Yacht Olivia

Follow our cruise! We are Ann & Mats on yacht Olivia, an Overseas 40 bluewater cruising sailboat.

24 May 2019
24 May 2019 | Masonboro, NC
22 May 2019 | Masonboro NC
23 April 2014 | Caribean Sea
23 April 2014 | Caribean Sea
11 February 2014
05 February 2014
03 February 2014 | North Atlantic
02 February 2014 | North Atlantic
01 February 2014 | North Atlantic
31 January 2014 | North Atlantic
29 January 2014 | North Atlantic
28 January 2014 | North Atlantic
27 January 2014 | North Atlantic
25 January 2014 | North Atlantic
24 January 2014 | North Atlantic
23 January 2014 | North Atlantic
22 January 2014 | North Atlantic
21 January 2014 | North Atlantic

We are sailing!

24 May 2019
Ann Ljungberg
Off! Fingers crossed now, please!

Days 5-7

24 May 2019 | Masonboro, NC
Ann Ljungberg | Sunny, hot
We are about to take off again in a couple of hours, yay! The stay here was a little longer than we expected.

Day 5 - continued
I (Ann) got a dingy ride ashore with our lovely cruising neighbors and could pick up engine parts, add money to our US phone (which has been of extensive use these days) and hit the grocery store - all with the help of four friendly Uber drivers. After fixing the engine, we invited our new cruising friends Kara, John and their little boy Dean for drinks and dinner. What joy socializing onboard at anchor, it's been a while and raised our spirits.

Day 6. Thursday May 23.
Take-off day, we thought. But with an engine that refuses to go in reverse we had to rethink. Captain eventually solved the problem but by then it was too late to leave. Another big adventure today was visiting the marina dock, filling diesel and water. We're back to square one and SO ready.

Day 7.
We'll take off around 4pm EST and are spending the day getting things back in order after repairs, writing a new menu plan (hoping to be able to exchange some of the "boring" choices like eggs and bacon for really fresh fish).

So far, the menu has looked like this for dinner (we don't eat much during the day)
Days 1: Boeuf bourguignon that we had prepared before takeoff.
Day 2: Piccata Milanese (veal schnitzel dipped in egg and parmesan, served with yummy tomato sauce)
Day 3: Beautiful Farmer's Market sausages and zucchini on the grill
Day 4 and 5: Lamb Kleftiko (pieces of lamb, bell peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes, feta cheese and lots of herbs, cooked slowly in the oven).
Day 5: Burgers and veggies on the grill
Day 6: Leftover burgers and sausages with tasty yoghurt, garlic and spinach sauce
Day 7: tonight we will have our premade meatsauce with pasta - unless there's fish!
I have NO idea how I have lost 3 pounds already! Possibly because days at sea are like a continuous gym session, even when you are sitting down or sleeping.

Our next sunset should be without a coastline! Wish us luck!

Days 1-5

22 May 2019 | Masonboro NC
Ann Ljungberg | Cloudy and hot
So, we finally managed to take off Saturday after a week of complications and adjustments.

I was going to introduce our crew member here, but let's just call him Mr Chicken, he jumped ship before we took off. We're back to the two of us - Captain Mats and 1st mate Ann and right now that feels pretty good.

Our first day at sea - after being waved off by lovely Margaret and Bill (thanks guys!) - was spent getting sails up and ropes in order. The first few hours had some heavy boat traffic, passing Jekyll and St Simons Islands and it was GREAT getting out to the solitude at open sea. We had a meal at sundown and started our night watches where Captain got to sleep a little longer and Ann was gazing at the stars and lucking out with the sunrise!

Day 2 - little wind, small but choppy waves, mainsail and cutter sail up and getting a little help from the engine. We were exited about the prospect of getting further out at sea (still going north not to far from the coast but far enough not to see it). Had a great dinner, barbecuing sausages from the farmer's market. Our grill works well at sea! And then we had an alarming mail from our weather guy!

