Hanging out in the Indian Ocean

Hi Fellows

Hanging out between Africa and Madagascar, 11 knots of wind, 6.5 knots of speed - lurking in the shadow, right now behind the wheels on the cockpit floor. Life calmed down, now its easy - calm seas (although there is still some swell around), nice weather and hot. Sailing with a full main sail and the new (it was christmas wasnt it ? ) blue water runner which I use now like a code zero, since around 30 hours. 24 hour runs between 160 and 175 miles and still a decent fight with the Agulhas current which is running down the Madagascar channel with around 3 to 5 knots. Almost all repair work is done, the genset is running again and also the electrical connections from the hydro generator is fixed. Only downside is the fishing. These Marlins are imense strong and agressive, for a greenhorn like me, almost impossible to fight with them.  This morning a guy was biting which was huge, the rod brake was not working anymore and the line was spinning down like hell. It was like the h
ook was sitting in a rock, no chance to bring him on meter closer to the boat, but anyway finally the line was breaking, I loste the lure and the line.....so maybe I should advertise for small fishes .....
The weather looking quite stable, it seems that almost until the Seychelles the wind is kind with us, not that much but I rather prefer that then to fight with a cyclone. Tonight I meet a fishtrawler, and it was as always - there are probably only two boats within hunderts of km2 but we were exactly on collision course. We managed then to figure out how to pass for not to get into his long lines...nice guys. Thats it for now, Ill chill a little bit more out here, and yes its soon beeroclock !

Sent from 18.13.690 S / 39.55.288 E - 10.15 UTC - December 29, 2017

Addendum

My weather team seems to have a slightly different opinion :

Hi Markus, not sure if you got my email yesterday about the cyclone. Latest
data has it still winding up to the NE of Madagascar before slipping slowly
SSW, hence keeping it away from your route although you may encounter some
strong W-NW winds as you head North of Madagascar on its forward edge.

 

 

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Apocalypse now

Hi Friends

It was in the weather forcasts, yes I know... they were saying up to 35 knots of wind, starting somewhen last night. Therefore I put a 3 reef in yesterday before dawn - the result was then that until 4 am no wind around.  Sneaking upwind against the current. Huge thunderstorms behind me with big lightnings, somehow sceary moments. During this time I was running the generator, he stopped after 10 minuts....probably a short circuit and a fuse to change. Will do it when the weather is better again. Anyhow - from 4 am on - the wind was blowing with up to 40 knots which is a good 8 or a bad 9. Racing upwards with only a small piece of mainsail up and the auopilot is still able to handle the downhill surfs with up to 15 knots. Spending most of the time in the fore cabin and listening to audible books. A huge kitchen towel roll (I mean huge) was placed on the worktop of the kitchen, during a big heel the roll was sliding into the sink and opened the water tap.  The result is : No ki
tchen towels anymore and no water anymore. An expensive learning. The wind should stay like this until tomorow morning and then slowly ease - the only good thing is, that we at least make way in the right direction. Normally the part behind Madagascar is quite difficult because of low winds...

Cheers Markus

 

From 23.59.610 S / 35.51.795 E 10,23 UTC / December 26, 2017

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Christmas @ the Indian Ocean

Hello Friends

Merry Christmas to everybody ! After sailing now for almost 36 hours, these are alwayst the most difficult ones, because I need to get used to the motion and the habits of Lifgun, I need to get used to the way of sleeping and the noise, were in the meantime arrived in Mosombique, crossing the bay of Maputo. The last 24 hours we were racing north east with around 25 to 30 knots of wind from the back. Now the wind slows down and should pick up again tomorrow afternootn or night.  Then it seems to become a bit lousy with 35 to 40 knots of wind - but still better then to sail with headwind. To be honest, I never was expecting such wind conditions at this time, in fact Im think that Im extremely happy to catch this window. However, right now its peacefull sailing which is okay for the 24th of December. I lost two huge fishes (probably Marlins), the really start jumping and fighting - its unbelivable ! Lifgun is fine, first time since years she is complete dry - it seems that
the keel fix was a success ! Ill try to get used to the sea life and adapting my body to the enviroment. My fame is not yet as usual, this will take another couple of days. But Im happy to make good progress. Altough I still have to fight with the agulhas current which is going southwest with up to 5 knots. And the waves which are at least double the hight of the atlantic. I wish all of you nice holiday season and peaceful days wherever you are !

Markus
Sent from 26.10.673 S / 34.19.202 E 15.00 UTC / December 24, 2017

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Startpoint ahead

Hi All

In about 2 hours we start our adventure back to Europe.. Lifgun is ready and I think she is in better shape then ever. Then winds are looking favorable, they should give me a nice lift up north, when we're lucky - almost until the Seychelles ! I wish you all a great Xmas and I'll try to keep posting during this trip. Log is 27811 nm - we'll see were we end up !

Richards Bay, December 23 - 05.45 UTC 

 Forecast / routing as from December 27 - 2pm UTC

Forecast / routing as from December 27 - 2pm UTC

Ready for to untie the lines

Hi friends

Wow that have been awesome days here in Richards Bay, bucket list almost empty - which is a big relieve. It seems that almost everything is working the way it should. Let me just show you what we did in the last couple of days :                                                                                                      - Installing an additional chart plotter in the cabin                                                                               - Mounting a new water tap in the kitchen (awesome and will save with the spray function tons of water)                                                                                                                                                     - Fixing the bottom and waterproofed the keel - so far she is dry like a desert.                                  - Maintain the sail drive                                                                                                                          - Buying cherry cans for additional 125 liter of diesel                                                                            - Buying food for weeks                                                                                                                      - Bought a new fishing gear (my lord it was really expensive) but they were talking from fighting with a marlin for hours                                                                                                                       - Figured out that Richards Bay because of the Xmas-season is running out of gas, no gas refilling so far                                                                                                                                      - Replaced the shower-head and shower hose in the bathroom                                                              - Checking the satellite connection and set ups the deal with Meteogib which will observing me and give me some weather advice                                                                                                     - Spoken to locals how to sail until the northern end of Madagascar.                                              - Happy was cleaning the boat today

So, what remains is the second part of food, the drinks and then....yep and then we are ready to leave. I think it will be Friday or Saturday.  Keep you guys posted ! 

Hello from Richards Bay South Africa !  

December 20, 2017 15.45 UTC

 Ongoing mess on a boat - but look.....

Ongoing mess on a boat - but look.....

 The inboard chart plotter is sitting perfectly on the nav station....

The inboard chart plotter is sitting perfectly on the nav station....

 Awesome new tap in the kitchen ....inclusive spray function......

Awesome new tap in the kitchen ....inclusive spray function......

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaping her up....

My Lord, after passing the customs in Durban international Airport with 32 kg of spares and only 18 kg of personal stuff and after a long tight sleep, the next day the repair session started. After doing a rough plan with Jacques which is my Lifgun specialist, we started with the engine seals, the sail drive was not waterproof anymore - the sealing have been in my luggage. It turned out that the Spanish guys, who did this procedure last time, not were using original seals - once again the proof that you only should use your one spares. During he was working on the sail drive shaft, I replaced the raw water pump and unpacking my stuff. In the late afternoon the slip wagon arrived and we prepared her for a lift early Saturday morning. At 8 am everybody was in position and the lifting process started. This ist down here a bit different form Europe, the slip wagon only works with manpower, so it takes almost 3 hours to mount the belts and lift her up 5 cm. I had, as long as I sailing her, always a small water ingress, maybe this was coming from a former grounding (Hello to Christian) and finally I decided to rebond the keel. Therefore we lifted her to make the gap between hull and keel as big as possible. Jacques and his workers were cleaning the gap, put primer on and then start sealing with Sika 592. This turned out to be a huge job, this Sika stuff is reacting extremely fast and thats why it's so difficult to handle. I think 4 or 5 people have been working parallel on the keel.  At the same time the others were finishing the first coat of antifouling. At 1 pm the mission was accomplished ! In the afternoon they were treating the filler between hull and keel, so that she's ready on early Sunday morning for the second coat of antifouling. Planned launching time is Sunday December 17 at 1500 local time. 

X-mas greetings from Richards Bay ! 

 Gap between hull and keel while she was hanging and the keel bolts loosen

Gap between hull and keel while she was hanging and the keel bolts loosen

 Lead bomb reshaped ....applying primer 

Lead bomb reshaped ....applying primer 

 Injecting Sika between hull and keel

Injecting Sika between hull and keel

 Lifgun almost ready for going back to the water....

Lifgun almost ready for going back to the water....

One year ago....

One year ago, I was heading for Valencia to start our trip to South Africa....In one month time the next chapter will be opened, departure date from Zurich is December 13, 2017. I'm looking forward to continuing this awesome trip with the planned destination Turkey. One year ago the log was at 16'532 nautical miles.... now it shows 27'811 nm - 11'279 miles in between, these are the hard facts. The soft facts are looking totally different, lots of sunsets, lots of nights, lots of stars, lots of easy sailing, lots of troubles, some dangerous situations, lots of friends, lots of music, apprentice in electric, mechanics, fishing and many other things. Let's count down the days! Lifgun before leaving Valencia in November 2016 displayed in the pic below. 

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Delivery room - back to the roots

Stop over in Kolding. Since they build right now a new Luffe 45 I'll heading up to Kolding for to check out few things in the delivery room. And for sure to chat with the Luffe crew about improvements they made or I would propose. Last but not least to have a couple of danish beers......

Lifgun survived the storms in Richards Bay - the locals told me, that they had between 70 and 80 knots of wind on the jetty's - which is not fun anymore. Lifgun was healing over almost 40 degrees. Luckily we sorted the mast positions with my neighbor beforehand. So, Lifgun's mast was swinging in between the two mast's of neighbor John's ketch. Only few scratches from the steps and the walkway on the port side of her. Sure we will fix that during the haul out. More will follow up... next stop Kolding.

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Stocking up the sail robe for Lifgun and spare parts in general

Hi All

Sails

Lifgun gets new clothes. After struggling sometimes with the Genaker when single handed, I was thinking about a new downwind sail. After research for quite a while and checking out Spinakers, Parasailor and so on - finally I decided to go with the new blue water runner from Elvstrom. Seems to be a reasonable downwind sail and is usable until 130 degrees wind angle. Because it is equipped with a furler, it will work perfectly for shorthanded sailing. The size will be 130 m2 which is a little bit smaller then the Genaker (150 m2) I used in the past. The sail is right now in production and will be shipped within the next two weeks ! More infos here : http://www.elvstromsails.com/da/tech-layline-dk/produktnyheder/item/new-product-blue-water-runner

Engine

When we arrived in Richards Bay I discovered that the sail drive oil is contaminated with sea water -  the oil was looking like mayonnaise. However it seems that the sail drive sealing/gasket has to be renewed. This will cause a haul out, which is good anyway. Then, the freshwater pump (for the internal cooling circuit) needs also to be replaced. After talking with Volvo in Gothenburg they send me a replacement part. Anyhow the whole engine has now a little bit over 1000 running hours and deserves a special treatment....(that's how I explain such expenses in front of myself...) 

Navigation / Electronics

I finally decided to install an additional chart plotter at the navigation desk. The reason for that is first to have a unit in the cabin which is sheltered from the elements (kind of back up thoughts) and second, to hear the alarms even when I'm sleeping or hanging out downstairs. At the same time I will install a digital yacht nmea gateway which will allowing me to overtake data from the Raymarine network directly to the logbook or using different apps on the iPads. I'm wondering if this is working. 

Even on land, Lifgun somehow keeps me busy.... more will follow up soon. 

September 23, 2017 - 0735 UTC - Zurich (Switzerland)  

Current and counter current

After a first attempt to leave Cape Town which had to be cancelled because of a not working network switch, the restart took place on Monday around 11.00 UTC. The Raymarine problem was fixed, btw it was the same I had already in Spain, a switch was slightly oxidized was producing a complete fail out of all components.

 

However after rounding the Cape of good hope and crossing the False Bay the wind was building. Forecast was 25 knots (which remembers me on a post with the title “fuc**** forecasts”) – we ended up with a max. true wind speed of 55 knots which is force 9 , almost 10. My goodness !!  3’th reef in the main way to much sails up. No way, it’s one of the coolest tasks of a sailing boat to take down the main in a force 9 gale, stepping to the mast and try to bring this sail down, in the middle of huge waves and breaking seas. However- finally it was down – driving with seven knots boat speed without sails is always a cool experience…the bow waves spraying forward, a strange view and makes you think about the forces of the nature….

 

That was the “hello” from the Indian Ocean. At least the technique was working flawless. After 4 hours of fighting the worst was over and the first night continued with endless sail changes. What a start.

 

From now on the fight with the currents started. The Agulhas current (or Mozambique current) is an east west current which flows with up to 5 knots along the South African shoreline.

 

The local rule says “ keep as close to the shore that you can smell what the guys having on her braais” – which means stay on the 20 meter deep contour line. This is amazing close to the shore. You see the breaking waves and it’s the worst for a single handed sailor. How to sleep? Anyhow, I managed it to kiss a sand bank and from then on I decided to stay between the 50 and 100 meter deep line. Which costs 1 to 1.5 knot boat speed.

 

In the meantime the wind is light, which is almost more difficult then strong winds. Right now we approaching Port Elizabeth and the plan is to top up the tanks and then proceed in direction Richards Bay.

 

Hello from 34.05.482 S / 25.24.408 E9.35 UTC August 3, 2017

Untie the lines

It seems that the pulpit should return tomorrow. And hopefully the Hydrogenerator carbon support should be finished today - then Lifgun is ready to leave ! A departure planning calculation done with the predict wind software showed that probably the best slot to leave Cape Town will be Sunday evening. However the weather conditions around the Cape of good hope are very tricky, and the pattern is changing in a very fast rhythm.  It will maybe take 6 days under optimal circumstances to reach the Durban area - if the forecast is accurate then at least we should not getting into big storms. So right now we preparing the port clearance which should us allow to leave Sunday night. I'll keep you posted. 

Construction site

Hello friends

Back in Cape Town, since more then one week - and the work is still going on. After changed the cylinder head of the generator, we demounted the old bracket of the hydro generator, then I discovered that because of a damaged O-ring a hatch was leaking. In the mean time the refurbished sails went back and were mounted. Then we figured out that the radar was not working anymore because the power cable was turned into the mast during hoisting the main sail. After the test sailing from Saturday (it was a race from the winter series of RCYC) the bow pulpit was bent. My goodness..... In between we changed the bow navigation light. But over all its amazing what the Capetonians are able to do! Ahh.... and I forgot to mention that we also exchanged the rusty hinges of several cabinets and a not working LED downlight...

Maybe this sounds a little bit wired - but it isn't so bad as it sounds. Overall Lifgun is in very good shape and she is becoming better and better. 

 

 

 

RIP Furia

Furia was the small sister of Lifgun, a Luffe 37 which was much more cheeky then Lifgun. Everybody knows how small sisters are... They sail further, they sail at least with same speed if not faster.... Furia sunk on June 10 east of Newfoundland  in the wild Atlantic. Thanks God the two crew has been saved.  At the time she passed away, Furia was leading the twostar race in her category and was the second boat over all. Which is a great achievement for a 37 feet boat. As always we should try to remember the good things - in Furias case this is not difficult. Seems that Lifgun now have to wander alone over the oceans. Fare well Furia.

Fuc**** forecasts

Hi guys

Heading back towards Cape Town is as predicted awesome hard. Literally it's 1000 nautical miles (1900 km) upwind beating trough the South Atlantic. The first (and always most difficult) 3 days the headwind was between 22 and 32 knots (true wind speed) which means 28 to 38 knots apparent wind, with big swell beating against everything. The boat is hitting the waves every few seconds, huge sprays, huge heel - living on board is almost impossible. To be honest this is the worst possible start into a sailing trip, my stomach is really strong but under such circumstances I also develop some wired feelings in this area - resulting in a lack of eating and drinking (I'd experience a similar situation already when I left Cartagena in Spain and crossed Gibraltar). To make a long story short - it's shit. Right now we crossed the virtual border between Namibia and South Africa - still in the upwind mode. Since Yesterday evening the wind calmed down which allowed me to have a decent dinner and a shower and gave me the opportunity to watch a James Bond as dessert.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday I lost the hydro generator support...which is a pity but at least I rescued the hydro generator. The support broke away - the price of upwind bashing. Shortly after that I intended to produce water and started the water maker - no pressure (77 psi instead of 90 psi) ...fuck the technique. However I started at 2 am to change the prefilter - no change - finally I start calculating how I can deal with the remaining amount of water until Cape Town, the conclusion was : no showers and save water all over. Next day I was start thinking where the problem could be, finally I ended up with the diagnosis that air must be in the system. Bleeding a water maker ?? Other possible reason might be a partly blocked inlet. After watching the boat for several hours I decided that probably due of the big waves the water maker inlet is when Lifgun is jumping over the waves out of the water and the whole system is sucking air.....yesterday evening under normal conditions the water maker was working again without any complains. What a relieve !

Right now we should have 27 knots of headwind (according to all weather models) - in real we sail with 12 knots comfortable upwind. The models predict 35 knots until Sunday noon - what the fuck should I believe now. It's somehow strange how this forecast's are.

