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Orcas along the Brazilian Coast

By: Jordi Plana Morales

At sunrise, with the breeze turning to E by N and steadying, the yards are braced a bit sharper and the remaining canvas that was furled is readied and set. Like that, Upper staysails, Skysails and Flying Jib are added to the...

Mermaid tears

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Upper Staysails, Flying Jib and Skysails, first sails to quickly douse and furl in case of a passing shower or squall. Rain and wind shifts both in direction and force, make for reducing canvas, probably bearing away a little...

Good Beam reach sailing

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Bracing a bit back and forth sailing Beam reach on slightly shifting East by North, East by South winds has brought us 143nm further in the last 24 hours, counting a total of 2327nm since leaving Tenerife. The good wind and a...

Two Great skuas

By: Jordi Plana Morales

After Neptune’s and his court visit on board, now one, then two Great skuas started to follow the ship. Sure the smell of the secret potions and rotten fish brought on board by them to initiate the Pollywogs to his...

October 2021

Catching up with the Sun

By: Regitze and Jordi

Plankton net for night trawls hangs over the Sloop deck, cleaned and drying after its been put in use before dawn. Once the samples are collected and placed under scrutiny, decks are clean and ropes tidy up after the...

Bird visits

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Europa pleasantly sails across the Atlantic, far away from any lands. But today a small Brazilian archipelago lies 240nm to the west of her position, Fernando de Noronha. A group of mountainous volcanic islands and rocks...

Neptune’s visit

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Sneaking across the Equator at about midnight, full moon shining over the ship’s masts, silently sailing with all our canvas set, didn’t go unnoticed by Neptune, God of water and the sea. Sure it didn’t help...