In the glimmer of the moon

Sailing towards San Diego is challenging. The weather is beautiful and with a nice breeze we're sailing along. We're a bit too far south but north of us we can't find any wind so we prefer to sail rather than using our motor towards our next destination. We are a sailing ship and sometimes we need to add a few miles extra which we always keep in mind when planning our travel schedule. South of Salina Cruz we had so much wind that we had to take a few sails down,. The next day we had to hoist them again. 


After a beautiful coloured sunset the moon is back in the sky soon. Every night she lits a little further East. Because these days de orbit of the moon and the earth cross each other, we see the moon exactly 90° above our head. This make our own shadow really really small. When you notice your shadow getting a bit bigger around your toes, it's not because your tummy grew over the years, but because you need to bend your head to to see you own silhouette on deck. 

As soon as the moon lowers a little, our shadow grows again. We're used to our shadow following us around and going everywhere we go. But on a moving ship it somehow looks like it secretly performs it's only little dance. 


West of Acapulco the wind left us. We lowered the sails and started the engine. It was a sign for the birds who followed us for a while. After som bickering it was clear who was allowed to pick the best spots on the rig. De birds sitting on the swinging jib halyard really needed to keep their balance which kept them so busy that flying seemed a more relaxed solution to me. But who am I to judge, I really couldn't tell you how intense flying is... 


Soon our winged guests discovered that sitting on the yard is a much easier way to travel. Apparently so relaxing that soon the whole teak deck was covered with white spots. With all respect for the wildlife and the environment we made the decision that our guests had to leave. In the end Charles Darwin taught us that only the strongest will survive. When they want to cross the ocean, I assume they know where to go and they will find their way to the coast safely. 

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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.