Sabir is at Porto Santo, the little Island next to Madeira.
Greetings and big hugs into the beautiful south pacific!!!
Stefan & Ilja
Santa Maria is just great!!!
Big city, Marina is OK!
Ahoy from Praia da Victoria on Terceira in the Azores group. On our way to here we we had some days on Flores, in Horta on Faial and in Velas on Sao Jorge.
All is well on Sabir, but we changed our plans. At Bermuda we were still ready to sail back home to Germany, but the passage was not the best one in 5 years. Three fronts hit us and the second one was a bit nasty. 50kn and really big seas made it uncomfi....
Out there we asked us everyday why we are doing this. Somewhere we turned wrong, we went north instead of going west back into the pacific. However, we do not sail any mile further north, we will stay a while here on the beautiful Azores and we fly back home for some weeks, the first time after 5 years. End of August Sabir will sail with us south to Madeira and later back to the Canaries. Why should we sit in the Baltic Sea and freeze our butts off when we can sail around in good temps on the spanish islands... ;-)
Greetings to our Cruising friends all over the world!
Boat and crew are happy, live is good here!
Ilja & Stefan
Today we are leaving for the Azores! 1800nm to go!
Bermudas are great, friendly, save, clean and a bit expensive... All good on Sabir! Big hugs to our friend in NZ, OZ, Fiji and on the way!
We had 2 weeks in St. Maarten, one on the french and one the dutch side. Everywhere you still can see what Hurricane Irma has done there last year. Really sad! But people are nice and friendly! Next stop will be Bermudas!
Bon jour from Guadeloupe!
We are sailing from island to island up north.
Next and last stop will be Saint Maarten before we jump another time over the Atlantic ocean to get back home.
Big hugs to our friends in NZ and OZ!
Ilja & Stefan
On Sunday night we crossed our track from 2014,
Sabir sailed around the world! Wooohoooo!
All is good here in Grenada, we had no problems on the way.
A stop over at Fernando de Noronha was not possible, 2.5m swell in the anchorage was to dangerous! From here we do some island hopping north and in May we cross the Atlantic another time to get back home... ETA in Germany is beginning of July.
Ahoy! The passage from Lüderitz to St. Helena was a nice one, most of the time just with the Gennaker. The island is nice and the people are great! All good on Sabir!
We are since Tuesday in Lüderitz. The passage from Cape Town to here had a bit of everything, 40kn at the start, no wind and fog at arrival. The town is nice and friendly, next days we do some land- cruising. It's very windy here, nearly every day the wind goes up to 30+kn!
All good on Sabir! Greetings to our friends in NZ and OZ!
We arrived in Cape Town on the 30th of December, just in time for NYE! The passage from Reunion to Richards Bay in November was not the best one. South of Madagaskar a chain plate broke out of the deck in up to 44kn wind and 3-4m waves. We were able to repair that behind Mada. Later on the engine showed oil in the coolant and we lost oil on another way, but we did it into RB. There we ordered a new Yanmar from Cape Town, we were 10 on the hard and changed the old Volvo including the Saildrive. We found good weather windows to sail along the coast. Christmas we spend with 15 other boats in East London. Nice party with a Braai! From there we sailed direct to Cape Town in a bit under 4 days. Now we have the f...king indian ocean behind us, we are back in the Atlantic! All is well on Sabir, Cape Town is nice and friendly. Next passage will be to Namibia in 2 weeks or so....
Christmas with 15 boats in East London!
The Buffalo Yacht Club is just nice and friendly!
Arrived in Richards Bay with a broken engine.
Yesterday we arrived @ Le Port in Reunion.
The passage was a low win one. Most of the 130nm we motorsailed.
All good on Sabir, looking forward to find fresh baguettes!
Sabir is ready to leave beautiful Mauritius tomorrow.
Next stop will be Reunion only 130 nm away. This will be our last island in the Indian before heading to Southafrica. The sailing in this ocean is a mess, but all the islands are worth to visit! Many greetings, good luck and fair winds to all our friends on the way south to beautiful NZ! Ilja & Stefan
Yesterday we arrived on Mauritius! The three days out there we not to bad. Light winds and just a small swell all the 350nm. We are in the town marina for two night to get some fresh water....
