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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
The home stretch...
Markus
22-Jun-2008, 25 nm south of Cape Elizabeth - 43-10N 070-11W

Had a very nice 1-night stayover on Cape Cod with Nana's mother visiting and Ralf, Bibi, Martin and kids joining us on Saturday. Slipped our lines at 1700 yesterday afternoon to make it through the Cape Cod Canal on a favorable tide (Ralf stayed with us, every one else left again). So far it's been a mix of motoring and light wind sailing with fog moving in after midnight which is very slowly dissipating now (1100 local - picture above shows Ralf helming through another foggy patch). Wind is supposed to pick this afternoon ahead of a cold front so we still might get some nice sailing in. We very much hope the fog will have gone by then - sailing past Portland Headlight has always been the image we had in mind for the end of this trip and would be a pity not to see it... stay tuned...

PS: Picture of the crowd (minus Nana's mother who had already left and minus Nicky who couldn't be pulled away from an important Lego project) on Cape Cod

04 - Puerto Rico to Maine
This could be the last time...
Markus
20-Jun-2008, 100 nm East of New York City - 40-42NN 071-38W

Mick Jagger comes to mind... just realized that yesterday (19JUN) evening and this night (0200 local right now) was probably the last time I took a star sight before this trip comes to an end in Maine (last night sailing outside the sight of land - the picture above shows Nicky taking his own "sights" earlier in the day...). We're east of Long Island with about 70 nm to go to the Cape Cod Canal. After the lightning storm the night before (no reference to Lennon/McCartney intended) this night has been absolutely beautiful with clear starry skies. Unfortunately, there's hardly any wind so we're motor-sailing again, hoping to pick up a breeze again after sunrise... before that we will break the 10.000 nm mark on this trip (the log is at 9992 right now). Stay tuned...

PS: Here's a picture of our GPS log "rolling over" from 9,999 to 10,000 miles...

04 - Puerto Rico to Maine
160 nm to go...
Markus
19-Jun-2008, 70 nm East of New Jersey - 39-37N 072-33W

.. to the Cape Cod Canal, where we will make a stop to pick up Ralf (the "other Ralf" - Boeck this time) who will join us for the last short leg to Peaks Island, Maine (also, Nana's mother will make a short visit up from New York to see her grand son). After beating to windward during our first night out of the Chesapeake Bay we had to motor part of yesterday in very light winds. Yesterday evening it picked up again and we were sailing on a nice broad reach and the down-wind before a lightning storm passed over us between midnight and 0300 and forced us to run with it off our course for a few hours. Now (1200 on 19JUN) the wind has died down again and we had to raise our red "Beta Sail" again (i.e. start our Beta Marine engine).

It's quite amazing how sharply the air temperature appears to have dropped once we were north of the Chesapeake Bay. While the sun is still pretty strong during the day, the air definitely feels much cooler and we've dug out the warm sleeping bags for the nights again. Step 1 in our slow acclimatization back to live outside the tropics...

04 - Puerto Rico to Maine

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