Monday, June 25, 2018

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Support Rebuild of Research Vessel Heraclitus for Xmas

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Dear Friend of the R/V Heraclitus,

Happy Solstice!

This letter reaches you because you have been a crew member of the research vessel Heraclitus, have visited the ship somewhere or are a friend - or the friend of a friend of a friend of the Heraclitus…

Many of you may be aware of our great efforts to restore the sailing ship Heraclitus, and yes, we have been rebuilding the old lady in Roses, Spain for the past 5 years with a big crew of volunteers and professionals. We have just inserted the last tie-wires into the new steel structure and are getting ready to cement and seal the hull in April. The black lady now winters in her cocoon of 'Roses', waiting to be born again in the Mediterranean spring.

A keen crew is preparing a new expedition to sail to West Africa, South America and the Caribbean with the aim to document coastal cultures and record their invaluable knowledge of the oceans.

To continue our fine endeavor we need to gather more funds and for that, we have created a crowdfunding campaign. Please consider giving a gift to our shipbuilding project to keeping the voyage going going going and never gone….every donation, no matter what amount will make a significant contribution to this crowfunding campaign. 

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If you wish to give Christmas cheer

And bestow upon us a happy new year.

Then it's never too late

For you to donate

to our marvelous, magic campaign...


Thank you for supporting the new Heraclitus and her future expeditions!

For latest updates, please check the links to our facebook, instagram, twitter, and homepage and stay on our mailing list. 

We wish you a marvelous holiday season. 

Christine Handte, Expedition Chief R/V Heraclitus

Claus Tober, Captain R/V Heraclitus

Kathelin Gray, Ecotechnics Maritime


(By the way, if you are a resident and taxpayer of the UK you can claim gift aid, that's an extra 25% of the donation for our rebuild project. You'd have to donate directly to us on our homepage. You will receive the same perks and will be acknowledged in a special update on the crowdfunding, unless you'd like to stay anonymous.)



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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Captain Claus Tober took the Heraclitus and crew from Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain, arriving into Marseille at noon, October 5. Thanks to friend of the Heraclitus, Captain Jean Robert Varaillon Laborie, the ship docked at the Quai d'Honneur in the Vieux Port.

Further thanks to Captain Varaillon Laborie's colleague Captain Jacques Casabianca, and to the Communaute' urbaine Marseille Provence Me'tropole.

Nearby in Aix-en-Provence, the Institute of Ecotechnics ( hosted its conference on the Mediterranean October 7-10, with experts in marine biology, linguistics, geology, art/science collaborations of the Mediterranean rim, maritime history, traditional dance and percussion, agronomy and ethnobotany, palaeontology, and the history of architecture and art. The Heraclitus was be a focus of this conference, with attendees visiting the ship in Marseille, and discussing our expedition, Lives and Legends of the Mediterranean Sea.

Our oral history team: Johanna Eurich, Christine Handte, Frederic Hegeler, and Isabelle Bondi have done 18 interviews of Marseille and Sete port citizens, continuing the effort begun in Spain in January 2011, in conjunction with Museu Valencia d'Etnologia and Dedalo Software.

Martial Casbah, President of L'Office de la Mer, (, has expressed interest in longterm collaboration between the Ecotechnics team and the Heraclitus.

Captain Tober and Expedition Chief Christine Handte have secured the Heraclitus for the winter season.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Valencia 9/24 by Abi Shapiro

A new day has dawned on the RV Heraclitus; an expedition completed, captain departed and expedition chief off on land to the place where the ship was designed effectively leaves this beautiful entity in our hands. Excitement pulsates throughout the ship as we organize ourselves and find our own methods of creating a synergetic flow of energy with which to operate.

Last saturday morning was met with tear filled eyes as we bid farewell to our beloved captain. He was sent off with good tidings and a full stomach, following a magnificent night stuffing ourselves on a gourmet dinner created from the exquisite meats and cheeses of Valencia's Mercado Centrale. Each crew member regaled the Captain with a heartfelt speech to which he responded with kind words and advice of his own. The Evening was concluded at the beach where the wind bid it's own farewell with an unexpected thunderstorm; the rain whipping our faces and lightening striking down around us as we made our way back to the ship was the perfect ending to a glorious chapter aboard the black ship.

