Next leg…the voyage home

Captain Jan, my son David and I are about to sail Davali to Stamford, Ct. We’re going to check out the Bahamas, stop off in Florida, and then head up the coast.

The past few months in St. Martin were lots of fun, cruising to Anguilla and St. Bart’s with friends and family. They provided great opportunities to get to know Davali better. The islands are beautiful and the food’s excellent.

We’ll be leaving in early May.

lisa me

With Lisa at Elvis’s on beach, Road Bay, Anguilla

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David and Lisa at Simpson Bay Marina

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With family at Elvis’s on the beach, Anguilla

simpson bay marina

Simpson Bay Marina

on way to st barts

On way to St. Bart’s

st barts salon

Gustavia Harbor, St. Bart’s

tiller to st barts

Loving the Hobie feel, on the way to St. Bart’s

Anchored for lunch at La Samana, St. Martin

Anchored for lunch at beautiful La Samana, St. Martin

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Davali looking awesome, Crocus Bay, Anguilla

Postcard perfect

Postcard perfect: Prickly Pear Island, Anguilla

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Video Tour of Davali

When Davali was docked in La Grande Motte, France, her birth place,  Matthieu Rougevin-Baville filmed an in-depth tour of Davali. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Matthieu’s tour of this beautifully designed 2014 Outremer 45.

By the way, there were a few minor issues we encountered on our transatlantic voyage on Davali that needed repair, as expected. I want to thank Stephane, Ronan, and the Outremer team for arranging for the repair of all the issues. Outremer delivered a wonderful boat, outstanding service & support and stood behind their excellent work 100%.

Thank you Outremer!

Enjoying Davali in the Caribbean and sailing North in May!

http://blog.choose-your-boat.com/outremer-45-an-ideal-catamaran-for-long-cruises-english/

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Videos of Trans-Atlantic crossing

Several short videos are posted on youtube which can be accessed from this link:

https://www.youtube.com/user/friedlanderadam

Happy Holidays!!!

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Epic!!!

I’ve dreamed of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean (and/or circumnavigating) since reading the book Dove as a teenager. It’s about a 16 year old boy from California that circumnavigated the globe on a 20 something foot sail boat. It’s something I’ve talked about and prepared for ever since.

I’ve owned small to medium sized sailboats, read countless sailing books and magazines, sailed as much as possible, got my Captain’s License, crewed from New York to Florida and from Bermuda to Newport.

But I grew tired of talking about it (after 35 years). I read a compelling boat advertisement about 10 years ago that said that most people either don’t have the time, the money or the health to make an ocean voyage, so if you find yourself fortunate enough to have all three, you’ve got to go. The time was right for me to make it happen.

There are so many great “blue water” boats, but I decided that a performance (fast) catamaran was for me. I decided on an newly designed Outremer 45.  Outremer has a proven track of building Ocean worthy catamarans. Since she’s built in France,  I would have the opportunity to sail her home, across the Atlantic.

I signed the contract in January, 2014 and was euphoric until two days later when I was up all night trying to figure out how I was going to find the time to sail the boat from France to New York, provision the boat, find a Captain and crew, do adequate sea trials, with family and work responsibilities.

After interviewing a few Captains, I hired Captain Jan Cluistra. Jan has crossed the Atlantic 36 times on Catamarans and his references spoke to his terrific experience, skills and integrity. Catamaran manufacturers hire Jan to deliver their new boats to the United States from South Africa. I felt so lucky to have the opportunity to sail with probably the most accomplished ocean crossing sailor of catamarans on the planet.

Captain Jan and his fantastic crew (Claudia Dengler and Larry Roland) and I left the dock in La Grande Motte, France on November 5, 2014. After stops in Mallorca, Spain, Gibraltar, and Lanzarote, Spain (Canary Islands) we sailed the trade winds west to St. Marteen (Caribbean) and arrived December 10th. (17 days from Lanzarote).

There are so many reasons why the voyage was so wonderful. First the boat was fast and comfortable and seaworthy. Surfing the waves and running with the wind on a catamaran is a pleasure. Second, Jan, Claudia and Larry were so fun to sail with. Jan is a great sailor, a confidence inspiring leader, and a wonderful person for whom I have great respect. Everyone on Davali was passionate about sailing, woke up anytime of night with a “can-do” attitude and enthusiasm, and knew what they were doing…awesome!

The weather…steady favorable winds between 15 and 23 knots, and sunny for all but three days. We hoisted our 150 square meter Code D sail and ripped. Every day brought new adventure including catching fish, seeing whales and dolphins, beautiful sunsets, sky spanning rainbows, swimming, fixing something, downloading weather and learning how to interpret the grib files and surface analysis, reading, playing guitar, using sextant, night watches under incredibly bright stars, lots of shooting stars, huge moon rises, eating Claudia’s great cooking and Larry’s masterful sandwiches, and cranking music.

We enjoyed the latest technology like Delorme two-satellite texting with maps which enabled family and friends to follow us on a map and communicate, satellite phone for calls and weather download, and other modern-day navigation electronics.

Recap: Davali the morning of 11/5/14 Lanzarote departure.

Recap: Davali the morning of 11/23/14 Lanzarote departure.

