Thanks for the questions! When we were yacht hunting the basic criteria we were looking at were for an ocean capable boat of between 45-50 feet, of medium to heavy displacement (more comfortable than a light boat, less likely to fall to bits) but with enough sail area to make her sail well. I looked at dozens of boats all over Europe but inspiration was in very short supply before we came across Cherubino. It’s fair to say that because we had previously owned her sistership we immediately felt a strong affinity with her. She’s massively strong and correspondingly heavy but carries a lot of sail to keep her going even in relatively light winds. The interior layout and finishes are improvements on our last boat and although we’ve had to do quite a lot to make ready for long ocean passages I think buying the sister of our last boat could reasonably described as ‘lovely serendipity’.
As far as getting going is concerned, it’s a question of waiting for a decent bit of wind from the NE to get us away from the Canaries and down to where the trade winds blow strong and true – down at around latitude 20N, or about 600M South of where we are now. I’m to be found each morning looking at the output from various on-line weather prophets, purring at the ones who tell me what I want to hear and snarling at those with less welcome predictions. Originally I’d hoped to set off on Monday (25th) but with a flat calm forecast for Mon/Tue it looks like Wednesday – we’ll keep you posted.