Fair winds on the Atlantic ocean crossing 2017

Almost without noticing it, we are en route for a week already. On December 5th we departed Gran Canaria towards Saint Martin together with our new guests and some fresh courage. The time of departure could not have been better. The high pressure zones, which have blocked the trajectory of the depressions for weeks, have finally decided to slowly shift towards  the west. They are providing us with a seemingly endless supply of East by South Easterly winds.


fortune is with us, average speed 10 knots

Instead of initially heading South West, we opted for a Northern route and that has proved to be a good choice so far. Heading straight to our the target, we sailed more than 1200 miles in five days. This means an average speed of more than ten knots. This happened all under the same tack, under a comfortable wind angle and beautiful weather. Today we are sailing a more southerly course in order to have a nice point of sail later on again. Then the wind will start to back to the North East. Secretly we are already looking forward to spending a few extra days in the Caribbean, no matter what that proverbially says about our mental skills.


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Moritz Kuhlenbäumer - Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Between 2007 and 2012 Moritz sailed on the Stad Amsterdam already as second officer for one year and as first officer for four years. In June 2015 Moritz Kuhlenbäumer became one of the two captains on board.