The past couple days have consisted of more meetings and list making than we care to admit to, but the results are already shining through. Everyone is settling into their new (and old) roles comfortably, ship work and maintenance has been prioritized, schedules written and food supplied. The lovely crew from the neighboring customs ship continue to greet us warmly and offer their aide (as well as they're prosciutto ham!) and were instrumental in assisting us with setting up shore power this afternoon. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are ready, willing and able to continue in the Heraclitian tradition which so many people have poured their hearts and souls into.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Voyage from Tangier to Valencia, September 10th 1010 by Claus

20:00 Zulu

Morocco was all worth it and beyond.
Thank you Manno, Gordon, Pablo, Omar – the fine gentleman that caught the lines upon arrival, just after sunset 3 weeks ago after a rough crossing under reefed mainsail across the legendary straits of Gibraltar.
Tangier was so very civilized and colorful and different – maybe even more so during Ramadan.
At the end of quay no.2 next to some giant cranes and rotting fishing vessels from other times, right at the rough and busy entrance to the port we tied our mooring lines – Heraclitus permanently watched and protected by police in uniform, Heraclitus somehow at home.

We felt the magic of another world, the magic of ancient rituals and beliefs that had been alien to most of us:
Breaking the fast on the market, haggling prices, feeling the gentle touch of pick pockets or learning to smile away hustlers….Marveling at great architecture, snake charmers delicate craftsmanship, hard working people and the enchantment of the ancient Medina.
The magic calls for prayer…
A real port – dirty but organized, windy and very busy with ferries and a huge local fishing fleet, the packing and loading of hundreds of sharks, giant blue fin tuna or many dogs and thousands of cats gave no chance to rats – all accompanied by the typical stench of a working fishing harbor.

Heraclitus radiated its magic in the harbor and beyond:
French Captain Varaillon Laborie of the Biladi became a fan, Tahir Shah and his beautiful wife Rachana hosted and spoiled some of us with good company and great conversation in Casablanca. We felt the power of Jajouka and found an unusual team of mooring men in the chief of police and the manager of Comarit, when finally taking off our lines from the African continent four days ago.

A crew of nine set out to sail the last leg of a great voyage.
We had a westerly gale forecast and that is what we got. Heraclitus took it with humble endurance and was flying towards the east with up to 9 knots in a short steep Mediterranean sea under blue or starry skies. Very difficult to hold a course that night and we saw plenty salty water shooting all over the deck and loads making it into synesthesia creating some never seen swimming pool action – to be bailed and pumped in the middle of the night by the happy crew.
We made radio contact to Jean Robert from Biladi in the first stormy night and yesterday to everyone's excitement we even rendezvoused some 30 nm miles east of Cabo de Palos. All of us on deck, jumping up and down while 20.000 tons of Biladi was racing past with 20 something knots, honking her horn on her way to France.

Now we are just 60 nm away from Valencia Spain and have stopped the engines in very calm seas to take a breath and marvel at the outrageously beautiful silhouettes of the Spanish coast at Cabo de San Antonio. The new moon is diving into the horizon while Camaron is singing to us a welcome welcome of his latitude......

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 21, day 0 by Claus

We arrived in the Bay of Tangier and the last sail was finally lowered exactly when the sun touched the horizon, just of the entrance to the harbor.
I was afraid that this crossing might take 20 to 30 hours
Great afternoon in really rough seas, we got a solid pounding towards the end - probably the roughest 30 miles of the whole voyage . The mainmast is still standing proud and now we are alongside an empty commercial dock with gigantic truck tires as fenders, in the harbor of an ancient city.
Xti, Gordon, Omar and Manno our remarkable team of mooring men/woman took the docking lines in port after watching Heraclitus approaching for the last ten miles towards Tangier from high up in front of the old cities wall.
We had real audience and they liked it...
Later we went for a fine Moroccan Dinner on the Terrace of the Continental hotel, we walked through the old town, talked, enjoyed the difference and had mint teas or coffees in bars with lots of atmosphere and history.
It is Ramadan and the city wakes up late and is very lively while nobody is drunk - very interesting.

Always fantastic to see something completely new, so I am in trance now and try to realize that this was a truly grand finally of a wonderful time across a very big ocean.

We sailed here
Jemanja, thanks for having us...

Tomorrow we have to move the ship forward before the arrival of a cruise liner at 11:00.

I am very tired and very wired but it is time to go to bed - 21 st of August 3:50 Zulu.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

20th of August 1500 zulu by Claus

15:00 Zulu


Alright then

We are going for it!

