Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A new yacht

The blog has been quite for a while (well a few years!) as we settled into shore life.

But we now have a new yacht - a completely re-fitted Contest 36.

What next......

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

We've moved again!

After eighteen months of shore based life, we have moved again to another lovely thatched cottage, near Fordingbridge on the edge of The New Forest. It has taken at least this long to settle down after almost eight years of cruising and it has not been an easy transition. However things are beginning to get onto an even keel and we have achieved a great deal since our return.

The brokerage has gone from strength to strength, the children are doing extremely well at school and the book Sailaway has been a great success. Seraphim now has a new berth at the top of the Hamble and she will get some well deserved attention this spring. Time to start planning the next trip....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sail Away. A book by Nicola Rodriguez

My book Sail Away published by Wiley Nautical is now available on  Amazon.

′A must for all aspiring ocean adventurers.′ (Yachting Monthly)

Author Nicola Rodriguez dared to dream the impossible—seeing the world with her family of four. With careful planning (and the gift of yachting equipment), her dream came true, allowing her to travel by yacht for four years while raising her family. In Sail Away, she offers practical guidance for the would–be adventurer—including choosing a boat, planning a round–the–world route, as well as a realistic look at the pros and cons of living on a boat. With information on safety, communications, children, insurance, and budgeting, this helpful guide will show anyone how to start their once in a lifetime journey.
With careful guidance on each step of the preparation process, the book also includes extensive information on routes and destinations around Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and beyond.
  • Includes only tried–and–tested advice–based on the author′s own experience as well as many others she met in her travels
  • Offers advice on coping with life ashore at the end of your adventure
  • The author is a respected yachting journalist, who contributes to Yachting Monthly, Yachting World, and Sail magazines
  • Illustrated with beautiful photographs taken by Nicola′s husband, John
Whether you′re opting to cash in your savings, making use of your pension, or taking a sabbatical from your daily routine, this inspirational, practical guide shows you how to take the plunge and Sail Away."

Order your copy direct from Amazon here

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Back afloat

Well sort of.

We have moved Seraphim to a swinging mooring in Poole and this is her new view.
Its peaceful and reminds us of our travels. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

All’s Well in Well House

The blog has been quiet over the last two months because we have been way too stretched.

The Rodriguez family sailed into Southampton, England at 6.30am on June 14th. The two months since we arrived have been a time of stress and change.  Re-entry is a transitional experience, and it is a shake up.

John has set up his yacht brokerage John Rodriguez Yachts. He is specializing in Blue water yachts. Within the first weeks he sold a Hallberg Rassy 46 as well as listing some other ocean capable yachts and has been assured work at the Southampton Boat Show.

We initially stayed at a friends house and then with my mother whom we call Shore support (Sure Support). Just before we arrived home my mother had a hip operation, and just after we returned her cat needed an operation. Two patients in the house, I was glad the boys ran off their energies in Granny’s large garden.

The boys have met new friends from their new school, Salisbury Cathedral School and enjoyed numerous play dates with old pals. I was surprised how emotional I found buying the boys school uniform. It has been time of emotional swings as we adapt to life ashore.

In addition to all this we found and bought a house. The final negotiations for our 17th Century thatched cottage took place as we stood on the deck of the ship delivering Seraphim, our home away from home. Seraphim is now safe in Ocean Village Marina, Southampton.

We intend growing roses around Well House in Downton near Salisbury, Wiltshire in the south of England. We love this enchanting “dollshouse” where we shall take a few years out of the cruising life.

The next update will be full of pictures of our crossing on the Queen Mary II, Seraphims arrival and a few tales on Local Motion.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back in the UK

We are back in the UK after a truly wonderful Trans-Atlantic voyage from New-York aboard the Queen Mary2.

It's been such a whirlwind of things to organise that writing a Blog update has taken a back seat but it's coming soon..