How quickly time goes by. It feels like I just embarked but I am on the Atlantic Ocean already. For five days now.

Until now we more or less sailed along the African coast towards the southwest. There still is a distance of 150 miles in between but if we wanted we could go ashore somewhere in less than a day sailing.

Near Cape Verde

Around 5 am this morning we passed Santa Antao, the most north western island of Cape Verde is only just 150 miles away. Not that we have seen land anywhere near since we left the Canary Islands, it does give us the idea of being somewhere near the coast. Our destination is Martinique 2,000 miles further on to the west. So a crossing is necessary. This makes you wonder how people actually came up with the idea to leave the safe shore? At least 12 more days at sea, being far away from everybody and with a small chance of survival if we have to leave the ship or ship will be leaving us.


Luckily, there is no need to be afraid. Having overcome storms up north, we now know for sure that we can trust the Clipper. A wind force 5, northeast, a blue sky and going to the place where the sun sets. And after the sun is gone after dinner, we are enjoying millions of stars. The moon is getting more round as well. I understand really well why people left the safe shore. This sense of adventure and freedom cannot be found on land. For this feeling you have to be on board of a ship. And sailing on such a beautiful ship like the Clipper it is such a great pleasure.

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about the author

Andi Manser - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Captain Andi Manser came on his bike to the Netherlands all the way from Switzerland, his country of birth. He hoped to find a job on a yacht. His job as captain on the Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a dream come true.