Selling and buying

Tonight I won an auction on ebay, this AIS receiver for 77£, in Sweden they cost a lot more. Since Emelie now live in England I can buy things that used to be out of reach. I'll send it to her and she will then send it to me, perfect.

Erik and I decided that we wanted an AIS for this summer's trip, since it's likely that we'll experience quite a bit of fog. But at the same time we started to discuss how cold it will be in Scotland. Is it worth it? Going north in the summer, shouldn't we be heading south to the sun? We googled the average temperature and found out that it's about the same as in Gothenburg. Summer in Sweden can be cold. But where can we go then? Netherlands, again? Or Cornwall, to visit Emelie and Alan? I am really looking forward to at least 4 days of continuous sailing, will that be possible if we are going the other way? I want open sea with little traffic and big soft waves (not that I'm so sure that's what the North Sea will bring). Anyway, let's save that decision for later on.

/The Captain

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Working on Cantare

The new blog isn't ready yet so I guess I'll have to continue writing here in the meantime.

Last weekend was the first Cantare weekend in a long time. It felt a bit strange to be back in the cold barn starting all over again preparing her for an adventure. Of course, this time a lot of things are already done, which is really good since I'm studying full time now and trying to write on my book at the same time.

But the best thing this time is that I'm not doing it on my own. Sure, Sofia helped a bit before the West Indies trip, but mainly I was alone doing the work on Cantare while Sofia did the sponsorship hunt and other things that could be done from a distance. Nowadays I have a boyfriend, yes I've become one of the "ordinary" sailing couples, he also loves to sail. I'm still the captain though. Let's see if people we meet will treat me different this time. Anyway, Erik is his name and I'm sure he'll introduce himself in the near future. He is a great organizer, therefore this years work plan is very detailed, time requirement and who-is-doing-what are new features to me. This is what we have done so far:
  • Scraped the bottom (the old anti fouling was thick in same places and falling off)
  • Sanded the bottom
  • Lubricated the DuoGen
  • Took Monitor apart to change parts that are worn (also found a crack that needs to be welded)
  • Disengaged the oven to repair it (you could hear it in the last Atlantic movie)
  • Treated the watermaker with biocide to conserve it
  • Changed engine zinc
Hopefully Cantare will be in the water before my birthday on the 8th of May. At least that's the plan. / Captain Ingerup

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Leaving San Diego for Gothenburg and Båtmässan

The yacht show "Båtmässan" in Gothenburg is soon coming up! I will be there talking about our adventure on the 7th and the 12th of February! You'll find more information here and I'll will keep you posted! Now I'm on my way to the airport in San Diego, I'm starting my long flight home, leaving a fantastic work experience and exciting month in the States behind. See you on Båtmässan? Love/ First Mate Sofia

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The Atlantic Movie 3

I know updates are rare nowadays, but to cheer you all up in the cold winter I've decided to publish the last Atlantic movie, from the Azores to Falmouth crossing. This movie was made as a Christmas gift for my dad, you'll probably notice the absence of bikini girls. He claims himself a real Atlantic sailor since this "very" long crossing of 1200 nautical miles. You can be the judge.

This blog will soon change appearance to better suit my coming adventures and updates will then be more frequent again as the progress of making Cantare ready for Scotland begins.

/The Captain

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Happy New Year - about to cross the Atlantic again

This early morning I'm on my way to Copenhagen airport, about to cross the Atlantic Ocean again, this time by plane. It hit me how much faster (hopefully) my journey will be this time. But who knows, traffic on land and in the air is struck hard by the winter. I'm on my way to San Diego, USA. My studies in Stockholm went very well and I was rewarded a month internship there, exciting!!!

Happy New Year to all of you!
Love First Mate Sofia and Captain Maria says hello too, she's skiing up north.

PS!! To all of you interested in hearing more about our adventure, I will be giving two speeches at Båtmässan in Gothenburg in February! More info will follow.

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