Messages in the bottle

2.3. 2011 Falkland Islands from Mars
Cpt´s Cook report for MPG
Word document

1.1. 2011 TAURANGA - New Zealand
WATERBIRD FLEW AROUND THE WORLD! 22 500 NM trip(according to GPS log) mostly in the stormy Southern Ocean. It took about two years. (17.12. 2008 - 1.1. 2011) .

More about the circumnavigation

26. 5. 2010 Portland, Australia

26th May. Waterbird arrived to Portland, Australia. Mast is gone but life is good.


20. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 39° 54' S, 140° 01' E.


16. 5. 2010 Iridium Report
Position 41° 06' S, 138° 18' E. New voice message.

Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English

13. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 40° 24' S, 136° 35' E.


9. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 42° 12' S, 134° 04' E.


8. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 42° 52' S, 132° 55' E.


5. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 44° 44' S, 128° 58' E.


4. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 45° 17' S, 128° 08' E.


2. 5. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 45° 53' S, 127° E.


30. 4. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 46° S, 126° E. 926 nautical miles to Hobart.

Waterbird position     Ocean is storming

16. 4. 2010 Iridium Report

Position 48° 09' S, 96° 52' E. Waterbird is heading to Hobart.

Waterbird position     Southern Indian Ocean Winds

6. 4. 2010 Iridium Report
Leaving Kerguelen. Position 49° 20' S, 72° 03' E.

Waterbird position     

30. 3. 2010 Kerguelen Islands

Waterbird arrived to Kerguelen, position 49° 20' S, 70° 15' E. Neptun was mild and the crew is happy. New article about Crozets posted.


17. 3. 2010 Ile de la Possession

Waterbird is anchored in Sailors bay on Ile de la Possession, position 46° 26' S, 51° 52' E. King penguins are swiming around, knocking on the hull and looking at me. One of them bit my toe. You can see how the colony is changing during the year. There are too many things happening. One thing is sure: King penguins, wandering albatroses and french scientists are excellent company. It absolutely worth to sail the stormest seas to visit them.


10. 3. 2010 Iridium Report from Crozet Islands

Coordinates 46° 7' S, 50° 18' E. Arriving at Ile aux Cochons in a gale.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Details

3. 3. 2010 Indian Ocean
Waterbird has coordinates 42° 20' S, 39° 30' E. 500 miles to Crozet Islands.

Waterbird position     Details

11. 2. 2010 Cape Town
Watebird leaving for Australia. Wishing to visit Kerguelen Islands but all depends on the weather conditions at the end of the season. Winter around Kerguelens can bring waves up to 35 metres high. Even half of it is scary enough to keep north and to stay in more friendly waters.


29. 1. 2010 Cape Town
Watebird in Cape Town after about 3400 NM. Both tired but only the boat slightly damaged. Sailing as far as Zavodovski Island in South Sandwich. I decided to change my route and destination there, giving up Bovetoya because of lack of moral fibre. Wind, visibility and ice conditions made it too difficult. I could not sleep and I felt that staying in high latitudes any longer would be very hazardous. Heading northeast I experienced the heaviest seas I ever saw. 7 low pressure systems in three weeks. One after another with hardly 24 hours break. Two of them lasted several days and one of those was possibly reaching huriccane force gusts in a squall. I wished to go away and to do some gardening. Instead of parachute anchor, I have plenty of little hankies. I can supply Royal Navy. Broken tiller, sides of my dodger gone. I had nice days too, but I needed more. Thanks for all text messages in some moments they were the only fun. The sea is here to teach us humility. I received some rather intense lessons.


November - December 2009 South Georgia
Waterbird circumnavigated South Georgia visiting 20 of exiting bays. I become more enthusiastic fan of cruising here. It is great to jump from one anchorage to another and to have always something wonderfull to look at. However next leg will be long. My plan is to visit Bouvetoya - the remotest piece of land on the planet. 54°26´ S 03°24´E Landing is very unlikely because there is no swell protected place. A tiny icy island in the South Atlantic. Depending on many things I may go either to Cape Town or to Australia from there.

