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Sailing Caribbean to Norway (April).. want to join???
Posted January 4th, 2013 - 11:20 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
I'm going to sail from Santo Domingo to Norway early on April with Momo, http://m.finn.no/boat/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=38420325a 32feet sailing boat made in solid steel in 1962. Anybody interested in joining me for the trip??

I will be in Santo domingo starting from the beginning of March making little maintenance works and preparing the boat. You can join me at any time during the month of March to get familiar with Momo, become friend with your future captain and learn/improve your sailing skills if you are a newbie..We will set sail from Santo Domingo around the first two weeks of April according to favorable weather conditions and not before being all happy about each other and the boat.

What you need to know: sailing skills are appreciated but not strongly required. Nonetheless it would be better if you know what life at sea is before jumping into the Atlantic. In any case being adaptable is the key.The program has to be planned together.
We'll probably stop to the Azores and somewhere in North Europe before heading to our final destination, Norway.

What you need to do: help with boat handling, cooking, living, smiling.. simple. If you decide to spend some time with me in Santo Domingo before the departure you should also help me taking care of Momo and learn some boat maintenance and simple paint works.

People willing to stay onboard for the whole duration of the trip will be preferred but don't be scared to ask to join me for part of the trip.

So.. who wants to join???

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 2:15 am by from Sherbrooke, Canada (Permalink)
Hi! Well I must say first this trip seem incredible! I have just very little experience of sailing, but I have been looking for an opportunity like this for a long time and the time (end of march, april) would be just perfect for me. I say «me», but we are actually two traveling now. My boyfriend is Italian and speak spanish and a little english. I am from Quebec and do speak good english beside french and spanish. Like me, he doesn't have lots of experience but is willing and really interested in sailing too. We are now in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and we would like to join, help and learn.

I don't know if we would be able to do all the trip. Just need to have an idea of how long it could take.

So if you think you could be interested, we are waiting for your answer...

Lydia


Posted January 7th, 2013 - 2:23 am by from Sherbrooke, Canada (Permalink)
The link doesn't work.

Lydia

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 4:01 am by from Sherbrooke, Canada (Permalink)
Oh, just realized you also are Italian, even better.

You can contact me here or by mail: lydiamnesic@hotmail.com

Hoping to have the pleasure to meet you!

Lydia

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 4:38 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Lydia, I wrote to you via the email you provided

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 8:54 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Sorry, the article has been taken into the link.
Correct and working link is this one:
http://m.finn.no/boat/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=38420325

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 4:00 pm by from Haram, Norway (Permalink)
Hi Francesco....

Well, this is just amazing..I am a norwegian girl going to central america to improve my diving skills from february and I have to be back home in Norway by mid may, because I have a summer season job in the famous fjord, Geiranger :) So sailing back home would be just fantastic!! and the timing, well..amazing :)

To learn sailing is an enormous dream!! I want to live in a boat instead of a house..To travel with my home is something I would really love to do. BUT I need sailing experience. For my 29th birthday I actually bought myself a sailingcourse and went sailing with other newbies in the Oslofjord, to get myself started. Unfortunately, my sailing adventure kind of stopped there, until the time is right again..

Needless to say, I would love to join you! And sail all the way home :)

But what do you get?
First of all, a crewmember eager to learn, both sailing and boat maintenance.
I do cook, but we norwegians might not be the culinary expert like you italians, but I'll do my best..hehe..:)
I do think I'm quite good at both living and smiling, and travelling has been the main thing on my agenda for the last 10 years, or working to save up money to..well, travel :) But my new plan is to find a way to live off travelling :)
Despite my little sailing experience, I am quite adaptable because of my travelling experience, and I haven't been sick at sea ever..and I don't plan to :)hehe..
I eat everything and I can sleeping everywhere, so I guess I'm quite low maintenance and easy going :)
I try to live simple, only with the things I need and the people I enjoy spending time with, both new and old friends, and learning new skills:)
And I live to make my dreams my reality :)

My last adventure was on land, crossing Spain only by foot, carrying all my belongings on my back, in all kinds of weather. Reaching the atlantic, setting foot in the water again and seeing the sun go down into the ocean, at the end of the world, Finsterre, was undescribable. And I just know that my next adventure has to do with one of the other elements..water, air, maybe both at the same time:)

So what is the deal? Do you sail this boat to Norway for the old or new owners? I saw the boatsale add..Or did you buy it, but then why is Norway the destination?? Just curious here :) Sorry..

