Faule Haut crew got some rain today for two hours.
Side effect- this marvelous rainbow at our anchorage at Simson Bay.
Crew is getting entertained right now at the Buccaneer Beach bar by live music.
Faule Haut crew got some rain today for two hours.
Side effect- this marvelous rainbow at our anchorage at Simson Bay.
Crew is getting entertained right now at the Buccaneer Beach bar by live music.
This island is one of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean. They claim to have 356 beaches, and as I sailed along the coastline I passed a lot of lonely beaches of all sizes, and I do believe them. This is paradise.
The Skipper would love to stay here for a few weeks, but he has to pick up crew at Sint Maarten/Saint Martin next week.
Everything is very clean and the infrastructure is excellent. I think it’s one of the richest and maybe the most beautiful island of the Lesser Antilles.
SDA Church at Dominica and its Women Power.
Close to Prince Rupert Bay, you find the The Antioch Seventh Day Adventist Church at Savanne Paille, which is controlled by powerful beautiful women of all ages (the elderly lady at the top is 84) burning for the gospel, preaching the second coming of our Lord Jesus which is at hand. They also have a great preacher, Felix.
Thank you for letting me take part in your worship service. I enjoyed every minute. Also thanks for inviting me to dinner.
Keep up your great work. Always stay close to Jesus.
God bless you all.
Skipper Ingo on SY Faule Haut.
Now it’s official. SY Faule Haut has come full circle at St. Lucia, Caribbean.
Sailing Yacht Faule Haut isn’t back yet at her homeport at Vinaròs, Spain, which she has left on Nov. 4th, 2017, but she has completed her cruise all around the globe. She has been on her way now for two years, three months and five days (827 days total).
She left Rodney Bay, St. Lucia in the Caribbean on Mai 29, 2018 for her circumnavigation and has come full circle on Feb. 9, 2020, having sailed over 32.000 nautical miles since she left her home port in Spain.
(Going around the world from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia it took her one year, eight months and eleven days.)
First of all, I, Skipper Ingo, thank and praise my Lord Jesus, for his protection on this cruise and for this experience. Those of you that have been following my circumnavigation more closely know some of what I have gone through and remember several marginal situations and events that brought me close to loosing the boat and/or even more. I’m convinced, and I have felt and experienced that I and my yacht have been protected on this cruise by heavenly forces.
Second – I want to thank my wife Gerdi for giving me a vacation for almost three years (I am not back home yet; I expect to get back Aug./Sep. this year) and letting me make my dream come true. One in a hundred wives would be so understanding, sympathetic, generous and strong. I am the lucky one who got exactly that wife.
Gerdi – I love you. You are my number one. Thank you. I love you.
Together with two friends, Faule Haut left her home port Vinaròs on Nov. 4th, 2017 towards the Caribbean, reaching Guadeloupe on Dec. 23rd, 2017. After cruising for two weeks with some other German friends around Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique she did some extensive cruising, manned and commanded only by singlehand Skipper Ingo along the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, visiting Puerto Rico (picking up a guest for some legs) American Virgin Island, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy (Saint Barts), Saba, Sint Eustatius (Statia), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (there S. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Carriacou), Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, the “ABC-Islands” Aruba, Bonair and Curaçao, Columbia and then Panama.
Via the Panama Canal she reached the Pacific Ocean and sailed straight to Pitcairn Island, (longest leg singlehanded, 4,250 nm, 39 days) visiting the descendants of the Mutineers of the Bounty. From there she continued to French Polynesia where she spent half a year, enjoying paradise, namely the most beautiful islands/atolls, among them Iles Gambier (Mangareva), Fakarava, Rangiroa, Moorea, Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora Bora and more, all belonging to French Polynesia.
From there she sailed to the Kingdom of Tonga, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia until she reached the Indian Ocean where she spent another 5 months visiting extensively Indonesia, Java, Bali (skipper’s wife came on board), Mauritius, Réunion and South Africa.
At Durban in South Africa, a German fellow, Immanuel, joined Faule Haut for the crossing of the South Atlantic Ocean. He left Faule Haut at Barbados and from there Skipper Ingo sailed singlehand again further to St. Lucia, Caribbean.
