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.Continue reading “Five volcanic islands in the Azores”

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 2 – Hit by a storm

Day 9 – On the way again We also used the few hours at anchor in Bermuda to replace our spinnaker halyard in the mast, as the old one was shaved through. In addition, we were able to test our staysail with the dinghy on deck, as we might hoist it in the strong breezeContinue reading “North Atlantic Crossing Part 2 – Hit by a storm”

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”

The worst nightmare of every sailor: PIRACY!

What would you do if pirates approached your boat? Pirates are often associated with the romanticized image that many books, songs and movies create. Seldom do you think about the real piracy that happens in some parts of the world today. The people who approach your boat to rob, assault, or kidnap you, take yourContinue reading “The worst nightmare of every sailor: PIRACY!”

Red frogs, sloths and muddy feet in Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro is our last stop in Panama before we will sail north to Honduras. Compared to other places in Panama, Bocas town was a busy, colorful small town filled with international tourists and backpackers. It was a nice change to have unlimited options of supermarkets, bars and restaurants. The Bocas archipelago consists ofContinue reading “Red frogs, sloths and muddy feet in Bocas Del Toro”

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”