The UGLY Side (September 9, 2019)

The UGLY Side (September 9, 2019)

When I started this logbook, I promised to document the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of our sailing adventures. All of them. I feel like I’ve accomplished this with detailed, honest, and sometimes gruesome accounts of our experiences—with one exception.

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365 Days at Sea! Our One-Year Anniversary Q and A (August 19, 2019)

365 Days at Sea! Our One-Year Anniversary Q and A (August 19, 2019)

We had so much FUN making this video and reliving all the memories! It’s been exactly one year since we set sail from Stralsund, Germany on August 19, 2018 for our worldwide sailing voyage. We have sailed more than 7,000 nautical miles so far in the past 365 days with many more destinations in our sights, including Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA. We asked our social media followers to send us questions to answer about our voyage so that we could create this one-year anniversary video just for you. It’s a long video, so here are the topics with time stamps in case you want to skip around to the topics that interest you the most.

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Pets on Board - How to Travel and Sail the World with Dogs

Pets on Board - How to Travel and Sail the World with Dogs

Through our exhaustive research and real-life experiences sailing the world with two beagles, we share 100 tips about how to plan, prepare, and potty train for fun, safe sailing with your four-legged crew members. Learn about traveling with pets by air and by sea, potty training and exercising on board, first aid at sea, establishing routines, and keeping your pet SAFE! We also cover detailed customs requirements for U.S.- and European-based dogs entering into dozens of countries in Europe, Northwest Africa, Atlantic South America, the Caribbean, and North America. We share all of our insights in our eBook, How to Sail with Dogs — 100 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Voyage.

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Barnacles, Rockets & Devil’s Island (June 16-July 21, 2019)

Barnacles, Rockets & Devil’s Island (June 16-July 21, 2019)

Probably my favorite destination during our entire voyage, we made three stops in lovely French Guiana—Cayenne, Kourou, and the Triangle Islands, Iles du Salut. One of those three islands is known as Devil’s Island and is the Alcatraz of the Atlantic. It felt odd to be back in France and yet so far away from Europe. At times we had grand adventures and saw spectacular landscapes. We even witnessed two amazing rocket launches and tragically saw one of them explode. We had fun times with our sailor friends and enjoyed exploring a wide range of wildlife and scenery. At other times we were hard at work scraping barnacles from the hull, fumigating the cabin to rid it of some unwanted guests, installing new batteries, and getting a fresh round of shots for the sailing seadogs. Of course, we also had to find time to work a little....

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On our way to French Guiana!

On our way to French Guiana!

At the southernmost point of our voyage so far, we have good weather to sail north toward French Guiana. If we can hitch a ride on the Guyana Current, the 1,400 nm passage should take about 10 days. 

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When the Sea Legs Begin to Itch (April 14 - May 26, 2019)

When the Sea Legs Begin to Itch (April 14 - May 26, 2019)

It’s been fun. It’s been long. It’s been hot. We love it here. But trust me, we don’t want to stay any longer.  No offense to the lovely people, the beautiful landscape, the relaxed culture, and the billions of mosquitos who will certainly miss our tasty blood, but it’s time to GO! Rather than recount our day-by-day activities of the past three months as I normally do in this logbook, this time I’ll just tell you a few stories about our time here.

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Living in a Sailboat Tree House - Stuck on Dry Dock (March 14 -April 13, 2019)

Living in a Sailboat Tree House - Stuck on Dry Dock (March 14 -April 13, 2019)

For the past several weeks, we have been stuck on dry dock in the shipyard at Marina Jacaré Village here in Cabedelo, Brazil. It feels so strange to be on the boat, but not in the water. Living on dry dock is like living in a tree house. It’s not easy. It’s not convenient. But like everything else we have experienced so far, it’s another adventure.