Day 3. We need to seek shelter before 6pm when a northerly low will hit! Aiming for Masonboro Inlet where there is plenty of anchorage. We're doing good speed as the wind is picking up so decide to turn off the engine. And then it will not start again! For the first time ever, we need to call assistance. A guy from Towboat US arrives as we are approaching the inlet. By then, Captain has worked his magic - the engine starts but will not back up (needed for anchoring) so Towboat Tom escorts us in and gives us all kinds of good tips for parts and The rest of the day is spent fixing the engine as well as we can without some needed parts. And cooking a delicious Lamb Kleftiko.

Day 4. (Tuesday)
Where is that hard wind? Not here, but the next week looks horrendous with a big system forming at sea. It looks like we might be stuck here for a while unless we choose a more southerly route. Weather guy is on it.
We spend the day looking through the engine again and seem to have most things fixed.

Day 5.
We're hoping to get a lift into town with another cruiser who is anchored here. Not really intrigued getting our dingy out of ocean storage. And it's a little too windy to take our sailboat into the dock - but that might happen tomorrow. With the prospect of filling water tomorrow we might splurge a little today - shower time! It has been REALLY hot here.

This is how you can follow our voyage!

12 May 2019
Ann Ljungberg
We’re starting our Atlantic crossing in a few days and will be blogging throughout the journey.

We are using this special sailblog tool which allows us to blog through radio and satellite phone.

It’s (sadly) a one way communication! You can of course leave comments but WE WILL NOT SEE THEM until we have a proper internet connection, so please don’t expect any replies from us until we have arrived in the Azores or mainland Portugal sometime in June.

Since we have many international friends following us, we will be writing in English.

Don’t worry if a day or two passes without a post. Sometimes weather can be rough and we’ll need to focus on being safe.

You can follow our posts on www.yachtolivia.se or directly at www.sailblogs.com/member/yachtolivia

Mot USA

23 April 2014 | Caribean Sea
Ann
Efter viss möda (läs muta) kunde vi lämna DR i tisdags. Nu seglar vi längs Haitis sydkust och beräknar komma till Bahamas på fredag.

Om vädret fortsätter vara såhär gynnsamt är det möjligt att vi fortsätter nonstop till Florida. Under våra dryga två månader i Västindien har vi mest lagat båtgrejer. Efter Atlantseglingen behövdes nya segel som vi fick på Antigua. Det gjorde inte så jättemycket att UPS slarvade bort frakten eftersom Nelson's Dockyard var ett trevligt ställe och till slut kom de fram. Vi gjorde utflykt med amerikanska båtgrannar till huvudstaden St Johns. Några utflykter har det också blivit på Martinique, Guadeloupe, Sint Maarten/St Martin och DR. Men mest jobb ... ...terkommer med bilder mm när vi har internetuppkoppling, detta skickas via kortvågsradio.

Mot USA

23 April 2014 | Caribean Sea
Ann
Vi kunde efter viss möda (läs muta) lämna Dominikanska Republiken tidag morgon. Nu seglar vi längs Haitis sydkust och beräknar komma till Bahamas på fredag. Om vädret fortsätter vara såhär gynnsamt är det möjligt att vi fortsätter nonstop till Florida. Under våra dryga två månader i Västindien har vi mest lagat båtgrejer. Efter Atlantseglingen behövdes nya segel som vi fick på Antigua. Det gjorde inte så jättemycket att UPS slarvade bort frakten eftersom Nelson's Dockyard var ett trevligt ställe och till slut kom de fram. Vi gjorde utflykt med amerikanska båtgrannar till huvudstaden St Johns. Några utflykter har det också blivit på Martinique, Guadeloupe, Sint Maarten/St Martin och DR. Men mest jobb ... ...terkommer med bilder mm när vi har internetuppkoppling, detta skickas via kortvågsradio.
Vessel Name: Olivia
Vessel Make/Model: Overseas 40
Hailing Port: Stockholm
Home Page: http://www.yachtolivia.se
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