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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A Whale of a Tale (Passage to Canary Islands—Dec. 1-7, 2018)

A Whale of a Tale (Passage to Canary Islands—Dec. 1-7, 2018)

This was our longest single passage to date. We sailed from Rabat, Morocco to Arrecife on Lanzarote Island (Canary Islands), covering 520 nautical miles in 145 hours. For me, it was monumental for many reasons. I only had one brief bout with seasickness, and even though…

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Walking the Armadillos (Morocco, Nov. 15-30, 2018)

Walking the Armadillos (Morocco, Nov. 15-30, 2018)

One of our favorite things to do when we are in port is talk with other sailors. We meet experienced sailors and newbies, full-timers and weekenders. The sailing community is so cool! We all share weather reports and routes and tips about boat maintenance and living onboard. And of course, we all love to swap war stories. 

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I Dreamed of Africa (Nov. 12 - 15, 2018)

I Dreamed of Africa (Nov. 12 - 15, 2018)

Africa has been on my bucket list since long before bucket lists were a thing. When I was about 12 years old, my Dad went to Africa for a safari and sent me a postcard that I still have. My imagination exploded with colorful images of an open savannah, a sandy terrain, wild animals running free, and rich wetlands.  

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Impressions of Lisbon, Portugal (Nov. 4 - 11, 2018)

Impressions of Lisbon, Portugal (Nov. 4 - 11, 2018)

We had been in Lisbon for two weeks, but technically, we hadn’t really had the opportunity to actually see the city. The first week, Maik had to fly to the U.S. for a project installation, and I used the time to work, work, work. The next week, we left Cap’n Jack and Scout at a very cool doggie hotel ..

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