Diary – Sailing from Miami to Panama

June 10, 2021 Should have left earlier … initially we planned to stay in Miami for only a week so that we could avoid hurricanes on our way to Panama. We ended up staying for three weeks. We had been thinking about getting vaccinated against Covid-19 for a while when we made up our mind…

Diary excerpts from Saint Martin to the Bahamas and on to Miami – Part 2.

May 12, Nassau To get to Nassau you have two options: either take a big detour going around the islands on the outer side, or cross a huge, very shallow bank. When crossing the bank, you have to be aware of the timing of the high and low tides. It’s ideal to start the crossing…

Diary excerpts – from Saint Martin to the Bahamas and on to Miami Part 1.

April 17 greeted us with a gorgeous, clear morning. We got up early to avoid standing in line at the pharmacy where we were going to have our antigen tests done later on. Though it’s not exactly our strong suit, we managed to get ready within a reasonable amount of time. At the pharmacy we…

Ile Tintamarre

This small island is 3 km northwest from St. Martin. It means relaxation for us, a break from working days when we were able to sail from Marigot one weekend. Tintamarre is a wild island today, free of any construction and commercial facilities. In the early 1900s about 150 people lived on this island. Tintamarre…

Rum and „pogácsa”

„All roads lead to… rum” could be the motto of Martinique. Domi wanted to go to a rum distillery while we were on Martinique. There are a lot of workshops, finally we decided to visit the La Favourite Distillery. This is an artisan family factory and they use steam engines. The whole place was very captivating. At first, we…

On the French Caribbean Islands – Martinique

As far back as I can remember, I have always been amazed by nature, the various plants and animals, geographical formations … Here, whichever way I go, I am in awe. My first discovery is „mother-in-law’s tongue” or Sansevieria, growing wild under the trees on the beach. What’s more, they are in bloom. The white,…

Crossing an Ocean – Chapter III., Cape Verde – Martinique

Diary Entries: December 6, Saint Nicolas Day (Day 8)I woke up around 7 to the sound of the girls showing me what Mikulas brought them overnight! We were all overjoyed to have received some sweet surprises, especially as we had by now run out of all the chocolates. A nice, lengthy breakfast began with antler…

Crossing an Ocean – Chapter II. Cape Verde – Marinique

2nd part: Cabo Verde – Martinique (Fr) November 29, 2020 First Sunday of Advent 10.30 As we sail out of the bay, the family with two blond kids from the neighbouring Danish ship is waving farewell to us, alongside our relatives and friends from home on Viber. We also said goodbye to the doggie guarding…

Crossing an Ocean – Chapter I. Las Palmas – Cabo Verde

Diary Entries: November 16, 2020 (Day 1) Setting out. No wind, motor’s on. First night: around 1AM I took the helm from Domi. Still not much wind, the sky cleared out, myriads of stars shining bright above us, the whitecaps in the water are dazzling with plankton. Around 2 we hoisted the sails again, barely…

The Atlantic crossing

We set out to cross the Atlantic. The first destination is Cape Verde. We anchored in the bay in front of the harbor last night. We still needed to work for a long time in the evening to get the boat ready to cross. We left this morning. We wanted to go early, but we…