More about South Georgia

October 2009 Sailing around the Falklands
Waterbird set sails after a long winter. Visiting several islands around the West Falkland it is hard to describe how beautiful they are. (Beaver, New Island, West Point, Carcass) Leaving for South Georgia in a few of days.


1.4. 2009 Stanley, Falkland Islands
After 2 weeks of sailing to South America, Waterbird arrived to Falkland Islands. The most severe storm in the night from 29 to 30 of March.


26.3. 2009 Iridium Report

100-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 55°33'S, 61°16'W. Heavy sailing to South America. Gales and 10 meters wawes in the Drake Passage.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

15.3. 2009 Iridium Report

89-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 62°18'S, 57°50'W. Sailing north along Antarctic Peninsula. Accross Bransfield Strait to Deception Island. I am heading to Ushuaia, Argentine.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

2.3. 2009 Iridium Report

76-th day of South ocean voyage. From Port Lockroy accross Vernadsky to Polar Circle. February 28th, my first Antarctic continent landing - Prospect Point 66°1' S, 65°21' W. March 1st - I crossed the Polar Circle. I am heading back north.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

20.2. 2009 Port Lockroy, Antarctica
Waterbird is anchored in Port Lockroy 64°49´S 63°29´W in one of the best protected Antarctic anchorages. I arrived from Palmer station where I was anchored for 3 days after 61 days in The South Pacific.

Waterbird position     Details

18.2. 2009 Iridium Report
64-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 64,51°South, 64°West. Antarctic channel is called Bismarck Strait.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

15.2. - 18.2. 2009 Palmer Station, Antarctica
Waterbird arrived to US station Palmer on Anvers Island on the 15th of February. Latitude: -64.700° (south), Longitude: -64.000° (west)

Waterbird position     Details

8.2. 2009 Iridium Report
54-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 61°South, 78°West. Temperature without changes, 13 gales in total.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

28.1. 2009 Iridium Report
43-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 57°South, 102°West. The lowest temperature 0,1°C, 11 gales in total.

Waterbird position     Voice report in English     Details

18.1. 2009 Iridium Report
33-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 58°South, 121°West. The lowest temperature 0,9°C, 7 gales in total.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

9.1. 2009 Iridium Report
24-th day of South ocean voyage. Waterbird has coordinates 54°South, 139°West. The lowest temperature 5,3°C, 4 gales. First meeting with icebergs, night sailing impossible. Thanks for satellite SMS messages.

Waterbird position     Voice report in Czech     Voice report in English     Details

31.12. 2008 - 1.1.2009 Iridium Report
Waterbird has coordinates 49°South, 157°West. The lowest temperature 9,6°C. Meanwhile 3 gales, not heavy. Happy New Year and thanks for satellite SMS messages.

AMSR-E Sea Ice Map     Voice report in Czech     Details

23.12. 2008 Iridium Report
Waterbird has coordinates 41°South, 174°West and is heading to south-east. I wish Merry Christmas to all on sea and shore.

AMSR-E Sea Ice Map     Voice responses on SMS!

17.12. 2008 Southern Ocean Voyage, ANTARCTICA
I am about to leave for my Southern ocean voyage. Waterbird is much more seaworthy than before and I believe I have done everything to be able to sail in the stormiest latitudes on the planet. I will be heading for Antarctic peninsula area (south of south America). It will take approximately two month.

More about Southern Ocean Voyage

2.11. 2008 Tauranga, NEW ZELAND
1300 NM trip from Niue to NZ turned to be much longer and quite interesting thanks to relatively heavy gale and after that I was becalmed in a high pressure system. Too much at first too little later. Approaching NZ I was listening to weather forcasts. Interesting. It seems that half the regions have gale warnings and the other half storm warnings. The lucky bastards without any have their warning in a three day outlook. My sailing was nice, all Beaufort scale except a hurricane. The country is beautifull, people very kind.

