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 soundContinue reading “Grottos, pigs and white beaches in the Exumas”

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 atContinue reading “Tacking upwind to the Bahamas”

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. LifeContinue reading “Cenotes, tacos and friends in Mexico”

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”

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”

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”

Old ruins, a night with crocodiles and our worst sail ever

The last weeks we’ve been making our way further west along the Caribbean coast of Panama. Not only did we experience the worst sail without being prepared for what was coming at us, but we’ve learnt more about the local history in Portobelo, took Porky up a fresh water river and spent the night amongContinue reading “Old ruins, a night with crocodiles and our worst sail ever”

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”