Countdown für Ariane

Countdown für Ariane

Wenn man schon mal in Französisch Guyana ist, sollte man auf keinen Fall weiterziehen, bevor man nicht das Raumfahrtmuseum und den Spaceport besucht und einen Raketenstart live verfolgt hat. Nachdem wir also in Degrad des Cannes einklariert hatten, ging es nach kurzem Aufenthalt weiter nach Kourou, der Weltraumhauptstadt.

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Warum (über) Langeweile (sprechen) tödlich ist - 05.06.-16.06.2019

Warum (über) Langeweile (sprechen) tödlich ist - 05.06.-16.06.2019

Unsere nonstop Passage von Cabedelo in Brasilien nach Cayenne in Französisch Guyana war eine Passage der Gegensätze: zwischen Rauschefahrt im Passat und Dümpeln in den Doldrums, zwischen grenzenloser Langeweile und nächtlichem Ruderversager hatte diese 1400-Seemeilen-Fahrt eine Menge zu bieten.

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Sailing the Amazon? A Tough Decision

Sailing the Amazon? A Tough Decision

Have you dreamt of sailing the Amazon River, too? It was one of the reasons we changed our plans and sailed to Brazil first. But once we arrived here, the more we talked to people, sailors like locals, the more we did our research, read handbooks and analyzed charts, the more doubts we had. In this interview we summarize our thoughts and explain our decision. Considering all the pros and cons, what would you do?

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Passage Briefing - Crossing the Atlantic to Brazil (Feb. 8, 2019)

Passage Briefing - Crossing the Atlantic 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 de 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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TUE Dec 25, 2018 - Day 131 - Arrecife to 28º30'N 013º36'W

TUE Dec 25, 2018 - Day 131 - Arrecife to 28º30'N 013º36'W

After the Harmattan lost some of its power we planned the departure for the afternoon to allow for a relaxed shower, good lunch and a goodbye with our friends. As always it got a little later than planned and we finally set sail at 16:45. After three weeks on land we all had to grow sea legs again. Even though the swell was not very high we all struggled some the first day.

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SAT Dec 08-24, 2018 - Day 113 to 130 - Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain

SAT Dec 08-24, 2018 - Day 113 to 130 - Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain

The Canaries, the islands of everlasting spring. Finally it is warm again! And we finally are at a place that has great sailing infrastructure. We hauled Seefalke and got her zincs replaced, provisioned for the big crossing and enjoyed three weeks of Lanzarote. A beautiful island of volcanic origin. We first intended to do some island hopping and I was especially interested in seeing Tenerife and climbing Pico del Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. But I needed to fly to Germany to take care of some business and we wanted to wait for our new friends we spent some time with in Rabat who arrived shortly before Christmas, later the weather turned bad so we ended up staying in Arrecife, which wasn’t too bad.

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WED Dec 05, 2018 - Day 110 - 31º19'N 011º22'W to 30º08'N 011º58'W

WED Dec 05, 2018 - Day 110 - 31º19'N 011º22'W to 30º08'N 011º58'W

Today is a great sailing day, great winds, some smaller periods of calm winds, too and relatively low swells. Also dolphins are visiting us several times and provide some great entertainment. And I interrupt Michelle’s sun bathing with some long overdue MOB exercise.

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Dec 04, 2018 - Day 109 - 32º23'N 010º26'W to 31º19'N 011º22'W

Dec 04, 2018 - Day 109 - 32º23'N 010º26'W to 31º19'N 011º22'W

Another day at sea with nothing but water in our 360º sight. In the afternoon we see another sailboat at the horizon headed a similar course. We will sail “together” for a couple of days but not see more of each other than the sails sitting on the horizon or the navigation lights at night. We do not know the name of the boat or the crew neither where they were headed eventually, but we felt a strange way of togetherness for the couple of days we “met.”

