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1 day ago
The voyage down south to Ecuador on SV Joana continues and we cross the Equator dressed up in our Shellback outfits. We safely make it to Bahía Caraquez and get greeted by Ariosto who guides us into the river mouth to the mooring. A fun ride through the shallows and nearly surfing the waves on the beach with Joana. Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike, Maria and Joana
8 days ago
Our guests leave us in Tumaco and Maria and I start the passage south to Ecuador after a short ride through Tumaco. If you are interested in how a traditional gaffe rigged yawl like Joana works, then this is the right episode for you. Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike
22 days ago
After arriving in Ecuador, I travelled back to Colombia to help Maria bring down Joana. We arranged some of the trip as a ten day charter, hopping along the remote but stunning coast of Pacific Colombia. Our guests Robert, Ruud, Richard and Bub were part of the Crew and they helped with the daily chores like anchor and sail mannouvers, doing watches and dishes. We had a great time with those boys that made us call this trip the "off course cruise" due to some fun times at Joana's helm 😊
29 days ago
There is not much to say about this one...For me, this has been one of the most special moments in life and a proof to me that the ocean does run through my vanes and that I am right where I should be. I had asked the ocean for some clarity and I got all the answere that I needed. Thank you ocean and thank you, Karl. Ahoy, Shellback Manatee P.S. and no worries, no more talk-intense videos for a bit now Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :)
1 month ago
After six days at sea, Karl and I are finally reaching the Equator. This magical line that many sailors dream about. When I first fantasized about crossing the equator on my own keels, I surely had a different szenario in mind. Nevertheless, even though I was only on a week long solo passage and not on an ocean crossing, I still had a very magical moment. Also, I had to keep a promise that I had made years ago...maybe you can guess what that might be... Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike & Karl
1 month ago
Less than half of the 500nm passage from Colombia to Ecuador, my autopilot stopped working and I could not fix it. Whenever there was wind, I could use my windvane to stear the boat, but unfortunately there were many hours with low and turning winds during which I had to hand stear. I filmed a lot on this passage to give you a good picture of what it is like to be out there by yourself and what the daily routine looks like. Of course, I could have summed up that week at sea in one short video, but I thought this gives you a better feel for the moment. The many fishing nets along the way made the sail a bit like a slalom parcour and I nearly peed my pants when a whale popped up right next to Karl who was followed by his family and / or friends. Apart from being a bit tired, I had a great time and was looking forward to cross the equator. But more about that, next week! Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike & Karl Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :)
1 month ago
It's been a while since I single handed a multiple day passage...so my belly is a little upside down with my usual pre-departure anxiety nausea. But it's time to untie the lines and to sail down 500nm to Ecuador. The passage will be a bit of a challenge due to the strong currents and partially light and turning winds...Both conditions in which it is good to have a working autopilot. Too bad if that precious tool stops working about half way through the trip... Ahoy and Enjoy, Nike & Karl
1 month ago
It seems like I had a little guardian angle looking after Karl whilst I was on a short visit home in Germany. Unfortunately, this little protector also thought of Karl as his private toilet...shit! Both Joana and Karl have an aditional stern anchor out because of the crazy roll and tidal currents which makes fuelling up and filling the water tanks a bit of a challenge. Karl's sails need some more stitching and I try out my little speedy stitch that I found in one of my boxes. Well well well, at least Karl seems ready for the 500nm solo sail dowm to Ecuador... Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike & Karl
2 months ago
After two months on board, Simon is leaving Karl to head back home to Canada. It's been super fun to have him as crew and we had a great time sailing and exploring together. Simon left just before xmas and I went home for a short last minute xmas visit, leaving Karl on his two anchors in Bahía Solano. The next step is to solo sail down to Ecuador, but first it's time to explore this beautiful place first. Enjoy and Ahoy, Nike & Karl Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :).
2 months ago
After we cleared into Colombia, the Gypsea Fleet went ashlre to explore Bahía Solano and to fill up with fresh veggies. The small town of 7.000 inhabitants has a tranquil and friendly vibe and we sat for a while at the main plaza soaking up the local culture and chattimg away with the kids. Once we saw that our ancors are holding, we left Karl, Joana and Easy by themselves (with Maria's parents having an eye on them) and squeezed our four butts and three surfboards into a tuk tuk. The one hour drive to El Almejal was an adventure by itself...but check out this new episode to find out for yourself. As usual, we stumble upon a vibrant street celebration in the honor of the birth of Jesus Christ which the locals call Los Arullos. So many happy faces and dancing people around us, we could nkt help but join the celebration.