Soooo looking foreward to hearing from you :)

PS. I have gotten so many italian new friends the past year, maybe you're the next one?? And in Norway I can take you on a hike!! Cuz, you know, we norwegians love our mountains :)

Linn Beate..

also known as "Lucky" :)

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 4:51 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Wow, it seems like a perfect opportunity for you Beate :)

As said I'm not looking for competent crew, but adaptable, responsable + funny and interesting people to share good time with!

I'm replying to the only question usefull for the community, will contact you privately.

I'm delivering the boat for the 'old' owners.. they are still owning the boat and they want her back to Norway.

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 9:23 pm from Karlsruhe, Germany
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Posted January 14th, 2013 - 4:06 pm from Karlsruhe, Germany
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Posted January 14th, 2013 - 5:28 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Sorry Matt,
I received your message while I was travelling to Uk, wrote you a reply with my smartphone and the reply never went online, I guess due to poor connection.

As all the others, I will reply here to matters of general interest, than swap privately with you.

This is the kind of cruise I have in mind.
I`m not thinking to do much in the Antilles. It will be just a couple of weeks for tuning up the crew and the boat in Santo domingo, perhaps coming back to our base-port if needed.
In the meanwhile we wait for positive weather.

When the conditions are ok, we`ll step into the Atlantic. My plan is to go straight for the Azores but we should decide to stop into the Bermudas in our search for the Easterlies will bring us far North.

We`ll spend some days close to land on the Azores, then head to Galicia (North Spain) or straight to Brittany, again, according to winds and crew mood. I want to spend at least a week sailing around Brittany.

Next step will be bringing Momo home in Norway. Again, according to everyone`s will and availability of time it would be beautiful to explore some norwegian fjords before reaching Oslo, our final destination.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 5:48 pm from Karlsruhe, Germany
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Posted January 9th, 2013 - 4:32 am by from Odessa, Ukraine (Permalink)
Hi, Francesco!

It seems I have always been waiting for such an opportunity.
I have no sailing experience at all but I'm deadly eager to learn. I would be pleased to help you with any work and I can cook.
Please contact me with all the details by email oresheck@gmail.com

By the way, how many people can live on your boat at once?=)

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 9:36 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
I replied to your mail some days ago Masha.
By the way I`m replying here to those informations that are usefull for all the community. The boat can accomodate up to 4people.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 10:04 am from Be'er Sheva, Israel
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Posted January 14th, 2013 - 10:05 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Ok Ben,
keep in touch

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 12:17 pm by from Delft, Netherlands (Permalink)
are you planing go back to America dude, Now I am traveling in Europe but around May or June, I would like to go back at home by boat. My email es migueltrejorangel@gmail.com
çplease let me know your plans.

cheers!
MT

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 12:28 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Hello Miguel, I'm planning exactly the opposite trip!
Cheers

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 1:54 pm from Mar del Plata, Argentina
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Posted January 15th, 2013 - 12:46 pm by from Delft, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hahaha...
Cheers man! Good luck!!!

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 3:49 pm by from Minneapolis, United States (Permalink)
This is almost exactly the opportunity I have been looking for. I am really wanting to gain some experience at sea--I have none at the moment..but you have to start somewhere, right? I am currently in England and would be able to meet up on the trip to Norway when you stop in Northern Europe (wherever that may be.) I am curious if you know when/where in Northern Europe you will be arriving? I do enjoy cooking and would love to learn any kind of maintenance/any other tasks required. Some of the main reasons why I want to join on this adventure is because I hope to grow in my sailing abilities (once I gain any), learn how to navigate, and I simply love adventures. I know that the stop in Northern Europe is nearing the end of your destination to Norway, but I still would be more than happy to join on board for at least some amount of time.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 5:33 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Guillermo, I have a good list of contacts and did not define any crew member still.

