July 25, 2016

Course to steer: north to Nome

After the 17 day passage across the North Pacific, we were warmly welcomed in Dutch Harbor on the 15th
of July. Thank you to Cory, Anna, Elijah, Sofia and Carlin for welcoming us into your home for a few days!

Since we knew we would have to keep heading north as soon as possible ships maintenance was our top priority.
Our autopilot had stopped working just as we approached the coast of the Aleutians. We managed to fix it before
leaving though.

Mia's haemoglobin counts had been low towards the end of the passage so Sabine went to get her tested in the
local clinic. On Friday her levels were low and we thought we may have to come up with possible alternatives
to doing the North-West Passage. However, after the elders John and Ken kindly came on board on Monday morning
and prayed for her, her levels were perfect on Monday. A miracle. This means we can travel on without worrying.
A huge thank you to John and Ken.

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We got to do a lovely hike to two lakes just above Dutch Harbor, where we found two pieces of plastic, saw a family
of foxes and cooked delicious Salmon over the fire. The kids are happy to be back in Alaska: "We picked sooo many
blueberries and salmonberries!!!"

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Monday evening Dario did a presentation in the library. Then we stocked up on food and got ready to leave Tuesday
midday, while the tides and the weather were still in our favour.

The passage to Nome started off with a burst in wildlife around us. Noé reports: "And then we sailed away and we
saw maybe 15 humpback whales. No wait, for sure 15 humpbacks and around those whales there were thousands of birds.
Alegra and I also saw a sea otter."

The seabirds continued to whizz around our boat the whole passage. We saw puffins, guillemots, fulmars, storm petrels and
many more we couldn't identify.We had very good winds to start off with. Even with a drift anchor to slow the boat down we did 170nm the first day.

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The Bering Sea is a very shallow sea, which means the waves can build quite high after coming from
deeper areas. Luckily, they came from behind and we surfed down them. We are nearing the place people probably crossed
to the Americas thousands of years ago!

Our autopilot gave up again two days before we arrived, so we had someone at the helm constantly. Just before we
left Dutch Harbor all of us got some warm fishermen's gloves, which we were very grateful for at this point.

We didn't see any marine debris apart from a buoy floating 30nm offshore of Nome. It was a grey wet, morning but
the day ended with a glorious sunset half an hour before midnight.

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As we arrived in Nome we met EJ. EJ is a gold digger. He dives for gold just off the coast of Nome here even in
the winter! He showed us some gold digging rigs in the Bering Sea. They have big excavating arms to dig up the
material and clean out the sediments to get the gold.

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Today Salina, Andri, Noé and Alegra finally got to go fishing! They were very excited. We had seen so many salmon
jumping in the river here the night before. Andri caught at least six. Salina and Alegra gutted the fish. We look
forward to eating salmon they caught.

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Posted by dario at 4:45 AM

Auf geht's nach Hawaii! (Andri & Noé)

Andri:

20. April 2016
I am visiting the Catalina Island with my family. I got to go to school for two days, with the kids from
the island. For fun, we went wake boarding. On the way to a camp we saw a buffalo very close. We also got
to go on the water marine. From the glass-bottom boat we saw a lot of different fishes. Some were orange and
some were black-white. I have been having a lot of fun.

25. April 2016
Wir waren von Catalina abgefahren. Wir begegneten einem Frachtschiff . Der Kapitän hat uns mit dem Scheinwerfer
gewarnt. Das Frachtschiff hat Kontener und Lastwagen. Am Abend ist es finster in unserem Boot. Wir gingen
jetzt ins Bett. Wir waren müde. Am Morgen sind wir am Dock von Dana Point angekommen. Um 7 Uhr ist Dan,
der Arzt, gekommen. Er hat Salinas Ohr angeschaut.

Später habe ich aufs WC gehen müssen. Salina, Desirée und ich sind zu drei verschiedenen WCs gegangen, erst
das dritte WC war offen, die anderen waren verschlossen. Den Rest vom Tag haben wir Schule gehabt.

Am nächsten Tag ist Dan wieder gekommen. Wir gingen mit ihm zum Swimmingpool. Am Abend assen wir Pizza mit
unseren Gästen. Um 6 Uhr am Morgen sind wir nach Ensenada (Mexico) losgesegelt. Wir hatten 26 Stunden. Hier
reden sie spanisch. Wir gingen zu einem Harbor. Es war aber nicht gut wegen dem Schwell. Wir gingen zu einem
anderen Harbor. Auf dem Weg haben wir die Fender ausgebracht. Ein Fender war nicht gut angebracht und wir haben
ihn verloren. Ich sprang in meiner Unterhose ins Wasser und holte den Fender. Es war ganz gefährlich weil es hatte
eine Strömung. Ich bin ganz schnell geschwommen im kalten Wasser. Nahe am Boot hat mir Mama ein Seil zugeworfen.
Emilie nahm den Fender auf, Mama zog mich auf Bord. Dann gingen wir Tanken.

1.Mai 2016
Vor 3 Tagen haben wir 2 Schulen von Delfinen gesehen. Es waren etwa 100 Delfine. Heute haben wir 2
blinde Passaschiere gehabt: 2 Tintenfische, aber ganz ganz kleine wie hier:

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Wir sehen jeden Tag Wasser und haben immer am Morgen SCHULE. Heute habe ich ein Mathetest gehabt.