But what about the Skipper? – To circumnavigate around the world, almost all alone, singlehanded? – Is he entirely nuts? – What sense does that make? – What did he get out of it? – Has he gotten any wiser?
Well – he freely admits, that this was a very egoistic initiative that he started out of love for adventures and traveling and out of sheer curiosity to see many different countries on this earth.
He has become a vegetarian (still eating fish though) on this cruise.
No more wine drinking. He never drank other alcoholics than wine before, but he’s a teetotaler now. No alcohol whatsoever. (You see – he’s gotten wiser! He thinks this circumnavigation doubled his brain cells.)
But this is all of minor importance compared to his religious conviction and new experience. By studying the Bible for hours almost every day (you got lots of time on a boat circumnavigating alone, not being distracted by friends, neighbors, TV, city life, emails, news reports, Facebook and some other crap, living like an eremite somehow, over a period of 800 days), the skipper is convinced, that God sent him or allowed him to go on this lonely and secluded cruise to make new experiences with him which would draw him closer to God. God‘s plan worked out.
The skipper moved nearer to God and to Jesus and is convinced that the earth is experiencing its final stage, and that we are living at the end of time. Life on this earth will soon come to an end.
But this is no bad news. On the contrary. This is the best news ever. It has been prophesied long ago.
If you don’t believe in God and think if God does exist, why doesn’t he come down from heaven to show himself? The answer is, he did – but they nailed him on the cross.
Study the life Jesus, and you find out that the man Jesus, whom the Jews crucified two thousand years ago was no jerk, neither a dreamer nor a seducer, nor an idiot nor a maniac. He was indeed the son of God. He was the creator of the world and of mankind himself, sent, approved and endorsed by God to come down to this earth to show us the love and the character of God and to reconcile us sinners again with God, our creator and father. This same Jesus will come back soon as he has promised about two thousand years before, after his crucifixion and resurrection:
See John 14:
1 ) Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me.
2 ) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 ) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
See also Acts 1:9-11
„And when he (Jesus) had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.“
Yes – the skipper believes, that the second coming of Jesus is at hand.
Be on Jesus’ side. Talk to him. Believe in him. Live your life with him. Trust in him. Love him, as he loves you, and he will reward you with everlasting life on a new earth that he creates for those who believe in him.
Get your Bibles out of your shelves. Start anew to read it. Time is short. Get prepared for the second coming of Jesus. You dont have anything to loose. You can only be a winner. Hand your life over to him, and receive his free gift, forgiveness of your sins and everlasting eternal life on a new earth.
Be among the righteous ones on the day of resurrection, which is soon to come, when Jesus opens the tombs and wakes up all the dead and brings back to life all those who had put his trust in him.
See 1. Thess. 4:16
„For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.“
Let him raise you from the dead and receive a new immortal incorruptible body from him when he comes back.
See 1. Cor. 15:52
„…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.“
„Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.“
The second coming of Jesus, will be as well the resurrection day.
„Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.“
„…that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“
Get prepared to meet Jesus. He will soon be back.
This is what the skipper believed before he started his cruise and this is what he is convinced of even more now after his extensive studies. Having been secluded and alone on the boat for weeks/months/years has helped to revive and strengthen his believe in these truths. He doesn’t want you to parish on this day and urges you to take time, study the Bible and find the One that said:
John 14: 6
„…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.“
May God bless you all to find him.
Skipper Ingo, on SY Faule Haut, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, Caribbean
Faule Haut’s Skipper Ingo is keen on leaving Barbados and to come to circle. He’s is only 110 nautical miles away from Martinique where he started his circumnavigation.
In a few days you will have to add his name. Rewrite the history books:
SY Faule Haut has reached Barbados, Caribbean, Feb. 2, 2020.
The last leg was her longest one ever. Leaving Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 15, 2019 it took her 49 days to reach Barbados after sailing over a distance of 5,350 nautical miles.
Skipper Ingo and crew Immanuel (who came on the boat at Durban, South Africa) dropped the anchor at Bridgetown, Barbados on Feb. 2, 2020 right after sunrise.
Reaching South Africa, after going through some nightmare experiences south of Madagascar, Skipper Ingo wasn’t afraid of anything anymore. He knew, that the worst was over. He was laughed at, when he said to his skipper friend Warren, that he expected the Atlantic Crossing to be a “walk in the park”.
