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Trans-Ocean e.V. Spirit

Irene and Peter arrived with their Outremer 55 named Zapoli in Las Palmas at 4am in the morning and the Marinero on duty directed them to the anchorage in front of the marina, despite heavy wind and swell at that time. Not a surprise as allocation of berth appears a bit arbitrary now and then in this marina.

After two days at anchor finally a free spot in the marina was allocated and now help needed to transfer the boat from its choppy anchorage to a relaxed berth inside the marina. Rainer, Thomas & myself were picked up by Peter with the dinghy to help on board of this vast catamaran to ensure a smooth manoeuvre and transition.

All went well and a peaceful night is granted after this truly shared supportive spirit within the Trans-Ocean e.V. community.

Fair winds…

Surprise visit – SY Geronimo

The puff paste had ten more minutes in the gas stove and I was about to lay the table. Looking out of the window a familiar name caught my attention – SY Geronimo arrived.
Although Rainer with his boat was moored south of Gran Canaria in Pasito Blanco he decided to sail up despite strong winds and hazy conditions to join our community here in Las Palmas.
Two solo sailors sharing not only a puff paste together with some wine but also more sailor’s 
fairy tales. 👍

Fair winds…

Las Palmas City Beach

⚠️…Calima Horn…📣

Calima at Lanzarote. ©️Uwe / DF5AM

?!?…Horn, Fog Horn, Signal Horn, Calima Horn…?!?

Some of our boats have a horn installed, which we mainly use under foggy conditions. On my passage from Póvoa de Varzim to Porto I had the fog horn in automatic operation all time as there was thick fog along the Portuguese coastline on that day. Visibility was min 50m and max 300m and my eyes became tired quickly during hours of sharp lookout. My main concern at that  time was not other big ships but the numerous fishing buoys in that area and small fishing vessels without AIS and radar.

Yesterday I heard the sound of some horns here in the marina of Las Palmas. They came form some big ships outside the port, where they lie on the roads or enter/leave the harbour.

The Southeast winds have arrived as projected and mentioned earlier. They will peak in the night from Sunday to Monday at around 30 plus knots. In conjunction with these winds the weather forecasts also issued a Calima warning bringing sand and dust from Africa to the Canary Islands. My naive assumption that Calima will stop at Lanzarote and Fuerteventura made some people laugh. Looking at the photos above it all becomes clear:

  1. Calima is spreading much further than I anticipated.
  2. Visibility at sea is down to couple of miles.
  3. Calima horns are on.
  4. Air quality is very poor.
  5. No biking during these days. Lazy sugar days! 🤪
  6. Boat & rigg washing after Calima gets on the To Do List.
  7. Beautiful photos with a Calima patina shared within the Intermar e.V. community, which always cares for any kind of weather.
  8. Et cetera.

As per the weather forecast the worst Calima shall be over although the peak winds are still expected. This is good news and hopefully becomes true.

Let’s capture the moment in line with our Mission“The mission will focus on going with the wind while enjoying time and its moments over and over again in constantly changing nature. The moment – and not the journey – will be the reward.”

Fair winds…


Intermar e.V. – Lunch Talk

Rainer, Lothar, and myself (RTL).

Today, I had invited for a Lunch Talk. Rainer (SY Geronimo) and myself met Lothar/EA8DES, a retired sailor and passionate HAM operator. Following his adventures as a sailor, Lothar lives in Las Palmas for many years by now. True stories, no sailor’s fairy tales we shared today – some quite dramatic.
Fair winds…

Las Palmas – Gran Canaria

Big city – big ships!

With a bit of snivelling I managed to get a mooring here in Marina Las Palmas. Manoeuvre the boat under engine, fixing mooring lines at the bow, all at the same time, is a challenge as the Marineros refuse to get on board, even in cases like myself being a single handed sailor. At the end it all worked fine but in windy conditions it will become a challenge.

As you can read from the previous blog entries, the passage was very comfortable although I am a bit tired now. On the final 5nm some dolphins showed up in a short welcome show, which made it into an overall memorable package for an ocean passage.

I look forward to explore another Canary Island over the weeks to come.

Fair winds…&…good night!

…what a sunset…

Engine is off, with 4-5 kts into the night, moderate swell…very peaceful! Time for dinner.

👌…Fantastic Motorsailing…⛵️

The weather forecast promised slightly higher winds from evening ours onwards dropping very early morning hours again. Exactly that happened now and I look forward to a comfortable sail through the night. Good to be back on the ocean!

🙋‍♂️…Lanzarote left behind…👌

Out on the ocean heading towards our next adventure!

Farewell dinner – SY Hexe

©️ Volker - SY Hexe
©️ Volker - SY Hexe

It was a bit of a hectic day for Cornelia and Volker from SY Hexe as they are counting days towards their start of the Atlantic crossing. Straight from Lanzarote to Martinique is the plan but as we know, sailor’s plans can change.

Even for a 3000nm passage it is advisable to wait and increase the chances to catch a stable trade wind window, which ensures constant winds of 4-5bft from the northeast quadrant, the typical trade wind. This will not only ensure a faster crossing but also give comfort rather than fighting changing conditions.

Despite the hectic during the day we had a very nice farewell evening in Marina Rubicón starting with a dinner on SY Hullu Poro and followed by a couple of pints in the Flagship Pub.

As I will we throwing the lines tomorrow afternoon heading out to the ocean, it was time to say good-bye, wish fair winds…and work on a see you again!

Fair winds…

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