5. Mai
Mama hat an der Angelleine gesehen, dass etwas zog. Es war ein Thunfisch. Papa hat ihn schnell eingeholt.
Er hat ihn totgeschlagen. Noe und Salina haben alles ausgegrübelt, es war blutig. Noe und Ryen assen ein
Stück roh. Mama hat ihn mit Zitrone, Reis und Sauce gebacken. Ich habe Suppe gegessen, weil ich nicht Fisch
mag. Es war ganz fein.

13.Mai
Wir sind auf dem Boot. Ich habe mit Salzwasser geduscht, mit einem Kübel. Heute sind wir auf dem Genackerbaum
mit dem Klettergurt hinausgeklettert und sind über dem Wasser gebaumelt. Es war ganz cool.
Wir sind N19° W136°.

Wir haben 30m2 zum Wohnen. Wir waren am meisten 12 Personen an Bord. Kannst du dir vorstellen, 7 Wochen lang
immer nur blaues Wasser zu sehen?

20. Mai
Heute sind wir ganz froh, dass alle gesund sind.
Alegra hat Geburtstag gehabt. Es war cool, weil wir eine Schatzsuche gemacht haben.
Wir hatten 2 Fische an der Angel. Sie waren soo stark, dass sie den Silch gerissen haben.
Die Schule ist gaaaanz anders. Kannst du dir vorstellen, wenn du zu einem Kollegen schaust, siehst du auch Meer
und Wellen, wo diese Geräusche machen? Ja so ist es!

Jetzt sind wir N19° W150°. Was ist das? Das ist, wo man ist auf der Erde. Es gibt Längengrade und Breitengrade.
Die Längengrade gehen vom Nordpol zum Südpol, die Breitengrade sind waagrecht aufeinander wie hier. Die Zeichnung
hilft dir.
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Wir sind etwa in der Mitte von H und T. Was das ist, erzähl ich euch ein nächstes Mal.

Noé:

28. April

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Posted by dario at 4:12 AM

July 17, 2016

We're in Alaska again!

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Late June we left Kauai. Terry followed us down the stunning Na'Pali coast.

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We saw two types of dolphins,
bottlenose and probably Hawaiian spinner. They played in the front of our boat.

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We anchored off of Nihau
to get a good night's sleep. We could not go on shore but there was lots of plastic (black buoys) on the
beach.
Then we set off in the rising sun. At first there was no wind but then there were lots of big waves and we
were all seasick to death. We were joined by different types of albatrosses. Otherwise we didn't see a lot.
One day we saw another sail boat but they didn't respond to our radio calls. We had two 'blind passengers'
on board, they were two fish we found on deck. One was a small Marlin and the other was a flying fish. It was
miniature.

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We haven't seen a whale yet. On day 9 we got to open a present from our friends in Hanalei. It was full of so many delicious things! Thank you!!

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It was nice and warm but now it is getting cold. Meret is our English
teacher (yay) and Cornelia our regular teacher.
-Salina, over and out.

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Now, we are really near to the high. We have noo wind so we made an ice ladder. We were climbing it like
monkeys. We saw a big white buoy floating by from up there, Noe saw it first.

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One week later we see dolphins for the first time since we left Nihau. There were about 30. They didn't
come to the boat and swam past quickly. Sometimes 7 or more jumped together. It was amazing.
Then, someone called Andri had this crazy idea to go swimming in the cold water. We put a yellow rope with
a red fender out the back of Pachamama. There was a lot of current so we held on tight. The jellyfish stung
us like mosquitoes!

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The next day we saw a yellow part of a boat floating in the water. I made a pizza for dinner. It was the first
one on Pachamama for years.

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A few days later, we were at dinner and then Salina spotted a whale. He was big.
-written by Andri

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It was so grey and rainy. Salina was the first to see land. Yaaay! Alaska is awesome. It was really really
good to see land and all the green grass again.

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So we saw really much puffins and we saw a seal and then we
saw lots of sea otters. And then we even saw a whale, it was a small humpback. Maybe it had just left its mum.
The water had a lot of kelp. There was a strong current and there were lots and lots of tornadoes (whirls) in
the water. We saw a big boat when we came around the corner, it was there last time too. Maybe it is anchored
because it hasn't moved since last time. We think it gets fish from the little boats. There was much smoke coming
out the top of it.
We are in the Aleutians. We saw some solar panels for a little weather station. There was an eagle on the weather
station. We thought we saw a sheep too. It was like all the animals from Alaska came to say hello to us.
-dictated by Noé

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A huge thank you to Cory and Anna for making us the best arrival breakfast feast ever!

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To follow us while we are underway, click here.

To see more photos click here!

The TOPtoTOP DVD is now online!!!

TOPtoTOP in Southern California
Here is a video by Gary Headrick.

SPADE ANCHOR were amazing! When our anchor bent they sent us a new one all the way to Hawaii.
A huge thank you to Danielle and Fabien at spade anchor for being so supportive and helping us out!
Check out this link to see some footage of our brand new spade anchor.

Posted by dario at 1:40 AM