Long sailing passages can be routine and sometimes even boring. Day turns to night and night turns to day with little incident. But don’t complain about being bored, or Neptune will give you something to do!Read More
Basic Principles of Seamanship – How to Get Your Sea Legs
For the novice sailor, Michelle guides you through this new and exciting journey as she continues to learn the finer art of sailing. While Maik's logbook is for the more experienced sailor, this logbook reveals all the good, the bad, and the ugly details about the planning stages, stories about living on a sailboat, sailing with dogs, the reality of working while sailing, impressions of our many interesting destinations along the way, nitty-gritty details about each sailing passage, and the entire experience from the first mate's point of view.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More