12.10. 2008 Niue, independent island
Disgusted by an arrogance of a customs officer I left this island the day after without seeing much.

28.9. 2008 Bora Bora, ILES DE LA SOCIETÉ
Less than one day sailing to a lagoon of Bora Bora which is not entirely covered by expensive hotels yet. But there are many. They look like a traditional huts with palm tree roofs but they have a solid concrete base. (Why? Because they are honeymoon hotels). Luckily there is something on Bora Bora which worths. I wrote about it in a letter to my friends.

25.9. 2008 Tahaa, ILES DE LA SOCIETÉ
Island surrounded by a reef and a navigable lagoon. The smell of copra mixes with a beautifull scent of vanilla in many corners of this beautifull island. Too many things happened here to describe them all. Sea turtles, vanilla farm, pearl farm, visiting old Polynesian couple. It was my strongest experience here. It is immposible to say how are these people pleasant, how much dignity comes with their smiles and rich coloured clothes how sincerly generous they are and how nice it is to be around them even for a few moments. How sad that this old spirit of Polynesia is slowly dissappering... (That is what locals say and you can feel it too.)

20.9. 2008 Atol Fakarava, TUAMOTU
After unsuccesfull trial to anchor at Raroia (atol where Kon Tiki was wrecked), the only atol visited in Tuamotu. Coconut paradise (I filled my spare chain locker). It was interesting to meet someone who spent whole life on this little coral atol a few hundreds meters wide and few feet above the ocean level. Never left even for any of the green Polynesian islands. It is unfortunately too much a tourist place but people are nice. However it is different to hear "Hello, where do you come from, how was your sail ..., do you want some fruits ...etc " as I did everywhere in Marquesas AND "Hello we have day tax per a day and person for any visitors here" as I heard in city house. (The sum was negligible but the feeling is very different).

28.8. 2008 Baie Vaitahu, Tahuata, MARQUIESES
Short jump to a place where manta rays are often seen and sometimes even whales. No luck this time. I found very interesting church in the village and extremely nice people around.

28.8. 2008 Baie Tahauku, Hiva Oa, MARQUIESES
55 NM jump to the main island of the southern group. Fantastic local people again, very friendly - smiles, help and giving fruits is a part of their welcome. Good think I started learning French on my way to Polynesia. I met two boats on this rolly anchorage. A couple who seem to be adventurous enough to explore the remaining secrets of Vai Po (and they are diver fanatics). There is a sailing family (they have been sailing for 7 years) on the other boat with three children. First born in The Canary Islands, seccond in Brazil and the third in Venezuela. It is nice to have good neighbours.

23.8. 2008 Baie Hanavave, Fatu Hiva, MARQUIESES
3000NM - my longest passage so far. (With a short stop on Isla Floreana) Done in 23 days.

Generous tradewinds made the sailing easy but not boring. Their mood was changing. I had to change the sails too. From beam reach to running. Sometimes full sails and you can hardly feel you are moving. Sometimes just 2nd reef main and small staysail.

Lot of food! I had two huge branches of banana and nearly 200 oranges. Lasted 17 days. If there is an illness from overdosing with potasium and vitamins I must have it. Lots of fish. A dorado 1.40 mts long was fighting bravely. Blood (luckily not mine) was even on my navigation table.I just received several smacks on my legs.

The last days of the passage were windy but an anchorage on the leeward side of Fatuhiva - Hanavave Bay was a real shock. My friends measured 60 knots gusts and I think it is possible. No wonder I dragged and because it was too dark I spent my first night drifting.

19.7. 2008 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla de San Cristobal, GALÁPAGOS
Nearly 17 days in cloudy and rainy weather with "Galapagos winds" (no need of compass just go beating) or calms. About 900 NM turned into 1300 (I have a good engine, but I still have a sport spirit).

