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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¡Vamonos! – Focus on the Destination . . . not the Journey (Sept. 23, 2018)

¡Vamonos! – Focus on the Destination . . . not the Journey (Sept. 23, 2018)

I can’t remember who said it, but there is a famous quote that I’ve used many times throughout my life. “There is no joy in the journey’s end if there is no joy in the journey.” Life is supposed to be about the journey, not the destination. Right? For the first time in 51 years, I’m questioning this theory.

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Life on a 20-Degree Tilt (Sept. 8-15, 2018)

Life on a 20-Degree Tilt (Sept. 8-15, 2018)

A 20-degree angle may not seem like much at first glance. If you look at it on an axis it’s barely even an incline. However, if you are on a sailboat flying through the water at a 20-degree tilt for, let’s say, four or five straight days and nights, and you are trying to perform daily living activities ..

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The English Channel - Part 1 (Sept. 4-7, 2018)

The English Channel - Part 1 (Sept. 4-7, 2018)

After arriving early yesterday afternoon, we walked around Dunkirk a little last night, but we were so exhausted it wasn’t much of an exploring expedition. We saw many lovely French restaurants, but opted for a burger joint instead. I was craving the protein of some red meat.

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The North Sea - Taming the Bully (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018)

The North Sea - Taming the Bully (Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018)

I mentioned in a previous blog that if The Baltic Sea is the mean girl you love to hate but can’t help but love, then The North Sea is the schoolyard bully. After our battles with the Baltic, I was wondering if The North Sea would accept us onto her turf . . . or punch us in the face.

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Helgoland, Obstacles, The North Sea & Puppy Cranes (Aug. 27-30, 2018)

Helgoland, Obstacles, The North Sea & Puppy Cranes (Aug. 27-30, 2018)

It’s a rainy, windy, ugly day here in beautiful Helgoland, a remote offshore island surrounded by The North Sea. The wind is howling with 6-knot gusts, even with a huge wind shadow provided by our high-wall mooring. We are waiting at least one more day to set out again.

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The Baltic Sea - She's A Mean Girl (Aug. 24, 2018)

The Baltic Sea - She's A Mean Girl (Aug. 24, 2018)

The Baltic Sea is a bitch. She’s like the queen of the mean girls in high school. You know the one … the girl who is beautiful and talented, engaging and alluring. She’s the girl who every boy wants to date and who every other girl wants to be. Everyone loves her, and everyone hates her. 

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Our Journey in the News...and a few setbacks! (July 26, 2018)

This is really cool! A veteran reporter, Alec Harvey, wrote a fantastic article about our journey that was published by the Alabama News Center. You can read the article by following this link. Meanwhile, we continue with preparations and had some setbacks this week.

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Getting it Done! (July 18, 2018)

Our holiday with the kids is over and I'm back in the good ole' USA. It was so great to have that time with them. We will miss them so much!. I've been really focusing on work so that I can continue to keep my clients happy while at sea. This will be a big topic for us.

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Prep Part Three - All About Communication (July 10, 2018)

As I write this, we are taking a little holiday through Europe with our children. We wanted to spend some quality time with them before we are at sea for 6 to 8 months. However, we did work out a way for some communication during our journey.

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This is NOT Bikini and Martini Sailing (July 6, 2018)

This is NOT Bikini and Martini Sailing (July 6, 2018)

When I asked a German Navy veteran to teach me to sail, I discovered quickly that learning to sail is a lifetime commitment and not just a one-course seminar. I often tell people that when you sail for the first time, you have one of two experiences. It either becomes a one-time…

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Prep Part Two - Equipping the Ship (July 1, 2018)

At this moment, Seefalke looks like she has been prepped for surgery. She has practically been sliced down the middle with all her innards exposed, ready for dissection. The 43-foot, Dutch-designed ketch was built in 1974. And while extraordinarily seaworthy..

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