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 howlsContinue reading “Running with the gulf stream to Mexico”

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”

Camping in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in midst of Guatemala’s rainforest

Ever since we planned to come to Central America, we knew we wanted to see the ancient temples and remains of the Mayas and learn more about this fascinating culture. Knowing that Tikal was one of the biggest agglomerations back in 200 to 900 AD, we took a long 5-hour bus ride from Rio DulceContinue reading “Camping in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in midst of Guatemala’s rainforest”

Entering the Rio Dulce in Guatemala

It was time to sail to Guatemala. We decided to go to Utila first to make the trip to Guatemala shorter, knowing that the weather will not be very favorable. We had 2 days of light winds before the cold front would bring stronger winds and choppy waves from the north. We filled up onContinue reading “Entering the Rio Dulce in Guatemala”

Covid isolation at anchor

Since we travel by sailboat we tried to dodge as much news and updates of the pandemic as we possibly can. The only relevant information for us are entry protocols and local safety measures in the countries we visit. Now the virus unfortunately caught up with us. After experiencing flu-like symptoms, we tested positive forContinue reading “Covid isolation at anchor”

Tongue-flicking snakes and pristine marine life of the Cayos Cochinos

Is there a better start into the new year than motor sailing 24 miles against wind and waves? Well, we didn’t think so either. After all, the upwind ride to the Cayos Cochinos turned out to be reasonably comfortable but we noticed that we badly need to scrub Porky‘s hull. We’ve been lazy in thatContinue reading “Tongue-flicking snakes and pristine marine life of the Cayos Cochinos”

New Year’s Eve and dreaming of whale sharks on Utila

We had an easy downwind sail from Roatan to Utila. The flat island was not visible until the last few miles and we kept scanning the horizon expecting to at least see Pumpkin Hill, the only elevation there is. We approached the barrier reef and spotted dive boats bobbing in the waves, patiently waiting forContinue reading “New Year’s Eve and dreaming of whale sharks on Utila”

Christmas in mangroves and Roatan’s buzzing West End

After spending a few weeks in French Harbour and watching algae and barnacles grow under Porky‘s belly, we decided it was time to move on. Fellow cruisers coming from Guatemala brought us the new part for our broken fridge, our dad successfully finished his scuba certification and nothing else was holding us back to leaveContinue reading “Christmas in mangroves and Roatan’s buzzing West End”

Arriving in Roatan, an unexpexted cruising gem

Often we are not sure what exactly awaits us at the next destination. Mostly we choose the next stop based on stories from other sailors and limited information online. In preparation, we at least research the entry requirements of the country, but for us a large part of this trip is to gain impartial impressions.Continue reading “Arriving in Roatan, an unexpexted cruising gem”

Fast passage from Panama to Honduras

On December 4th we set sail from Bocas del Toro, Panama, to Roatan, Honduras. Depending on weather conditions and ocean currents we expected the 860-nautical-miles-sail to take us between 8-9 days. Except of a close encounter with a fishing vessel off the Nicaraguan coast, we had a smooth 7-day passage. How where we so fast?Continue reading “Fast passage from Panama to Honduras”