In the Gulf of Panama, I saw several shots (from a vessel, wich I did not see) it looked a little bit like russian missiles from IIWW but smaller. Obviously they vere shooting to someone else. Thank you. (or Did you aim so badly?)

Two "dorados", dolphin fish on the hook. The third one took everything, including the whole line.

In clear weather windows -  lot of astronavigation practiced but I am happy with my GPS, quick and easy. (and precise...ha ha)

After almost two weeks I met a small fishing boat ROMPEOLAS. It was nice. Fishermen have something common no matter if its on polar circle or equator - they offered me fish which I could not accept because had a lot already.

Equator crossed on 89° 55´, big celebration but no swimming.

Waterbird is in very good condition. The only problems are: broken windgenerator  propeler  (this happened in Panama canal, a heavy line was hooked over the AirX) and SSB receiver died.(SONY 7600GR, probably too cheap to be relied on).

I am having a company, many sealions under the boat, giving me company when I go on shore. I have to keep my stern platform closed, otherwise they would go in the cockpit and maybe inside the boat! I can not imagine taking them out or sailing with them either.

Plans: enjoying San Cristobal - marine iquanas, turtles, tortoises, sealions and many birds. Local people are very friendly and there are sailors around, of course. It is too early for Easter Island (thats where I wanted to go), so lets go to Maquesas !

28.6. 2008 Balboa, PANAMA
Waterbird in the Pacific after visiting picturesque islands San Blas and wonderfull jungle sailing on Rio Chagres moved to the Pacific ocean.

Waterbird with an excellent French-German-Izraeli crew and great local pilot transited Panama canal. Passing locks was safe. Marc - hero of the day saved my wind generator and radar detector antena in Miraflores locks after being hooked by heavy line and almost broken. Quick action of him and Ricardo the pilot prevented a big damage.

Several shots from Panama canal webcam was recorded by my father and I will place them on the website soon. I must say that all service provided by Panama canal was perfect and I am looking forward to cross the canal again in future.

Unfortunately Pacific side of Panama is not very nice and hospitable for common sailors and I am looking forward to leave as soon as possible..

7.6. 2008 COLÓN, PANAMA
Waterbird droped anchor in Colon harbor late night after 13 days from St. Martin, 1100 NM.

In a tradewind during the first half of the passage 150 NM per a day made me happy. Frequent thunderstorms after leaving the tradewind zone were not dangerous, they brought heavy rains and one tropical wave passage about 25-30 knots of wind for a very short period of time. A very small breaking wave visited my cockpit quite uninvited, partly continuing thrue the companionway which was wide open. This was understood as a reminder - build something to prevent heavy breaking seas from the stern beat against your cabin (and possibly smashing you against the cabin) which can not be closed all the time.

And more pleasant company- one tasty fish - wahoo about 1 meter long was forced to visit me on board after eating my bait. Providing excellent food, it was given back to the sea during several following days. (the way which it is supposed to go).

In about 15 kts winds the prachute sea anchor was tested. The experiment made me to believe that the anchor will be able to hold the bow of the boat pointing to the heavy seas in a big storm. My camera did not cooperate and many pictures from St. Martin and the first half of the passage were lost.

Tropical rains can be heavy! I found leaks which had never appeared in the winter storm in the north. Being lazy to stay in the rain I used lines over two block to steer the boat from inside. The last five days brought very little wind which allowed about 50 miles per day speed. Sailbanging was frustrating and in some days almost no progress was done. The warrior spirit left me for last 50 miles and I started the engine. Approaching Colon in the night a huge butterfly sit on my main hatch and stayed there quite a while. It must be a sign that my stay in Panama will be lovely!

1st March 2008 Arriving to ST. MARTIN, Leeward Islands
First ocean passage from Norfolk (Virginia) to the Carribbean took almost 16 days. A fair weather window to cross the Gulf stream, big piece of luck to avoid severe winter storms (they have been developing every two or three days near the US coast out of Chesapeake Bay). Inconvenient winds for most of the time made the trip longer than was expected. However Waterbird seems to be sturdy and stubborn boat to beat against the wind (as much as her owner at least) and the passage was not delayed by any technical problems. A huge waterspout encountered during a cold front passage was probably the most amazing experience. It stayed in a safe distance from the boat.

