Transatlantic Sailing Passage #6. 1/3 across. Highlights. Is the Passage meeting my expectations?

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Ep109 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. I am taking you along with me in this VLOG style episode. By the end of this episode we are done Day 6 of the passage, which should have been around 1/3 of the way across. I interviewed the crew and asked them a bunch of questions about their expectations of sailing a Catamaran across the Ocean and what their highlights are so far and if the passage has matched their expectations. You will hear my answers to those questions at the end of this episode.

I recorded all the Cinematic clips with a Stereo Shotgun microphone so if you listen with headphones, it will give you the immersive stereo sounds of sailing along along with me in the middle of the Atlantic on a 50′ catamaran.

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Transatlantic Sailing Passage #5. Sailing at 17 knots. Immersive sights and sounds of the passage

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Ep108 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. I am taking you along with me in this VLOG style episode. I recorded all the Cinematic clips with a Stereo Shotgun microphone so in this episode I will not be adding music to the sailing footage but will let you listen to the immersive stereo sounds of sailing along in the middle of the Atlantic on a 50′ catamaran with me.

I highly suggest you listen to this episode with headphones on to get the full effect.

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Transatlantic Sailing Passage #4. Hard to Live and Sleep on a Moving Sailboat? Ep107

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Ep107 – In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue our Transatlantic Sailing Passage series. I am taking you along with me in this VLOG style episode. I will show you what it was like to live, and more importantly try to sleep, on a sailboat that never stops sailing, motoring, moving and making noises. We start doing our watches where we have to be On Duty at the helm for 4 hrs at a time covering the 24 hr day. In between those watches we have to do all our cooking, cleaning, eating and sleeping. None of that was too difficult except (for me) the sleeping.

Some people who are not borderline insomniacs and who are not light sleepers, who are woken by the slightest noise, may not run into the trouble I did. With the non stop motion and unknown noises coming from a sailboat under sail, I found it really hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. Because of that, for the first few days I felt like I was a walking zombie. Always tired but never quite able to fall into a deep prolonged sleep.

This episode cover this first “getting use to the boat” period. The good news is, with time even I, once tired enough, could shut down and fall asleep for short Naps. Add enough naps together and YOU CAN ACTUALLY FUNCTION.

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Transatlantic Sailing Voyage. #3. The Crossing Begins, with dolphins. Ep106

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Ep106. In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we head from the harbour of Las Palmas to start our 3 week, 3000 nautical mile transatlantic crossing to St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

As a sign of good luck we have Dolphins swimming in front of our Bow within a few hours of leaving the dock. This was a first for me and a few others of the crew so it made for a memorable first day of the passage.

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Why did I splurge and get an iMac Pro? Because editing 4K footage on a MacBook was making me Crazy.

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Ep105. In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, I take a break from the Transatlantic Sailing Series to show you my new editing station set up and how I “had to”: splurge and get a better computer, a more powerful computer, or risk going crazy waiting for 4K footage to render and play properly on my MacBook Pro.

So as a late Christmas gift to me, I got myself a beast of a computer, perfectly set up to edit video. It is the new Apple iMac Pro. It is the strongest computer Apple currently produces. It is the best computer if you use Final Cut Pro X to edit video. I will go over the specks and how I will set it up in my home office to make editing much quicker and easier.

I will not shy away from shooting everything in 4K anymore.

Trans-Atlantic Sailing Voyage (#2). Preparing for the passage. Ep104

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In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, I show you my first full day in Las Palmas in the Spanish Islands of Gran Canaria. This is the main island that most Sailors who are planning to cross the Atlantic (from East to West) stop at to provision and get prepared before they make the big jump.

I will show you Las Palmas from walking around as well as give you some great drone footage of what the Las Palmas Harbor looks like from the air. With the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) leaving around the same time as we are, the harbor was packed with boats and even the Anchorage outside the protected harbor was packed with boats.

We show you just how much work it is to shop for and pack a boat full of enough food and provisions to allow 6 people to live (quite comfortably) for 3 weeks on a Catamaran.

Hopefully, you enjoy the episode. If so please share the link on Facebook and other social media to help get the video out to anyone who is considering doing a Trans-Atlantic passage.

Thanks,
Craig

Special thanks to Paul Shard for the ending footage of the boat under sail

Trans-Atlantic Sailing Voyage (#1). Getting to the Catamaran and getting a Tour.

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Ep103 (But #1 of Atlantic Crossing Series). In this Episode of Cruising Off Duty, we have the first of what will be a many episode series covering our Trans-Atlantic Sailing Voyage. In this first episode, we travel from Valencia Spain to Las Palmas in the Spanish Islands of the Gran Canaria, just off the western coast of Africa.

Once there we arrive at the Las Palmas harbor where we finally get onboard the Discovery Yachts Bluewater 50′ Catamaran that we will be crossing the Atlantic in. Sharyl Shard from the TV series Distant Shores takes us on an interior tour of the boat we will be living on.

We get to meet the crew we had not met yet, Dave and Alex and meet the owner of the Yacht, John who would not be making the passage with us but graciously let us use his brand new Catamaran.

All of the crew who are doing this passage are Photographers, Bloggers or video professionals. If you are a sailor, you probably have already watched the TV and DVD series Distant Shores, but if you have not, you can check out their stuff at www.DistantShores.ca

Dave and Alex live on at 38′ sailboat in the Caribbean and Blog their sailing adventures. You can read their Blog, Sailing Banyan, on Facebook or on www.Sailingblogs.com

This trip took 3 weeks and covered 3,000 nautical miles and a lot of things happened and a lot of footage was filmed. There will be many episodes to cover it all. So, subscribe so you don’t miss any of the future episodes. You can hit the Bell Symbol beside the subscribe button to be notified as soon as the next episode is available.

Next episode we will show how we provisioned the boat and I take up the drone to check out the Las Palmas Harbor from the air.

Until next time, this is Craig signing off, wishing you Safe Cruising.

Valencia Aquarium. The best Aquarium I have ever seen. Ep102

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Ep102. In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we spend our final day in Valencia Spain by visiting the Aquarium. It was by far the best Aquarium I have ever seen. Far better than the one in Barcelona Spain. The only aquarium that I recall being almost as good as this is the one in Chicago.

After this episode, we fly to Las Palmas in the Gran Caria to get on a 50′ Catamaran and we spend 3 weeks crossing the Atlantic Ocean to St Lucia.

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Exploring Valencia Spain. Old World Charm of the inner walled city. Ep101

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In this episode of Cruising Off Duty, we continue to explore Valencia Spain. We take in the old world charm of the inner walled city.

While most of Valencia has a more modern style of architecture, the old walled city has the historic and beautiful buildings that give you a feel for how this city with its cobbled roads, would have looked hundreds of years ago.