Sailing route from Germany to Atlantic Spain

Find below a map of our sailing route from Cuxhaven (Germany) to Cedeira (Galicia, Spain).

We took off from Cuxhaven, Germany, on the 16th July 2016 andimg_0067 arrived to Cedeira, Spain, 40 days later on the 25th of August 2016. The distance between these two locations (following the route we travelled) is 1171 nautical miles or 2108 km.

This stretch from Germany to north Spain includes world famous sailing challenges: the Elbe river delta, the shallow waters and sharp waves of the North Sea, the busy English Channel, strong currents that dictate your schedule near the French coast and finally – the Bay of Biscay known for its’ cross waves.

Looking back, I feel we get our fair share of each of these challenges. Continue reading

Sailing the Bay of Biscay – Swell, waves, dolphins, thunderstorms and fog

img_0066Bay of Biscay is known for its’ difficult sailing conditions. When we sailed across it from Audierne (France) to Cedeira (Spain) in late August, it lived to the expectation.

We were well prepared for the voyage: We were well rested and in good spirit. The weather for the crossing was well analyzed. We had plenty of food & drink onboard. We had tightened safety protocol in place, e.g. use of lifelines, a grab pack packed.

We were expecting dolphins, spinnaker wind, time to read and just be lazy. The deck shower was waiting for the sunbathers. Continue reading