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North Atlantic Crossing Part 3 – Beating upwind and landfall in Horta

Day 17 – Still beating upwind Porky is in racing mode! Despite her shoaldraft keel, which already came in handy in many shallow anchorages, river estuaries and reef passes, but when beating upwind creates more drift to leeward, we have been able to point high upwind for several days now. Yesterday, the waves were veryContinue reading “North Atlantic Crossing Part 3 – Beating upwind and landfall in Horta”

North Atlantic Crossing Part 1 – An unexpected stop in Bermuda

Departure Day Here we go, ready to cross the Atlantic Ocean! Last night‘s tropical depression passed west of us and we only got gusts up to 28 kts. Perfect to get some sound sleep without much healing or rocking before we embark on basically a sometimes smooth but sometimes thrilling roller coaster ride for 3-4Continue reading “North Atlantic Crossing Part 1 – An unexpected stop in Bermuda”

Belize’s pristine barrier reef and offshore atolls

Just looking at a map and photos, it becomes clear that Belize is highly attractive to visit by sailboat with its long, beautiful barrier reef along which many small cays line up and offer shelter for hundreds of secluded anchorages. Somehow entering Belize by boat has developed a bad reputation within the sailing community inContinue reading “Belize’s pristine barrier reef and offshore atolls”

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