AGROUND in 2 Feet of Water – Let’s Inspect the Bottom Paint! (MJ Sailing – Ep 160)

Does our boat do well drying out at low tide? We’ll pretty much find out!!

We chose the spot we anchored in because we knew we could get in with a shallow draft, but what we were not expecting was for the tide to fall so low that we’d be sitting in 2 feet of water! But, since we had the opportunity, we used that time to inspect our bottom paint we applied last spring to see how it’s held up over the past year without a single cleaning.

Using the beautiful sunny day we had, we took the dinghy, as well as Georgie, over to the neighboring island of St. Martin to enjoy their white sand beaches. Looking around, it was hard to tell we were sitting in a corner of England. It looked way too Caribbean to be so far north!

Lastly, we went to the posh island of Tresco to spend a few days. Beautiful hikes awaited us, and a secret little lookout over the sound and all the boats anchored there. Definitely an island group that is a little slice of paradise and we were pretty sure we could spend months there exploring it.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from the Isles of Scilly!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

WE SOLD THE BOAT & We’re Going Home!! – A Quick Real Time Update

We can’t hold this news in any longer … WE’VE SOLD ELEMENTS!! Without ever officially listing her, we’ve had a few interested buyers. There was one person in particular who was sure this was going to be his new boat, and we wanted to make sure that happened for him!

Stay tuned to find out how this all came about, and what the future holds for us.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

We Have Too Much CRAP!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 159)

There’s never much spare room on a boat, and we have a number of things that need to go!

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Picking up in St. Marys, we clear the boat of some unused ‘junk’ and are quite happy for the extra spaces it leaves us with. Once on shore, we walk the fortified grounds of a fort and pass by a castle built in 1593.
When it’s time to head off to the next island of Teän, we make sure to leave on a rising tide as there is quite the tricky route to pass through. Between the islands are many spots that dry out at low tide, and keeping yourself on the proper track is of the utmost importance!
Meeting us at the other end though is a quiet and protected anchorage at an uninhabited islands, perfect for strolling and watching the black backed seagulls that soar above our heads.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from the Isles of Scilly!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Did We Just Step into the Bahamas?! (MJ Sailing – Ep 158)

With crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, one might think we’re in the Bahamas….instead of much further north in England.

After arriving to the island of St. Agnes, Matt and go on a circumnavigation, and at times are hard pressed to tell if we’re in the Bahamas or in England. It’s the perfect mix of clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and cute stone cottages next to looming rock formations.

We also enjoy a BBQ on the beach with our friend Walter, who happened to make the trip over from Plymouth at the same time as us. Getting back to our tenders in at dusk was fun…especially when they pulled out their extra bright headlamp to light our surroundings.

Before it was time to leave St. Agnus, the two of us stopped into the Turk’s Head for a pint of Cornish beer. Not only does it have beautiful views of the harbour as you sit in their outdoor garden, but it also happens to be the southern most pub in England. A pretty cool thing to check off the list of places we’ve visited in our lives.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Our BEST SAIL YET! We Can’t Slow Her Down!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 157)

We wanted to work our way west along the coast of England, but when some good north winds came along, we chose to ride them 90 miles to the Isles of Scilly. There's a notorious spot called The Lizard, where if you time the tides wrong, you're looking at very built up and uncomfortable seas.

We left from Cawsand Bay around 2 pm, with the hopes of averaging 4.5 knots of speed, to put us at the Lizard around 1:30 am. Our only problem? Elements was having the sail of her life and DID NOT want to slow down! Shooting out of Plymouth Sound at 8 knots, we kept reefing and minimizing headsail, but there was no way we could get her down to that 4.5 knots we were aiming for.

We did end up getting to The Lizard about two hours early, but because we stayed 5 miles offshore, and had the wind and current coming from the same direction, it was a non issue. We were able to continue on and make it to the Isle of St. Agnus in the early morning.

So many great places to explore here, and we're so happy to have you along for the ride!

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

As Long As The MOST IMPORTANT Crew Member Is Happy…. (MJ Sailing – Ep 156)

It’s always all about HER. The most important crew member on board, and the one that always needs the most attention. And it’s our job to keep that little furball happy.

We do a lot of exploring from where we are anchored in the River Lynher in Cornwall, just outside of Plymouth. Georgie gets to go ashore in Wacker Quay, and then later us humans take the dinghy up to St. Germans to see their viaduct.

