Ep. 28 - One Year at Sea Q&A

August 19, 2019

It’s been exactly one year since we set sail from Stralsund, Germany on August 19, 2018 for our worldwide sailing voyage. We have sailed more than 7,000 nautical miles so far in the past 365 days with many more destinations in our sights, including Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA. We asked our social media followers to send us questions to answer about our voyage so that we could create this one-year anniversary video just for you. It’s a long video, so here are the topics with time stamps in case you want to skip around to the topics that interest you the most.

Thanks for hanging in there with us all this time! We had so much FUN making this video for you!

  • 00:58 Our Route (including northernmost, southernmost, easternmost, and westernmost points)

  • 02:20 What was your most challenging passage?

  • 04:24 What was your favorite stop? Was there any place you would consider living?

  • 05:33 What was the most amazing thing you’ve seen at sea?

  • 06:28 Do the dogs get seasick?

  • 07:02 Have you lost any weight?

  • 08:05 Were the seas ever so rough you thought you might not make it?

  • 08:51 How do you fight boredom?

  • 10:10 What was your most dangerous moment at sea?

  • 11:33 Did you ever consider giving up? Were there moments you just wanted to go home?

  • 12:59 How were you able to handle all the unexpected situations?

  • 14:06 How did you handle the personal relationship living in such a small space? Can you still stand the sight and smell of each other?

  • 18:48 What has caused you the most stress?

  • 19:48 What have you missed the most?

  • 21:06 What has been your biggest hurdle?

  • 22:51 What did you learn about yourself?

  • 24:35 What, if anything, would you have done differently?

  • 25:46 What advice do you have for other people who want to sail the world?

  • 31:16 When will you make it to Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA?

  • 32:43 What’s next?

Ep. 27 - Sailing French Guiana and DEVIL'S ISLAND - Our Favorite Place, so Far!

July 29, 2019

While in French Guiana, we spent time in Cayenne, Kourou, and the incredible Iles du Salut, the Triangle Islands which includes the infamous Devil’s Island. Find out exactly why this was our favorite stop of our entire voyage so far!

Ep. 26 - Just When We Thought It Was Boring . . .

July 1, 2019

Sailing from Cabedelo, Brazil to Kourou, French Guiana. We didn’t originally expect to have a 12-day Sea Trial after three months in port, but nevertheless, we set sail for French Guiana, a 1,400 nautical mile passage from about 200 miles off the coast of Brazil. All the hard work and three months of repairs and upgrades paid off. It was a smooth sail for most of the 12 days at sea. It was even boring at times. But we learned the hard way to never say out loud that you are bored at sea. Neptune will surely give you something to do!

Ep. 25 A Sailor's Work is Never Done!

June 2, 2019

When you sit in port for three months with massive boat projects, you know the meaning of the phrase, “A sailor’s work is never done.” We had three critical areas of projects – power, paint, and anchor. We got these major projects and dozens of smaller projects completed while in Cabedelo, Brazil for three months. We have enjoyed this part of Brazil, and we’ve gotten a lot of work accomplished—both for our clients, and for our ship, Seefalke. At times, life was really difficult here—especially while sitting on the hard for six weeks and going up and down the ladders every day, hoisting the seadogs every day in the puppy crane, and enduring all the work that was needed on the boat. We were wondering if this would ever end! But now the boat is in ship shape! So…No offense to the lovely people of Cabedelo, Brazil who have now adopted us as their own. No offense to the gorgeous landscape and friendly culture. But our ship needs to be at sea. And so do we.  It’s time to GO! But first, we want to give you a quick rundown about the completion of our many boat projects!

Ep. 24 Stuck on Dry Dock is Like Living in a Tree House

April 13, 2019

Sitting on dry dock for more than six weeks is like living in a sailboat tree house. After our Atlantic Crossing, we needed to give attention to our battle-worn ship. While here in Cabedelo, Brazil, we took Seefalke out of the water and are currently working on eight major projects, which we describe in this video. Stay tuned for the completion updates and a briefing on our next adventure, which will be a sail along the Amazon Delta.

