News from the PONYO crew!!

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We are slowly catching up. This video is about our sail along the Spanish South coast between Alicante and Malaga, voilà!

These 3 steps will save you from seasickness

Your dream is to go off sailing but you get seasick easily? This is annoying or intimidating you? Then this post is for you! I will explain how you can Continue Reading →

New video and quick update

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So, we have been in the Canary Islands for the last six weeks. After arriving at tiny La Graciosa (just North of Lanzarote) we only had one night to anchor in this beautiful spot before we had to be in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to pick up friends. I have been dreaming to go back there ever since but it might be a while until that is going to happen. It’s quite a distance between Las Palmas and there and regarding the prevailing winds the direction is unfavorable. Las Palmas‘ marina is also very cheap but has everything for boat maintenance that one could hope for. The boys enjoy city life, we have internet and I can get some work done as well. The next two weeks we will be exploring the Western Canaries: El Hierro and La Palma (hello place-naming officials of Spain: could you be any less creative?? Las Palmas – the city, La Palma – the island and because that’s not confusing enough they’ve called Mallorca’s capital – you’ve guessed it – La Palma).

The Eastern Canaries (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Graciosa) are dryer, flatter and have more active volcanism, the Western Canaries are very green, mountainous and their volcanoes haven’t been active for a loooooong time. Together with my parents – who have also visited some weeks ago – we have already visited La Gomera: Paradise!! If those 2 other little islands are anything like Gomera we are definitely in for a fantastic time. Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, anchoring (well, in La Palma not so much – it’s the steepest island on the planet!!)…

However, this is our latest video about our big engine operation in December/January. With so much boat school to do, boat chores, my job and the daily madness of just getting organized and fed there’s not much time for video editing. And footage organization. No one likes footage organization, bäääääh. But the next two videos are in the making so bear I mean – bare with us!!

Sardinia to Africa

And we are sailing again! So our engine broke down and we had to exchange it for a new one, remember? Those almost 3 months between beginning of November and Continue Reading →

New video: Escape to Italy part I (Boatnotes Ep. 11)

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Since being stuck on the boat without moving anywhere for so long wasn’t helping board moral we decided to jump on the next plane and go to mainland Italy.

Engine failure on our way to Menorca (Boatnotes Ep.10)

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Still stuck

Someone recently said to me she thinks the universe is trying to teach me patience and lowliness („Demut“ for my German readers, I just looked it up because despite my Continue Reading →

Latest video: Touchdown in Italy – Fortresses and Volcanoes (Boatnotes Ep.7)

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Check out our latest video: We have a rough trip from Corfu to Italy: first thunderstorms then just storms. Sleep-deprived we are happy to find a cosy marina spot in Roccella Ionica where we stay a couple of days for some tours and boat repairs (the bad weather had cost us our portside position light). We continue to Catania, Sicily for a Geology lesson: driving and hiking up Mount Etna!

Best road trip ever to Italy!

After taking Ponyo to Sant‘ Antioco’s shipyard for her big surgery we took off for our trip to the Italian mainland. The plan was to fly to Parma, meet my Continue Reading →

Canals, Oracles and Fortresses (Boatnotes Ep.5)

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The boys‘ latest video!