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Dec 03, 2018 - Day 108 - 33º29'N 009º20'W to 32º23'N 010º26'W

Dec 03, 2018 - Day 108 - 33º29'N 009º20'W to 32º23'N 010º26'W

Today we see nothing but blue water and blue sky. Only at around 14:00 we see another sailboat (S/V Promethe) crossing our path. From their course they are coming from the Straight of Gibraltar headed for one of the Western Canary Islands. We lost sight later in the night. It is always exciting to see other sailboats in the vast water desert of the oceans.

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Dec 02, 2018 - Day 107 - 33º54'N 007º46'W to 33º29'N 009º20'W

Dec 02, 2018 - Day 107 - 33º54'N 007º46'W to 33º29'N 009º20'W

An uneventful day at sea with good winds and only moderate swell. We saw an open fishing boat with four men in it far out in the ocean with just an outboarder. The guys had no life-wests or other means of safety. I was shocked how those guys risk their lives every day to make a living.

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Dec 01, 2018 - Day 106 - Rabat to 33º54'N 007º46'W

Dec 01, 2018 - Day 106 - Rabat to 33º54'N 007º46'W

At sea again. Finally. As much as I love to explore new lands, I am still a sailor and I love to be at sea. We got stuck a few days because the ocean swell was too high for the marina to open. At the day of departure we moved the boat to the customs pontoon, cleared out and followed the pilot through Bouregreg river to the open sea. We chose a Western course at first to stay clear of the plenty of unmarked fishing nets and unlit fishing boats closer to shore.

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Nov 16-Nov 30, 2018 - Day 91-105 - Rabat

Nov 16-Nov 30, 2018 - Day 91-105 - Rabat

It is a pity that so many sailors sail past Morocco for very different reasons. I guess, Morocco still needs to work on its reputation and we are willing to help :-) The best way to find out more about our stay in Morocco is to watch our videos on our YouTube channel. We also published an ‘approach video’ in our series “Maik’s Nav Corner” that gives some guidance in how to approach Marina Bouregreg on a sailboat.

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Nov 15, 2018 - Day 90 - 34º30'N 007º30'W to Rabat

Nov 15, 2018 - Day 90 - 34º30'N 007º30'W to Rabat

Today we fight head wind and decreasing wind speeds to just 1 Bft. We arrive on time at the estuary of Bouregreg River and call Marina Bouregreg on radio. As the sand bar in front of the river is changing its shape and position constantly and the approach of the river is challenging, they send out a pilot in an RIB to guide us into the river. They guide us to the customs pontoon where immigration, customs and police officers are waiting for us. After clearing in we are guided to our berth in the marina.

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Nov 14, 2018 - Day 89 - 36º00'N 008º53'W to 34º30'N 007º30'W

Nov 14, 2018 - Day 89 - 36º00'N 008º53'W to 34º30'N 007º30'W

After a little rough night with wind speeds up to 6 Bft when we made good time the day is characterised by lighter winds and a wind shift to the South. In order to make it to the scheduled arrival window we use our engine. Marina Bouregreg in Rabat is located inside Bouregreg river at which estuary a sand bar lets the ocean swell break which makes the approach possibly dangerous. So this marina can only be approached during rising tide around high water with swells smaller than 2 m.

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Nov 13, 2018 - Day 88 - 37º40'N 009º51'W to 36º00'N 008º53'W

Nov 13, 2018 - Day 88 - 37º40'N 009º51'W to 36º00'N 008º53'W

We continue our downwind passage around Cape S. Vicente and chart a direct course towards Rabat, Morocco. With good winds we are making good time, but the swells are high and are hitting us from an uncomfortable angle.

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Nov 12, 2018 - Day 87 - Lisbon to 37º40'N 009º51'W

Nov 12, 2018 - Day 87 - Lisbon to 37º40'N 009º51'W

After a foggy departure we take on fuel and head out of Rio Tejo into the open ocean. At the estuary of Rio Tejo we sight the US aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman. With a good downwind course we head towards Cape S. Vicente.

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