Ep. 23 Sailing Across the Atlantic - Off the Beaten Path [8 Lessons Learned]

March 16, 2019

Join us on a 1,690 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean from Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde, Africa to Cabedelo, Brazil, South America. Our original plan was to take the easy Milk Run route, crossing the Atlantic with the tradewinds and heading due west to the Caribbean. But that’s not what we did. We left the popular tradewind route and went off the beaten path. This gave us extra challenges of sailing in the doldrums, facing brutal heat, and daily thunderstorms. No sailing passage is perfect. We did a lot of things right, but we also learned some valuable lessons along the way. There are a lot of things we did right and some valuable lessons learned along the way about strategic passage planning, self sufficiency, fighting boredom, proper provisioning, beating the heat, trusting your gut, preparing for storms and squalls and how to get a handle on three weeks of trash onboard.

Ep. 22 - Preparing to Cross an Ocean

Release Date: February 9, 2019

Preparing to cross an ocean is a lot of work. We spent a month in Cape Verde catching up on work for our clients, provisioning, and doing major boat repairs in preparation to sail across the Atlantic to Brazil. With engine trouble at sea during the last passage, repairing the engine was our first priority when we made landfall in Cape Verde. But other boat maintenance was also important and urgent.

Ep. 21 - Engine Trouble at Sea - Relying on the Free Power of the Wind

Release Date: February 2, 2019

What do you do when the engine breaks down with no land in sight and 600 nautical miles to go? Find out how we discovered a crack in the casing of our heat exchanger and then couldn’t use the engine for eight days. On this 1,058 nautical mile passage from the Canaries to Cape Verde, we manually steered during the day and then used a portable generator to charge the batteries so we could run the auto pilot at night. Fortunately, we were traveling in a sailboat and not a motor boat, so we could rely on solar and wind power, and of course, the free power of the wind.

Ep. 20 - Life on the Open Ocean - Sailing Morocco to Canary Islands

January 13, 2019

During our 520 nautical mile passage from Morocco to Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain, one of the Canary Islands, we had remarkable encounters with dolphins and a curious sei whale who played with us for more than 40 minutes! We had mostly smooth sailing and settled in to daily life while underway—great preparation for our Atlantic Crossing in a few weeks!

Ep. 18 - Why Would Anyone Sail to Morocco? Part ONE

December 8, 2018

SAILING TO MOROCCO FROM LISBON, PORTUGAL In this episode, we sail from Lisbon, Portugal to Rabat, Morocco. Michelle takes a short trip to Alabama to surprise her family for Thanksgiving and we get Seefalke ready to head to the Canary Islands for our Atlantic Crossing. But first, we have to ask the question…why would anyone want to sail to Morocco? We have met many sailors who are bypassing this destination on their way to the Canaries, and we can't understand why? We battled fog and seasickness during our passage. After 369 nautical miles and about 75 hours, we had made it into Morocco and now it was time for us to learn why so many sailors skip this stop on their way from Portugal to the Canary Islands. Our first impressions were positive. We ventured into Rabat, took a day trip to Casablanca where we got to visit Rick’s Café, and we also took spent a day in Tangier. But would we recommend a trip along this route less traveled by sailors? We will explore Morocco in much more depth in the next episode to find out!

Ep. 17 - Sailing Spain to Portugal

November 15, 2018

In this episode, we survive a scare from Hurricane Leslie, and then sail our way to Lisbon, Portugal. After arriving in Vigo, the very next day Maik took off for a week of work in Germany, while Cap’n Jack and Scout and Michelle stayed in Vigo. We explored the city a little, did some boat chores, and we both tackled a lot of work for our clients. Toward the end of the week, the sunny skies turned black, the wind picked up, and Maik raced back a few days early to prepare Seefalke for a visit from Hurricane Leslie. Thankfully, Leslie missed us and a couple days later we headed toward Porto. This was calculated to be about a 20-hour voyage. We wanted to arrive during high water the next morning. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm afternoon, so on our way, we decided to take a little detour and check out Playa de Rodas, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After our short detour, a school of common dolphins greeted us as we headed toward Porto. They stayed with us through the night and we were treated to the amazing bioluminescence created by the algae and plankton in the Atlantic. After sailing to Lisbon, we took two weeks to catch up on our real jobs with work in the US and Germany.

