Five Meter Waves

One year ago, it was getting louder abord, less sleep and higher waves. Nobody really felt comfortable any more. sometimes the autopilot was not used any more, since steering the boat manually seemed to be more suitable when racing down waves with 18kn and then stopped abruptly at the bottom again. B. was worried that the breaking waves hitting the ship from below and making teacups fly off the table by some 10cm (or us, if we wouldn’t have had a matress below us for sleeping) were seriously damaging the boat. Some water close to the engine, no idea where it came from. Sails down, sailing on average six knots just by the pure cross-section of the ship.

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Views from Inside: The Kitchen

a petroleum stove and oven, sink and all you need to make a cake ;)

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… and Speed again

Nicer weather and still making good progress towards the east, towards the acores:

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A Calm again …

A calm caught us again a good week after the other one. in the calm we even met somebody, a guy from germany on his 24 feet boat, alone. Poor guy, we were faster ;)

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Windy …

Outside the weather stayed a bit rougher, but we made good progress, saw some dolphins, wrote a letter in a bottle, …

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View from Inside

running the engine we left the calm and right away it got more uncomfortable, though :) this was a try to catch the movements of the ship, as seen (and felt) from inside:

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Maria S. Merian

Already some time ago: Visiting the Maria S. Merian in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria:

some more smaller pictures can be found here.

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Motoring out of the Calm

Not really wanting to stay too long without making any progress in the calm, we decided to use the engine. the water was flat, we went swimming.

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Beginning of Horse Latitudes

After a couple of relatively stressy days we arrived in the horse calms, we used this opportunity at first to calm down and relax, to sleep a whole night and then continue by motor the next day.

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Second Day on the Open Ocean

The first day was for me as well as for the third onboard Traumjäger a bit formed by fighting sea sickness, but on the second day I used the camera again, though :)
I ate one cup of soup and a chocolate cookie during the first two days on sea …

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