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Pacific France

Friday , 13, July 2018 Comments Off on Pacific France

French Polynesia consists of five archipelagos in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – thousands of miles from mainland France: the Marquesas, Gambiers, Tuamotus, Societies and Austral islands. Marquesas and Gambiers are approximately the same distance from Galapagos (although 800 nautical miles apart), so either can be chosen as landfall after the long crossing from […]

Status 652 days after departure

Friday , 20, April 2018 Comments Off on Status 652 days after departure

Distance sailed: 13752 nautical miles (25469 km) Longest leg: Puerto Villamil, Isabela (Galapagos) – Hiva Oa (Marquesas, French Polynesia); 3381 nautical miles (6262 km) Countries: Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde, Martinique (France), St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Grenada, Bonaire & Curacao & Aruba (The Netherlands), Colombia, Panama, […]

Enchanted tortoise islands

Thursday , 19, April 2018 Comments Off on Enchanted tortoise islands

The Galapagos are the “tortoise islands”, and what more suitable than to be welcomed by an army of sea turtles upon arrival to San Cristobal? The islands have also been called the “Islas Encantadas”, and we were indeed enchanted by this special place. When reading about the islands, it seems like accessing the various sites […]

Rainy Pacific coast (motor)sailing

Friday , 16, March 2018 Comments Off on Rainy Pacific coast (motor)sailing

Having gone through the Panama Canal, the Big Pacific lay at our feet! Given that it was 8 months later than originally planned, we would wait with the crossing of the big ocean until the next season, opening up for the discovery of places we did not think we would visit during our journey: more […]

A tribute to Guna Yala

Sunday , 5, November 2017 Comments Off on A tribute to Guna Yala

When sailing in between bounty islands with five palm trees in Guna Yala (San Blas), you feel like you’re in a cartoon, and that a Robinson Crusoe-like bearded man will appear on the sandy beach any moment. What you instead meet is a family of Guna Yala Indians, who live in a straw hut, catching […]

Status 449 days after departure

Wednesday , 27, September 2017 Comments Off on Status 449 days after departure

Distance sailed: 8014 nautical miles (14842 km) Longest leg: Mindelo, São Vicente (Cape Verde) – Fort-de-France, Martinique; 2184 nautical miles (4045 km) Countries: Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde, Martinique (France), St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Grenada, Bonaire & Curacao & Aruba (The Netherlands), Colombia, Panama  (= 14 […]

One new thing every day

Thursday , 14, September 2017 Comments Off on One new thing every day

Dear Henrik, You did not tell me that in the course of the Ella project, I would: Polish Ella’s bottom until I couldn’t feel my fingers in the April cold of Copenhagen Take our diving bottles for a walk in the harbor’s cart in the hills of Falmouth, just to find out that they were […]

ABC vs. Colombia

Friday , 4, August 2017 Comments Off on ABC vs. Colombia

    A(ruba) B(onaire) C(uracao) Colombia Ups Flamingos & pelicans & iguanas White beaches Arikok National Park Flamingos Diving Turquoise waters Accessible by scooter Flamingos & iguanas Beautiful beaches Christoffel & Shete Boka National Parks Street parades Pelicans & monkeys & sloths & butterflies Colorful Music Fiesta Colonial style houses Charming plazas Awesome nature Lush […]

A look back at Curacao

Friday , 4, August 2017 Comments Off on A look back at Curacao

Five months in Curacao has undoubtedly given rise to an anecdote or two. While Henrik was still in second class at St. Elisabeth Hospital in Willemstad due to lack of space in third class (yes, there is such a thing as first, second and third class at this public hospital), we had a beautiful discussion […]

Curacao knows how to party

Tuesday , 16, May 2017 Comments Off on Curacao knows how to party

According to 2Pac, “California knows how to party”. If he had ever been to Curacao, however, I’m positive that he would have been inspired to substitute California for Curacao… Although we admittedly have spent more than average time here on the island, I dare say that we have also experienced more than average festive street parades and celebrations. […]

1/4 year in Curacao

Sunday , 30, April 2017 Comments Off on 1/4 year in Curacao

When sailing, you always have to be prepared for unexpected events. You normally expect the unexpected events to be related to the weather or the condition of the boat (something that has broken, which needs to be fixed). It therefore becomes even more unexpected, when the unexpected event concerns your health. When they said at the […]

How much food?