Ep. 16 - The Reality of Working While Sailing - Sailing the Spanish Atlantic Coast

October 21, 2018

Working while sailing is not easy at times, but it gives us the opportunity to live our dream of sailing around the world while also continuing with the reality of the necessity of work. Fortunately, we both have jobs that allow us to work remotely. Come along with us as we take a break from our high-adventure, blue-water voyages to simply sail along the gorgeous Spanish Atlantic Coastline. We do some anchor hopping and let Cap’n Jack and Scout play on the beaches while we catch up on a little work. Check out our cool DRONE footage!

Ep. 15 - Sailing the Bay of Biscay on a Good Day

October 7, 2018

Sailing the Bay of Biscay was a sailing adventure that created challenges and struggles along with excitement and reward. It was difficult, to say the least. Even with favorable conditions, we sailed across the infamous Bay of Biscay during the worst possible time of year. But even on a good day, The Bay of Biscay is ruthless. At times, it was a glorious passage filled with playful dolphins, a whale sighting, a full moon lighting our way each night, and bright sunny weather. At other times, the constant pounding of the 3 to 4 meter waves rocked our bodies and our minds. We battled seasickness, exhaustion, and dehydration, but we made it 362 nautical miles in 80 hours to A Caruña, Spain. This was the one passage Michelle feared the most. We now know first hand why The Bay of Biscay has such a feared reputation. Read Michelle’s logbook entry for the real nitty gritty about this adventure! Follow this link for Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries.

Ep. 14 - Sailing The English Channel - A Strategic Chess Match

September 28, 2018

Sometimes sailing is like chess. You must know your opponent, predict his moves, and develop a strategy. In the opening we put our Queen, Seefalke, on the board during high water to create an advantageous position for the mid game. Despite some unpredicted moves from our opponents, we were able to materialize our advantage and make it to the end on a four-day nonstop passage through The English Channel.But we did take a short break from the strategy game to play with the DOLPHINS... Read Michelle’s logbook entries - Part One and Part Two - for more details and insights about this adventure! Follow this link for Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries.

Ep. 12 - Sailing Kiel Canal to the Island of Helgoland

September 11, 2018

In this episode, we pass through the Kiel Canal and into the mighty Elbe River. And then we face The North Sea for the first time on our way to the remote and beautiful island of Helgoland. We also spend some time with a few salty sailors who know a lot about Sailing Seefalke! Read Michelle’s logbook - Part One and Part Two - for more details about this adventure!

For actual Maik’s actual captain’s logbook entries, please follow this link.

Ep. 10 - Wind Power, Provisioning & The Potty Experiment

August 23, 2018

More than two weeks behind schedule, we work hard to finally set sail on our cross-Atlantic journey. This video is all about the final week, the final details, and the final countdown. We cover wind power, provisioning, and the potty experiment. You'll also find a sneak peak at some footage of our first couple days at sea!

Ep. 09 - Sailing with Dogs - First Aid at Sea

August 13, 2018

Since we have decided to take the four-legged members of our family with us on our cross–Atlantic sailing journey from Stralsund, Germany to Gulf Shores, AL, we have taken every precaution to keep them safe and happy. We have an amazing veterinarian back in Gulf Shores, Dr. Nietjse Langston of Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic. Not only is she an excellent doctor of veterinarian medicine, but she’s also a SAILOR! This means she knows exactly what being on the open water in a sailboat is like for people and for pups. She put together a thorough first aid kit for Cap’n Jack and Scout and was gracious enough to let us film this video of her explaining every detail for keeping our canine crew safe at sea! In this video, Dr. Langston discusses the different medications that would be great to have for pets on a boat. She also gives specific examples of when to use each one. We truly believe this video would be helpful for all dog owners -- even if you are not traveling on a sailboat.