But it was exactly that. It was an easy cruise with neither storms nor bad weather nor bad waves nor bad whatsoever. And – having crew Immanuel on board – it was a lot more relaxing sailing, especially during the night. We shared the night watches. I was in charge until five o’clock in the morning and then he took over.
A great blessing was our whisker pole, that we luckily found and bought on the very last day in Durban. The first consecutive 15 days we had light winds from astern when we used it continuously. I estimated that this shortened our passage of about three or four days.
Well – not everything went smooth. Too many things broke during this passage, things that are costly to repair or to replace:s
The genoa furler got stuck – more precisely – the halyard swivel on top. We had to climb up the mast three times to get it working. Here I have been lucky that I was not singlehand sailing but had crew Immanuel on board. Going up the mast with both sails hoisted in the middle of the Atlantic on a rocking and rolling boat is no fun and doing this alone is even worse. Being two on board, one could use the winch to pull the other one up to the top. Climbing up there alone is more than a PITA.
The genoa halyard got entangled inside the mast with the VHF-Antenne cable and tore it apart. Replacing this, is very complicated because that cable runs almost through the entire boat from the navigation table up to the antenna on top of the mast.
My inverter 12 V/230V went up in smoke – unrepairable.
After that, the genoa got torn when we were right between Africa and South America. It started with a little tear/crack of about 20 cm.
We wanted to patch it, but the tear was to high to reach to. At that time we had winds between 20 and 25 knots, – too high to get the genoa down from and off the furling system. We had to wait for the winds to calm down. Unfortunately it took a week for the winds to get down to about 10 knots. This was short before we reached the doldrums zone. By then, the tear had expanded to almost one meter length.
So we took the genoa off to patch (sew) it. But we soon noticed, that it would take an entire day and we decided to hoist the spare genoa. I was well prepared tor this circumnavigation and carried a spare genoa as backup.
After two weeks sailing with this second genoa, it started to get three little tears as well. But here they were in the lower section so we were able to reach and patch them with duct tape, without having to take it off the furling system. We were scared first, that the patches were efficiently stopping the tears from getting bigger. But it worked.
The leaking shaft seal on the motor hasn’t been replaced yet and the leaking got worse, when the motor was running. When we were motoring through the doldrums for about 58 hours, we had to pump saltwater out of the motor bilge every two hours, day and night. That was a big nuisance. Wisely though, I had an electrical mobile pump on board which made this job easier.
The worst thing (because most expensive) however is, that my battery house bank is toast – broken – like the inverter. They don’t hold the charge any more. We had to shut off the fridge in order to keep the auto pilot running. They get charged during the day by the solar panels close to 13 volts, but during the night they drop down fast to 11 volts. Amazing, that the auto pilot was content with that low voltage and didn’t refuse to work.
It was a bank of three 220 Ah GEL batteries, 660 Ah all together. I expected them to last longer, but if I look back I have to admit that I used them extensively. The fridge running 24/7 plus heating the water for tea and cooking (via the inverter) every day means a daily charge and discharge which all sums up to about 800 charge/discharge cycles over a period of two years and three months.
Repairing the two genoas and replacing the battery house bank and the inverter will be a big kick in the wallet. Since I’m broke and busted, I don’t know how to finance that. Looks like I need to find a job in the Caribbean to make it back home. Luckily, I will get some friends soon on board here who contribute a little to my immense costs.
One of the toilets broke down as well and needs to get fixed.
The winch on the starboard side has to be taken apart and cleaned. It doesn’t work anymore. I hope it’ll work again after cleaning. Luckily – since, this winch quit working – we were sailing only one port tack, so we didn’t need this one on the starboard side. I have to wait to be at anchor to take it apart for cleaning. Too much movement while sailing on the Atlantic.
The anchor switch is broken and has to be replaced.
Two windows are leaking and need to get sealed.
A door look is broken and needs to be replaced.
Three covers of the batten pockets on the main sail are torn off and have to be sewn on again.
Two genoa’s have to be patched now. I need a professional sailmaker to do that. And these guys like to rip you off, knowing that you depend on them.
