After successfully and happily crossing the Biscay it was time to play & explore. Cedeira proved just right for this purpose, Viola from Esperanza and Pernille teamed up and made Riley drag Viola’s super heavy and bulky pole (yes a pole for pole dancing and no you can not imagine how heavy this thing is), … Continue reading Log 13 Galicia – Surf’s up!
Departure: Saint Malo, July 7, 7 AM Arrival: Île-de-Bréhat, July 7, 8 PM Nautical miles: 35 After a couple of stormy days in Saint Malo we off to Île-de-Bréhat, where we met up with our friends on Esperanza again. The island is stunning and, like the rest of the French west coast, characterised by the volatile tides. In the … Continue reading Log 11 Beautiful Bretagne – Dolphins, rainbows and a blue lagoon
Sailing is a more sustainable way of travel – guess that’s correct when assuming one exclusively use the sails. But we were surprised, or rather gobsmacked, to learn the carbon footprint of our engine use so far. We thought we’d actually been relatively good at minimising our motor sailing (especially recently after we experienced engine … Continue reading A Green Heading with a Black Trail
The recent atrocious and pointless killing of more than 1400 dolphins in one day in the Faroe Islands has horrified many while making headlines around the world. This outcry may cause the government to review the regulations regarding dolphin hunt – here’s hoping. Since this is kind of a single murder event, it is relatively … Continue reading Biscay bycatch – save our dolphins!
Departure: Amsterdam, June 19, 12 AM Arrival: Hague, June 19, 8 PM Nautical miles: 35 After a brief stop in the Hague for provisions we quickly sailed on to Zeebrugge in Belgium. We only had 24 hours in Belgium, but they were well spent on a visit to Brüges . This medieval town seemingly hasn’t changed for a thousand … Continue reading Log 9 Brüges – feminist crusade in a medieval town
Departure: Lemmer, June 16, 12 AM Arrival: Enkhuizen, June 16, 6 PM Nautical miles: 30 After exiting the canals near Lemmer, we entered the Ijsselmeer. To our knowledge also filled with fresh water, separated by the North Sea by the man made (human made to be more correct) deich – a long barricade preventing the Dutch from becoming the … Continue reading Log 8 Enkhuizen & Amsterdam
Protecting marine areas is a vital measure in re-establishing and protecting the blue paradises that support and give life to our planet. So when we learned that the SDG target 14.5 (see introduction to the SDGs here Life Below Water – Sustainable Development Goal 14) was the only one of the four targets under SDG 14 with a 2020 deadline to meet (or on track to meet) to be realised, we were delighted and keen for the target to be extended to conserve beyond the 10 % of coastal and marine areas (World Oceans Day is calling for the goal to be extended to 30 pct. protected by 2030 (Sign the Petition – World Ocean Day). But then we learned that the 10 % is “rounded up” from less than 5 % or maybe only 1 % (defying the rules of mathematics and common sense). Continue reading Marine Protected Areas or just “Paper-parks”
Departure: Strömstad, June 1, 2.30 PM Arrival: Hirtshals, June 2, 11 AM Nautical miles: 100 After calling the Norwegian immigration office, we had to realise what we already knew – we weren’t going to make it into Norway – and no matter how we twist and turn the Norwegian regulations wouldn’t even allow us to pass through their waters … Continue reading Log 5 Skagerak and the North Sea
Today is Kai’s birthday and we thought we’d celebrate by doing what we love most – talking (or rather writing) about our little doggo. We often get asked a lot of questions about Kai, from how we found him to how he fares as a boat dog. So here’s a quick little intro to the … Continue reading Life of Kai – the tale of a boat dog
SDG 14 “Life Below Water” is essential for sustaining life, as Sylvia Earle so simply, yet eloquently say “No water, no life, no blue, no green”. We humans are on every level dependent on the ocean. Continue reading Life Below Water – Sustainable Development Goal 14