Day #?.. they’re all becoming the same

Day 12… Day 13… Day 14…Days are becoming blured into a very long one… with the weather staying the same, with nothing special happening and the 6h shifts pattern, it’s hard differentiating the days. If not for the fact that I do a logbook entry, I would have no idea how long we’ve been out here. So we keep on going. We passed our 2/3 of the way mark. Nice! No real celebration but we […]

Day 9: finally on halfway point! Only 1980km to go!

Day 9, what a fantastic day! We finally hit out halfway mark: 1100nm(1980km) complete! Most cruisers have something planned for this event. We did not. From my side it was a mix of not sure if we’d make it this far, and/or feeling I’d jinx it. Luckily for us, Helena from SV Freedom heard about this and prepared a present for us to open. What an amazing present that was! Gift after thoughtful gift, full […]

Day 8: Goodbye fresh food, hello cans!

We’ve now entered day 8 of our crossing. This is the longest we’ve ever been at sea and the longest we’ve sailed without engine! We’re quite proud of it! To be honest, if there wasn’t that long to go to the other side (or if we had enough fuel aboard), I would have turned on the engine a few times already. Times like now! I’m desperate to get the sails to stop flapping. But it’s […]

Day 7: power management on an ocean crossing

Yesterday I went to bed at 6:00 and Saskia took over. Just as she was coming up the wind picked up (finally) and there was no need to make any change in our sail set up! Great! That means I can go to sleep comfortably without hearing sails flapping, that really sounds like the boat is coming apart when you sit inside. After waking up I went about the usual: checked the batteries the consumption […]

Day 6: do you have any whiskey to trade??

(Written on the night of day #6 but fell asleep before pressing send) After days of +25kt winds and big waves making the boat feel like a washing machine, we’re faced with the opposite. Almost too little wind to sail! The wind has dropped to about 10kt, which makes it really hard to sail. The sails start flapping, the boat speed plummets to nearly halve and it feels we’re stuck in the water. Hard to […]

Day 5: grooming and weather

Day 4 finished so well! We were quite excited for day 5, expecting it to get even better conditions. But that’s not how the weather works. In the middle of the night the winds and seastate started to build. By lunch, the waves had disengaged the autopilot around 8 times. But this can’t be a reason to just lounge around. I went to the kitchen for some power cooking (that’s what I call cooking and […]

And on the 4th day, inspiration and good weather

Yestersay we were reading updates from boats close to us. Risa said they’re keeping up their exercise routine, White Pearl has been cooking omelets and chili con carne, Off Course has been gourmeting on their caught mahi-mahi by cooking steaks and ceviche, and Philos even went up the mast to get a halyard. H O W ? ? ! Saskia and I hear about this and are really amazed that people can be this active. […]

At the start of day 3 of out Atlantic Crossing

On our last passage from La Gomera do Cape Verde, I spent all my time on shift watching shows and writing little messages. So I thought: on the next passage, since I can’t edit videos, I should put an effort on writing a blog. Well… things are not turning out as expected but at the start of our day 3, I put an effort. The conditions are so rolly and windy, that my brain’s capacity […]

We left for our Atlanyic crossing, but was it a wise decision?

After many weather updates and running around town trying to fix our liferaft, we finally thought wise to leave to the Caribbean. In the last week we had almost constant winds of +15kt gusting +30kt at anchor. The wind was coming from land, and the holding for the anchor is superb, making the conditions at anchor very reasonable. Still, it made the idea of leaving a very uncomfortable one! I kept on thinking “if the […]

I think this is it, we’re leaving to cross the Atlantic

We’re storing the last things aboard, and taking out our heavy weather gear. After we’ll go in the water to clean the dinghy from all the growth, and do the same to the rudder and prop. And of course, take one last shower. After that, we should be ready to go! 2200nm to the next destination: St Vincent. Scary and exciting, but looking forward for it too. It feels like being in the queue to […]

