The whalers of Horta

The time we spent in the Caribbean passed quickly, perhaps because we weren’t in a hurry to leave. It sounds like a contradiction, but one of the things I have learned during this long journey is not to chase life, but to take the time so that your projects can take shape. After completing the … Read more

The keys to heaven

This last leg was not easy. Passing the Doldrums, on the equatorial belt, was more challenging than expected. We had to sail with little wind and an annoying cross wave that made Milanto roll heavily. All the weather reports we analysed were inaccurate: the Doldrums are treacherous and unpredictable. The air at the equator is … Read more

Travel diary: the crossing of the South Atlantic

In this long crossing of the South Atlantic I would like to use a compilation of selected entries from my travel diary. It seems to me the best way to have people understand the conditions that are experienced on a sailboat, crewed by two people, tackling a passage like this; it was not one of … Read more

Sailing to the Rainbow Nation

This penultimate stretch of the Indian Ocean, from Réunion Island to South Africa, is one of the most demanding of our whole world tour. We will approach the Cape of Good Hope, which together with Cape Horn is one of the two great passages that every sailor dreams of doing at least once in their … Read more

The island of fairies

‘Come, let’s go find the tomb of the pirate La Buse!’ Danielle tells me as soon as I get in the car. We met at a party and she wants to show me around to get to know the island better. We reach the small monumental cemetery of Saint Paul located on the edge of … Read more

Per aspera ad astra, the crossing of the Indian Ocean

There is a passage in Jack London’s, The Call of the Wild that has always struck me: ‘There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness … Read more

Lombok’s gaze

‘The courage of a sailor does not lie in taking the waves, but in facing the departures,’ says Valerio as we tell each other about the experiences we have lived in these past two weeks in Lombok. And that’s right, every departure is painful, because you leave behind many memories of life, lived intensely, in … Read more