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Decompressing from Atlantic Crossing (Feb. 27-March 13, 2019)

Decompressing from Atlantic Crossing (Feb. 27-March 13, 2019)

The Atlantic Crossing took a lot out of us. It was relaxing at times, challenging at times, and even boring at times. I read 12 books, and we battled excruciating heat and daily squalls! We had made an adjustment in our original plans to take the easy Milk Run route straight to the Caribbean. Instead, we went off the beaten path and headed south, crossed the Equator, and sailed into Cabedelo, Brazil. After 20 days at sea (with a brief overnight stop at the remote island Fernando de Noronha), we needed some time to decompress, work on a LONG list of boat projects, and catch up on our real work.

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Anchors Away & Beating the Heat (Feb. 23-27, 2019)

Anchors Away & Beating the Heat (Feb. 23-27, 2019)

Crossing the Atlantic PART TWO (Read Part One) Sometimes your worst night at sea is the one you spend at anchorage. After 15 straight days sailing across the Atlantic from Cape Verde, Africa to Brazil, we took a pit stop at the remote island of Ihla Fernando de Noronha on our way to Cabedelo. After about a week of blistering heat while sailing the doldrums on the Equatorial line and into the waters of the Southern Hemisphere, we welcomed the overcast weather and even the rain that began to fall and cool things off a bit. It took a while to get the anchor settled, but Maik was feeling completely unsettled. Something just wasn’t right. 

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Our Voyage to the New World (Feb. 8-23, 2019)

Our Voyage to the New World (Feb. 8-23, 2019)

Following the light of the Sun, we left the Old World.” — Christopher Columbus  - Crossing the Atlantic PART ONE (Read Part Two) After years of planning and months of sailing, we were finally ready to make our Atlantic Ocean crossing. Read Michelle’s logbook to find out all the details about our passage from Cape Verde, Africa to Ihla Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

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Sailing to Brazil (Feb. 8, 2019)

Sailing to Brazil (Feb. 8, 2019)

Today we set sail to cross the Atlantic Ocean! We have been preparing for this day for more than a year, and we are so excited!  We leave Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde today and will sail approximately 1,580 nautical miles to Cabadelo, Brazil. On our way, we will sail cross the Equator and make a stop at Ilha Fernando de Noronha, a remote island about 200 nautical miles off the Brazilian Coast.  Follow this link to watch the passage briefing with all the details.

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The Many Colors of Cape Verde (Jan. 5 – 31, 2019)

The Many Colors of Cape Verde (Jan. 5 – 31, 2019)

Walk through the streets of Mindelo on the Cape Verde island of São Vicente to find a colorful culture bursting with rhythmic music, vibrant street art, energetic people, buildings painted in a rainbow of colors, dozens of stray dogs adopted by the community, and wild beaches with water as blue as Windex.

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Seabirds, Sunsets & The Southern Cross 2 (Jan. 1 – 4, 2019)

Seabirds, Sunsets & The Southern Cross 2 (Jan. 1 – 4, 2019)

In Part One of this passage, we battled seasickness and engine issues as we made our way to the last sunset of 2018. Read about the last half of the voyage, which included spectacular moments and high drama all the way into the Mindelo marina.

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Seabirds, Sunsets & The Southern Cross 1 (Dec. 25 - 31, 2018)

Seabirds, Sunsets & The Southern Cross 1 (Dec. 25 - 31, 2018)

 The bad news is that we have no functioning engine, something we didn’t realize until we were deep into the Western African Atlantic, almost 300 nautical miles (nm) from shore with more than 700 nm to go. The good news is that we are in a sailing boat, not a motor boat. We have sails and the free power of the wind.

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Preparing to Cross an Ocean - PROVISIONS (Dec. 25, 2018)

Preparing to Cross an Ocean - PROVISIONS (Dec. 25, 2018)

We’ve been in Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain in the Canary Islands since December 7, 2018 making all kinds of preparations for our Atlantic Crossing. We had intended to depart a few days ago and visit Tenerife, one of the other islands in the Canaries. 

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Passage Briefing and Q&A REPLAY

Passage Briefing and Q&A REPLAY

With only two more quick stops, we are really close to our sailing adventure across the Atlantic! We went live with our passage plan to sail from Arrecife to Santa Cruz on December 24, 2018. We have received a ton of questions about the crossing so we also conducted a LIVE Q&A immediately following the passage briefing.

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