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Sailing the Atlantic the Pure Way

While sitting in Transit in Madrid, between Amsterdam and Palma de Mallorca, I finally have the rest to sit down and dust off my Blog again.

I realize that my last post is about 1½ year old, having arrived at my Ithaca in Greece. The sail back to Croatia via Italy was fantastic. Being almost the only saling ship along the ancient coastline of Puglia, with cities as Monopoli, Trani and Bari, was impressive. The beauty and the unspoiledness of these cities in combination with the fantastic Italian food and double espresso’s gave you a feeling of utterly peace. I am afraid the rest of the story has to wait as my new adventure has started today J.

 

The Trip

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My new sailing trip will sail me from Mallorca (the Island of the Goats in the Odyssey) to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, ca. 3,000 nautical Miles and about 25 sailing days in total.

In between we will have a stop at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria (the Island of the Phaeacians in the Odyssey) before crossing the Atlantic. The distance between Mallorca and Gran Canaria is circa 1,000 nM and will take about 7 days of sailing. I have to be honest, this will be already my longest non-stop trip already.

Unfortunately there is no recollection of St. Lucia ever being visited by Odysseus or Herodotus, hence my validation why I need to make this trip, I have to investigate this matter and maybe I can proof something wrong.

Argo

My Argo – due to the namelessness of Odysseus’ sailing ships, I had to steal the name of Jason and the Argonauts – is a custom built Nordia van Dam of 70 feet.

I have never sailed for me such an amazing ship, the biggest ever was a Swan 441R for me and I found that one already really big and impressive. This yacht is 70 feet long pure luxury…
I am thrilled with expectations by the sailing characteristics of this ship as well as the unmet luxury it contains. The ship has airconditioning in every hut! I also could bring me my electronic toothbrush as there is 220V available with the crossing. The pictures of the yacht, the engine room alone, or the sun deck makes me gasping for air like a 16 year old schoolboy looking at his first Playboy (Disclaimer: off course, I have never touched a Playboy).

Sailing Challenges

A lot of people think you will be bored sailing 20 days in the big emptiness. But so many challenges around:

Celestial Navigation
How did people navigate before the GPS? What to do without any electronical aides? This kind of trip is an excellent training on celestial navigation. From Gran Canaria to St. Lucia I will not touch any electronic GPS but try to locate the ship’s location using traditional tools like sextant, bearing compass, clock and (a rather large scale) map. I have started reading the books on this subject already. Unfortunately it is literally 3 lines of text forward and 2 backward. I was never a real star in trigonometry with radiants, sinuses and all that stuff. So I find the theory a real challenge, but secretly dreaming of Ocean Yachtmaster…

Weather Systems
The weather is still a rather big mystery for me. When do Lows develop to a storm or even to hurricanes? How do you know when not to sail out when you are looking for a crossing of 20 days, when a normal weather forecast is maybe valid for 3-5 days? I can read Grib files and Bracknells, but understanding what is happening is rather a different thing. Luckily I have some very experienced crewmembers around me on this topic.

Bread with fish
I brought baking yeast with me as well as a nice book on all the variations Italy has to offer. This is a skill I long for so many years already. Being able to have fresh baked bread in the morning, having variations with dried tomatoes, nuts, olives etc. etc. And furthermore, an ocean full with fish around you, wow. I can still taste the raw Tuna’s I had when sailing in the Caribbean years ago.

Challenging Robin Knox-Johnston
RKJ is rather a legend in sailing. He was the first man sailing solo the world around non-stop in the famous Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. He has claimed that wearing merino wool underwear would not smell after 30 days… I challenge that!

But so many other challenges, what about the cold turkey of no internet for 20 days!!! And why not loose some kilo’s? I could use that and with no drinks for such a period, this might be easier than what all the different books on this topic write.

