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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When the Sea Legs Begin to Itch (April 14 - May 26, 2019)

When the Sea Legs Begin to Itch (April 14 - May 26, 2019)

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.

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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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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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Illuminated Dolphins Light the Way to Portugal (Oct. 16 – Nov. 4, 2018)

Illuminated Dolphins Light the Way to Portugal (Oct. 16 – Nov. 4, 2018)

I’m a bit behind with my blog. It was important to spend all of last week catching up on my real work for clients. With some technology challenges, this wasn’t an easy task. But here are some highlights from the past three weeks that include an underwater light show from Spain to Portugal..

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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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Life on a 20-Degree Tilt (Sept. 8-15, 2018)

Life on a 20-Degree Tilt (Sept. 8-15, 2018)

A 20-degree angle may not seem like much at first glance. If you look at it on an axis it’s barely even an incline. However, if you are on a sailboat flying through the water at a 20-degree tilt for, let’s say, four or five straight days and nights, and you are trying to perform daily living activities ..

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The English Channel - Part 1 (Sept. 4-7, 2018)

The English Channel - Part 1 (Sept. 4-7, 2018)

After arriving early yesterday afternoon, we walked around Dunkirk a little last night, but we were so exhausted it wasn’t much of an exploring expedition. We saw many lovely French restaurants, but opted for a burger joint instead. I was craving the protein of some red meat.

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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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Kiel Canal Experience (Aug. 26, 2018)

Kiel Canal Experience (Aug. 26, 2018)

Sunday, 26 August 2018 - First Leg of Kiel Canal - We awoke with plans to cross the Kiel Canal, but it was still unclear whether we would cross all the way over in one day into the fierce Elbe River at Brunsbüttel or find a safe mooring within the 98-kilometer…

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A Day of Rest Requires a Lot of Work (Aug. 25, 2018)

A Day of Rest Requires a Lot of Work (Aug. 25, 2018)

Saturday, 25 August 2018 - Laboe Hafen – Kiel - We spent a day doing some boat maintenance and catching up on our day jobs. It’s tough trying to work while sailing. So many people who take a voyage like this either have taken a sabbatical from work, or quit their jobs and sell everything they own to finance the long-term voyage.

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