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A tribute to Porky

A wise friend once told us: “You never really own a boat, you are lucky enough to care for her for a period of her time”. Only now we came to realize how true this sentence is. From her beginnings as charter boat in the BVIs, being home for a family of four, to fulfilling…

Sailing back to the UK

After a week of waiting for a suitable weather window from the Azores to Northern Spain, we were slowly getting impatient. It was time to move on and we started feeling stuck in Ponta Delgada. Everyday we checked the weather forecasts and debated when would be a good time to leave. Unfortunately, the wind did…

Five volcanic islands in the Azores

Our time in the Azorean archipelago was filled with trips up dramatic volcanoes, to picturesque towns within lush green fields and forests, diving in chilly Nothern Atlantic waters, swimming on black beaches and climbing over volcanic rocks. The scenery of all Azorean islands that we sailed to was even more beautiful than what we expected.…

Grottos, pigs and white beaches in the Exumas

After 5 days at sea we made landfall in Bimini, only 45 miles East of Miami. The island is not particularly known for it‘s beauty, but offers a very protected anchorage for the Porky crew to catch up on sleep and to relax. After clearing in to the Bahamas and one night of very sound…

Tacking upwind to the Bahamas

Departure Day End of April: it was finally time to sail to the Bahamas! All preparations were completed and we were officially cleared out of Mexico. Porky and crew were ready to hop on the golf stream, which hopefully brings us quickly and smoothly the 550 nautical miles to Bimini. We planned to be at…

Cenotes, tacos and friends in Mexico

This is it: our last stop in the Western Caribbean before we sail to the Bahamas. We just realized that we are theoretically on our way back to Europe as we have already reached the southern (in Panama) and westernmost point (in Guatemala) of this journey. Thinking about it generates mixed emotions in me. Life…

Running with the gulf stream to Mexico

I suddenly wake up and open my eyes. My dreams were deep and sound, as always at sea, but a loud smacking noise brought me back to the real world. I just lie in my bunk for a few moments and listen. All seems as usual. The water rushes past the hull, the wind howls…

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