Tuna jumping in Canaries

Tuna jumping in Canaries

Anitgua, Canary Islands

Anitgua, Canary Islands

Heading West at dusk

Heading West at dusk

Code 0 sailing into sunset

Code 0 sailing into sunset

helm view

helm view

sunset pic sunset code 0 to sunset code d into sunset

Hoisting Code D sail

Hoisting Code D sail

Larry Jan and me

Larry Jan and me

lots of rainbows

lots of rainbows

follow the rainbow

follow the rainbow

whales

Just before they swam under Davali

Just before they swam under Davali

Hiking out on trapeze (Hobie style) to maximize speed and balance

Hiking out on trapeze (Hobie style)

nearing the Caribbean, time for a dip

nearing the Caribbean, time for a dip

beautiful blue water

beautiful blue water

broke out the gennaker for some light wind

broke out the gennaker for some light wind

Catching  a Dorado (mahi mahi)

Catching a Dorado (mahi mahi)

dophin 2 dolphin show

af at bow

 

Captain Jan taking noon sighting

Captain Jan taking noon sighting

At dock in St. Marteen with Larry, Claudia and Jan

At dock in St. Marteen with Larry, Claudia and Jan

Thank you for a wonderful voyage!

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“Let’s get cracking on the crossing”

“Let’s get cracking on the crossing,” Captain Jan Cluistra, Sunday morning 10am, 11/23/14.

After impatiently waiting for the Westerlies to turn North, we are ready to rip.

And check out Davali…a bucking bronco about to tear the cleats off the dock.

Can do!

Time to get "cracking on the crossing"

Davali is thrilled to get “cracking on the crossing”

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Lanzarote and Atlantic Crossing preparation

So many exciting moments, not least of which was the arrival in 40 knots of apparent wind to Lanzarote (Canary Islands) and docking in 30 knots of wind. After deciding the strong winds were going to continue, we committed to docking, and turned into the harbor. There were about 10 people on the dock to help secure us. Our adrenaline was definitely flowing. Captain Jan docked like the pro he is.

While I haven’t climbed Everest, my understanding is that reaching base camp is an accomplishment unto itself. That’s kind of how I feel about arriving in the Canary Islands after sailing 1,250 nautical miles through the Western Med and along the coast of North West Africa. It marks the end of the beginning.

In Gibraltar, we explored for a few days in La Linea, Spain, just North of the Gibraltar-Spain border, until the weather improved. We met some interesting world-cruising sailors, enjoyed great meals in La Linea, walked across the border and Gibraltar’s airport runway into downtown Gibraltar and  climbed the rock.

Crossing the Gibraltar airport into town.

Crossing the Gibraltar airport into town.

Monkeys on top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Not to be messed with.

Monkeys on top of the Rock of Gibraltar.

Leaving Gibraltar at sunrise.

Leaving Gibraltar at sunrise.

Passing through the narrow Straights of Gibraltar, Morocco on the left and Spain on the right.

Passing through the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco on the left and Spain on the right.

Davali crew pumped about launching our 170 square meter Code D sail.

Davali crew (Larry Roland, Claudia Dengler, Captain Jan Cluistra) after launching our 170 square meter Code D sail.

Picture perfect!

Picture perfect!

Captain Jan, on his 36th ocean crossing.

Captain Jan, on his 36th ocean crossing.

"Oh please, don't you rock my boat" (Bob Marley)

Strumming some Bob Marley favorites

Guided by friends

Guided by friends

Sunset off Morocco

Sunset off Morocco

One of two small Tuna caught almost at the same time.

One of two small Tuna caught almost at the same time.

A fresh fish feast

A fresh fish feast

Coast Guard off to help a boat that ran ashore in big winds.

Lanzarote Coast Guard in big winds

After docking in Lanzarote

After docking in Lanzarote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow, with great excitement and anticipation, we begin our 2,775 nautical mile crossing to St. Martin. This is the best time of year to enjoy the prevailing trade winds blowing from east to west. You can follow our progress on the top right link at http://www.saildavali.com. Next post from St. Martin!!!

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The Gibraltar gateway

The western Mediterranean has strong prevailing westerly winds which means headwinds and pounding seas when heading west into them. Last year, a captain told me they were “stuck” in a Spanish harbor for 11 days waiting for favorable winds and weather. We were pleased to arrive in Gibraltar quickly (5 days). We motor-sailed quite a bit to achieve our objective.

Sailing in the Med was fascinating. The rich history of discovery, war, sea battles; I could feel it. Knowing Africa was so close, looking at the chartplotter and seeing the Spanish coastline, Algeria and Morocco to the South, Gibraltar to the West, was dreamlike. I’m accustomed to seeing the charts of the Long Island Sound, Block Island, Shelter Island, Martha’s Vineyard.  Surprisingly, the Spanish coast reminded me of the arid foot-hills of Nevada.

We arrived in Gibraltar in the rain and 27 knots of wind in the early morning. I was in awe of this historic gateway to the East (Med) and the West (the Atlantic Ocean and the New World). The rock, the lighthouse, the religious structures, the commercial tankers and the beautiful blue-water sailboats were mesmerizing. The powerful strategic value of controlling this eight mile wide gateway is plain to see, especially to the British.

Our plan is to prepare Davali for a Friday departure to the Canary Islands. Until then, we’ll explore Gibraltar and neighboring Spain.

Our wonderful host

Our wonderful guide

Our awesome Code D sail (a furling gennaker) for expected easterly trade winds

Our Code D sail (a furling gennaker) for expected easterly trade winds

af at wheel

Beautiful Ibiza Island

The beautiful Ibiza Island

The Nevada like Spanish coast

The Nevada like Spanish coast

Spanish snow capped peak

Spanish snow capped peak

Awesome twin water spouts behind us, after refueling in Cartagena, Spain

Awesome twin water spouts behind us, after refueling in Cartagena, Spain

Entering the harbor of Gibraltar

Entering the harbor of Gibraltar

With Captain Jan, framed by the rock of Gibraltar, docked in the Spanish marina adjacent to Gibraltar (catamaran friendly)

With Captain Jan, framed by the rock of Gibraltar, docked in the Spanish marina adjacent to Gibraltar (catamaran friendly)

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