During our voyage around the world we consumed about 4,000 liters of drinking water and other beverages, plus about 18,000 liters of tank water (mostly used for washing): now try to figure the hard work of replenishing our tanks, considering that very seldom shops and water taps are in the immediate vicinity of the yacht at anchor. Even in the … Continua a leggere


At last! It’s been a lot of work, but finally I managed to finish updating our web-site with the story of our circumnavigation, complete with photos. While I was at it, I also changed the site’s appearance, which was not to my liking anymore; I hope you will like the new looks as well! Have a look, if you wish, … Continua a leggere


I realise that I never touched a subject that is very debated in all books about long-distance sailing: the shift system! Also among the Rally crews, this was a popular subject…. before the departure! In fact, everybody soon found his ideal solution and the subject was forgotten entirely. The Husband-and-wife crews had little choice: one sleeps while the other is … Continua a leggere


I just realize that we never talked about the laundry: during a short summer cruise this is seldom a problem, in most cases you may need to was some bathing costumes in a bucket, or you can wait until you go back home, but in a 20-month voyage obviously you need to tackle this problem! Every time we reached a … Continua a leggere


After two years since our return home, I finally managed to find the time to fix our website, at the address: http://www.shaula3.ws Our original plan was to update the site during the voyage around the world, but very soon we had to ackowledge that this was unrealistic, because in order to update a web-site a large number of files needs … Continua a leggere


An old friend sent me a document, recently issued by a group of long-distance sailing associations, which gives an update on the piracy threat in the Gulf of Aden and Arabic Sea areas; the full document, which is a very sobering read, can be downloaded at te following link: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/25523088/271916555/name/Piracy3.pdf I report this information maily to warn the friends that … Continua a leggere


A Rally around the world by a group of over 30 yachts is an excellent opportunity to stress-test the on-board equipment: some experiences I already described in the past, some others I will post when the opportunity arises, like for the subject of this post, triggered by having seen an advertisement on a nautical magazine. The electrical consumption of the … Continua a leggere


After having discussed victualling, it looks logical to spend few words concerning the cute little beasts that can hitch a ride in the packing of our precious stores! All books about long-distance sailing in tropical waters devote many pages to the problem of bug infestation, how to reduce the risk and how to get rid of them when (when, not … Continua a leggere