2 months ago
If you would like to sail on beautiful Haikutter Alexa during the Kieler week with us (22./23.06.2019), please find more info here: https://www.segelvision.de/toernplan/ If you would like to know more about the charter on the amazing aluminum SV Marlin or book yourself a bunk for the 25.08. - 07.09.2019, you can do so here: https://www.marlin-expeditions.com/route-plans/sail-with-nike-steiger-against-the-wind-into-paradise/ Here's the video about sailing Marlin in cold German winter: https://youtu.be/mxNIcgYBC8Q And a vidoe about the area that we will be sailing in: https://youtu.be/Z2tLemDAsFk Have a great summer, and maybe I will see you soon! Cheers, Nike
2 months ago
The wind in this area is always on and off and it’s a never ending game of spotting a little wind ripple and pulling all sails out only for the wind to die right in the moment that you are all set to sail. Simon is being a patient crew, though, and we try our best to sail whenever we can. In the end we do have to push a bit with the engine to make it to our next bay, Bahía Nabuga, where more waterfall adventures and lots of friendly locals are waiting for us. Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike & Karl
3 months ago
The Gypsea Fleet reaches the first anchorage in Colombia, Bahía Cupica, and we are having a decent arrival party that Simón labeled “brain damage” material. We take up anchor again to go to the close by Bahía Limon because we saw in the charts that there is a waterfall. Check out this episode to see if we find it. Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike & Karl Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :).
3 months ago
The Gypsea Fleet crosses the boarder to COLOMBIA! We are enjoying the fun of buddy boating, joining all boats along an invented line that we call the border and crossing it together. Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :).
3 months ago
The Gypsea Fleet is finally leaving the pretty Pear Islands and casts off on a 160nm sail down south to Colombia. We say goodbye to Barry under way who casts off the Marquesas and keep heading south with Bahía Cupica as our first destination in Colombia. We are excited to be under way and enjoying the vicinity of our friends’ boats around allowing us to chat with each other whilst we putter along. Can’t wait to see Colombia’s Pacific Coast! Ahoy & Enjoy, Nike & Karl Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :).
3 months ago
You can find Dr. Sheridan’s Videos here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcDSkw35FYqsFgMqoZjt7zQ And if you would like to support her animal work, you can do so here https://www.vettails.com/donate The Gypsea Fleet is on the move again to the next anchorage in the North of Viveros, motoring through a narrow channel with quite a bit of current. For this short adventure, sailing vet Sheddy joins me on Karl for a chuffed cruise and Simon gets to experience SV Joana for the day. Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike & Karl Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :).
3 months ago
We are hunting for micro plastic this year instead of searching for Easter eggs. Let me know what you are up to in the comments below! As a little Easter surprise, we have a digital Easter egg for you: You can now stream our full movie length documentary Untie The Lines at https://vimeo.com/store/ondemand/byproduct/1204420?promo_code_id=556943&verification=Tk1qVWc5d1 And if you want to download the Movie instead then you can use this 30% discount code for Easter Sunday and Monday 2019: 3AST3R Happy holidays to all of you. Big Easter bunny hug, Karl & Nike
4 months ago
The sailing fun goes on! After a beach clean up and lovely beach fire meal accompanied by the Old Sea Dog singing is some songs, the Gypsea Fleet takes up anchor again and all four boat go on a lovely sail to the next island in the beautiful Pearl Islands. The wind is on our nose, so the 3 nm distance leads to a full day of sailing fun tacking forth and back. Karl is loving the sailing and so is his crew. Simon and I take turns on the tiller and working the sails whilst we joke around on the VHF with our fella sailors on SV Easy, White Shadow and Joana. Follow us also on @inmoceanorg on insta And Facebook to fight with us against plastic pollution of the oceans. Enjoy & Ahoy, Nike, Karl & the Gypsea Fleet Download the full movie at www.UntieTheLines.com You can support our videos here: www.patreon.com/WhiteSpotPirates or https://www.paypal.me/whitespotpirates For real-time updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whitespotpirates http://www.instagram.com/whitespotpirates For background information on the journey visit www.WhiteSpotPirates.com Thanks for watching, liking, sharing and supporting these videos! Every little bit helps! --- This is NOT a live documentary! There is a time difference between filming and publishing due to the time it takes to send data home, to edit the episodes and to internet not always being awailable on those little remote palm tree islands :).
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