Sailors write their plans in sand

Sailors write their plans in sand. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? I see a pretty beach, nice sunset, sandcastles, candles and maybe a cocktail if I hear this saying. This saying is very true, but for me, the mental picture I have with it, is not at all how reality feels for me. I like structure, I like order (although Miguel will disagree with that one, seeing how messy I can be sometimes). If I have […]

Preparing to cross the Atlantic Ocean

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean sounds like a massive thing to do. Not as massive as crossing the Pacific , but still: massive! And at the same time if feels like something we are ‘just’ doing. I think this is because it has been part of our life for such a long time now, and we know and see so many people do it, that it almost becomes normal. I say almost, because I don’t think […]

4 must haves on Saetta

Before we start to talk about things we need, we want to say this: So far we have used this blog to take you with us on our journey. We also have released videos on YouTube. From now on we will use our videos to tell you about our journeys, trips and adventures and we will use this blog to dig a bit deeper into some subjects. Please let us know if there is anything […]

A passage, a day trip and a passage

It is time to do some catching up! We are a bit more then two months into our trip at the moment and we can say it has been a trip with ups and downs. In our last blog about our trip you can read how we reached France and how we have spent our time there. After this, it was time to cross the Bay of Biscay! Do you prefer to watch a video […]

Decisions, decisions, decisions Part II

A while ago we posted a blog about a couple of our decisions before departing on on our trip. Today we want to show you a couple more decisions we have made, and for some of them, how we enjoy them! Safety equipment Some things we really wanted/needed to buy before leaving were a life raft and an EPIRP. Our life raft is almost 10 years old and it needed to be serviced. Apparently this […]

These things should not go for a swim.. but they did!

We have arrived in Plymouth, but we did not plan to stay in Plymouth for a long time, so after two days we left towards France. When we left we weren’t sure if we would go to Brest or if we wanted to keep on going and cross the Bay of Biscay in one go. We wanted to check the weather forecast when we were closer to France and decide then. The trip to France […]

It is happening!!

YES! We finally did it, we left the Netherlands!It wasn’t at all how we imagined it. In our heads it would be proper summer with lots of sun, feeling excited and everyone in Amsterdam Marina coming out to see us leave our berth. Well, we did not expect that last part, but we definitely expected sun. But when we left there wasn’t any. It was cold, grey and rainy. The trip First, we had to […]

Almost there…

I know, I know, work on the boat will never be finished, so we probably can keep on saying we are almost ready, but looking at our whiteboard: the list is really getting short! So short, that at the moment only last minute to do’s are on it, like taking away the trash and filling the water tanks. The last blog finished with us sailing to Kampen, a little town in the centre of the […]

The final preparations (for now)

We started very well with posting regular blogs, but then we got tied up in work again… So this post is about our final preparations. Yes, final, because the time we will be able to leave is coming closer and closer! But what we did first, was going away on a little break. We went away to the Markermeer and stayed anchored there for two days. Great weather and a great place to relax a […]

DIY, heights and paint

Here we are, inside Saetta, trying to keep warm. Last week we had amazing days, but the last couple of days it has been wet and windy! But a bit of rain is a good thing, so we keep busy with inside jobs, like writing this entry! So what happened last week? A few things were crossed off the to-do list. I think we are finally at a point that when we cross a to-do […]

No time for sailing, there is work to do!

Hiya! How are you doing? We are doing okay, keeping busy with our projects. This week we realised that sometimes we are so busy working on the boat, we forget it is a sailboat and we should go out sailing now as well! We will definitely keep an eye on the weather and see when we will have a good day to go out.But for now.. Work, work, work! This is what we’ve been busy […]

Decisions, decisions, decisions – Part 1

It is unbelievable how many decisions we need to make in our preparations! Miguel keeps on working through our to do list and when he is not busy fixing things, he is searching for material, solutions and the best deals online.As said before, we can not leave at the moment due to Covid-19, but this does give us time to prepare more and finish things we were planning on finishing on the way.Our Instagram gives […]

