One hand for the boat, one hand for yourself

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article by: at: 30th Jun 2011 under: Azores Islands
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This is one of the most important sayings I have learned during this crossing from Lanzarote to the Azores. Low pressure and high pressure systems are the main responsible forces in creating wind. The atmosphere tends to equalize those pressure differences and for this reason air is flowing from the high pressure areas towards the centre of the low pressure systems. The result is the wind blowing into the sails of our vessel and so moving it over the surface of the ocean towards our destination in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. But this wind also pushes our little boat into a constant angle and in combination with the up and down of the waves everything is rolling and moving, forcing us to always hold on with one hand to the boat and leaving you just one hand in order to do the things you have to do. In these conditions, where it is almost impossible to pour myself a glass of water, the on board cooking from Maria, our skipper, seams even more amazing to me. Slowly cooked stews, chicken with potatoes and vegetables and fresh caught fish from the oven… These meals are the highlight of our daily routine on board and every day we are looking forward to them.

After 108 hours and 749 nautical miles this morning we have arrived in Santa Maria. Our first destination in the Azores. If you want to stay up to date on this adventure, please “like” my Facebook page or subscribe to my newsletter.

5 Comments

  • Sven says:

    … so let me test that a bit: If you have the wind in your back where is the low pressure? 😉

  • Gudrun says:

    Can’t wait to read your next report ! Enjoy the Azores ! Where will be your next stop? Fortunate winds and happy sailing!

    • Dani says:

      @Sven Is this a question from your upcoming exam? I better don’t tell you then, you don’t wanna get caught cheating 😉

      @Gudrun, our next stop is going to be Sao Miguel. As we are anchoring a lot in remote little bays it’s often a bit complicated for the Internet connection, but the next repot will be coming soon.

  • Sven says:

    It’s to your left! So now you know

  • Dani says:

    Thanks Sven for the lesson, I guess you wanted to say it’s to my port instead of left, right? On the other hand I have to say that your answer is only half right or would it still be on port if we would be sailing in the southern hemisphere? So in your exam read the question carefully first 😉

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