Ten to fifteen knots of wind in the Samana Bay are enough for a nice sailing day with Ivan, Finn and Uwe on our Sun Odysee 409 Orinoco.
Flying a drone from a saling yacht under sails is always a risk – especially if high waves and high winds may make it impossible to grab the drone when landing it at the back of the ship. Therfore, we choose a protected spot behind Klein Curacao for the first Orinoco under sails drone video. Thank you, Sascha, for catching the drone and thank you, Nick, for sailing the boat.
When sailing in the night, reducing the area of the sails (reefing) as a safety precaution in rough weather can be challenging. In the darkness, with a black sky and a black sea, there is little orientation. Video from the February transatlantic crossing by Ivan.
Adrian, Dirk, Claudia an Fred tested our new gennaker. 110 square meter for ligth wind condtions.
When sailing arround the world, many sailors use the trade winds to cross the oceans. However, wind and waves from the back for days and days are tiring for the helmsman – or challenging for the autopilot that steers the ship.
After cruising five miles offshore for twenty hours, avoiding container ships in the night, not so many birthday guests could be expected to enjoy the delicous vegetarian lunch. However, one surprise guest made it to our ship. The sparrow happily accepted a drink.
Three-Eleven from the air:
Our dear Austrian friend Alex, sailing in the Atlantic Ocean from England to Portugal, joins us for a week with his iron made Sailing Boat Three-Eleven to visit the beautiful rias (deep bays) of Galicia, North Spain.
Crossing the Biscay from France (Brittany) to Spain (Galicia): a challenge for sailors. Three nights and two days on the open ocean, hoping not to run into a southwest storm, that builds steep waves. We had good wind at first, rain in the end and never enough sleep.
A Coruna, North Spain (meeting point fo blue water sailors): Torre de Hercules.
Guernsy, one of the islands in the English Channel, has quite remarkable high and low tides. When entering a harbour, a sailor should know his tide times and tide charts.
We spend the days and night in the open ocean, at anchor or in harbours. A good breakfast is essential in all these conditions.