When the weather lets up from the strong winds we’d been having, we go a few miles down to Barn Poole in the Plymouth Sound, and take a trip ashore to see the famous Edgecumbe Estate. A Tudor style home built in the 16th century, which suffered massive damage during a blitz in WWII.

There’s so much beauty and history in this area, one could spend weeks cruising all the nooks and crannies of the greater Plymouth area.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

We ESCAPED LOCKDOWN!! – Ready to Start Cruising Again (MJ Sailing – Ep 155)

First we thought we’d be leaving the marina at the beginning of April, but after COVID, that idea was pushed to mid-May. Well, while day sails were allowed, it wasn’t until July 4th that cruising became permitted again and we were let out of lockdown to begin our season.

As we’re released from our marina, we wanted to keep close and see all the sights of the Plymouth area that had been off limits to us as cruisers for the past few months. Heading up the Tamar River, we branched off into the Lynher River where we found a nice secure spot just before Dandy Hole to drop our anchor.

And although there is a lot to see by boat and by dinghy, before we could get too far away from Plymouth, we had our friend Alasdair (@bongo_sails) drive us into Dartmoor National Park for a hike around the reservoir. It was the perfect summer day in England, and walking through some of these trails, we could have sworn we were in a story book.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN LIFE: Is This What Our Future Looks Like? (MJ Sailing – Ep 154)

It’s time to get a real feel for sailing on a performance catamaran in the size range we’re looking at – between 42-45 ft. This week we find ourselves on something just slightly larger, a Dazcat 1495 named Hissy Fit.

For our day on the water, we try to find out how we feel with the size of the living space, how the boat handles vs the monohulls we’ve been cruising on up to this point, and what we think of the motion of the boat under sail.

Suffice to say, we’re pretty smitten, and once again, very much looking forward to our catamaran build so that in a few years we’ll be out cruising the waters just like this.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Simon and Darren of Dazcat Multihull Center for taking the time to bring us out for the day and answer the large number of questions we had about catamaran design and building. Your thoughtfulness and hospitality never ceases to amaze us!

https://www.multihullcentre.com/dazca…

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

We Can’t Sell Our Boat! – OR Sail it Out of England!! (MJ Sailing – Real Time Update)

The good news is, our boat has been released from lock-down, and we are now able to cruise full time on the coast of England. The bad news is, for all the plans and back-up plans we’ve been making for the year, we can’t seem to achieve any of them.

What we had WANTED to happen for ourselves in 2020 is that we’d spend the spring and early summer enjoying England, and then move ourselves down to Spain or Portugal where we would list her for sale, and hopefully and American or Canadian buyer would scoop her up, and we’d be on our merry way back to the US to begin our catamaran build.

But as it stands, as of today, Americans and Canadians can not get into the UK to see the boat, without having to go through a 2 week quarantine period first. Our next thought was, “Ok, we’ll sail her down to Spain/Portugal, where they’ll be able to view the boat there”. But…currently, residents of the US are not allowed into the EU. Which means that potential buyers can not get in there, and neither can we.

The last option is to sail Elements to the US to sell her, but now we’re entering hurricane season, that can’t be done until Nov/Dec. Long after our UK visa has run out. So many unexpected issues, but we’re trying to make the best of it all! And considering the beautiful cruising grounds we have at our fingertips at the moment, that isn’t too hard.

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Maybe Next Week We Can Go SAILING? (MJ Sailing – Ep 153)

Full time cruising still isn’t allowed yet in the UK, but that won’t stop us from enjoying the water.

Hearing there was a race on the Plymouth Sound, we jumped on our bikes and cycled out to see the action. We didn’t have enough notice to get on a boat this week…but maybe next time?

Ending our day early due to weather and a pants mis-hap, we save the rest of our adventuring for another day.

When we do get out though, it is to the stunning River Yealm and the town of Noss Mayo. Hiking from the picturesque center of this posh town, we walk the waterfront to see the place we thought we’d be for half of May. Walking up the bluff to the river entrance we also spot a popular anchorage used just inside the harbour, and one outside that is permitted for anchoring now, but usually exposed to a swell.

So many things to explore in the area, and hopefully soon enough we’ll be traveling to visit them by boat!

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie