Gulf of Mexico

We are on our way and in the Gulf of Mexico. Just like every year around this time the United Sates  of America will be our destination.  Only this year for a change we will not be sailing along the east coast to the north.

After leaving "Habana" we will go north-west in the Gulf of Mexico towards Houston. Or to be more specific to Galveston, the port of the city of Houston.

BIRDS VISIT

When I prepared for this trip it reminded me much of home and  the North Sea. No great depth and many drilling platforms. Only the birds coming to visit us were ones I have never seen on the North Sea. Actually to be honest, I don’t recall having ever seen such birds before. How nice that these birds come to visit us and even dare to sail with us for a while. Usually the overnight stay means a welcome rest for them. Then they move on without saying goodbye. All of a sudden they have disappeared. Maybe also because we are quite busy ourselves. The US Coast Guard will do the annual check on board of our ship again later on. And to make sure that all will work perfectly, we are now checking everything extensively in advance.

Summer before spring

The weather is beautiful but it is getting cooler the further we are distant from the Caribbean. Most shorts are stored in closets by now and trousers are worn again. The temperatures of summer start to look more like spring temperatures. When you are used to sailing on the Clipper for a long time you get used to it: when summer ends, spring will start. On board of a ship things are often a little different. But the moon is the same wherever we are. There no longer is a full moon anymore and every night the moon shows itself to us a little later than the night before. This means the moon does not disappear behind the horizon in time before the sun rises. 

28°40’N 094°24’W    

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.