Force 7 now from the east - Mizzen and fore sail are taken down, only the main sail is up and Heraclitus is pounding into a very rough sea and about to cross the main shipping lane of the straits.
DD 671 is working hard and the wind is from 70 degrees before the port beam, the bow is diving in constantly, water is flying over the decks. Another 16 miles to Tangier -and it feels like the longest stretch of this crossing...... we are making an amazing speed of over 3 knots in these adverse weather conditions right now on a course of 135 degrees; most of that is current I guess.

Hope that the wind has peaked already and remember all the good work that was done in South Africa during our last dry dock.

I feel the strain on the ship and will be a happy man when we drop anchor tonight - preferably in day light.
The harbor of Tangier should offer some protection.

The skies are clear and if we run late the moon will help some.....
If it gets to crazy we will turn around and try to anchor around Cape Trafalgar until the weather has settled.

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Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 20th 2010, day 14 by Claus

10:38 Zulu


Heraclitus is working hard into a force 5 easterly wind.
Sails are pulled in tight, we have just changed to a starboard tack to get again closer to the Spanish coast, to find protection from a windward shore. The ship is only doing 2.8 knots on 1200 RPM. Heading for Cabo Trafalgar at the moment - kiss me Hardy....

We are back on a port tack now and are heading straight for Tangier, bearing is 140 degrees and distance only 25 nautical miles. .
Speed is averaging on a meager 2.5 knots.
Don't know how big the swell will be when we finally have to cross the open straits of Gibraltar,. The east wind might also gain in strength when being funnelled through the high mountains on either side. The rigging is not happy, but the sails are needed to keep a straight course. The bow is starting to dive....
Generally the current sets with 2 knots to the east through the strait and that will hopefully carry us nicely towards Baie de Tangier.

We'll try...
Tangier tonight or shelter of the coast of Spain - the next couple of hours will tell.

A helicopter of the Spanish Guardia Civil is circling us right now.....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 19 2010, day 13 by claus

10.30 Zulu


Last night was excellent.
We raced down the west coast of Portugal towards Cabo de Sao Vicente and finally turned east towards Cadiz around midnight.
For a few hours the ocean became very rough while the north wind put our rigging to a fine test.
The radar, packed with targets became a useful toy and helped to make sense of all those moving lights -
plenty of cargo ships, cruise liners and busy fishermen around.

It is early morning now, winds are very light from NNE and we are running under engine on 1150 RPM towards the east.
140 nautical miles to Tangier, we are cruising with 4.8 knots and so far we seem lucky - I like it....

Yesterday morning I was on the helm when Gilson saw whales very close to the ship and I climbed awkwardly out of the Lhasa window, our helms house, to see for just some seconds several blows of maybe 4 or 5 creatures with rather large and pointy dorsal fins in close vicinity.
Das was no sharks! But can it be that we saw a group of Orcas????

Palm trees in England? Orcas of Portugal? Chinese junk made of stone in Africa?
A world full of wonders hidden to the eyes of ignorance might explain it all.

The little fish of mahi mahi genes, that came on board in the early hours of yesterday got marinated in soy sauce and wasabi before being seared for just a few seconds and munched away secretly in the galley by some greedy bastards - I was one of them! Yes!

I did not get too much sleep last night but collapsed happily on the stern bunk in command room in between exciting moments.
A low mountain range can be seen to the north and to sense when waking up this morning the smell of land that got carried over to the ship by some light early morning breeze was a delight - there must be pine trees over there.

Europe is only 20 miles away...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 18 2010, day 12 by Joan

August 18, 2010
It is now 12 days since we left Horta. Hopefully in 2 ½ to 3 days we will be in Tangier. Today started grey and cold when I came on watch at 0800 hours. By the end of watch at 1200 hours the sun was shining. We have had more cloudy days than sunny ones. The days can be cold with sometimes a force 6 wind blowing at 22-27 knots. Noodle that I am I forgot my sweat pants as well as the pants to my foul weather gear. During the day I wear 3 T-shirts and a hooded sweat shirt. Sometimes I also wear my foul weather jacket with the hoods up of course. Let's not forget my survivor buff. At night it is obviously colder. The little bit of sun that warmed the winds and air is now gone. I bring a blanket on deck with me and wrap myself in it. Jethro an Australian living in the UK calls me "blanket girl". Being American I think I look like an Indian squaw. Juan from Argentina tells me I look like a Bolivian woman.

