Departure: Porto, August 22, 11 am Arrival: Nazaré, August 23, 9 pm Nautical miles: 105 *Including overnight stay at Figueira da Foz Spending quite some time in Porto also meant that progress had to be made in order to maintain our ambitious schedule and we didn’t have option to wait for the perfect forecast. Although the weather wasn’t bad, the … Continue reading Log 15 Nazaré & Lagos – Orca encounters
Departure: Arousa, August 14, 3 pm Arrival: Porto, August 15, 7.30 pm Nautical miles: 100 *Including overnight stay at Barra after 25 nm After leaving Arousa we raced to Porto to meet up with Pernille’s parents, who were driving all the way from Denmark to Portugal to meet up with us during their summer vacation (they prefer to drive in … Continue reading Log 14 Porto – A family affair
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: Glénan Islands, July 23 Arrival: Bélon (Rivière deBélonn), July 23 Nautical miles: 10 Ever been fooled by the forecast? Bet you have, we’ve many times, but our departure from the Glénan is probably one of the worst. We knew bad weather was coming up, but according to the forecast we should have had plenty of times to get … Continue reading Log 12 Crossing the Biscay
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
Growing up in a coastal fishing village in Greece, fishing was always something natural for me and my friends, some of whom came from fishing families and have actually become fishermen themselves. Our family sailing vacations evolved mostly around some sort of fishing or underwater exploring – and sailing which as a matter of fact … Continue reading Harvesting from the Sea – the Great debate
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!
I (Leo) am one of those personalities that expects quite a bit of adrenaline in return for any physical activity. That unfortunately comes at a high price and always has. I envy Pernille and other people, who really enjoy doing workouts and yoga (took me 3 tries to spell joga correctly). She doesn’t need a … Continue reading Wing Foiling – the ideal toy for sailors?
Lots has happened, summer hit for most of us and nobody wants to sit in front of a screen and write or read about sailing, especially when you can sail for yourself. Nevertheless we want to write a little overview of what we have been up to since the Netherlands and Belgium. Following a quick … Continue reading Log 10 – Engine failure and navigating the tides in France