Elisabeth, meeting in europe should not be very easy.. we must assume that the crew members crossing with me will decide to get off before reaching Norway first. That consider that time is pretty unpredictable and there won`t be any date.

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Posted January 16th, 2013 - 5:24 pm by from Tucson, United States (Permalink)
Hello! My name is Shaun and I am very much interested in joining you and Momo on your voyage. I have been traveling for almost a year around the U.S. by walking, hitchhiking and sailing. I was on a barquentine tall ship for a month and helped sail it down the east coast of the U.S. Since then, I've been determined to learn more about sailing and take my travels across the seas. I am in Key West, the southernmost point in the U.S., right now to learn how to sail by getting a job on a sailing vessel. I am eager to keep learning and can help with everything, including cooking, and I can sleep on-board or out-doors. I would be available for the whole trip, or could just help you with a part of it if you get several people lined up. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Shaun

Posted January 18th, 2013 - 11:29 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
I wrote a private msg to you Shaun

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 5:17 am from Austin, United States
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Posted February 8th, 2013 - 5:51 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
I`m very sorry for having stayed out of this thread for a while not replying to some of you.
Those of you I`ve been in contact with know that the project has been paused for some days due to the possibility of a change in the program by the owner.

Now they finally decided to let me sail Momo back to Europe.
There is still one vacant place on board..

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 6:43 pm by from Noumea, New Caledonia (Permalink)
Hello Thalassobiote,
I ve just seen your post and It could interest me.
I m looking for doing some sailing in the caribean sea and maybe also going back to Europe.

Could you please, give me more informations about the trip on "momo".
What are you plans exactly, when and from where are you leaving to go to Europe ? You said it still one place on board, is it always true ? What are the participation charges of the crew ? Sorry I didn´t follow all the conversation maybe I didn´t find the post talking about this trip, could you just post me the link in this case.

Thank you,

Melo.

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 7:55 pm by from Lochgilphead, Scotland (Permalink)
Hi!
I replied to your post a while ago on the group 'the sailing sailors project' I didn't realise it was on here too! Please read my reply, I would really love to join you on this trip if you have space for me, I did the Atlantic in the opposite direction in 2012 so I have a good level of experience, now I'm in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on a 90ft Schooner from 1932, we sailed here from Martinique and now we are going north again.
I also posted my own advert on the sailing groups, it's called 'Crew Available- Caribbean to Europe' so if you're interested you could read that too.
My email address is mansoncol@gmail.com
Hope to hear from you
Colin

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 8:43 pm by from Noumea, New Caledonia (Permalink)
Ok sorry for the misunderstanding, I just found the first post, and understood a little bit more the trip,
departure from santo domingo in april to Azores and north Europe, is it always right ?

Melo.

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 8:49 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Still right!

Posted February 8th, 2013 - 11:21 pm by from Puerto Armuelles, Panama (Permalink)
Im interested, have experience. Sent you a message with more detail!
-Kate

Posted February 11th, 2013 - 6:47 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
Hey Francesco,

I was in touch with you awhile ago about this sail and unfortunately got caught up with life on the road since then. From the look of this thread you definitely have many interested couchsailors, which is great! Right now I'm in Nicaragua and just trying to plot out the rest of my adventure. When you have a chance I'd love to speak to more about this opportunity. For reasons I mentioned in my first message, I'd honestly consider it to be a journey of a lifetime. Hope to talk soon!

- Ash

Posted February 11th, 2013 - 6:37 am by from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Permalink)
Is there space left on the boat?
I'm very keen on doing an ocean crossing and this is a great opportunity.
I have over 3000 NM experience on sail boats, half of which as a skipper.
I've helped deliver a 36 hunter from Crete to Sardinia 2 years ago. (14 days, over 1000 NM). So I'm familiar with life on a boat.
I'm available at the point of departure as of April 10th. If that works.

