The Ships Log
As I sailed Moleoba across the Mediterranean through the Straights of Gibraltar and down the Moroccan coast to the Canary Islands, I amassed a wealth of photos and video. In the following pages I hope to share the excitement of running with a Mistral in Spain, the frustration of grounding in Portugal, the contentment long distance Atlantic cruising and the terror of an engine fire in Greece.
2004 - Moleoba feels the sea beneath her keel for the first time in fourteen years. Samos to Corfu
2005 - The Ionian Islands and trouble with an engine fire
2006 - A cruise in company with my parents from Corfu around Sicily and down to Malta
2007 - Moleoba retraces her wake back to Sicily and then North into the Sardinian Winter
2008 - Sardinia to the Costa Del Sol. The engine scuppers our plans
2009 - Spain to Portugal, and then Morocco to the Canaries
2010 - The Canaries, based in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
2012 - Canaries to Madeira to the Azores. Single handed
2015 - Canairy Islands Cruise
2017 - A month aboard with Sailor, our 10 month old boy
A chip log, also called a ships' log, or just log, is a navigation tool mariners use to estimate the speed of a vessel through water.
The word knot, to mean nautical mile per hour, derives from this measurement method.
Sailors tossed a log attached to a rope knotted at regular intervals off the stern of a ship. Sailors counted the number of knots that passed through their hands in a given time to determine the ship's speed.
They needed to know the speed to navigate using dead reckoning, which was usual practice before modern navigation instruments like GPS.