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 sailed more than 7,000 nautical miles on six significant bodies of water (including an Atlantic Ocean crossing) to 12 countries on four continents. 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.
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