Running hard

The Atlantic Ocean crossing from Miami to Horta. Already two thirds of the total distance is accomplished and it is an exceptional trip again. We have been sailing for 10 days and 1700 miles continuously on the same side. When we left Miami we were able to set sails on starboard right after we passed the pier heads and have been sailing at the same side ever since.

Sometimes a bit higher, sometimes a bit lower but always on the north side of a high pressure area and at the bottom of a low pressure one. Which is resulting in a smooth sea and a fairly constant wind direction varying in power.

Abandon ship

We are making excellent progress. So far we sailed 7.8 knots average and are ahead of schedule. This enables us to come to a complete stop during the weekly abandon ship drill. We will heave to eventually come to a complete stop. In this maneuver the main sails of the main mast are braced in order to catch the wind from a different angle. We would do exact the same thing in case of an emergency to be able to launch an extra boat for instance. All in all a nice opportunity to practice in between our running.

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about the author

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.