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2022
23
May

Sailing and home-office

We’re rushing along with an average speed of over 6 knots in winds between 15 and 20 knots from the ESE and still rather smooth seas, fantastic sailing! Bread is on the stove, later on we’ll do a bit of laundry and then we’ll settle down in the home office. Christian is working on the new firmware for the Pitufino and I’m translating. Last year… Continue reading »

2022
22
May

Finally wind!

Finally the wind has set in! We’ve had a wonderfully starry night with Scorpio, the Southern Cross and Orion twinkling above us, before the half moon rose in an eerie orange glow. Now it’s a bit squally all around with winds shifting between SE and ESE and we’re running with 5 knots. 1090 nm to go!

2022
21
May

Searching for wind

Ever since we started out the grib file (wind arrows for an area to give you predicted speed and direction) have been promising more wind in two days. We just never quite reach it, like a carrot dangling in front of our bow… Yesterday morning the grib showed a bubble without any wind ahead, so we decided to sail straight north in order to avoid… Continue reading »

2022
20
May

Two poles

When we know we’ll go downwind with the wind shifting slightly, we put up two genoa poles, so we can flexibly adjust the course, swapping the headsail port and starboard. The poles are fixed with lines (foreguys and aftguys), so we can pull them back and forward and sail up to 100 degrees. When the wind moves forward of that, it’s no big job to… Continue reading »

2022
19
May

All sails up

The winds are still light, but steadier. Yesterday we hoisted the gennaker again, once it was up we realised that we had forgotten to roll the genoa in. Much to our surprise the boat sailed well downwind with the main up to port, the blister to port and the genoa poled to starboard. We’ve never had that much canvas up before, but we were still… Continue reading »

2022
18
May

Blistering between squalls

We waited patiently for a weather window with a stable high to ride steady southeasterlies on top of it–only to sail right into a convergence zone that was only mentioned in the forecast after we had set out. Well, we’re making the best of the light and fickle winds. Yesterday we put the gennaker (big lightwind sail) up in the morning, soon after black squally… Continue reading »

2022
17
May

Underway again!

Finally we have a stable enough looking weather window and we’re sailing towards Fiji! So far the wind is light, so we have only made 100 nm in the last 24 hours. We wouldn’t mind the slow progress, but the sails are banging quite badly in between and we hope for more wind. 1450 nm to go!

2022
10
May

Cook Islands Cruising Info

Good news, the Cook Islands are opening up for cruisers again! As of current travel info May 1st, 2022, sailboats can visit, but the check-in is only possible in the main island Rarotonga so far. Check the official government page for updates and details http://www.mfem.gov.ck/customs/arrival-and-departure-information-for-marine-crafts. And here’s the link to a pdf with the full law text. The form CICS 29: Advance Notice Of Arrival… Continue reading »

2022
08
May

Galapagos sharks

I enjoyed hanging out with those cute and nosy sharkies so much that I decided to get one!

2022
05
May

DIY: How to replace sprayhood windows

Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Replacing the windows on the dodger, All At Sea Caribbean, May 2022, p. 46–50. Download the whole magazine for free.

2022
03
May

Lack of nature protection in French Poly

Reading and watching the news you’d think French Polynesia was a nature paradise. Almost each week the president, PEW and other organisations announce new protection zones in the Pacific around Fr Poly , rahui areas around islands (traditional bans) and anchoring bans for the nastiest polluters–us cruisers. Turtles have been protected for a long time, the same goes for sharkies. Unfortunately that’s just theory: protected… Continue reading »

2022
01
May

Making friends and enemies

Each morning we read the news and each morning we get upset about how we humans treat our planet. We can’t change those global issues, we can only try to make a small difference starting with ourselves. We tend to go one step further and address behaviour that we witness in our little world (e.g. anchoring in coral, disturbing bird colonies, treating remote places as… Continue reading »

2022
30
Apr

Waiting

After we had to interrupt our passage because of the broken track on the mast, the repair was rather quickly done, but we had missed our weather window. We need really stable weather for the 1.900 nautical miles to Fiji and it’s rare to find a weather window that actually lasts 2 weeks and goes all the way. Before Covid we could have stopped in… Continue reading »

2022
23
Apr

Read Online: Article in Cruising World “Know your Weather”

Christian Feldbauer, Birgit Hackl: KNOW YOUR WEATHER, Cruising World, April 2022. Read the online version of this article.

2022
16
Apr

Damage underway

During a 30 knot squall the track for the genoa pole got ripped out of the mast–incredible with what extreme forces a sailboat has to deal, the big foresail is over 60 m2… No way we could manage the downwind trip without a genoa pole. We have to interrupt our trip for repairs.

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