"Go for it" seems to be the mantra on the ship. It is the response you most often get regardless of what you say or ask. I want to have a coffee. "Go for it". I'm going to take a nap. "Go for it". I'm going to take a shower. "Go for it"

It seems to me that the youth of today use the word "awesome" to freely thereby diluting it's meaning. "I got a new shirt". "That's awesome". "I just saw the new Twilight movie". "That's awesome". Being on deck of the black ship Heraclitus, completely surrounded, 360 degrees by the Atlantic Ocean and the ship is in dead center. The perimeter of this circle is the horizon line. That is as far as you can see. Only the ship that I am on exists. When I look up the sky is completely filled with stars, planets and shooting stars. Yes I made a wish each and every time. Will I tell what the wish was, no of course not? Will it come true?? I'll have to wait and see. It is as if you are swaddled in a blanket of stars. This umbrella of stars, if you will, comes down and tenderly kisses the horizon.
This friend is awesome.

Joan a.k.a. Queenie and Auntie Mame.

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Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 17th 2010, day 11 by claus

23:00 Zulu


The wind has been pumping nicely from NNE for the past 24 hours and we are sailing on 4 points behind the port beam, averaging between 5 and 6 knots. If we continue like this we will see the the lighthouse of Cabo de Sao Vicente to port side by tomorrow night, from there it is only another 180 nautical miles to Tangier.

The swell is coming from the north and of short frequency, some waves in between were exceptionally high and earlier today we heeled over hard enough to take on water on leeward through the starboard side porthole in command room - that is rare as it is located about 2 meters above waterline - roll on Heraclitus...
Plenty of water has also collected under the wooden floor in Synestigia - our main dance - and dining hall and is slushing around noisily; we can not get it out when we are heeling so hard, no worries we are used to it..

Otherwise all sails are up under clear skies, the stars are bright, the fish don't bite and all seems honkey dory.

I am watching the weather carefully with Freddy's help. It seems as if there is a strong east wind developing for the 21st of August - not good for approaching Moroccan shores just before the straits of Gibraltar.
Currently we are lucky and are riding inside the western edge of a strong wind system, it is calming down of our stern...

So the latest fantastic idea is to focus on arriving a day early, instead of finding some hide out on the southern Portuguese or Spanish coast.
A bit of magic and it might just happen....and after passing Cabo de Sao Vicente we shall try to stay close to the southern shores of the peninsula, steering for a position north of Rio Guadalquivir, the entrance for the port of Sevilla, to again have a better angle towards easterly winds when finally taking aim for Tangier.

Only 80 nm to Lisbon right now and we might see its glow on the horizon to the NE after the moon is going down in a few hours.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

At Sea

Voyage from Azores to Tangier, Monday August 16 2010, day 10 by Claus

22:30 Zulu


Yeah ,we are kind of flying in a sexy force 6 wind and sea state - lots of white cap, sprays and big swells from the beam make the ship roll back and forth and heel with up to 30 degrees to starboard - almost as good as it gets, still on the gentle side and everyone seems to like being on the helm - there is something grand about steering 120 tons of boat through a rough ocean; the ship seems to like it too.
We covered 120 nautical miles in 24 hours, currently we are making up to 6 knots -
Captain was in good mood this morning and made some fine Kartoffelpuffer for breakfast, however...I could not find the applesauce and neither could the search and rescue team that I had sent through the vessel just before it was time to serve. This added a certain tragic twist to my performance - I am over it now.

The crew is quiet and when the ship is this fast one can hear the propeller shaft rotating rapidly in engine room, driven by the water rushing past.

It is 170 miles to Lisbon, 250 to Cabo Sao de Vicente, 430 to Tangier. Soon, too soon we will experience lots of ships traffic - new to most of us .Gibraltar straits is such a narrow passage to the Mediterranean.
From tomorrow on I shall sleep in command room again - closer to the action...

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 15th 2010,day 9 by Claus

18:30 Zulu


I wanted to share my thoughts on the at times difficult question of our ETA Tangier.

