Herena, Sántu eleni, Šventoji Elena, Santu eleni, Sv. Helēnas sala, സെന്‍റ് ഹെലീന, सेन्ट हेलेना, Sint-Helena, ସେଣ୍ଟ ହେଲେନା, Wyspa Świętej Heleny, Sontg'Elena, Sehelene, Sfânta Elena, Остров Святой Елены, Sênt-Helêna, Svätá Helena, Света Јелена, S:t Helena, செயின்ட் ஹெலெனா, సెంట్ హెలినా, เซนต์เฮเลนา, Seini Helena, Острів Святої Єлени, TDC, سینٹ ہیلینا, Orílẹ́ède Hẹlena, 圣赫勒拿, i-Saint Helena

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