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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Illuminated Dolphins Light the Way to Portugal (Oct. 16 – Nov. 4, 2018)

Illuminated Dolphins Light the Way to Portugal (Oct. 16 – Nov. 4, 2018)

I’m a bit behind with my blog. It was important to spend all of last week catching up on my real work for clients. With some technology challenges, this wasn’t an easy task. But here are some highlights from the past three weeks that include an underwater light show from Spain to Portugal..

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Rest, Work, Hurricane Prep & Road Trip (Oct. 6-15, 2018)

Rest, Work, Hurricane Prep & Road Trip (Oct. 6-15, 2018)

This week it was just the pups and me. Maik needed to travel to Germany for a week to work and to spend time with his daughter. I really missed him, but I accomplished a lot of work. In addition, I did my normal in-port chores, like laundry and minor boat maintenance. I also had to deal with an unexpected repair for Seefalke. 

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Finding Adventure in Unexpected Places (Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2018)

Finding Adventure in Unexpected Places (Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2018)

Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be dramatic or poetic—heart pounding or profound. It can be all of the above or something totally and completely unexpected. And sometimes, it’s just the simple things. This week, we found adventure far away from the heavy offshore blue water sailing that we’ve been experiencing..

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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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Kiel Canal Experience (Aug. 26, 2018)

Kiel Canal Experience (Aug. 26, 2018)

Sunday, 26 August 2018 - First Leg of Kiel Canal - We awoke with plans to cross the Kiel Canal, but it was still unclear whether we would cross all the way over in one day into the fierce Elbe River at Brunsbüttel or find a safe mooring within the 98-kilometer…

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A Day of Rest Requires a Lot of Work (Aug. 25, 2018)

A Day of Rest Requires a Lot of Work (Aug. 25, 2018)

Saturday, 25 August 2018 - Laboe Hafen – Kiel - We spent a day doing some boat maintenance and catching up on our day jobs. It’s tough trying to work while sailing. So many people who take a voyage like this either have taken a sabbatical from work, or quit their jobs and sell everything they own to finance the long-term voyage.

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