For the past 24 hours we are sailing in good winds from NE towards Cabo de Sao Vicente, the SW tip of Iberia.
The Atlantic is beautiful today, grey skies, blue skies, rain or sunshine all racing past in quick succession while the waves are slowly growing bigger.
We are making between 3.5 and 4.5 knots and I am hopeful that weather conditions will be to our advantage for the next 2-3 days at least.
I would love to meet the ETA Tangier of 21st of August and we are doing our best to make the old black lady fly.
Any crew that does not perform to standards is punished immediately .
If the sea turns against us I shall consider dealing with it like Persian emperors have done in good old times before.

It is about 560 nautical miles to Tangier and we will have to cover a for Heraclitus very high average of 94 miles per day to arrive next Saturday, just before evening prayer on the shores of Morocco... - very difficult but not impossible.

It really depends on the weather, especially after we negotiated the southwest tip of Portugal.
If the infamous Levanter blows with near gale force winds into our face we can not even dream of trying to approach the straits of Gibraltar, but will have to find some place to hide instead.
If the sea is calm or a sweet little breeze blows from the west, we shall - especially with the help of DD671, pump up the volume and make it just fine and on time into the port of Tangier. That is my wish.

If we can not make 94 nautical miles but only 80 or even 70 per day, we would arrive on August 22nd or 23rd only....

I much appreciate every ones involvement and the great efforts that have been put into making this voyage to Morocco happen.
I hope that Gordon, Pablo, Manno and Omar - our fine international avant guard will be able to greet us in Tangier even if we run late.
I hope that Fortune continues to be our brother in arms and that Jemanja is still in love....

We just caught our first fish on this trip - que bonito....

Precision is a wonderful thing.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

I Saw The Light

I Saw The Light
by Rio

I have never been one to exclaim that I've seen the light, but this time I feel compelled to write about it, as I am now a true believer. As they say, seeing is believing, and for me, seeing twice is believing.

The light I've seen is a phenomenon, known to many of us as Eddie's Light. The first time he saw it was in Papua New Guinea. The light has appeared to him in white, green, orange, and red, sometimes very briefly and sometimes for several seconds, in total about fifteen times. Once he and Captain Claus were on deck and the light appeared above on the port side, and once with Kira he saw the light in green on the stern. He describes it as an extremely concentrated bright spot light, but with a colored trail similar to a jet stream. The light always appears somewhere in close proximity to the ship and is distinctly different from a shooting star. Eddie has seen it on port, starboard, above, and in South Africa across the entire ship from starboard to port.

The first time I saw the light was on the crossing from Freeport to Horta. It was night, during my 8pm to 12pm watch. Abi was on the helm and I was on deck, sitting on the rigging box next to Lhasa. It appeared as a bright white light, about a foot in diameter, about 4 feet off the deck, just aft of the main roll bar. It illuminated the deck, and lasted about two seconds. We both saw it and were astonished.

My second sighting occurred a couple of nights ago, on my new watch, the 12am to 4am. Carlos was on the helm and I was again sitting on the rigging box. The light appeared in approximately the same location and had a similar duration. Carlos also saw it quite distinctly.

Neither Eddie nor I can recall anyone from another ship describing such a phenomenon, and none of the other sailors Eddie has asked have seen such a light. So perhaps we should call this the Heraclitus Light. Lyn-Li believes it is aliens, who are attracted to the Heraclitus, as they recognize its magical properties and know there are people on board who will appreciate such phenomenon, at least enough to write blog entries about it.

Whatever explanation for the light you gravitate to, if you are the type who requires explanations, or perhaps you are simply comfortable accepting it as a part of the Heraclitus' magic, it now has a place in Heraclitean history.

For those of us who enjoy the magic of being on deck at night, the possibility of seeing the light again is ever present, and I somehow find it offers reassurance that the Heraclitus is indeed a magic ship, a unique vessel that is also a portal to another world where even seeing the light is possible.

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First Sight of Land by Rio

by Rio

Day 37 of our 39-Day Voyage from Freeport to Horta, July 25, 2010

I had been at sea for over a month, thirty-seven days to be exact, which made this my longest voyage, exceeding the

36-Day Survival Voyage during the Around-the-Tropic-World Expedition in 1983. During my time at sea, many thoughts,

feelings, experiences, dreams, passions, histories, potentialities, and so on moved through my subconscious and

conscious minds, while the Heraclitus cut its way through the deep blue north Atlantic waters.

