Lost in Dominica’s Rain Forest

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Dominica has been described as a highlight by so many sailors we have met on the way here. We were a bit skeptical though, because most of our friends had booked organized tours on the island and we much rather wanted to get to know the place on our own, as we usually do. In […]

Martinique – c’est la France!

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Baguettes, croissants, pain-au-chocolat, café au lait – we are in France again! Approaching Martinique didn’t feel much different than the previous islands. There are mangroves, white sand beaches with palm trees and treacherous reefs under water. But take a step on land and whooo, there is a different groove here! Just a half day sail […]

Leaving the Grenadines

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Bye bye Tobago Cays – we had a wonderful time here! But we wanted to head further North to spend some time on other Caribbean islands. Going North in the Windward Islands is usually against the wind (as you know from our previous posts), but the weather forecast predicted a good weather window to head […]

Tobago Cays – Where the turtles hatch

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After our discovery of Coconut John’s little palm island, we sailed up to the Tobago Cays. The Tobago Cays are a marine park with four picturesque little islands and beautiful turquoise waters between them. It’s an ideal place for snorkeling and enjoying the timeless island-feeling. Our daily activities were snorkeling, drinking self-made fruit smoothies, discovering […]

Upwind island-hopping

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After a few weeks in Grenada it was time to move on. Theoretically the plan was to get to Carriacou as next destination. It did take us three tries (i.e. three entire days…) to get there, although it’s not a very long sail. Ok, let me explain that a bit closer here. Coming from the […]

Sweet Grenada

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Grenada has a magic to its own. The island has left a strong impression on us, maybe also because we made landfall here and everything just feels very special. There is a very strong cruiser’s community of sailors from all around the world who are very organized. At 7:30 in the morning, on VHF channel […]

We made it to Paradise

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We crossed the Atlantic! And we arrived in paradise! After 26 days we safely arrived on Grenada and steered Naïma into the beautiful Marina „Le Phare Bleu“ in the south of the island. Even now, more than a week later it’s difficult to grasp that we have finally arrived and that we have crossed an […]

Atlantic Crossing : Days 11-22

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Yep, we are still out there, just in case you have wondered. 22 days have now passed since we left Gran Canaria. We made over 2600 nautical miles and only have a couple of days left till our planned landfall in Grenada, one of the southernmost islands of the wind ward islands. Here a short […]

Atlantic Crossing: Days 1-10

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After our two week marathon of boat repairs, provisioning and planning, it is finally done. We are ready to leave for the Atlantic crossing. We even find time for a small good-bye party with our nice neighbors and our friends Michael and Sonja from SY Pantera (nevertryneverknow.de), whom we met when Naima was still a […]

Preparing for the Atlantic Crossing

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It always takes more time than expected. But this time we did fairly well. Two weeks ago we decided that we’d dare the Atlantic crossing and head for the Caribbean. We estimated that we need 10 days to do the most important remaining boat jobs and to prepare for the voyage. In the end, we […]

Fuerteee!

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After a nice stay on Lanzarote, we decided to sail on. We first went to Corralejo on Fuerteventura, which was just a few miles away. There we stayed one night and enjoyed some quality street music while sipping on a beer or two (or wait, was it more?) in one of the hipster-cafes. We enjoyed […]

Lanzarote: Discovering Magmaland

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As we are now discovering the island, we can say the following thing for sure: Lanzarote is a pretty volcanic place! Everything you see is somehow related to volcanos. Houses built in Lava-bubbles, Lava-tunnels, black beaches and much more. The last big volcanic eruption on Lanzarote took place from 1730-1736 and covered a large part […]

Off to the Canary Islands

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The sail from Essaouira to Lanzarote was a windy one. Helmut decided to join us for the crossing to the Canary Islands, even though Moritz already left us to spend family-time on Lanzarote. And we were very happy to have him on board. With perfect wind conditions (even slightly too much wind at the beginning, […]

The streets of Marrakech

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The city of Marrakech had always attracted me and felt like some kind of mystic place, as described in the song „the streets of Marrakech“ by Incognito. Being in Essaouira and so close to this great city, we decided to spend a few days discovering it. In the little quiet Riad we found, we first […]