Working from home and our plans

What a bizarre couple of weeks it has been! One week we were slightly aware of a virus somewhere far, far away, and all of a sudden it was near and the world changed significantly. We mostly experience this when we read the news since it is quite easy to live in our own liveaboard bubble: I work from home, groceries are getting delivered and there is not much need to go outside, other than […]

Sailing Saetta: summer holiday from Edinburgh (Scotland) to Kristiansand (Norway), Part 1

The trip to Norway was an adventure that began a few weeks prior to departure. It started when the boat came out of the water for a new paint undercoat and anode replacement. Things went well and the boat was put back in without incidents. A week later we were about to leave for a weekend trip away in preparation for Norway. As I put in reverse to get out of the berth, the engine […]

Sailing Saetta: prelude, Saskia and Miguel move in together, and she learns how to sail

It was 5 years ago that Miguel sent me a photo of him in front of a boat, saying he just bought it. The idea was not completely new to me, we went to a boat viewing together, but to actually buy a boat, was taking the whole thing a step further. Miguel’s dream has always been to travel a lot. For me, it has not been like that. I grew up in a relatively […]

Saskia Stays On Boat Alone

I love being alone. Don’t get me wrong, I love being with Miguel, but I really need my time alone as well. When I was living in the apartment, that was not a problem, but living together on a boat, taking time for yourself can be a bit harder. Miguel does not like the idea of me being alone on the boat. I have to admit: when I wasn’t living here, I did not pay […]

Sailing Saetta: summer holidays in Zeeland, Part 2

Now we are at our first destination, Stellendam. What should we do? We decided to stick around Stellendam for a few days. This gave Saskia time to go on an interview and for me to have a look at the furler and engine. Easy checks, and no damage to equipment. Great news! The day after, the weather was still playing up, so we decided to walk around Stellandam’s, especially through its seaside. It is no […]

Sailing Saetta: summer holidays in Zeeland, Part 1

Summer is here! And I am tired of boatwork! It is time for a nice long sail, put to test all that has been updated, and try to get some colour on our skin. The thing is, it does not feel very summery; 18 degrees and forecast of rain. Hey, it is the Netherlands. Plus, “bad” weather will not keep us from going. It is 7:30 in the morning on Sunday 14th July. The passage […]

Sailing Saetta: Saskia moves aboard

Miguel has been living aboard for a while now, whilst I stayed at the apartment during the week. I have been resisting moving into the boat mostly because the 2 hours travel distance to work. But also because the idea of living aboard seemed a bit uncomfortable to me. Especially in winter, it can be quite cold and the idea of having to walk to the main building for showers does not sound very appealing. […]

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020!

Happy New Year!A lot has happened in 2019. We worked on the boat, we enjoyed the summer by going for sails, just the two of us, and with friends. During our summer holiday, we sailed to Zeeland. We anchored for the first time overnight. We bought a hammock (one of the essentials on a boat). We had parties. We had sad moments. We met new people. We created this website and an Instagram account. Saskia […]

Sailing Saetta prelude: Miguel and Saskia meet

It was the summer of 2009. I was putting the final touches on my Master’s thesis when a friend invited me for a few days at his place in Albufeira – for those who have not been to Albufeira, it is a city on the south of Portugal that gets crowded with young people for its great beaches, parties and bars. Why not, I thought. Orthographic correction plus waiting for the thumbs up from the […]

How it came to be and where to go from here

Humanity’s affinity for water is undeniable. Think “holiday” and you will struggle not to picture a beach. Think of the colour blue and, not only will most consider it their favourite colour, they will also associate it with qualities of calm and wisdom. Go back to the first civilization in ancient Mesopotamia, and you will find Nammu, Goddess of the Sea, who birthed the first gods. Water as a source of spirituality and wellbeing is […]

Sailing Saetta: quick intro

We are Miguel and Saskia, a young(ish) couple living aboard Saetta in Amsterdam. Since getting the boat 5 years ago I dreamt to swap the comfort and safety of harbour for the adventures and beauty the sea has to offer. Life, however, had other plans. It has been a constant set of trials and tribulations, and a rollercoaster of emotions that pushed each other and the relationship to its limits. But not all is bad […]