So ... ETA in Cape Town should be Tuesday 4 am.....

Nice Weekend to all from aboard Lifgun. March 18, 2017 / 06.22 UTC / 29.25.849 S 15.44.686 E

On the way to Walvisbay

Good morning everybody

Drifting in low winds north....in the east a huge fog bank covers the horizon. Out of this fog bank slowly the sun is rising. Listening "The Pogues" on high volume, watching the 20 birds which surrounding Lifgun over and over. Having a first cup of coffee and enjoining the eternity, eating the peaceful atmosphere, greeting the seals.... awesomeness !! Sure, already fixed the broken kicker rope and recognized that the genset is again not working - probably again this fu***** valve gap - no hurry, will take care of this in Walvis ....

Some words about Lüderitz, this is an amazing village, dedicated to the diamonds and sitting in the middle of a dessert. German style architecture and a lot of German influence allover. First evening we went for dinner to Barrels (one outof two restaurants in Lüderitz) and ended up eating Eisbein with Sauerkraut with Namibian Beers (which means German style beer). It was for me (as Swiss) a borderline experience to hae such a meal...but I've survived. And it was one of the best Eisbein I ever had (to be honest : I didn't had many Eisbein so far...). Next day I was trying to solve my braai problem (braai is bbq in Africa), the problem was since I bought this Magma braai (which is a dedicated marine braai) the valve is somehow not weather proof and somehow to complicated (let say build in american way to avoid any insurance claim - i.e it should be not possible for a 3 months old baby to open the gas valve and so on...) - anyway I bought a standard gas cooking connector in the supermarket which I completely demounted until only the valve was left over, then a hose and then I needed a connection to the braai which was gas proof. At Udo's car repair shop i discussed this with a guy who was considering that this is something I will not find in the whole word, but he can solder me something. Finally he soldering on a nut with 20mm diameter a gas nippel and the problem was solved. Guys - this is awesome craftsmanship - and it was for free (don't worry I was donating some money for beers and so) ! However my next problem was that my Torqeedo out boarder (its a electrical one) battery was only chargeable with 240 power, there was a small computer store around the corner and this guy was selling me the most amazing charging adapter I ever saw - now im able to charge my engines battery with 12 Volts out of the lighter socket and my dyson vacuum cleaner with 12 Volts also out of the lighter socket. Since yesterday I'm completely independent from 240 V power - these are great news at least for me !

So the conclusion about Lüderitz is "When German style meets African culture " - a little bit quirky - but fun !

Still drifting with two knots direction north.....wishing everybody a nice day !

24.15.647 S / 14.08.663 E - 06.19 UTC - March 02, 2017

Back on track

Good morning Folks !

After two nights sailing the sea legs are back an we are in routine again. The funny thing about this trip is, that I'm sailing more or less close to the cost line, but the feeling is the same as it was in the middle of the ocean. Huge swell, no traffic (and no means no...), some birds and us. However I've slept a lot to recover from the Cape Town stay and we driving with around 7 knots direction north. 250 nm to go for Lüderitz. Wind force 5 and blues sky. I'm completely happy that everything is working aboard Lifgun. The Radar is awesome - weight only 5 kg...which means we saving again 4 kg in the rigg. But the most amazing thing is the new autopilot. The heading sensor is a (I think) 8 axis giro which interprets the swell movement much more precise then the one before. I estimate that the rudder movement has been reduced by 40 % - and this means less power consumption and less use of the hydraulic steering arm. I'm really pleased. To be out here also gives me the opportunity to reflect over our Cape Town stay. The funniest thing happened on the last evening. I was invited to the Cape Town Comedy Theater, they are dedicated to standup comedy -  something we rather not know in continental Europe. I was standing there and was zipping on my beer, the comedian was in a big fight with a spectator in the first row which was a middle aged Brit. Extremely funny....suddenly he was shouting in my direction and asked me why I'm standing on my table and not (like everybody else) were using my chair (it was one of this high bar tables)....however he asked me from were I am and I answered from Switzerland. He was looking at me and replied : Cool somebody from Swaziland (whole croud were laughing). He called me to the stage and we were producing some 10 minutes together standup comedy. It was extremely funny. However after that there was a public vote for the spectator of the evening (measured by the noise of the croud) ....guess what : I won :)) - 2 tickets for the Cape Town Comedy Theater ! On the way to the car everybody was saying - Good night Swaziland or good night Switzerland to me....outstanding. Things sometimes just working out completely different then we think in the beginning. So... if you have a chance to visit this theater -> please go ! It's something which is (especially for us Swiss) a very curative experience. And its far beyond what we know as "Cabaret".
In this tradition I wish everybody a funny weekend :-))

