After months of trawling through the internet, sending countless emails, and chasing leads we have finally found the one! We would like to introduce you to Sampanena, our home next year! She is a 36 foot Westerly Conway, a great seaworthy boat ready (almost!) for an adventure.
As she was laying in Plymouth, we had to bring her across the Channel in order to get her home to Guernsey, in the Channel Island. During the winter months the Atlantic generally throws up storm after storm with very few weather windows, nevertheless we saw a few days with calmer weather, booked our ferry, and started to prepare. As the departure date got closer and the weather reports become more accurate we could see our weather window closing in with gales either side of our planned date.
The very small weather window we had was getting smaller each day!
After a bumpy overnight ferry to England with little to no sleep we finally arrived at the marina, exchanged signatures, and collected the keys. It felt some what surreal! After a busy afternoon preparing her for the 13 hour crossing the following day and a quick run around the bay we headed to bed anxiously waiting to see what weather the following day brought. In order to avoid the worst of the weather we aimed to leave at 3.30 am where we would have a few hours night sailing before reaching the shipping lanes at sunrise. News from someone back home about the most recent shipping forecast was not what we wanted to hear ‘rough to very rough’ was not the conditions we wanted for our first crossing in her.
After a quick discussion we decided we would head out with a port in mind to return to if the conditions were too bad. Thankfully the conditions were perfect, although there was a big swell, the sea was fairly slight allowing us to motor sail the whole way back to the island in good time. We were fortunate enough to have dolphins keeping us company for about 2 hours.
Check back soon for a video tour of Sampanena!