IMG 1813After Dover - the reader might guess - we arrived in front of Calais. The wind went off again and we had time to consider the beauty of nature. Then suddenly five or even six shadows in the water slowly approached our boat. Somebody asked why there is a crocodile in the water?

From the early morning on we did numerous manoeuvres, they all went very well. However our essential thing was missing: wind.
There was only one patch just before Dover were we sailed with about 11 kn.  Apart from that it is again a nerve-racking exercise in low wind sailing.

Currently we are passing the TSS of Dover.
Having enjoyed the scenery of the Isle of Wight yesterday and the cliffs of Dover today, we are now looking forward to a tricky passage along the coast of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. We hope to catch some thermal pressure there.

(24th July, 19:00 MESZ)

image1 1Today at 11:00 UTC a grey boat of the UK Border Force approached the 'Bank von Bremen' with high speed. They first circumnavigated us while we were sailing under gennaker. At 11:30 UTC they came alongside and two friendly and professional officials of the Border Force entered our boat.

Today (sunday) at exactly 12:00 UTC we crossed the time gate at the entrance of the English Channel. We celebrated this with Labskaus, kosher cucumbers and rum from the Bermuda’s.
Today we have raced 14 days and sailed already 3050 nm (maximum 257 nm per day).

For us a new race has started. We are surprised by the fact that the wind is much more steady than expected. Fingers crossed that the wind will not fade out in the coming night.
We hope that a passing lane will materialize. For the navigation thoroughly monitoring the traffic situation has started. This is now a 'round the clock'- job. Our favorite tanker so far was called „University Moscow“.

(22th July, 15:00 MESZ)

This morning the first fisher boat passed near by. We even heard the first VHF call. Meanwhile we are facing typical North Atlantic scenery. Dark clouds and constant change between showers and clear sky. Last night we really pushed hard to regain as much ground as possible. The 'Bank von Bremen' made good speed with Gennaker and a first reef in the main.

Ecki and Max initiated a bet on our ETA in Cuxhaven among our team.
The estimates range from late evening on Wednesday to late Friday. Let’s see who will win the bottle of rum.

(21st July, 16:00 MESZ)