February 2008, Cruise NORFOLK - SAINT MARTIN
You can keep track of Waterbird on Google Maps.

Position report

9 th February 2008 NORFOLK Virginia
First sailing with Waterbird. One day and two nights sailing down the Chesaepeake Bay. It was great and it is time to go out on the open ocean

18 th January 2008 Rockhold Creek, Chesepeake bay, MD USA
Waterbird is in the water. I had to break some ice to get to the dock. Otherwise everything is as it should be. I want to leave for St. Martin soon

Kupuji ocelovou plachetnici Waterbird a připravuji ji pro oceánskou plavbu..

2006 -2007 Svářečské intermezzo
Pracuji na projektu Kai o Hana jako svářeč/zámečník a vyrábím kovové, převážně nerezové vybavení pro rekonstrukci této dřevěné loďi. Více v sekci život na palubě.

Leden-Červen 2006 SAINT MARTIN
Připlouváme na St. Martin s Polárkou a po čase jí prodávame. Petra odlétá definitivně zpátky do Čech. Dan zůstává a pracuje na projektu Saudade - Kai O Hana.

23.12. 2005 SAINT MARTIN podruhé
Na plachetnici Joseé připlouváme po devíti dnech z Curacaa znovu na St. Martin. Pro nečekané potíže nebylo možné pokračovat Panamským průplavem do Tichého oceánu a proto se zdržíme v Karibiku. Doufáme, že ne dlouho.

7.8. 2005 CURACAO - Holandské Antily
Jsme na ostrově Curacao, největší z Holandských Antil. Na rozdíl od St. Martin méně Americké, více Evropské, méně turistické, hezčí, i když je tu docela velká rafinérka. Propluli jsme městem Willemstad a jsme ve vnitřních vodách v maríně naproti rafinérii.

Kde je Curacao?

15.7. 2005 CUMANÁ - Venezuela
Dojeli jsme do Cumaná, hurikán Emily nás minul o několik desítek mil a ani jsme o něm nevěděli, divné co?

Více z Venezuely

28.6. 2005 SAINT MARTIN - ostrov v Karibiku
Zdravíme vás z ostrova Saint Martin / Sint Maarteen v severovýchodním Karibském moři.

Více o karibských ostrovech

1.3. 2005 MARTINIQUE - francouzský ostrov
Zdravíme vás z nového kontinentu, kam jsme dopluli 1.3. 2005. Po přeplavbě Atlantiku jsme přistáli ve Fort de France, hlavním měste francouzskeho ostrova Martinique.

Více o plavbě přes Atlantik

4.2. 2005 CABO VERDE - souostroví v Atlantiku
Po delší pauze, způsobené více než dvouměsíční rekonvalescencí na Kanárských ostrovech poté, co jsem si zlomila tři obratlové výbežky, se budu ozývat opět z cesty.

Více o plavbě na Kapverdy

?.11. 2004 - 28.1. 2005 KANÁRSKÉ OSTROVY - Španělsko

4.11. 2004 PRAHA - Česká republika
V Městské knihovně v Praze koná přednáška, slideshow a křest knihy o expedici Patagonie 2000-2001.

Více o knize

30.10. 2004 PORTO - Portugalsko
Z bouřlivého Irska jsme se v pořádku dostali na sever Španělska do přístavu v La Coruňa. Tam za námi přijela parta pěti přátel, se kterými jsme pak strávili příjemný týden plavbou přes Viana do Castelo do Porta v Portugalsku.

Více o plavbě z Irska

13.9. 2004 TORY ISLAND - Irsko
Plavba z Islandu (Sandgerdhi, nedaleko mezinárodního letiště Keflavík) do Irska (Tory Island) trvala 8 dní, upluli jsme při tom 829 NM.

