14 July 2018 – Crossing the Blue Desert

14 July 2018 – Crossing the Blue Desert

Mindelo (CPV) – Salvador de Bahía (BRA) “Your turn, nothing to report!” Floris wakes up Ivar at 4 in the morning. It’s the first night of our Atlantic Ocean crossing and Floris can hardly keep his eyes open. “The first night is always the worst”, Ivar sighs while rubbing his eyes. A few minutes later, […]

31 May 2018 – Canary Island Hopping

31 May 2018 – Canary Island Hopping

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ESP) – El Hierro (ESP) “We’re floating again!” The big blue boatlift of Varaderos Anaga has put Luci gently into the water. Is she as anxious as we are, after spending almost two months out of her element, high and dry on the wharf in Tenerife? During that time, we gave […]

4 May 2018 – Traveling Back in Time

4 May 2018 – Traveling Back in Time

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ESP) “Lisbon! I think that’s Lisbon” Floris can’t hide the excitement in his voice. We squeeze our faces closer to the window. “Yes, I recognize the river Tejo,” Ivar replies. Seeing the city from above gives us flashbacks to Christmas 2016, when we stayed in the Alcantara docks, discovered the city […]

16 March 2018 – Volcanoes and Paint

16 March 2018 – Volcanoes and Paint

Agadir (MAR) – Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ESP) Boink! Cloonk! What’s that disturbing sound coming from the stern of the boat? Luci responds by changing course towards the wind. Ivar quickly attaches himself to the safety line on deck and makes his way towards Herbie, our windvane autopilot. “Sh*t, Herbie’s entire auxiliary rudder is gone!” […]

4 February 2018 – Another World

4 February 2018 – Another World

Palma de Mallorca (ESP)– Agadir (MAR) … 10, 11, 12! A large clock projected on the festival screen loudly strikes midnight. The people around us quickly swallow grapes in an attempt to keep up. Happy New Year! Eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is both a tradition and a superstition in Spain. […]

27 December 2017 – Go West

27 December 2017 – Go West

Chania (GRC) – Palma de Mallorca (ESP) We won’t forget our last night in Chania easily. A depression brings strong westerly winds with heavy thunderstorms and wind gusts. They push Luci against the town quay, putting maximum pressure on our fenders. When the wind veers and becomes northerly, the swell enters the harbour. The pressure […]

29 July 2016 – Danish Ambitions and Swedish Nature

29 July 2016 – Danish Ambitions and Swedish Nature

Copenhagen (DNK) – Larvik (NOR) Walking and Cycling the Capital of Climate Ambitions “You should put your camera away or they will smash it, guaranteed.” A friendly Dane warns us that taking photographs is not appreciated, to put it mildly. On our stroll around Copenhagen on foot, by chance we find ourselves in Freetown Christiania, […]

8 July 2016 – German Food and Danish Energy

8 July 2016 – German Food and Danish Energy

Kiel (DEU) – Copenhagen (DNK) Kiel is the hometown of Germany’s first packaging-free grocery store. Reason for us to pay a visit to Marie Delaperrière and her store “Unverpackt”. We search the boat for empty containers and stack as many in our backpack as we can find. Inspired by the “zero waste” movement, Marie started […]

26 June 2016 – The Compass Leads the Way

26 June 2016 – The Compass Leads the Way

Enkhuizen (NLD) – Kiel (DEU) The “compass pole” in Harlingen’s harbour is notorious. According to our neighbours in the marina, sailing yachts that need their compass calibrated should only attempt to moor there at high tide, and even then it’s a challenge to throw a line around it because of its height and size. We […]

7 August 2015 – Sailing Home

7 August 2015 – Sailing Home

“It looks like we’ll have a weather window with E wind in three days” says Ivar. Neither of us feels like going back, but our fourth and last holiday week has begun and we have commitments back home. We have been keeping an eye on the grib files from site windyty.com, which fairly accurately forecasts the wind for the […]

31 July 2015 – The Norwegian Riviera

31 July 2015 – The Norwegian Riviera

Goodmorning Mandal “A gift from the harbour master!” says Ivar when he finds a little bag in the cockpit that contains fresh bread and jam. Following a good night’s sleep after our 3-day journey, we enjoy a sunny breakfast in our first Norwegian town, Mandal. We quickly learn that Mandal is not just easy to sail […]

14 July 2015 – Test Run to Norway

14 July 2015 – Test Run to Norway

“The wheel is not responding!” I panic a bit: we’re “not in command”. The autopilot continuously spins the steering wheel, which should stop after 3 cycles when the rudder has reached its maximum position. Did we lose the rudder? Is there a broken part in the steering system? We are around 100 miles NW of […]

5 January 2015 – “Maiden” Trip to Terschelling

5 January 2015 – “Maiden” Trip to Terschelling

Finally – after 15 months of renovations, we are sailing again! Our first trip is taking us to an old time favourite: the island of Terschelling. We leave from Enkhuizen on the 28th of December, where our friend Feitze and his colleague put the finishing touches to Lucipara² by adding new covers for the sails and […]