Yacht Olivia

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

24 July 2019 | Lagos, Portugal
12 July 2019
29 June 2019
23 June 2019 | North Atlantic
17 June 2019 | North Atlantic
11 June 2019
30 May 2019 | St Georges, Bermuda
27 May 2019
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

Days 38-43

29 June 2019
Ann Ljungberg
It’s Saturday, June 29. Six weeks since we left Brunswick, Georgia to cross the Atlantic. Our last crossing, five years ago, from Gran Canaria to Martinique took 21 days and I thought that was a long enough escape from ”normal” life. That time, we had a steady and hard tradewind pushing us over. This time, we have experienced the Azores high pressure system. In the old days it was called ”the horse latitudes” - because when the ships got caught in the no-wind doldrums for weeks their horses would starve to death and get thrown overboard. With reports from other ships about dead horses in the water ... horrible stories and we definately have not seen any horses. Only thousands of the Portugese man-at-war and more dolphins.

The last few days have been a bit worrysome as we had very little fuel left but needed to run the engine to make some kind of speed. We have learned that if we run it at about 1200 RPM (instead of 2200), there is almost no fuel consumption and we still make that extra knot that the windwane needs to work.

But it has not been all bad - we actually had a couple of PERFECT days with sun, steady wind and a balanced boat. Leaning but not rocking. The only problem was that we were leaning to starboard, so I was practically standing up in the aft berth, trying to sleep.

And guess what!? We made landfall today! Finally arriving in Horta, the Azores, after a 17 day long leg from Bermuda. There are hundreds of boats here who have all made long passages so the place has a cool cruising atmosphere. After checking in with marina office, immigration police and customs we went to the legendary ”Peter’s Sports Bar” for a meal and a drink. The saying goes that if you have crossed the Atlantic and visit Horta but DON’T go to this bar, your boat will sink. So I guess we’re all insured now. We will stay here for a while, I won’t even speculate how long ;-)

PS. Another thing we have learned is that a flying fish tastes a bit like a sardine. Pan fried in butter, yum. We just had one to taste, it had recently landed on deck.
Vessel Name: Olivia
Vessel Make/Model: Overseas 40
Hailing Port: Stockholm
Home Page: http://www.yachtolivia.se
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