On the crossing from Bermuda to the Azores we crashed into a whale. Our children are very involved to preserve this great creatures. We all love whales and are said. To overcome the sadness, our kids did a “radio-interview” by themselves:
After our North Atlantic crossing from West to East, we crossed it now from South to North. Here how it was to cross the North Atlantic from the South to the North, means from the Azores to Iceland:
Our last preparation in Flores before the long journey North:
We sailed from Flores to Corvo. It was an exposed anchorage. In the morning we went to meet the students and teachers of the local school. We did a presentation and a clean-up with them. Suddenly a police car drove by and we got escorted to the harbor. The police officer told us that our mast is too high for the plane to land. Even the only plane that day has already landed when we got to our dinghy, the police officer forced us to go out and re-anchor Pachamama in a heavy swell. We got help from Cristiano, who drives normally tourist from Flores to the island on his speedboat. Back on land we got some fruits and vegetables from locals as gifts for our long journey North. The president of the Island, Mr. Silva gave each of our children a present and welcomed us back to Corvo anytime.
We sailed from Corvo North. We did the 1600 nm in 9 days. Once we did 200 nm in 24 hours. Means we had a lot of wind and specially in the beginning an uncomfortable swell. Filmmaker Livia was feeding the fish, but got after some days used to the constant shaking. At the end she was filming in heavy swells on our approach to Heimaey Island in Iceland, where we just arrived. Here to get an idea of the crossing filmed with my iPhone: