Namani at Sea

The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani

30 June 2014 | Peaks Island, ME
10 June 2014 | Tarrytown, NY
19 May 2014 | Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia
09 May 2014 | Sydney
06 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
04 May 2014 | Cairns, QLD
01 May 2014 | Yorkey's Knob Boat Club
29 April 2014 | Anchored in Pioneer Bay, Palm Islands, QLD
26 April 2014 | Macona Inlet, Hook Island/Whitsundays
17 April 2014 | Rosslyn Bay
14 April 2014 | Pacific Creek, Curtis Island
04 April 2014 | Great Keppel Island, Queensland
02 March 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
26 February 2014 | Scarborough, Queensland
13 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
03 February 2014 | Scarborough, Moreton Bay/Queensland
12 January 2014 | Redcliffe Marina, Scarborough/Moreton Bay
07 January 2014 | Shoal Bay, Port Stephens
03 January 2014 | Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour

The blog has moved to

29 July 2014
We have moved our blog to, where you will also find all the old posts that were previously hosted here at Sailblogs. We'll keep Namani's Sailblogs page up for a while until we have cleaned up back links at the new location. Meanwhile new posts will only appear on

PS: The picture above shows the 40 or so most frequent words from blog posts during four years of living aboard Namani (courtesy of

The backshore of Peaks Island...

30 June 2014 | Peaks Island, ME
Flying home the long way
... is a special place to us. Years ago we've sat here many times, dreaming about sailing away (Nana probably as long as she can remember). Now Peaks has become both, the destination for our first Transatlantic cruise and the departure point for our more recent "Pacific Interlude". We're back where we started almost three years ago and watching the setting sun reflect off the cliff on Cushing Island from the backshore is still a special treat ;-)

Between reuniting with family and the soccer world cup our first two weeks here seem to have passed in no time. We'll be on Peaks until the end of July, trying to finish a few of the projects we have started while living on Namani before a work schedule will make this a luxury again. We're no longer "traveling aboard" as the subtitle to this blog suggests but it still feels like these last weeks belong to "the trip". Hence we may post a few more updates before this blog goes dormant (or we can resurrect it in some other form).

Back at 41N 74W...

10 June 2014 | Tarrytown, NY
Flying home the long way
Eastbound itinerary

We're back on the US Coast now, about a month after we left Namani and Australia in early May. We had a wonderful trip back with a few stops to see many old (and some new) friends along the way. Many thanks Margaret and Steve; Fenny, Howe and Elizabeth; Ken and Sylvia; Catherine and Chris; Sheila, Bill and Cecille; Sabina, Graham, Ethan and Lynden; Laura, Gary, Aiden, Gerda and Jack - it's been wonderful seeing you - you have all spoiled us with your hospitality!

We'll head up to Maine later this week - back to where we started this trip in September 2011.
Vessel Name: Namani
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 35
Crew: Nana, Markus and Nick
About: A family of three on a cruise from the US East Coast to Australia
Namani's Photos - Antigua to Puerto Rico
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Interesting pilotage approaching Great Bird Island through the reefs north of Antigua
Sunset at anchor off Great Bird Island
A productive galley
The "Wimpelkette" north off Great Bird Island
Islands north of Antigua
Nicky on the beach
Reef exploration via dinghy
A very nice anchorage (Great Bird Island again)
Approaching Barbuda
Fresh water showering in the rain
Nana and Nicky off Barbuda
Markus and Nicky on Barbuda
Hoorray - the three of us!
Nicky, dreaming of Gragobatz
Approaching St. Kitts
Nicky on St. Kitts in front of "The Circus"
Rated "R" for Rainwater laundry
A nice little hike on St. Kitts
Nana helming between St. Kitts and St. Maarten
Lego Parade!
Installing the new charge regulator for wind/tow-generator and solar panel on St. Maarten
More charge regulator work
Nicky munching on a sandwich off Anguilla
Topping off diesel before leaving Anguilla for St. Maarten
A very nice anchorage on SE Culebra (Bahia de Almodovar)
Approaching Puerto Rico
Happy Birthday, Papa!
Nicky and Bafia in El Yunque
The Diesel-King
Nicky on the beach in Vieques
Markus - finally with a visa for legal entry into the US
Nicky and Bafia on El Morro, Old San Juan
Nana and Nicky on El Morro, Old San Juan (re-enacting a picture taken off Nana many moons ago in the same spot...)