Tomorrow we will leave for Gande Baie, here they are expecting a group of boats in a rush... ;-)
Rodrigues is an great island! The passage from Cocos to here was bumpy with a bit of everything. The first 1000nm were hard, strong winds and big seas from different directions made living on the boat hard...
Anyway, this bloody long leg is behind us, Rodrigues and the locals are great! We love this little island!!! So sorry that we have not more time...
We arrived yesterday safe and sound at Cocos Keeling!
This is a real paradise! Reminds us to the Tuamotus!
All is well on the blue boat!
Since last Tuesday we are on Christmas island. On the way from Darwin we stopped at Ashmore Reef for 2 nights! Really nice there, a marked channel brings you to the moorings!
We had a broken lower stay, now it's new!
We can recommend Edgar from yachtrigging.com.au in Perth and Drew from freightshop.com.au also in Perth!
Within 50 hours they made 2 new stays for us and delivered them to Christmas! All good again!
Today we leave for Cocos Keeling! In 4-5 days we should be there!
All the best to you guys,
Ilja & Stefan on Sabir
Smith point overnight.
Finally we are at our last port in Australia: Darwin!! Wooohoooo!
Nice little marina, very friendly stuff. It was a really long way along the coast, happy to be back in civilisation! One week is planed here, next stop will be Christmas island!
At the fisheries jetty for hull inspection. Stayed overnight there, a diver checked the hull for marine pests. All for free, sadly he didn't scrubbed it....
Overnight stop at two island bay. Beautiful spot!
Anchored in Seisia. We found some bread and fresh fruits. Tomorrow we will continue our way to Darwin!
All good on the blue boat!
For one hour at Cape York. Was windy, a bit wet and the best of all: It's behind us!!! Now we go west!
Portland road. Also a good anchorage!
One night on Morris island! Great anchorage!
Owen channel also for one night only.
Bewick island for one night.
Lizard island is just great! We climbed up to Cooks lookout and snorkeled the reef!
Overnight stop at Low Islets. Next island will be Lizard tomorrow...
All well, but many sharks around the boat!
We are for 3 days at Marlin Marina in Cairns. Cleaning the boat and us, oil is changed, Sabir is full with food and drinks for the way to Darwin. Leaving tomorrow for Lizard Island. 150nm to go over night.
All well in town and on Sabir!
Just anchored for the night. No crocs so far!
Anchored at Dunk Island. We saw more Whales on the way.
All well on Sabir!
Anchored since Friday afternoon at Magnetic Island.
The way from Airlie was nice in day trips. We saw more Whales, Mantarays, Dugongs... Yesterday we found some Koalas and Rock- Wallabies on this beautiful island! All well on board, tomorrow we keep on moving north...
Hello from Airlie Beach!
After we left Mackay we sailed to the Whitsunday Islands. At Brampton Island, Shaw Island and Whitsunday Island we anchored.The highlight in three days with light winds and Gennaker sailing were a group of humpback whales. Now some civilisation in this nice and touristy town. Sunday we move further north...
100% sunny - 26 degrees - no wind
Save and sound in Mackay!
Was an interesting passage, a bit of everything! Tuesday was a big one, 4m waves with 30+ from the south. We never had so much water on deck before... Bundaberg was not possible for us, so we changed the plan.
Today we check in and then: Aussie Aussie Aussie!
Thanks for posting our positions, you guys are doing a great job there in NZ!
Only 80nm to Mackay so will arrive this evening. Happy landfall
ETA thursday afternoon
On passage Noumea to Mackay. Originally this was Bundaberg but wind direction caused a change. The wind direction will ease after tomorrow to S then SE. ETA Thursday as 320nm to go.
Yesterday we checked out here in Noumea/ NC, leaving today to Bundaberg in Australia. We hope our Radio is OK and we can talk to you on the passage!
