Sand in the water – Cape Verde

Unlike the passage to the Canaries, the one to Cape Verde was the least pleasant I ever had. No wind for 3 days we hardly made any distance, than a smaller storm lasted for a day, swell from any and all direction all the time, heat, rain… anyway… one can not influence the weather. Our…

The Canaries

The passage from Portugal to the Canaries was one of the best sailing of my life. Not only because it was the most pleasant smooth, and relaxing but also our plan worked very well we had to pass 4 different weather systems, and it went absolutely well. It is quite incredible that forecasts nowadays are…

Portugal is Love!

Oporto is so far my favourite place in Europe. Everybody is friendly, and seems happy. Ppl are chatting on the street, welcoming each other warmly if they meet. The whole place is just charming. Even if I do not speak a single word of portugese still I managed to organise and solve everything I wanted….

War-Zone sailing

That rather silent cracking sound of the mainsail tearing apart I will never forget. I expected more drama, but nothing happened basically. We continued sitting in the cockpit with Dusan, looking up for the massive hole for a few long seconds before we lowered the the whole textil. In my imagination before, this things should…

The Bay of Fear

After a quite event less rounding of the Raz de Sein, I was in the bay! Nice pleasant wind was blowing from the continent resulting flat seas, real ideal conditions. Only one thing was bugging me, the autopilot… I lost it again early morning… hand-steering while sailing alone is really not something I want to…

Against wind and tide

Sailors used to say that if you can sail in the English channel than you can sail everywhere. Well, this is hopefully true but I also understand by now that they do not speak about the nice and smooth British coast but the absolutely treacherous French side. Rocks after rocks, overfalls, strong currents, unpredictable weather,…

The Channel Islands

I’m alone from now on. Zoli’s time was coming to the end, he had to go home unfortunately from Cherbourg. Before he left we managed to visit a nice anchorage around, spent a night on the hook, woken up by the uncomfortable swell rolling in the wavebreaker. This is the land of tides. One of…

Crossing the Channel

It is 10pm and blowing hard outside the wavebreaker. All work and preparation are done by now. Normal sense would say to stay in port until better weather but we are soo eager to leave we untie the lines and off we go. I always imagined this will be sort of a magical moment, I…

Bye England

I spent four days of my life stucked in the engine-room of Psyrema underneath of the steering wheel in a rather uncomfortable position. Its already the second week of august and I should have left England a good tree month ago if I ever wanted to cross the atlantic. It is a race against time,…

Todo-list and preparation

After a lazy January I have to switch to super-high speed if I want to finish even the most important things on my list. Yes – I have a list… it is more like a book by now.. and the top important item on it is to actually review all the other items and tick off anything…

The Plan – Leg.1 is all about sailing

I have quite a bit of experience planning long voyages. Last time I was thinking about the details for 1.5years. And than obviously we diverted from the plan. But plans are there to change them. I still strongly think this particular 1.5 years was actually necessary and well spent. You have to dive deep if…

A new life

As expected, a new expedition will happen as there is always something new over the horizon… there is always a more exciting word behind the next corner…. my mind can’t rest until the whole world is discovered so to hit the road again is inevitable. I hope the journey will start this year during mid summer… but…