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. 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.