Více o plavbě do Irska

22.8. 2004 VESTMANNAEYJAR - Ostrovy západních mužů
Polárka přistává po dvou dnech plavby z Reykjavíku na ostrově Heimaey - Ostrovy západních mužů (Vestmannaeyjar).

Foto Heimaey

18.7. 2004 BLODUOS - severní pobřeží Islandu
Tak jsme se vrátili z plavby na ostrov JAN MAYEN zase zpátky na Island. Ještě před ní jsme však navštívili další zajímavá místa tady.

Plavby v okolí Islandu 2

28.6. 2004 JAN MAYEN - Norsko
Polárka zakotvila u ostrova Jan Mayen (71 st. sev. Šířky, 8 st. západní délky) v Mroží zátoce na severozápadním pobřeží.

Více o ostrovu Jan Mayen

7.6. 2004 SIGLUFJORDUR - severní pobřeží Islandu
Zdravíme všechny ze SIGLUFJORDURU, malého fjordu zhruba uprostřed severního pobřeží Islandu.

Plavby v okolí Islandu 1

14.5. 2004 SEYDISFJORDUR - východní pobřeží Islandu
Cesta z Faer na Island nakonec proběhla velmi rychle a hladce, trvala jenom tři dny. Přistáli jsme na východním pobřeží v jednom ze stovek fjordů, které formují Island po celém jeho obvodu, v Seydisfjorduru.

Mapa Islandu     Více o cestě na Island

28.4. 2004 TÓRSHAVN - ostrov STROMO, Faeroe Islands
Hlavní město Faerských ostrovů. Nelíbí-li se ti počasí, počkej pět minut. Slunce, drobné deštíky, přátelští lidé, domečky s travnatými střechami…

Mapa Faer     Foto Tórshavn

27.4. 2004 VÁGUR, ostrov SYDERO, Faeroe Islands
Navštěvujeme krásné útesy.

Foto Vágur     Více o cestě na Faery

24.4. 2004 CULLIVOE - Shetland Islands, UK
Přistáváme na ostrově Yell v malém rybářském přístavu. Cestujeme po ostrově pěšky i autostopem. To druhé má nevýhodu, že na dokonalých asfaltkách nezakusíte jaké to je propadnout se po kolena do rašeliny. Žádné stromy, všude samé rašeliniště.

Foto Yell

21.4. 2004 LERWICK - Shetland Islands, UK
Po klidné pětidenní plavbě přichází silný vítr od jihozápadu (až 8 B). Vplouváme do zátoky, kde se tvoří vysoké vlny a před přístavem se rozbije spojka u motoru (uvolněné šrouby). Přistáváme tedy bez motoru, na hlavní plachtu - 2. ref. Po úspěšném přistání se smějeme, že je všechno jak má být, protože motor je přece jenom pro špatné počasí !-)

Foto Lerwick

18.4. 2004 SEVERNÍ MOŘE
BBC hlásí blížící se bouři, protivítr zesiluje. Zadryfujeme, bouře však nepřichází a po několika hodinách pokračujeme v plavbě. Trénink pro příště.

16.4. 2004 SKAGEN - Dánsko
Přijíždí další člen posádky Pavel Sládek. Prohlížíme město a okolí, potom zatopíme v kamnech a odpočíváme. Třetího rána vyplouváme do úžiny Skagerak a míříme na Severní moře.

Posádka ve Skagen

14.4. 2004 HELSINGOR - Dánsko
Krátká zastávka s noční prohlídkou Hamletova hradu. Posádka vychutnává přístavní sprchu a po několika hodinách klidného spánku opět vyplouvá na moře.

11.4. 2004 SVINOÚSTÍ - Polsko
Plachetnice Polárka vyplouvá směr Island. Posádku tvoří Rudolf Krautschneider, Petra Kalvínská, Jiří Mach a Daniel Petrásek.

Začínáme !

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