Friday , 17, March 2017 Comments Off on How much food?

Have you ever wondered how much food will satiate four men and a lady during an 18 day Atlantic crossing? No, right? Here’s one of the answers:   Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Meat/fish 36 oranges 1 pumpkin 6 small yoghurts 1 kg sandwich ham 12 apples 1 white cabbage 2 big yoghurts 100 g salami […]

Status 237 days after departure

Sunday , 26, February 2017 Comments Off on Status 237 days after departure

Distance sailed: 6941 nautical miles (12855 km) Longest leg: Mindelo, São Vicente (Cape Verde) – Fort-de-France, Martinique; 2184 nautical miles (4045 km) Countries: Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde, Martinique (France), St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Grenada, Bonaire & Curacao (The Netherlands)  (= 12 + 3) Crew members: […]

The Caribbean Express

Friday , 24, February 2017 Comments Off on The Caribbean Express

Express – Ella?! No, no, don’t worry, we haven’t turned the fat lady into an express boat. Yet we have sailed through the Caribbean in such a high pace that you might begin to wonder. People spend years in these waters – we spent 6 weeks. A necessary trade-off when wanting to enter the Pacific […]

On the Atlantic with Ella

Monday , 13, February 2017 Comments Off on On the Atlantic with Ella

Version #1 My fishing career is one week old, and the bell is now ringing, indicating that something is going on at the back of the boat. Indeed, there is resistance in the line, and I start pulling it in. Bright green, blue and yellow colours appear below the surface, and all of a sudden, […]

Status 146 days after departure

Sunday , 27, November 2016 Comments Off on Status 146 days after departure

Distance sailed: 4065 nautical miles (7528 km) Longest leg: San Sebastián de La Gomera (Spain)-Palmeira, Sal (Cape Verde); 789 nautical miles (1461 km) Countries: Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde (= 9) Crew members: Nina, Mikkel, Maimuna, Kristin, Matias, Preben, Rasmus, Alberthe, Mads, Grete, Andreas, Bo, Tommy, Mikkel (welcome […]

Atlantic island hopping

Friday , 25, November 2016 Comments Off on Atlantic island hopping

Assumption: Madeira and the Canaries are way too touristy islands, to which Scandinavians travel in hordes in the fall and winter. They are welcomed at the airport by tour operators, who facilitate their transport to the hotel, lie on crowded beaches every day, have dinner at “Skandinaviska klubben”, shop in oversized malls, drink sangria and […]

Discovering Portugal

Thursday , 24, November 2016 Comments Off on Discovering Portugal

Portugal is full of nice surprises. We knew of Lisbon, Europe’s San Francisco with its steep hills, Golden Gate Bridge-look alike (Ponte 25 de Abril) and the cable car. But also very much its own, with the wonderful Wine Bar do Castelo for a great port accompanied by cheese; screaming, happy and dressed up students […]

Sailing round the clock

Friday , 21, October 2016 Comments Off on Sailing round the clock

Sailing more than a day’s distance is always something special. Sesimbra – Madeira was even longer than the Biscay (4.5 days), and the following leg to Gran Canaria almost the same (2.75 days). And we have plenty of Bays of Biscays in front of us! What do we do during these passages? We alternate for […]

Anchor (according to Wikipedia): a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current Nice device! Cíes Islands off Vigo, Spain: first (but definitely not the last) place visited with the aid of the nice device (if not taking the first night […]

