One hand for the boat, one hand for yourself
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.