Routing

14 Feb

We had strong winds last night as the beginning of the big depression started to move to our area. Actually, ours was a secondary depression to the primary big one off the New England coast and forecast to move North Northeast. We are lucky that it is not headed this way as it has very strong winds in it. The Azores High is looking to re-establish itself on an axis between the Azores and the Bay of Biscay, and this is forecast to fend off the big depression. Actually, there are a slew of confused small systems between Azores and ...

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PASSAGE LOGS POSTSCRIPT: Antigua One Year Later…

14 Feb

This time last year was quite a different story. Mia was back in Sweden still, and I was reeling from the failure of our first two legs of 2016. We were meant to go from BVI-Grenada on Leg 1, only to make it halfway there (in similar, rough & windy conditions) when the roller-furler jammed and failed, forcing us to turn back. Then the mainsail split down the middle from luff to leech on the way back. We limped back to Tortola were we’d come from two days earlier, my pride wounded and the boat in need of repair.

As ...

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Back in Antigua – First sail of the year!

14 Feb

View over English Harbor, Antigua.

View over English Harbor, Antigua.

Happy Valentines Day to you all! Must say it is very refreshing to ‘celebrate’ down here, don’t think I have seen a single heart posted anywhere, except that the restaurant we went to yesterday had a ‘Valentines special’ for todays dinner.

We have now been in the Caribbean for two weeks, Sweden feels vey far away and it is hard to imagine that only two weeks ago we were over there, in temperatures around 0°C surrounded by my family and friends. I always have had a bit of a hard time to change places, but ...

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PASSAGE LOG: Full Moon to Antigua

14 Feb

After another pit stop in Gustavia to explore ashore and eat our cheeseburgers in paradise and we were off again, this time bound for Antigua in much better weather. Mia & Tom took the dinghy ashore on the morning of departure to get the last few needed provisions while Vlado, Kevin, Irena & I dove on the anchor and relaxed on the boat.

We got underway around 1500, starting with just one reef in the mainsail and the small genoa. The forecast held true – easier trades closer to 15 knots, backing to the ENE as we neared Antigua and ...

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PASSAGE LOG: Blasting to Windward & St. Barth’s

14 Feb

Crew arrived next day. Mia & I had some last minute projects left to do on the boat, and didn’t want to go ashore to meet the gang until it was done. Our planned noon rendezvous turned into 1pm, and left our crew member Kevin on a wild goose chase! In the end, Kevin found Tom, and we found the both of them at the Loose Mongoose on the beach in Trellis as soon as we landed in the dinghy. Vlado and Irena turned up shortly thereafter and we started the shuttle service out Isbjorn.

The first afternoon & evening ...

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PASSAGE LOGS: Sweden to Tortola in 24 Hours

14 Feb

Mia & I decided early on that we’d extend our time in Sweden – off the boat – right to the bitter end. We knew it’d make it slightly more stressful when we finally did return to Isbjorn, having allowed ourselves only two days to get the boat all setup before crew arrived. And that was if our long flights went to plan (they did). In the end it was worth it, but (almost) everything went smoothly.

We left the farmhouse at 3:15 in the morning on February 1, which would have been my mom’s 67th birthday had she lived ...

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179: Martin Hasselov

14 Feb



Martin Hasselov is a sailor and PHD scientist based on the beautiful West Coast – which the locals call the ‘best coast’ – of Sweden. Martin has a lifelong love for the sea which started as a small boy fishing in his families rowboats. After college he built a steel ketch from a bare hull to explore further afield. Now armed with a PHD in marine science, Martin recently bought an ex-BT Challenge yacht – a steel 67-footer designed for a southern ocean circumnavigation the ‘wrong way round’ – and uses it as an educational platform for promoting marine science ...

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Off the Coast of Morocco

13 Feb

Mrs. Sudlow’s class in Agadir, Morocco

We are well off the coast of Morocco. Today, we made a nice little video for one of our sitesALIVE! classes that is in Agadir, Morocco. They are only half a kilometer from the beach and said they were going to go look out to sea when we were at about the same latitude. So we reciprocated with a short video greeting to them, Mrs. Sudlow’s class in Agadir. That was really nice.

Had a very long night last night. Our weather conditions were variable, which is a charitable way to say it. We ...

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The Harmattan

12 Feb

Harmattan in the Genoa Swivel

We encountered an interesting condition today, the harmattan, which is when the fine powder sand of the Sahara Desert is blown out to sea. We are about 1250 miles west of the desert. When I went to lower the genoa cable (a mast supporting cable in place of the genoa sail if that is in its bag) I noticed that the white cover was tinted a light brown. And further up within the swivel for that cable, I could see this same fine dust.

We first encountered harmattan in 1993 on our San Francisco Boston ...

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Out of the Trades

11 Feb

We are finally out of the worst of the pounding of the trade winds, we still have 15-25 knots of wind, but the direction has shifted from Northeast to East approximately, and the seas have followed, so as we head North, we are not going so much into the waves.

There is still a tremendous amount of spray coming over the boat, and sitting at the chart table at night it seems that every few minutes there is the ‘donk’ of a flying fish ricocheting off the coach roof. Sometimes they are deflected over the boat and back into the ...

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