My inner sea had its ebbs and flows, it rolled with rising swells, and sank with deep troughs, crashed about under

strong winds and cresting waves, and became flat and still in the doldrums of a windless mirror sea. My inner sea

reflected the ever-changing seascape that surrounded the Heraclitus; clear blue sky, star-studded no moon nights,

immersion in fog and mist, a full moon illuminating the mainsail swollen with today's wind, squalls pounding ship

and sailor with rain and wind.

The two seas of my inner and outer experience merged together, flowed into and out of each other, and formed a

unique resultant experience, known to some for as long as man has inhabited Planet Water. The sea-persons life, a

life that is unknown to those who cling to the shore.

Eleven bodies moved about the Heraclitus, through her inner hatches, across her deck, and up into her rigging. Six

men and five women, each traveling in and sharing their man-time and women-space, responded to the Heraclitus'

ever-present need for constant attention. From mid-twenties to early sixties, spanning a range of generations, the

older sharing stories of experience and adventure, the younger questioning, wondering, offering insights, whims, and

all meeting most intensely in shared music, recorded and live. All seemed to share an interest, expressed or

accepted, in some form of personal development, call it enlightenment, reflective experience, and such.

Eleven individuals who represented a multitude of sub-cultures, surface generalities represented by their passports

and World Cup favorites, but such designations do little but scratch the surface during a long voyage, and fall away

with each passing nautical mile. The pressure cooker of the Heraclitus ensured that even the most unwilling and

reticent were forced to engage, reveal, and participate, even unwittingly. All who choose to face it, openly

realized that none could get off the boat, and were all in it together. Some rose to the challenge of how to make

the most of such a rare opportunity, while others prayed for port arrival and the accompanying release of pressure.

Somehow all eleven continued to laugh. In their own way, none lost their sense of humor. Each one knew that "this

too shall pass" and that some day soon we would see land and shortly thereafter, set foot again on solid ground.

The day of seeing land came on July 25th. At about 04:15 (06:15 UTC) I was awoken and called to the deck by Lyn-Li.

"Come now! The moon is setting, the sun is rising, and land is almost visible." Feeling I did not have a moment to

delay, I wrapped myself in my warm comforter and braved the cold morning air. Struggling to contain my rapidly

departing dreams and quickly waking body and mind, I joined half the crew on deck. All were alive with smiles and

light-hearted banter, silently speaking, 'something really important is about to happen and I'm not going to miss

it.' Standing on top of Nemo's for a better view, or back on the poop deck picking the clearest vantage point, eyes

reached out into the disappearing darkness for what each was sure would be the first sight of land. "Do you see it?"

"No?" "Look there, see where my finger is pointing. That's it."

At that moment I was suddenly transported back to 1983 and the thirty-sixth day of the 36-Day Survival Voyage.

On that morning, the Savage Seven, as our crew came to be known, found ourselves in the Banks Islands, a group of

islands in the Pacific located just north of the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. However, when we awoke that

day we were by no means sure of our location or what course of action we would take.

On this recent voyage, we had radar, a GPS, and a compass adorned our binnacle. In 1983 we had none of these. GPS

had not been invented yet, our radar wasn't working, and our binnacle compass had been thrown overboard when a line

from the main sail caught on it. We did have a chart and a small hand held compass.

Vividly recalling that morning, I remember spreading the chart out on the deck and turning it to corresponded with

the islands that surrounded us. That was about as close as we had known for certain our location in a month. It is

difficult to express the comfort and confidence that afforded. Still, without engine, with only the emergency

tiller for steering, as the hydraulic steering had failed a week before, and no room for error, a successful

landfall was far from assured. We had recently rescued the Heraclitus from grounding in Western Samoa and knew we

no longer had it in us to do it again.

Once we were certain of our position, we analyzed the options and identified the main bay on Vanu Lava as the most

promising entrance. The southeast wind was just right for our approach. On the starboard tack, with one person on

each block and tackle of the emergency tiller, one pulling to starboard, one to port, I piloted us forward, in what

still stands as my most electrifying sailing experience. We managed to just skirt the beach, while maintaining

enough speed to get through the channel. A couple of young boys running along the beach trying to keep up with us

were the first to welcome us.

Once inside the bay, I continued forward toward the opposite shore. The crew anxiously awaited my order to drop

anchor, while I patiently waited for the right moment, knowing that once secured we had no means of propulsion other

than our sails. I needed to allow sufficient swing space if the wind direction changed, but didn't want to be too

far from shore either, as we only had a few cups of gasoline remaining for our outboard that would carry us the last

several hundred yards to the beach.

