Living Life Sideways

Living Life Sideways

When you live at sea on a sailboat, you learn to live on at least a 20-degree tilt. You sleep on a tilt. You cook on a tilt. You walk on a tilt. You pee on a tilt. It’s a constant balancing act. You are just sideways—all the time. At times I feel like I’m in one of those old black and white movies where the room is rotating while the actors dance on the walls and the ceiling. It can be uncomfortable and frustrating, but just like with anything else you do every day, muscle memory begins to take over. Your body and your mind begin to make the adjustment until walking sideways just becomes the way you walk. 

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Barnacles, Rockets & Devil’s Island (June 16-July 21, 2019)

Barnacles, Rockets & Devil’s Island (June 16-July 21, 2019)

Probably my favorite destination during our entire voyage, we made three stops in lovely French Guiana—Cayenne, Kourou, and the Triangle Islands, Iles du Salut. One of those three islands is known as Devil’s Island and is the Alcatraz of the Atlantic. It felt odd to be back in France and yet so far away from Europe. At times we had grand adventures and saw spectacular landscapes. We even witnessed two amazing rocket launches and tragically saw one of them explode. We had fun times with our sailor friends and enjoyed exploring a wide range of wildlife and scenery. At other times we were hard at work scraping barnacles from the hull, fumigating the cabin to rid it of some unwanted guests, installing new batteries, and getting a fresh round of shots for the sailing seadogs. Of course, we also had to find time to work a little....

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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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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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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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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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