Heading Salvador/Brazil

Emma s pos. Lat –12.22, Long –36.00. Around 24h sailing to Salvador. I v got a contact via FB. Janne Beijer, an old friend from Gothenburg, who lives 500km north of Salvador. He intendents to make a trip to Salvador and see if he can help her.

Had sat tel contact with Emma a couple of days ago. She was ok. Her voice was strong!! But has had a bad stomach for two days. Could have been one of the fishes she caought. She has to be sure of what kind of fish she can eat.

Soon she will be under the cover of the www and I believe she needs a long long rest before we got a travel report// Claes

 

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Emma passed the ekvator line tonight carried by the passadvinds SE 7m/s. Lollo and I did the same passning in 1976 omboard m/s Tasmanic with a crew of 18people, and carried by 12000hp engine. Emma is lonely and can reach the water by her hand. maybe the flyfishes and dolphines give her some company. She cought what she believes was  tonafish the other day but she´s unsafe if she can eat any fishes.

I´ll make a little prayer for her tonight….. // Claes

 

Approaching land..

Emma is doing fine but wish for some more wind. Good speed for fishing though. She might have caught a Tuna! She sends her regards to you all! 💝

Best regards,

/Tj

Leaving Las Palmas

Emma has now left Gran Canaria. Everything is going very well, excellent winds and so on. This blog might be silent for long periods but you can always follow Emma and Caprice at

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:5181460/zoom:7

On last call Emma mentioned that she will update her position manually every day around 12am & 12pm.

I’m sorry not being able to share any exciting news, but then again no news is good news right?! 🙂

Best regards,

/T

 

Busking on the streets of Las Palmas

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I am still in Las Palmas! Over a month on Gran Canaria! Some sailors warned me not to get stuck here but now that is what has happened. Actually though, the winds has not been blowing so much in the right direction and I have been working hard on making Caprice more ready for a big crossing and more pleasant to live on.

I have also had such a lovely time, with the opposite of loneliness, lots of social action onboard and lots of people helping out with jobs on Caprice. Julia and Lisa, my two new  sisters have stayed with me on Caprice the whole time. It has been so wonderful sharing meals together and they cooked so much for me while I was working as well as helping out with the work. The crew of Hrönn have also been helping me with lots of stuff on Caprice. For those of you interested in boat stuff, the list of stuff that has been done this month is at the bottom. Big thanks to Emil, Greg, Uno, Tjelvar, Lisa and Julia.JuliaandEmmaThere are two of me onboard 🙂 – Julia and I in beautiful Puerto de las Nieves sanding the wood

DSC_0190I am getting help with the propeller axe – Uno, his friend and Emil in Las Palmas marina

DSC_0191Greg after climbing the mast to fit the lazy jacks

It really has made such a difference to my trip and my energy to be surrounded by people. This is a solo sailing project but I just know that I could never get this far without the help and the energy from all those that have helped me along the way. And not just thanks the people here of course, also everybody back home in Sweden who did so much before I departed. And Tom and Debbie who came with me to Falmouth.

The stress and fatigue I felt before has now completely gone away. I am so curious to see how I will feel when I am all alone again. And how it will be to spend those lonely weeks with the sea – the Atlantic!

In between work Lisa, Julia and I tried our luck with busking here in Las Palmas to pay for food and harbour fees and we have had such a great time doing this. We learned a few songs together and made a set featuring our voices, my guitar, Julia’s harmonica and Lisa’s egg. Not only did we meet lots of people and made lots of smiles but we have paid all the harbour fees and food for three weeks. As well as money we received a beautiful drawing of a heart by some children and a polaroid photo made by the same adorable children. Below is a video of what happened when a local singer joined us and made such a happy crowd on the street.

IMG_20171127_191443Our little fan club – those kids where so adorable and truly warmed our hearts

Lisa and Julia have found a lovely family of five to take them to Kap Verde onboard a large aluminium sailing yatch. That is great news but we all feel sad to go separate ways. We are hoping to meet again in Brazil. Lisa and Julia will search for a new boat in Kap Verde to take them there.

I have stocked up with food and water and now feel ready to go. And the winds are starting to look good.

I will set off tomorrow or Saturday. I heard that Friday is not meant to be a good day to leave but we will see what the morning brings and feel the wind!

Brazil is the next planned port for Caprice and I.

En varm hälsning till klass 8B på Ängås skola och till alla barnen på Brännö skola. Följ era drömmar och tack för att ni följer min resa, det betyder så mycket för mig därute på det stora havet.

Sisters Lisa and Julia with Caprice anchored in the background

List of things achieved:

  • Rust lines washed away from hull – Thanks Lisa!
  • Sikaflex applied to the teak around hull where the rustlines came from (quite a job)
  • Propeller axe tightened
  • Broken Vhf fixed – bought new a new Vhf and had the antenna checked by awesome technician Mike.
  • ‘Garage’ and sliding hatch sanded and varnished 6 times.
  • Lazy Jacks fitted by Greg, JIPPIE!!! – No more fighting with the sail
  • The new Glembring heater fitted by Emil – THANKYOU!
  • Round window fitted on entrance door so that I can see out in a storm.
  • Wooden lid on bin with hinges- very important as I sleep next to it 🙂 Thanks Emil!
  • Four new wind vanes cut and varnished
  • New and stronger fitting for the kicker (kicktalja) thanks to Greg, brilliant!
  • Mid ship pollards fitted- I needed them mostly for something sturdy to attach the preventer to
  • Kerosene stove (Fotogenkök) fixed and fitted and a few near fires onboard as a result of this but we are getting to know each other 🙂
  • Kitchen taps fixed as they leaked – thanks Tjelvar
  • Varnished some of the interior and cut ventilation holes in the wardrobe doors to prevent mould – thanks Lisa and Julia
  • Leaking dinghy fixed – Julia 🙂
  • Most of the leaks on deck fixed – I hope
  • Lines tied on the mast steps so that the halyards do not get caught behind them – Lisa 🙂

 

Breathing life on the Canaries

Upon arriving in Las Palmas the first thing I had to do was clearing the whole boat out to try and get rid of the mould or at least to stop it spreading. I also had to organise all my stuff a bit better and managed to throw away a few things. All that took a good few days and then my darling Tjelvar arrived from Sweden and we chilled in Las Palmas, did some work on Caprice and then some beautiful night sailing back and forth to Tenerife in these steady NE winds and ended up in a picturesque little port on the other side of Gran Canaria called Puerto de las Nieves where I still remain anchored just outside the harbour. (Caprice is the little white dot in the middle, below)

When Tjelvar left, I again went into ‘get ready mood’ and it was just bringing me down. I found myself out of energy and getting Caprice ready felt like an overwhelming task. I just kept feeling quite low and was not my usual positive life loving being.

But a few days ago I had a revelation. I need to STOP and look around me and start just enjoying this trip. Otherwise, what is the point. I may as well go home. It doesn’t matter which day I will be ready for the Atlantic. I will leave when I am ready. And I need to stop to push myself so hard and stressing about getting this boat ready. Because that is wearing me down and I am not enjoying the time.

And I am really not in a rush anymore. With that viewpoint I actually got more energy and I then buried the top half of my body in the engine room for two days fighting with my leaking propeller axe, swearing, sweating, sawing off bits of my bed to get better access to the propeller axe, taking pipes off where the scin fitting taps were really stuck and so hard to close. I had to remove the pipes to be able to tighten the bloody nut on the propeller axe as the plyers are so bloody big and everything was in the way. And I pretty much won! It is now not dripping whilst still. Propably still will whilst underway though but I think I can live with that.

I have also just enjoyed my time here. The scenery and the weather are something to treasure in every moment. I went for a mountain walk one day and another I went to visit two new friends Julia and Lisa whom were staying in a natural palm tree house on a beach nearby, such a beautiful place! We cooked food on a fire under the stars.

