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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More