Emily Morgan is once again heading to sunnier climes after a busy summer…

Emily Morgan is once again heading to sunnier climes after a busy summer.

This summer we had a partial refit.  The engine has been completely reconditioned, it now sounds so smooth & quiet!  Whilst the engine was away Bones refurbished the engine bay and put in new engine mounts.  Other maintenance was more low key: the sails were sent away for laundering and minor modifications and all upholstery was deep cleaned.  We have new pillows and linens too. The varnish work is now being refreshed so Emily Morgan will be in tip top condition.

Carrying on our policy of continuous improvement, we have found that the paddleboards we invested in last year have been incredibly popular, but we have also been busy investing in updates to various qualifications to ensure that we are both well equipped to deal with any emergency situation, whether medical or sailing related.

Now we are in Las Palmas ready to take part in the ARC again.  We had a lovely mixed crew for the trip down and after a benign crossing of Biscay we explored some of the beautiful Galician rias in northern Spain together.  We had a partial crew change in Lisbon and had a leisurely sail down to Las Palmas via Sesimbra and Sines in Portugal and Tenerife, ensuring that we also completed an ocean qualifying passage for one of our crew.  At times there were two sextants in use as the rest of the crew got interested in learning astro navigation!

Our ARC crew had a good bonding weekend in the Solent in August and we are looking forward to doing the ARC with them.  So we will be in the Caribbean for early December, eta in St Lucia is 8th December but you can watch our progress via the ARC yellow brick tracker or marine traffic which picks up our AIS signal.

This winter we are looking forward to spending time in our favourite Caribbean anchorages, showing our guests the delights of the Lesser Antilles from the Virgin Islands through to the Grenadines.  We will then be heading to Bermuda for the excitement of the Americas Cup, the J-Class regatta and the superyacht challenge.  In 2012 we had great fun being a stake boat for the Americas Cup world series so we are really looking forward to the big event.  Looking further ahead in 2018/19 we will be doing the World ARC.

Lots of options in our itinerary, so let us know what interests you!

Contact bones@yachtemilymorgan.com or info@nicholsonyachts.com to discuss any of the above opportunities.

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British Fireworks Championships

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Join us for a spectacular evening, watching the British Fireworks Championships on Tuesday 18th August or Wednesday 19th August.

We will be leaving Plymouth Yacht Haven at 5pm to get the best view from the water of the aerobatic displays on both days, followed by the fireworks when it gets dark.  The Twister Aerobatics display team will be wowing crowds with their electrifying pyrotechnic display on the first night of the championships and the Red Arrows will  take to the skies for an exciting, heart-pounding air display on Wednesday.

Food and drink included for £20 each.  Contact us  for more details and to book.

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Book your honeymoon on Emily Morgan

What better way to start your marriage than by enjoying a honeymoon yacht charter on Emily Morgan in the beautiful Caribbean sea with its crystal clear waters, tropical islands and clear blue skies. When honeymooning onboard Emily Morgan enjoy sipping champagne and eating delicious food while taking in the wonderful sights. Whether you want to have a action packed honeymoon sailing, knee-boarding, fishing and kayaking; a relaxing time spending your days alone on secluded beaches or a mixture of both, Emily Morgan can cater for you!

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One Year On

 

Well it’s been a whole year since we left a wet and rainy Plymouth on 1st October to sail to the sun.  It’s been a fantastic year, visiting lots of countries, meeting interesting people and generally doing new things.  So I thought I would put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) and review our experiences.

 

Has it been what we expected?  Yes and no.  We expected great sailing and performance from Emily Morgan and we haven’t been disappointed.  Our Atlantic crossing from Las Palmas to Grenada took just 18 days as we caught steady trade winds most of the time.  She has proved herself at sea in a great variety of weather conditions and also been very comfortable at anchor.  We have had some really memorable experiences and been able to share some of them with wonderful guests.

 

We didn’t expect the Caribbean islands to be so diverse; it’s been a lovely surprise to find that each has it’s own culture, food and wildlife, but they have been united in being friendly and hospitable and great places to visit.  Some have a more interesting history, some have more interesting scenery or wildlife.  We don’t have a favourite, rather we have lots of favourites for different things:  Antigua for history and sailing, Barbuda for snorkelling, the Tobago Cays for reefs and turtles, Dominica for fresh produce, the French Islands for cheeses, wines and pates.  Our larder is now stocked with the best things from the different islands, including such delights as home made chutneys and preserves from local ingredients.

 

So it’s been a great year and we are looking forward to the future doing more of the same.  We have the 2014/15 winter season in the West Indies, chartering between the Grenadines and the Virgin Islands.  Next May we will sail from Antigua to the UK and then back to the Caribbean in November for another season of chartering in the West Indies.  We have some weeks with no bookings and places available on the Transatlantic crossings, so do get in touch if you would like to share this wonderful life.

 

Some statistics:

Miles sailed – 8392

Most westerly place – British Virgin Islands

Most southerly place – Trinidad

Countries visited – 10

Islands visited – 39 (not including the ones we didn’t step foot on)

Beaches visited – far too many to count!

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