Distance sailed: 1908 nautical miles (3533 km) Longest leg: Falmouth-A Coruña; 448 nautical miles (829 km) Countries: Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal (= 8) Crew members: Nina, Mikkel, Maimuna, Kristin, Matias, Preben, Rasmus, Alberthe (= 8) Best marina facilities: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Most simple marina facilities: Muxia, Spain Most expensive […]

According to the guide books, the Galician pueblos of Muxia and Muros in the estuaries of the dramatic “Costa de la Muerte” (Coast of Death) and Rias Baixas, do not have much to offer. True if big museums and tourist attractions is what you’re after. Not true if you’re satisfied with getting a glimpse of […]

There are many stories about the Bay of Biscay – and admittedly, we embarked on its crossing with deep respect and belly butterflies. But then again, we were eager and ready to getting started with this so far most challenging leg, after a week or so in Falmouth, in the South of England, where we […]

Right after this: and this: … this nasty fellow stopped our planned journey directly from Portsmouth to Falmouth: There is apparently something about plastic in the seas, and when it gets entangled in the propeller, it is a powerful weapon against a boat… This also meant action on Ella… … and a non-planned visit to […]

You probably know that the White Cliffs is the characteristic (and beautiful!) view you’re indulged with when approaching Dover from the seaside – if you can see it through the fog, that is. And that Fish & Chips with a pint of beer or English Breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns and baked beans in […]

Onja the dinghy and two folding bikes

Thursday , 11, August 2016 Comments Off on Onja the dinghy and two folding bikes

One of the handy accessories a long-distance cruiser shouldn’t leave without is a dinghy. Our own has already been around the world once and has seen better days, but although she has been renamed “Onja” – she was formerly known as “Sonja”, but in her old ages, the S is disappearing, and before long, she will […]

Link to pictures, Ella July 2016 Our first milestone has been reached: we have entered foreign waters! After great days of sailing in Denmark, enriched by B’s sister’s company (we look forward to welcoming you on board again!), Cherry Festival in Kerteminde featuring a personal concert with Dorthe Gerlach and cherry soft ice (what else during a Cherry […]

Although not apparent from the blog – we actually did make it back to Copenhagen at the beginning of October (last year) after our Frederikshavn encounter. It took us 50 hours and a few more challenges, but with the indispensible help from Brandon, who crewed for us on our summer journey two years ago and who […]

After a few days spent with family and friends in the “tiger city” (including the celebration of mother-in-law’s birthday, naturally), we left the marina in Bestumkilen on Thursday Aug. 13, and could once again enjoy a beautifully sunny Oslofjord. In Horten, we had the honour of welcoming Jan, Benedikte’s childhood neighbour, onboard, who with his […]

The bubble in the Copenhagen Warehouse ended up lasting “a tiny bit” longer than we had expected… After some intense working months, we were therefore more than happy seeing the missing components back in their right element in mid-July – just in time to get ready for the summer voyage to Oslo, which would have […]

Working on the mast in a cold warehouse in February 2015 has one big similarity with being with Ella in Rødvig boatyard in the south of Zealand, as we were in the spring of 2014: the feeling of moving around in a bubble, far away from “civilisation”. While Rødvig indeed is in the countryside, an […]

15 meters are many meters!Untitled Blog Post NameUntitled Blog Post Name While Henrik relentlessly has been wearing working clothes throughout fall and winter, Benedikte has now also joined in: It is time for the masts to be inspected, and this can truly be an exciting experience! Separating our 15 meter long friend and her little […]

It’s getting cold, and the sailing season in Denmark is slowly closing down. If you come by the harbour, though, you might meet this guy: But rather doing this, than climbing the mast for a better view of Kronborg: In the meantime, this one will be updating the blog with this summer’s Ella activities. Please […]

A 17-ton whale baby that will take us out on the seven seas.   If you speak French, you might remember that France Gall honoured Ella Fitzgerald in the 80’s. Being the inspiration for the following tribute to our own Ella (very freely translated!). Like a breeze Like a wave Something in the windy voice […]

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