All is good in Noumea! They closed the Harbour on Monday afternoon and pulled up the black flag. Diver brought long lines to the Cyclone chains, and we brought out some more ropes. Sabir was looking like caught in a "spidernet"! At the end Donna was far away, some stronger gust came down, some rain, but nothing bad! We had luck!
Now sunshine is back and we move out to the islands!
Good luck to our friend in NZ for the passage!
We are in Marina Port Moselle and we're waiting for Donna!
Actually the "Red Warning" is up, maybe this afternoon they change to black.
100% cloud, 1012 baro, 26degrees, 75% humidity 25-30kn ese
All well on Sabir so far.
Sabir is safe and sound in New Cal! Weather on the way was ok, except Friday. This little bloody low destroyed the day, but at the end the steering was ok again and the autopilot worked for the rest of the trip. 3.5m wave and only 5-7sec period are definitely not comfortable!
Greetings from Noumea,
Ilja & Stefan
Sabir is ready to leave New Zealand for Noumea in New Cal!
We just checked out! This leg will be the first one on our way back to Germany!
Greetings from Opua,
Ilja & Stefan
Yesterday we arrived back in the Bay of Islands - NZ!
9 days from Sydney to Opua with a bit of everything!
We are happy and a bit proud to be back...
All good with the crew and the boat!
Happy in Sydney! All is more than good on Sabir!
Sailed yesterday down to Southport and we are anchored in Bumsbay. Now waiting for weather to sail further south!
All well on bord, the swimming is refreshing! Water 19degrees, air 29, thunderstorm is coming...
Actually we are in our first east coast thunderstorm @ anchor here at peel island in southern Moreton Bay. It's not too bad....
In the second try we left Scarborough Marina today, the overheating problem is eliminated. A clean oil cooler and a new water strainer and all is well. Never before we had so much water coming out of the exhauster...! ;-)
Tomorrow down to Southport!
We are in Moreton Bay. Sailed around the north of Fraser Island down the coast. We tried to get into the Sandy Strait but to much wind on the nose and an overheating engine makes us so slow that the tide changed and we turned around. Every day we learn something new....
All well on Sabir, looking forward to Sydney!
Sabir is save and sound in Bundaberg! Was a great one! Downwind all the way! To our friends in NZ: We had a swim today in 25 degrees water, air is 29! Whales in the entrance, Kangaroos on the way to the supermarket!
Life is not toooooo bad! CU soon!
We are ready to go west! Leaving Noumea today for Bundaberg. Weather looks good.
Cu Down under!
We are at Signal Island. Caught a 90cm Wahoo on the way from Noumea. Had a great bbq with great people.
Waiting for weather to go to Bundaberg.
Wind SE 20 2% clouds 1015 baro
We are anchored in front of Port Moselle - Noumea - New Caledonia. Four of the five and a half days were great sailing with less than a meter of wave. The last 36 hours the engine helped. All well on bord, the cheese, baguette and wine are delicious!!!!
Wind today se 20, 20% cloud, 25 degrees, 1017 baro
On their passage from Vuda to New Cal
Our "Fiji time" is over. We check out today in Vuda Marina for New Cal.
Talk to you on the radio.
Anchored in front of Octopus Resort. Finally the sun is back over Fiji. Life is good!
Bula! We sailed from Savusavu to Makongai in a windy and fast trip. From there into the reefs and around the north side of Viti Levu. Stoped over in Nanuna-I-Thake, Toba-Naloma and Saweni Bay. Today we will go over to Musket Cove. For this trip around Viti Levu the Navionics Charts are 100% correct. All is well on bord.
Arrived in Savusavu 19 th of July after 4 days passage from Vavau. All well on board.
We are anchored in Pangai/ Lifuka after visiting Nomouka, Ha'afeva, Uoleva. The group is just beautiful. Caught a yellowfin tuna, delicious! All very good on bord!
We had a great time at "Big Mamas yacht Club"! Tomorrow we will sail to the Ha'apai group. All good on bord!
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