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”

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”

Meeting an indigenous people in Guna Yala

We spent the last two weeks in Guna Yala (previously known as San Blas islands) in the northeast of the isthmus of Panama. The region lived up to its reputation of being beautiful and remote. Many islands are postcard perfect with their white beaches, tall palm trees and a very out of the ordinary localContinue reading “Meeting an indigenous people in Guna Yala”

Thunderstorms on the way to Panama

After waiting for better weather conditions for another week in Bonaire we were keen to get going and decided to set sail to Panama. None of us have ever been in Central America before and we were excited to see something new. We said bye to our friends, enjoyed one last meal at a restaurantContinue reading “Thunderstorms on the way to Panama”

Let’s try Celestial Navigation

Navigate by the stars! Sounds cool, let’s give it a try. Max has recently been practicing his sextant skills with his newly acquired instrument. At first this sounds like an ancient and nostalgic art to determine one’s position on earth in an age where every phone or watch can give you a location accurate toContinue reading “Let’s try Celestial Navigation”

Atlantic circuit or Pacific?

We never really planned our route ahead of time. From the moment we bought the boat we only set ourselves the goal to cross the Atlantic and explore the Eastern Caribbean. What will happen after we didn’t know and that intentional uncertainty was part of the journey from the beginning. After our season in theContinue reading “Atlantic circuit or Pacific?”

Bon bini na Boneiru

Beautiful reefs in clear water, cacti, flamingos and lizards. Bonaire and its dry, warm climate is a nice change to the humidity of the windward islands. We were lucky to get one of the last slips to moor Porky as all mooring balls and marina berths were taken and already reserved for the next months.Continue reading “Bon bini na Boneiru”