They are sisters and together they are making an incredible journey around the world on foot, boat and any form of transportation that is cheap and not a plane. They are visiting communities aiming for a ‘utopian’ life and they are traveling mostly by land all through South America, America towards Alaska and across to Russia and then back to Germany. I met them because they are looking to crew on a boat to South America. Their travel blog is http://www.outthere.eu.

I was pretty tempted to give them a lift onboard Caprice to Brazil, but I do want to explore my solo sailing experience a little longer. And crossing Atlantic alone I don’t want to miss out on.

Now Lisa and Julia will stay with me and Caprice for a few days and help me doing some work onboard. It is really nice with the company and helps with the motivation. We are soon sailing back to Las Palmas together where I will stock up and get the final bits for my Atlantic crossing and they will search for a boat to crew on. Perhaps we will meet again on the other side of the big sea 🙂

I do not have a set leaving date yet but I will keep you updated. The mood onboard is good and I feel much more like myself again. The Atlantic is calling me!

About my first solo voyage

This crossing from Falmouth was my first solo trip across an ocean. My only previous solo sailing was a few hours just along the coast of Sweden.

I had been quite nervous building up to it. Mostly of being caught alone in fowl weather. However I had such nice weather that at points I nearly wished for a little gale (though a sailor should never say so 🙂

The experience of being alone with the sea for so long was certainly quite special. Perhaps being alone in itself I found a little harder than I expected. I always long for being alone and really treasure any time to myself but this was the first time in years I actually felt lonely at times. And you really are alone. No boats, no land, nothing! 4000 meters to the bottom of the sea and just you and the boat in this big expanse of water. It is really something. As a human you are not used to having such space just to yourself.

Night time I really loved. Somehow each time the darkness starts creeping in, I expected to feel a little worried or a little uneasy. But it doesn’t feel that way. Rather you feel safe. I am scared of the dark in a forest or really anywhere in nature but not at sea. The darkness is so soft and with the fosforescens glowing around the boat you just stand there in awe of natures wonders and your heart cannot but feel at peace.

I had dolphins playing around the boat twice in the first few days of the passage. And a type of smaller whale also visited me. Just 2 hours out from Falmouth one of those whales appeared as if to wish me good luck for my voyage. And then a few days ago I heard the distinct sound of them breathing again and there were quite a few of them around the boat.

I slept really well. At first with 20 minutes intervals and then expanding it to 45 min once out at sea. Often I hardly awoke, just popped my head up and went back to sleep.

Cooking went well too, I usually cooked one meal a day which I ate for lunch and dinner. And I made LOTS of popcorn. Sometimes I had caramelized popcorn for breakfast. Just because I could!

I read a lot and played guitar. And just sat and stared at the sea a lot. There is just so much time to think, a bit too much time to think! In life I have a tendency to always be busy and always do something. At sea you naturally slow down and it becomes like a form of meditation.

And now Caprice and I are in Las Palmas and I am yet again fighting with the ‘to do’ list. Never mind exploring the island! Firstly I am attacking the mould. Many areas in Caprice has become damp and her interior of unvarnished teak seem to attract mould. The green stuff, not black though. So I am pulling everything out and cleaning everywhere with ‘ättika’ and thinking that I might need to varnish all the surfaces. Any tips from fellow sailors are welcome…

And I wish I had a gennaker, code 0 or spinnaker. Light winds from behind turned out to be a bit of a pain with a lot of flapping of sails. And often having to tack/gybe my way as running was out of the question.

We will see where to and when I continue the journey. Tjelvar is coming to visit me next week 🙂

The new beautiful tiller that Leif made 

Oh no, not again!!

I see land! Tenerifa

Anchored in Las Palmas

I am now anchored in the night surrounded by the city lights of Las Palmas on one side and the commercial docks on the other. Feels a bit weird after all those calm days and nights surrounded by only the sea. All is well with me and Caprice. The weather and the sea has treated us very well. Quite a lot of slow sailing and some calms. But some great winds too.

Will write more tomorrow as it’s time for sleep. I wonder if I will still wake up every 1/2 hour….?

Love from me