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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Seabirds, Sunsets & The Southern Cross 1 (Dec. 25 - 31, 2018)

Seabirds, Sunsets & The Southern Cross 1 (Dec. 25 - 31, 2018)

 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.

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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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I Dreamed of Africa (Nov. 12 - 15, 2018)

I Dreamed of Africa (Nov. 12 - 15, 2018)

Africa has been on my bucket list since long before bucket lists were a thing. When I was about 12 years old, my Dad went to Africa for a safari and sent me a postcard that I still have. My imagination exploded with colorful images of an open savannah, a sandy terrain, wild animals running free, and rich wetlands.  

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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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Finding Adventure in Unexpected Places (Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2018)

Finding Adventure in Unexpected Places (Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2018)

Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be dramatic or poetic—heart pounding or profound. It can be all of the above or something totally and completely unexpected. And sometimes, it’s just the simple things. This week, we found adventure far away from the heavy offshore blue water sailing that we’ve been experiencing..

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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 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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The Baltic Sea - She's A Mean Girl (Aug. 24, 2018)

The Baltic Sea - She's A Mean Girl (Aug. 24, 2018)

The Baltic Sea is a bitch. She’s like the queen of the mean girls in high school. You know the one … the girl who is beautiful and talented, engaging and alluring. She’s the girl who every boy wants to date and who every other girl wants to be. Everyone loves her, and everyone hates her. 

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Delays, Provisions, & The Potty Experiment (Aug. 7-14, 2018)

Delays, Provisions, & The Potty Experiment (Aug. 7-14, 2018)

I needed to get out of the construction zone for a while so I packed my laptop, took the pups on a long walk, and then parked at one of my favorite outdoor cafe's in Stralsund, The Flipper. This place is completely dog friendly with a view of the marina. They immediately brought the dogs a bowl..

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The Seadogs Made it Safely to Germany (Aug. 3, 2018)

The Seadogs Made it Safely to Germany (Aug. 3, 2018)

This was a huge milestone!  I've been saying all along how nervous I was about shipping Cap'n Jack and Scout by air to Germany. It was a gigantic task to get it all set up but Pet Air Carrier of Roswell, Ga. and Lufthansa made it all a little bit easier.  Check out the video of the two-day journey..

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Our Journey in the News...and a few setbacks! (July 26, 2018)

This is really cool! A veteran reporter, Alec Harvey, wrote a fantastic article about our journey that was published by the Alabama News Center. You can read the article by following this link. Meanwhile, we continue with preparations and had some setbacks this week.

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Getting it Done! (July 18, 2018)

Our holiday with the kids is over and I'm back in the good ole' USA. It was so great to have that time with them. We will miss them so much!. I've been really focusing on work so that I can continue to keep my clients happy while at sea. This will be a big topic for us.

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Prep Part Three - All About Communication (July 10, 2018)

As I write this, we are taking a little holiday through Europe with our children. We wanted to spend some quality time with them before we are at sea for 6 to 8 months. However, we did work out a way for some communication during our journey.

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This is NOT Bikini and Martini Sailing (July 6, 2018)

This is NOT Bikini and Martini Sailing (July 6, 2018)

When I asked a German Navy veteran to teach me to sail, I discovered quickly that learning to sail is a lifetime commitment and not just a one-course seminar. I often tell people that when you sail for the first time, you have one of two experiences. It either becomes a one-time…

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