Rolling on the OceanMarkus
27-Nov-2007, 19d 53m N 033d 06m W
Hello from the Atlantic where we have been heading west since last Wednesday (21NOV), when the tradewinds finally settled in again. After 24 hours of very confused seas we're now in a pattern of good sailing days with squally nights. Continued rolling in cross swells makes life aboard a bit strenuous as you cannot put down anything e.g. for cooking without it flying off some surface in the next big wave and you permanently have to wedge yourself somewhere below decks while brushing teeth, washing dishes etc. But we are getting used to it and have enjoyed some very fine sailing days under twin headsails which have proofed a very favorable sail configuration for this type of downwind sailing. About 1650 nm to go - All is well aboard, stay tuned for further updates...
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...
Under way / UnterwegsMarkus
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!
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