Update #1: Adriatica 2011 – Mission accomplished, returning home

Some five weeks ago I departed from Murter, Croatia, to sail south to the inland sea of Levkada in Greece…

My sailing yacht Helena, a Beneteau Cyclades 39, is very easy to handle and performs well, including the Genaker, one of my trip gadgetsthe ultimate toy. Top speed we reached was 8.7 knots sailing downwind surfing from the waves, faster then the 7.8 knots we reached with the Genaker. I am speeding I think as she was never pushed to before.

The other gadgets are my BBQ – used well – and a Go Pro high definition wide angle video camera. Only my MacBook is not speeding as I wished due to the installation of a Croatian Internet Stick. So I do feel crippled this sailing trip and I cannot upload any of the video’s made.

After 5 weeks one of the lessons I have learned is that I am now an internet addict officially. So my the gadget for my next sailing trip will be  a high-speed satellite internet connection mounted to the boat :-)

Trip Summary

Since last Tuesday I am heading home, after having thrown my anchor at Ithaca, home of King Odysseus, the ultimate destination of my Odyssean Trail, so time for an update.

The Castle of Odysseus on Ithaka

The Castle of Odysseus on Ithaka

From tomorrow I will be heading back to Croatia. But I have learned from the classics and know never to rush things and unplease the Gods like Odysseus did. So I will sail via Puglia in Italy, enjoy the Italian food and maybe sacrifice some of it to the Gods before returning Helena to Croatia.

Croatia

Of the first 2 weeks in Croatia worth mentioning are the waterfalls of Skradin, Ancient Split with its palace of Diocletianus, Hvar still the Ibiza of the Adriatic and Stari Grad, the BBQ in a bay in Lastovo, brutely disturbed by a thunderstorm  (Lastovo was forbidden to enter until the end of the 1990’sand we anchored left to departed submarine bunkers and VHF monitor buildings), Sipan (I will retire there once), and Dubrovnik and Cavtat (Port of Entry) in Croatia.

Weather conditions where light the first week and brilliant the second week where we had 28 knots of wind between Hvar and Vis. Fantastic to sail so much wind just in your shorts. Of the 2,5 weeks in Croatia, only one day was with rain. We did get some anchor showers though

Montenegro

In Montenegro I have visited Kotor with it’s immense city walls from around 1500 and also Tivat, where a superyacht marina is being build currently. Nice to be provided with a personal naval assistant.

Perast and the islands “Gospa od Skrpjela” are impressive. Perast was in ancient times the maritime center of the Venetian Empire and the church on one of the islands served as votive center for seafarers.

I see Sveti Stefan as the highlight of the country. Similar to what celebreties of the 1950’s like Sophia Lorenz thought. It attractiveness declined after the death of Tito and the civil war of yugoslavia but now it is being restored to it’s previous glamour. The visit to Montenegro ended in Bar, where we left the country.

The weather was not in favour of us in Montengro, although always sunny and around 28 degrees, we had no wind for almost 1,5 weeks.

Greece

Corfu Town was the first city we touched in Greece. It was good to be in Greece but the bureaucratic system is something you don’t want to have to deal with. It took me 4 hours of waiting and formalities to enter the country with my Croatian ship. Later it took me about 2 hours to pay 88 eurocents of taxes in some obscure tax office.

After Corfu town, our destination was Ay Stefanou. A very tranquille bay to anchor and come to strength after the crossing from Montenegro (circa 175 nautical Miles, about 50% of the time 15 – 20 knots of wind from the back). Via Gaios on Paxoi (or Paxos) we arrived at Levkada itself.

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Last week it was my intention to have a more holiday oriented week with low profile sailing, just to digest the almost 800 nautical miles already sailed in the first 4 weeks. Finally time to do some decent snorkeling and firing up the BBQ. But also reached my destination: Ithaca.

After Ithaca and having visited the ruins of the castle of King Odysseus (one of the 3 possible locations on the island, not to mention other islands) we went to the Bay of Pandelimon where a Dolphin family was entertaining us during the evening and the next morning. It was the first time I have swum with dolphins.

Weather conditions in the last week was top, no wind in the mornings and around 14:00 the Gods switched on the wind and we got 20 knots of wind almost every day.

