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Day 7: Long Passages

During long passages things tend to get uncomfortable. The boat is rolling heavily, sailing on one side. To prevent falling, you always have to hold on to something. The boat is laden fällt and the cabins are packed with a lot of stuff that all tend to move leeward (windabgewandte Seite). Everything is salty or wet or both. The front cabin turns into an elevator, crashing down three to four meters in the waves. It feels like zero gravitation from time to time and sometimes I think about those stories I heard from sailors who so broke their ribs. However, the adventure of crossing the ocean, sailing the ship through wind and waves for days and weeks, a dream for many, is well worth a few uncomfortable moments.

Day 6: Good Wind but Squalls

The last days we had good North East or East wind 15-25 kn and more in squalls. Some of them with heavy rain and in the night we used radar to avoid at least thunderstorms (successfully). Sometimes we make 7 or 8 knots against the wind, close haul (hart am Wind) North to North East, but squalls are often followed by calms and winds are variable. Waves 3 m. Two reefs in the main (Großsegel) to be prepared for gusts. Only 8 hours motoring so far, so we have most of our diesel left, which is good. On Wednesday, we expect to enter the calm zone (Roßbreiten) between the easterly trade winds of the South and the westerly winds of the North. At this moment, the crucial part of the voyage begins. Thank you, Ivan, for providing us with valuable forecasts and weather routing advices!

Day 5: Three Sailors

The three sailors Finn, Markus and Uwe after four days on the open ocean. The harmony is good, and the boat managent skilled and easy.

As there are no major technical issues so far, even the skipper relaxes from time to time 😉 The food department is excellent. The best bread we have eaten in weeks, but no fish unfortunatly (even if we had a few fish bite into our lures). Thus, the ripe fruits and vegetables determine breakfast and dinner. Good wind the last few hours (15-20 knots) and good speed even when sailing close hauled (hoch am Wind).

Day 1: Full Moon

One hour before sunset, with the best wishes from other sailors in English Harbour, we three sailors Finn, Markus and Uwe set our sails to North-East May 26th. Our mechanical Windvane self-steering works perfect, and the full moon leads the way. 2462 miles to go the direct way, but we expect to go first north and then west, trading in more speed with more miles.