The UGLY Side (September 9, 2019)

The UGLY Side (September 9, 2019)

When I started this logbook, I promised to document the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of our sailing adventures. All of them. I feel like I’ve accomplished this with detailed, honest, and sometimes gruesome accounts of our experiences—with one exception.

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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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On our way to French Guiana!

On our way to French Guiana!

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. 

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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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Sailing to Brazil (Feb. 8, 2019)

Sailing to Brazil (Feb. 8, 2019)

Today we set sail to cross the Atlantic Ocean! We have been preparing for this day for more than a year, and we are so excited!  We leave Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde today and will sail approximately 1,580 nautical miles to Cabadelo, Brazil. On our way, we will sail cross the Equator and make a stop at Ilha Fernando de Noronha, a remote island about 200 nautical miles off the Brazilian Coast.  Follow this link to watch the passage briefing with all the details.

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The Many Colors of Cape Verde (Jan. 5 – 31, 2019)

The Many Colors of Cape Verde (Jan. 5 – 31, 2019)

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.

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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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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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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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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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¡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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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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