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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
In search of the elusive tradewinds...
Markus
20-Nov-2007, 23d 05m N 019d 05m W

A quick message from the Atlantic, still heading SSW to reach the tradewinds that are forecasted to have re-established themselves on Thursday when a low and associated cold-front off the Canaries and Madera finally crumbles and high pressure moves in north of us... about 2500 nm to go to Antigua, all is well aboard... finished the last of our fresh meat supplies yesterday, now hoping for the fish to bite to save us from the cans ;-) ... stay tuned for further updates...

02 - Atlantic Crossing
Under way / Unterwegs
Markus
17-Nov-2007, 26d 44m N 014d 57m W - Between the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands

A quick update from aboard Namani... we left Lanzarote yesterday at 1430 utc and are now heading towards the Cape Verde Islands with about 2900 nm to go to Antigua. We're staying relatively far east to avoid SW winds generated by a low pressure system moving towards the Canaries and are currently in light variable winds under engine (after a good of sailing though). We hope to pick up the NE tradewinds around Wednesday next week ... stay tuned for further updates!

Hallo von Namani, unterwegs in Richtung Kapverdische Inseln mit ca. 2900 sm bis Antigua... sind gestern von Lanzarote gestartet, z.Zt. gerade bei schwachem umlaufenden Wind unter Motor ... hoffen die NE Passatwinde Mitte nächster Woche zu erreichen, wenn ein Tief nordwestlich von uns an Einflu=DF verliert... stay tuned for further updates!

02 - Atlantic Crossing
(Almost) Ready for Departure
Markus
14-Nov-2007, Puerto Calero

We are now planning on departing Lanzarote on Friday and since things might be quite busy tomorrow (Thursday) we thought we'd rather put in our "farewell post" from the Old World today. Peter will arrive tomorrow to join us for Atlantic leg and we're looking forward to seeing him again aboard Namani.

The picture above shows us tonight aboard Namani discussing the latest weather data and forecasts with the crew of Sea Bright who will also shoot for a Friday departure. Based on current forecasts reaching the tradewind belt just north of the Cape Verde Islands might be require some patience as some low pressure systems NW of here play havoc with the NE winds typical for this region. So in our case the best strategy may indeed be "going south until the butter melts and then turning right"...

We hope we will be able to post text updates again from underway. Otherwise you'll here from us once we reach Antigua, hopefully sometime around December 10 - stay tuned...

BTW - Special thanks to everyone who is posting comments to our updates here. We very much enjoy reading those and knowing that our entries are actually being read!

02 - Atlantic Crossing

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