By contrast, on our first sight of land in the Azores, no one ran along the shore to welcome us. We created our own

welcoming party for ourselves. The first island we came to in the Azores group, Corvo, had steep cliffs with a

relatively flat top, lush with grass from the volcanic soil. A few goats and cows were visible through the

binoculars. It was covered in green life. We could smell the vegetative life. Almost taste it.

In celebration, we spent several hours of the afternoon drifting a few hundred feet off the island. We shared a

collective meditative state, absorbing our first sight of land in 37 days. The change in scenery made a palpable

change in the emotional scenery of the crew. Many expressed a bittersweet feeling as we discussed our impending

landfall at Horta on the island of Faial. The voyage was drawing to an end and that realization suddenly made our

time at sea all the more valuable.

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Voyage from Azores to Tangier, August 14th 2010, day 7 by Claus

22:30 Zulu


Finally at about 15:00 we turned the engine off and and started to sail in about 15 knots from NE - wonderful, we got what we wanted and can take it well from our current position, wind is slowly increasing in strength and just a little before the port beam.
We are heading towards Cabo de Sao Vicente on 125 degrees with up to 4 knots right now. I hope the wind will stay, so far we blew about 1/3 of our fuel.
Feels good and sounds more like a ship with creaking ropes and woodwork now, snoring mates and the ocean splashing along the sides of the hull.

The galley check valve failed and filled up sinks and floor, so did the one of the shower drain on starboard side - German Brazilian team fixed at least the Galley plumbing in no time; the rest has to wait, is to close to the waterline and not to be touched in the middle of the ocean....

Lucky again, we had a giant visitor late afternoon - this time a minke whale circled Heraclitus and resurfaced 5 or 6 times while we all cheered excitedly and smiled.

Otherwise we got spoiled with Zimbo-curry for lunch, Brisbane-beef stew for dinner and Joan is mercilessly giving us the rest with her fantastic baking skills from New York City.

The night is dark, the sky is overcast, dread lock maintenance has just finished in command room and I hear the 8 -12 chatting on the stern but prefer to listen to the wind caressing our sails and rigging while my eyelids are getting heavy - dozing off in paradise central. We are half way today..

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Azores Crew

From left to right: Mo (USA), Iordannis (Greek), Juan (Argentina), Jethro (Australia), Carlos (Honduras), Gilson (Brazil), Abi (USA), Rio (USA), Claus (German), Christine (German), Joan (USA), Lyn-Li (USA), Eddie (Solomon Islands)

Yoyage from Azores to Tangier, Friday the 13th of August 2010, day 7 by Claus

22:50 Zulu


Wind is from ESE and on our nose - that is not exactly what we asked for but life is not perfect, at least not today but maybe tomorrow...
According to the weather forecast the wind should increase in strength become more NNE and then we could finally turn the engine off for a change and travel the seas in the way one should - sailing....

Again plenty opportunities to make wishes last night and I was pleased to see an old companion again after a long time - Orion stood proud in the early morning sky to the east and reminded me of past adventures, promises and romance. Dreaming had worked just fine last night.

I want to pass some knowledge on and felt myself almost getting tense about it during our lunch meeting today when complaining about a lack of questions ???? Or taking either notes or lots of gingko bilboa supplements when I talk about equation of time or meridian passages.

Calma senior...

The sea is gentle, the food is great and the crews mood so far is sweet and light and that is for a change very pleasant indeed...

A light breeze from NE right now and we are steering towards Cabo de Sao Vicente, 540 nautical miles to the SW tip of Portugal and from there another 180 nm to Tangier.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier,August 12 2010,day 6 by Claus

22:00 Zulu


Last night had plenty magic as one could see so many shooting stars and make so many wishes...

Still no wind, the ocean is calm and we are running under engine, straight east - 480 nautical miles until the coast of the Iberian peninsula; 780 until Tangier - North wind we miss you, North wind we love you...come on and play with us....

Today the captain showed of with our Japanese sextant, all were allowed to hold it, know now how to read it and some even managed to shoot the sun.....We learned something!

The drums came out late afternoon and a silent sunset dinner is always a fine thing. We told and enacted some of the short Pleasantries of the Incredible Mullah Nasrudin, had a laugh and welcomed the new moon.