I’m happy to be ashore again, after being on the Atlantic for 49 consecutive days, but there are a lot of costly repairs to be done. I know I said that before but here it comes again: „CRUISING IS BOAT REPAIR IN EXOTIC PLACES.“
After having met over hundred other skippers on my cruise who made the same experience, I found some consolation when we shared our experiences and they said: “We are repairing around the world.”
In case you want to know why our track through the Atlantic hasn’t been like a straight line but has two curves, here is the explanation:
All around the world, close to the equator runs a “belt” which is called the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). As you know, the hottest place on earth, you will find close to the equator. As the surface temperature increases at the equator, it heats the air above. The warm air rises and expands, which lowers the air pressure at the surface, creating a “vacuum” close to the surface of the earth or (in this case) over the ocean. This “vacuum” has to be filled and will be filled by air flowing towards the equator. Another word for this “air flow” is wind. From the area south of the equator, the wind is flowing/blowing towards the north. From the area north of the equator, the wind is blowing south. And since the earth doesn’t stand still but is turning, the wind is diverted. This diversion is known as coreolis (Coriolis Kraft) and creates the “trade winds” (Passat Winde). They got there names from the fact that the first sailing trade ships made use of these winds to trade/transport their goods over the oceans. North of the equator the trade winds are blowing from the north-east, south of the equator from the south-east (see map)
You see that north of the equator runs another belt with calms parallel to it around the earth which is called “horse latitudes” (German: Rossbreiten). A funny name!? Yes! They got this name because once there was a flotilla of sailing ships that got caught in these calms for weeks and the crew was starving to death when finally they decided to throw the horses over board to lighten the ship and save water and food.
Because of different land masses spread over the earth, the ITCZ is not running as a straight line. Neither does it have the same width. The width varies between 100 and 300 nm. In the area where we were sailing, crossing the equator, the ITCZ, or the doldrums/calms are between 200 and 300 nm wide, roughly, depending on the time of the year and some other factors. According to the “Pilot Charts” ( a collection of maps with weather patters all over the world), we knew, that the doldrums belt would be at its smallest/narrowest between longitude 25° and 30°, a little bit north of the equator. And we knew, that there wouldn’t be any winds blowing in the doldrums. We knew, we would have to cross the ITCZ motoring, and that we would have limited fuel on board which only allows us to motor less than 300 nm. Therefore we aimed for the spot, where the ITCZ is at its smallest AND we crossed this zone in a RIGHT ANGLE (else it would have been a longer distance). If you can’t get out of the doldrums by motor, you might get stuck there for weeks or even months. So to us, it was important to know all this and act accordingly.
Skipper Ingo on SY Faule Haut, currently anchoring in paradise, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados, Caribbean.
Enjoying to be able to sleep like you landlubbers: No night watches, no heeling, no rolling, no alarms from the clock nor from the auto pilot, no reefing, no adjusting of sails or course in the middle of the night.
Faule Haut with Skipper Ingo and Crew Immanuel have left Cape Town, South Africa towards Martinique, an Island in the Caribbean that belongs to France.
Distance: 5,400 nm
Travel time: 53 days
Fuel, water and food are stocked. If we don’t get stuck in the calms we ought to arrive as planned.
Docked at Cape Town
After leaving Réunion on the 8th of Nov. 2019 her Skipper Ingo knew, that a tough passage would be coming up. But it exceeded his expectations. But all this is a thing of the past now. He is happy up to the max., that he could pick up his crew Immanuel in Durban and sail with him safely to Cape Town where they arrived this morning.
The first two days from Durban on where difficult and they were facing high winds twice up to 45 knots but afterwards, they where in good weather and had a calm and easy cruise to Cape Town.
Unfortunately, the crew can only stay there for three nights, before heading to the Caribbean, because Immanuel had booked his flight from Martinique to Germany already, they have to reach Martinique on the 7th of February 2020. This deadline gives them 53 days for the passage to the Caribbean. So they have to move on to make it in time.
Some repair jobs have to be done on Faule Haut and provisioning for the Atlantic crossing is due. Too sad, there will only be little time for sightseeing.
Especially the skipper is looking forward to having a few nights of good sleep, like you landlubbers can enjoy every night.
You have got to watch these seals. They even try to sneak on your boat, like this on on a neighboring catamaran.
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