Antigua to the Acores, part 2

We have come halfway and have just entered the low pressure belt north of the Azores high pressure. Soon there will be a low pressure that will take us the rest of the way to Horta in the Azores. Join the fast-paced continuation of our Atlantic sailing to Europe. If you missed the first part, you can read about it in the previous blog.

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Antigua to the Acores, part 1

Carina and I started from Jolly Harbor in Antigua on Saturday morning, May 1st, 2021, and arrived in Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores on Monday morning, May 17th. We had hired Chris Tibbs to get advice on how to deal with the weather while sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.

Our track from Antigua to Horta May 1st to May 17th 2021, the red dots represents a postings
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Position and time at sea

Most people probably know that it is important to know where you are and what time it is where you are or where you are going for long-distance sailing. However, not everyone is thinking about the fact that there are several ways to indicate a position on earth or to indicate the time. Different maps can be based on different position systems and be produced with different so-called projections (how the curved surface of the earth is shown on a flat map), which may not be general knowledge either. In this article, I will describe what we as long-distance sailors need to know in this context.

Where are we and what is the time? Information that we always need in case of an emergency
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Inflatable life jackets and MOB1

We have had our inflatable life jackets for 3 seasons now and even though they still show green on both functions, I want to repack them and check that everything is OK. We have never tried to jump into the water to see how MOB1 works when you fall in. It was lucky that we did, MOB1 came loose from the life jacket and sank to the bottom. Read about how I modified our other MOB1 mounting to prevent this in the future

Still happy, not aware of the lost MOB1
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Maintenance in paradise

Now it’s the beginning of April and there are about 3 weeks left before we need to be ready to sail across the Atlantic back to Europe. We have finally got the new sails. Before we can leave the Caribbean, we need to fix a few things to get the boat ready to cross the Atlantic. We also want to take the opportunity to make one last visit to our favorite places, Nonsuch Bay and Cocoa Point.

Me pumping out oil from the auxiliary engine
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