I can hold my own in the kitchen! And consider myself to be fairy social. I have my own travel agency in Dubai and my own travel show. All links are posted on my profile page.
I've also recently acquired my own hotel/bar/restaurant on a small beach town in Sri Lanka. Which I need to get back to my mid to end of May.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Thanks,

Fajer






Posted February 18th, 2013 - 3:13 am by from Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Permalink)
Cheeers Thalasobiote!
Lets do it man!
Hope theres sill some space! Im from uruguay, but live in mexico, between Caribean and Pacific, Surfing and diving,, Im documentary photographer, but live from selling my photos as art on the street and galeries..
Sun, sea, stars, storms, saves, whales, colors...
I worked as a deckman in los cabos Mexico, algo in Marbella spain, I love life... feel it!!
salud,,
we keep in touch,,
my email gastoncrates@hotmail.com
cel 52 1 954 100 7876 (from Puerto Escondido Mexico)
wherever I am is your house man, and for everyone here,
see you there!

gstn

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 10:39 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Ok,
registrations are over guys!
The crew is complete and all of us on board will be Couchsurfers!
Anybody who feel like visiting me and the other guys on board on the Dominican republic is free to join us. We`ll be there around starting from the 8th of March until the 10th of April.
There will be some scraping /painting works to be done, some sailing and a lot of evening chats :)

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 9:59 pm from Karlsruhe, Germany
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Posted February 27th, 2013 - 7:15 pm by from Kungsbacka, Sweden (Permalink)
Good luck with the "painting and scraping" and the coming sails back to Norway. I guess a blog might be around the corner, please keep me updated if so. I might do the same thing a year or two from now with my own boat. Take care!

Posted March 1st, 2013 - 5:58 pm by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
A blog should be difficult to manage while we are under way due to poor internet. Nonetheless I would like to take one.
Any idea about the lighter blog to be carried in terms of data usage?

Posted March 1st, 2013 - 7:33 pm by from Kungsbacka, Sweden (Permalink)
Wordpress.com gives you the whole package of easy blog tools. For use in harbours with pictures and some tools to update via text-messages or email. A very "low-cost" idea is to have a super-simple email adress in terms of radio communication (lets say abc@hotmail.com or your callsign@mail.com) so you can quickly spell it AlfaBravoCharlieATSIGNHotelOscarMikeAlfaIndiaLima.CharlieOscarMike) and then call ALL boats you see and ask them polite for helping you sending a swift mail to your mother saying all is OK etc. None so far have declined :) This "trick" is much more simple if you carry an AIS so you can actually see boats beyond the horizon and know their name.

Posted March 15th, 2013 - 3:53 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
Good tip, Andreas
Many thanks!

Posted March 3rd, 2013 - 7:41 pm by from Wroclaw, Poland (Permalink)
Ciao Francesco! When you reach Norway safely come down to Croatia!

Posted March 4th, 2013 - 2:00 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Sounds great! I have a little sailing experience but not much, but Im a decent cook and a good story teller. Im definitely interested but wouldnt be able to join until early May. That too late? Will you still be in the Americas then?

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Posted March 6th, 2013 - 5:45 pm by from Raleigh, United States (Permalink)
HEY! how are you man!? that sounds awesome! yea i came to san juan puerto rico just to get on a sailboat! i got a job on a replica of the amistad and am doing a lot of maintnence on it as of now, however she isn't sailing anywhere. so sad. however living on a schooner is awesome, but my objective is to travel. so i have friends in europe and in mexico as well, but norway is a really cool place and im down if you still have room.

Posted March 15th, 2013 - 2:45 pm by from Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina (Permalink)
hi thalassobiote, im mario from argentina, im travelling for about 5 months in south america. now im in Colombia and im looking a place to travel to europe because i fall in love of a girl from Switzerland, and I promise her to travel there to see her, so now im trying to do it. i never sail but i really want to learn. i speak spanish and english and also i can cook, clean o anything. i hope it would be a place for me. greetings.

Posted March 24th, 2013 - 2:43 am by from Plymouth, England (Permalink)
We are in a good roll now after a couple of weeks of hard work around the boat. As suggested from a couple of Cs mates here I am keeping a blog.
You shiuld be interested on it:
thalassobiote.wordpress.com

Note that clicking on the blue little map on the right section of ghe blog you will be redirected with our log (based on google maps).

It will be updated regularly during the crossing and in the ocean.