HALEKAI Sailing Around the World

Nancy and Burger invite you to read about their adventures afloat and ashore.

27 March 2015 | Guadalupe, Ecuador
25 December 2014 | Port Saint Lucie, Florida
17 November 2014 | Stuart, Florida
12 November 2014 | Wrightsville Beach, NC
10 November 2014 | Swansboro, NC
09 November 2014 | ICW MileMarker 126, North Carolina
08 November 2014 | In the Middle of Nowhere
07 November 2014 | Great Falls Bridge, Virginia
06 November 2014 | Virginia Cut
05 November 2014 | Portsmouth, Virginia
04 November 2014 | Portsmouth, Virginia
09 August 2014 | Islesboro, Maine
25 May 2014 | Herrington Harbour North, Maryland
23 May 2014 | Herrington Harbour North, Maryland
07 May 2014 | From Great Bridge to Norfolk, VA
29 April 2014 | Wrightsville Beach, NC
27 April 2014 | Myrtle Beach SC
26 April 2014 | Myrtle Beach SC
24 April 2014 | Georgia marshes

A Tumultuous Exit from the Med

24 September 2013 | Rabat, Morocco
Photo: Entering the Bouregreg River channel, with view of the Rabat's Kashbah and the public beach to the right of the breakwater.

Just a quick note to say we arrived safely in Rabat the day before yesterday, after an overnight trip from La Linea/Bay of Gibraltar. We had 30+ knots gusting to 40 in the Strait and even after reducing sail to just our staysail, we still zoomed along at 7 knots plus 2 knots of current. It was exhilarating! But once around the Cape and down the Moroccan coast a few miles, the wind suddenly shut off. We motored all night at 4 knots so as to arrive in Rabat after low water, since the chart showed a shallow bar at the entrance to the river. But they've been dredging recently and we saw no less than 12 feet two hours after low water.

We were escorted up the river by the marina's pilot boat, and felt like celebrities and ambassadors to America, waving to onlookers ashore. Several people shouted, "Welcome to Morocco." We tied up to the Customs and fuel dock, cleared into the country quickly and took on fuel, much cheaper than in Spain. A sniffer dog gave his approval that no drugs were aboard. Then we were ushered to our berth in the modern marina.

Strangely, the marina's wifi won't let us access gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail or FaceBook so we haven't been able to let anyone know we're here. They've evidently filtered all encrypted websites. We finally got a sailmail message out to our daughters via the SSB radio, and have now discovered we can post here on Sailblogs.

Vessel Name: Halekai
Vessel Make/Model: Alden 50 Center Cockpit
Hailing Port: Berlin
Crew: Nancy and Burger Zapf
We've been sailing around the world in stages aboard Halekai, our Alden 50 CC, since leaving Annapolis, Maryland in 2004. After several seasons in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, Halekai was shipped from Thailand to Turkey to avoid the pirates in June 2011. [...]
We left Germany aboard our first boat, Phantasus, a LeComte NorthEast 38, and crossed the Atlantic in 1975. In 1981/82 we sailed her from the US East Coast to the South Pacific. We've sailed extensiviely aboard Halekai on the US East Coast, in the Bahamas and the eastern and western Caribbean. [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/halekai
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After visiting the famous pilgramage for sailors, the Monastery of the Archangel Michael in Panormitis, we sailed around to the main town of Symi.
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from Kupang to Komodo, Bali to Borneo
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Our three-day stopover in Hong Kong to celebrate our 41st anniversary
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Created 25 December 2010
Thanksgiving in Wilmington, NC with our daughters and their families
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Created 7 December 2010
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We left Bundaberg late June and sailed up the coast of Queensland, inside the Great Barrier Reef.
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Created 13 August 2010
Halekai in Fiji
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