I am tired now and will crawl into my tiny luxurious bunk, read a bit and dream a lot.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier, 11th of august 2010, day 5 by Claus

15:00 Zulu


Yesterday was grey until the late afternoon, so we did not stop to go for a dip….
Today it shall be - I promised, and in 30 minutes from now we will stop and go for a swim in over 3500 meters of water. Strongly demanded especially by China-Mo because supposedly only above 40 degrees north this is a manly exercise that might even make your chest hair grow – we will see.
Zuna Port-Moresby already volunteered to be the shark watch of today. His ancestors return as sharks into this world, so maybe he'll be able to put in a word for us in case we have a rare visit.

Last nights birthday dinner for Joan was sweet and plentiful and accompanied by a romantic evening sunset and a little performance of two foolish chevaliers in love, a mean Melanesian palace guardian and an ugly fake boobed queen from Greece.

We just had our dip into 23 degrees warm North Atlantic water – Neither frightening ancestral reincarnations nor gentle giants or other wonderful creatures of this realm came by… it was just us and a black ship and the magnificent blue of a deep ocean.

Interesting but also disturbing that, when looking for my misplaced thumb-drive, I have finally found the two credit cards that had disappeared under strange circumstances 4 months ago - under the chart table where we had looked a hundred times before.... . Yes, Dario! for the family...

Headwinds or no winds and the engine has been running almost continuously for the past 4 days and we used up more than a thousand liters of diesel already - C'est la Vie, without our noisy, thirsty friend we would be still drifting somewhere between the islands of Azores.

Compadres are waiting that we do not want to miss and the strong call of a magic land, people and continent is driving us.
Many of us have never been to Africa or Europe, have never visited a Muslim country, have never heard the magic sound of morning and evening prayers that are sung for more than a thousand years….

Heraclitus was visiting Aqaba of Jordan during Ramadan fifteen years ago and we all loved it for many reasons.
This will be also my first time in Morocco, but not the ships! She has seen Tangier before some 30 years ago.

I am getting excited.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010:

Three days at sea now and it's my birthday. On August 8, 2010 it was Abi's. Having a birthday on the Heraclitus is something that is very special and can not be replicated. Tonight the captain will prepare a German meal for the occasion. We will also have Champagne. I'm just getting my sea legs back and most of my stomach……….

The salt air for me is sweet nectar. Something I have been missing for awhile. Heraclitus welcomes you back. No questions asked and happy you are here. Sleeping in bio is wonderful. With every rise and fall of the bow, a gentle rock from port to starboard you are rocked to sleep like a baby in a cradle. The sea lapping at the hull is the lullaby.

Yesterday Claus spotted a sperm whale. I'm not sure if it was a juvenile or a dwarf sperm whale. (I only just learned there are dwarf ones.) Which ever it was it looked like a submarine that had surface but without it's periscope up. Then it dove and with its fluke waved goodbye.

Every day I have seen a sea bird. Flying low over the water, solo. Where did you come from???? Where are you going???

Joan Smith aka Queenie

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Voyage from Azores to Tangier; 9th of august 2010; day 3 by Claus

18:00 Zulu


The skies are blue, not even a cloud over the north eastern horizon and the sea has calmed down in light easterly winds.

First I saw just a blow and got Iordanis who had not seen a whale in 33 years really excited - time for a sighting isn't it....but nothing much happened until maybe half hour later when a group of 4-5 large pilot whales splashed around of port side in maybe 50 meters distance.
Great also when a few hours later I was taking a relaxed leak of the port bow, staring into a beautiful blue nothingness when suddenly, just a ships length away, a large sperm whale popped up to the surface to take a breath and say hello - general excitement on deck and the usual frantic search for cameras....
" I am telling you, the whale is looking at us..." maybe it even smiled before diving down again and waving good bye with its giant grey-green fluke a few minutes later.

Tomorrow if the calm persists we shall go swimming in these rich blue waters, hoping for another visit from our big and gentle friends.

Abi liked her little cat party last night with steak, cake, cocktail and beer and Ramones and Prodigy all served over 2000 meters of Water....

Now we continue under engine to the ENE and are looking forward to a fine dinner on deck on a calming ocean complimented by a long sunset, later to be topped by a clear and moonless night sky.... And I shall marvel at the Polar star while my universe spins around it slowly and dream.

New moon and the beginning of Ramadan in 2 days from now.

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