February 25, 2017 07.15 UTC - from 31.03.134 S / 15.59.333 E

This is fucking awesome

Good morning Guys

 

After sailing I don’t know how many miles down here it needed just some 35 nautical miles to be in one of the most amazing spots I’ve ever been. Up the west cost  un suddenly you find your self in the middle of whales, not one whale …no….let’s say around 20. Feels like to be in Kruger National Park but on sea…beside the whales there were seals and dolphins. If you ever have a chance to sail up there …do it ! After leaving Royal Cape Yacht Club I was enjoying to watch natures home made video until it gets dark. During this time we tested the new systems (especially the auto pilot) which is sailing in a amazing way compare to the „old“ one. I was also happy to produce my own water again, Cape Town is suffering under level 3b water restrictions, which means that for example in the Yacht Club only twice a week for an hour was water available…..and somehow I was never keen to drink this water. 2 hours after dawn we were sticking in the strongest fog I ever saw…I even went to the bow to check if the position lights are working because I was not able to recognize anything from the cockpit…whole night with shifting winds but the south eastern should start in a couple of hours….

 

Enjoy your day ! From 32.46.607 S / 17.46.427 E / 06.10 UTC / February 24, 2017

Stats

Sorry Folks for the long silence ! But it was a busy time here in Cape Town. I thought that I should deliver some stats from the trip down to Cape Town :

 

Total nautical miles sailed : 8’192

Total time spent sailing : 50 days

Diesel consumption in total : 220 liters

Average speed : 6.9 knots

 

Broken gear :

 

Hydro Generator support

Generator

Main Halyard

Auto pilot linear drive

Steering wire 

Radar

AIS

 

Lost gear :

 

Lots of lures

1 Winch handle

 

Medical problems :

 

8 days before I arrived in Cape Town a slight pain started in the right shoulder. After being here it became worse and worse… since I’m here i was visiting the Chiropractor 5 times and still suffer under extrem pains. After doing a X-ray today I wait for final diagnosis - but for sure a nerv is blocked. The reason for all this was a wrong sleeping position during the trip (Chiro guy is somehow a sailor too). See attached pic to learn how a correct sleeping position looks. Further plans will be published soon ! 

 

Enjoy your weekend ! Cape Town February 3’th 2017 - 17.24 UTC

Fasten your seat belts - the big u-turn south

Good morning Folks

Wow - this was a great night. Roaring down SE with 20 knots of wind. True wind angle 150 degrees, full main, full Code zero, auto pilot on response level 9 - to make a long story short - under full steam. What we are doing right now is to surround a high which is placed in the north of us. In the southern hemisphere the highs turning anti clockwise. We started Yesterday noon with north westerly winds, now we are in westerly and this afternoon and tomorrow the wind should shift to south western and then to south and finally to south east. Speeds between 8 and 9.5 knots and full pressure on everything. I'm absolutely excited about the code zero, it's amazing how this sail is working even with 20 knots of wind and waves. Lifgun was roaring and I was sleeping. And we are faster then the routing was predicting (my polars in the routing are from a SWAN 46), in fact I'm always sail a race against my virtual partner on the computer (greetings to IDEC Sport :-) - tonight I won. The only disadvantage is that we due this detour have to eat more miles.  But at least it's fun. My VMG is not very good, but this will also change as soon as the wind is turning. Better to make more miles then to stick in a calm. At 07.00 UTC the new weather data is ready to download - then we will see how the next and almost last chapter of this story is looking.

Enjoy your Sunday ! 37.21.470 S / 11.07.597 E - Sunday January 22'th / 06.21 UTC

500 miles to go...

Hi Friends

Once again Lifgun and I sticking in a calm some 500 miles in front of Cape Town. Nothing to change on this situation. We will slow down and try to escape over a southerly route which brings us maybe a little bit of wind.

This means some detours and some extra miles but the finish is near and I'm looking forward to berth in Cape Town. Boat and crew are okay - still some food around and still some wine here.

As on a golf round sometimes you wish the game is over after 16 holes - same situation here - so close and although so far away !

Sailing with code zero and full main lets try to gain some miles.

Nice weekend to All from 36.03.446 S / 8.44.668 E / January 21'th - 07.47 UTC