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Green Flash

All is grey outside. I send you a picture when there were still colours around. It was taken one day before I arrived in Horta. At the end of a sunset a green dot can be observed when the horizon is not obstructed by clouds. For quite some time it’s existence has been questioned. This green flash lasts just one second, sometimes even shorter. If you stare at the red setting sun you are likely to miss it since your retina cells become somewhat insensitive to light in the area where the bright sun has been. On June 28th 24, I took a series of pictures and was lucky to capture this phenomenon on camera. The scientific explanation is that the green end of the light spectrum gets bend more when passing the atmosphere. So you can see the green component of the light, while the red part of the upper limb of the sun is already below the horizon. The blue end of the spectrum gets diffracted when passing the atmosphere. That is the reason why the sky is blue.

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Upwind Now

The morning was nice. Now I’m beating upwind against the waves. This will go on like this for another 14 hrs.

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Rain, Fog & Solitude

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Out Of The Thunderstorm Warning Area

With every weather routing I also download a GMDSS (Globel Maritime Distress and Safety System) graphical forecast. With the help of AI PredictWind generates a graphical display of the actual weather (lows, highs, fronts, warnings). This is a bit like a traditional weather chart. For me it is great addition for the weather routing information.

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Last Ocean Passage

I am happy and sad at the same time to start my last ocean passage of this journey. It is the third time that I sail this leg, two times solo and one time with Manu as crew. Also, I’m quite nervous to bring this whole trip around the world to a really good end. As always on day one, the waves are doing their best to make me feel quite uncomfortable.

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Arrived

The ship and the sailor have arrived in Horta on Faial in one piece. Nothing broken, all good. I am happy, proud and tired. Thank you for following me. The next leg (Azores-France) will start mid of July. See you then!

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Cloudless

I am sailing upwind in the nicest conditions ever. 60 nm to go, I can’t see the Pico volcano (2351 m) yet.

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Man O’ War

Since two weeks I see an Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis, Portugiesische Galeere) every ten minutes. They have a sail-like shape and an air bubble, and drift on the surface of the sea. Since their long blue tentacles sometimes wrap around the line of my hydrogenerator I started using gloves when retrieving the line. They sting a lot!

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Horses

No wind here. Do you remember when I was in the ITCZ (doldrums)? The air that raised up vertically there has travelled north. Here, this air from the equator is sinking down again. The result is a high-pressure area which you know as Azores High. The air is now ready to travel south again, forming the passat wind. At the equator the air will be heated up by the intense sun, raise up vertically, and the cycle will start again. I am now in the Horse Latitudes, the Azores High is notorious for no wind. Rumour has it, that back in the days of tall sailing ships, food for the horses (for that wild west thing) was finished and the poor horses were thrown overboard. Thus the name Horse Latitudes. Don’t worry, I don’t have any horses on board.

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13 cm

I am in the horse latitudes. No wind, sunny, the engine is burning diesel. I have used 1 cm of diesel in the last 6 hours. 13 cm (70 l) are still in the tank. I have an additional 90 l in jerrycans. I am using about 2 l per hour at a speed of 4 kn. So I will reach the Azores even if there will be no wind at all.