Sailing the trails of Odysseus

In 2011 there is another trip planned and I will be circumsailing the Adriatic Sea with my crew again. This time I will be heading southwards to the birthplace of Odysseus: Ithaca.

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I am currently planning the route and doing research to this amazing area. Looking for places somehow attached to the adventures of Odysseus and his crew, the route he did sail and anything else of any significance that happend there the last 3,000 years.

By far the zenith of the trip will be sailing into the city Vathi on the island Ithaca, home of Odysseus (it would be blasphemy saying sailing into Vathi like Odysseus). Unfortunately the more I read, the more I learn and the more I want to know.

This area has just a stinking lot of legendary ancient locations

Some examples: of all the immortal Gods of the Greek mythology, one did die. It was Pan, god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, as well as the companion of the nymphs, and he chose an island just above Levkas to die.

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Pan chasing Nymphs in better times Ali Pasha and his crew enjoying the lake after some hard labour

A more recent one would be Ali Pasha who lived around 1740 – 1822 and ruled in the area between Korfu and Levaks for the Ottoman Sultan. Ali Pasha’s rule was associated with pure cruelty. One of his better known actions was to drown Kyra Phrosone – the girlfriend of his eldest son – and 17 young girls by throwing her into the water alive bound in a weighted sack in lake of Igoumenitsa after she denied Ali’s sexual advances.

Pending research more of this kind of stories to follow of course in the blog.

The sailing route

The course I envision sailing next year will be start from Murter and I will then heading down via Split, Hvar and Korcula to the one of the most laureated cities of the Adriatic: Dubrovnik. From Dubrovnik I will be leaving Croatia and after a short visit to Monenegro sail to Korfu, Levkas and Ithaca off course in Greece.

 

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From Greece I will return via Italy where I am especially interested in Puglia and some very special cities along the coast like Trani & Monopoli. To the east-coast of Italy close to the “spur” there are the islands known as the Tremiti Archipel and from there I would like to cross the Adriatic See  to Croatia and sail back to Murter via the Dalmatian Archipel and the Kornati.

My best guesstimate is that the total trip is around 1,500 nautical Miles and will take a month or two to complete if the Gods are with me. If not it could took me 17 years to return but then I could at least say that I have been sailing like Odysseus.

Heading to the Needles

Back from an overwhelming sailing trip with the Zeezeilers across the English Channel.

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In a staccato summary, we sailed from Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) to Cowes (UK), the Mecca for sailors on the Isle of Wight. After which we left England for Guernsey passing the famous Needles (can you see them on the picture above?). Having visited the other Channel Islands like Alderley and Sark, it was our plan to leave Jersey for Granville last Saturday.

We knew we had windforce 8 to deal with and had to change our destination during sailing, all according to our prepared plan. We entered the harbour of Saint Malo in France just before midnight. This last tour was again overwhelming as it is extremely exciting to surf from waves of over 3 metres and see them break in front of you.

More about the sailing trip (pictures, GPS track etc.) to follow…

Storm coming

Thunderstorms were forecasted when we sailed to Terschelling last week. Happy to say we managed to keep it dry. No wind on the first day from Volendam to Makkum so we had to go to Hindeloopen to fill up the tank.

Our stop at Hindeloopen took longer then expected  when some local punks decided to molest our the dinghy (see also our track in the lock of Hindeloopen in the mapmania). We had some argument and at the end they paid so we could continue our trip to Makkum.

The next day was just fantastic sailing to Terschelling in the sun and tacking against about 15 – 20 knot wind from the North.

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Ruta de la Sal: The Race from Barcelona to Ibiza 2010

La Ruta: The Epic Version

01 April, 11:00 AM – Leaving Les Botiques

Marina Port Vell, Barcelona

Marina Port Vell, Barcelona

We prepare the  boat from the largest Genua to the Spi, because you never know. It is unlikely to be raised, but you just want the 150 square metre of extra sails up…

Preparing the sails

Meanwhile the tactical team struggles with iPhones and UMTs modems to get the latest Gribfiles downloaded and save the latest Windguru predictions. Fair weather and southeastern wind of 10-15 knots expected, meaning an upwind course to Ibiza.

Around 1100 AM we leave the harbour with the other participants heading to the startline. In the middle of the harbour one of the bigger ships hit grounds. Damn, that just looks very stupid in front of everyone.

12:10 PM – The Start

Start of Ruta de Sal

At 11:50 AM the 10 minutes before start signal is given. Hundreds of boat make their moves to get the best position for the start. A flag is raised, a delay of the start for 10 minutes. Reasons unknown, no one really cares. All boats, from a classic cut schooner to a big dark Wally, have to rethink their strategy. Stick to the strategy shown to the sharp observer or change plans to the best start approach.

Sailing Ruta de la Sal

We have a good start and because we expect a windshift more from the North we head for a port tack first.

14:35 – The Chase

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About 80% of the participants do the goose walk down mainstreet and went starboard along the Spanish Coast. Some brave challengers tried to follow the Eagle and are heading their first tack also to the east expecting the more northern wind.

17:00 PM – The 5 O’Clock Show

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At Five it the ancient wisdom prevails, a “kopstoot” (I am told it is translated something like a “gin with a chaser“) along with our Dutch national bard & boozer André Hazes.

Statistics: Sailed 26.8 nM in 4.8 hours with an (ergo) average speed of 5.54 knots

20:00 PM – Dinner

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At 8 oclock we have a lucios dinner. A special prepared meal by the top chefs of Barcelonetta.

The delicate mix of the finests ingredients of Catalunya combined with the splendour of powerfood. No iceberg will stop us with this ménagerie à trois of bami, rice and pasta.

02 April, 00:00 New watch

An impressive moon is born out of the sea. The gracious star-spangled sky is replaced by the full moon coloured to red by the asscloud of Icelandic Vulcano called Eyjafjallajokull. The cloudless night gives a panoramic view over the Balearic Sea lighted by the full moon of Eastern.

Unfortunately this poetry just does not cover for the extreme coldness of that night.

In reality five deepfrozen people dive down looking for their berth. Five just awakened but still sleepy people have to go outside taking an ice-bath. Picking everything up that can provide some shelter (from hot coffee to a nice comfortable warm sock).

Statistics: about 61.30747 nM further from start in 10.8 hours averaging it out at 5.7 knots


11:00 AM – Sailing Racing Sleeping

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The old ancient wisdom of racing the Balearic: it is just better to sleep and enjoy.

02 April 13:58 Finish

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Raced from Barcelona to Ibiza with S/Y Colombe, a Swan 441 R from 1979 during Eastern. The track distance of the race was 138 nautical Miles (nM), we sailed 152 nM in 25.8 hours and had an average speed of 5.9 knots. We had finished as 2nd in our class.

Colombe crossed the line as second in our class and 10th overall of the ca. 300 participants. “Jay Walker“, a Dutch J-35, finished first in our class and “La Floresta del Mar” a Swan 56, won La Ruta de la Sal overall. The complete overview can be found here.

Time for a drink in the Pacha

More pictures at Flickr (including the directors cut of the return to Barcelona)

The Beancounters Voice

A more quick way of telling about a sailing race would be just showing the numbers. It is the beancounters way of telling a story and it would go something like this:

Raced from Barcelona to Ibiza with S/Y Colombe, a Swan 441 R from 1979 during Eastern. The track distance of the race was 138 nautical Miles (nM), we sailed 152 nM in 25.8 hours and had an average speed of 5.9 knots. We had finished as 2nd in our class.

Nice? This is just the start…

Step 1: Data Visualisation

To get it a little bit more attractive you could start visualizing the data. Using the combined magic of Google Earth, GPSBabel, GPS Visualizer and good old Excel you could tell the story of route, speed, distance, heading as a more attractive story:

 

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Speed versus Heading over Time
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Sailing the Adriatic sea of Croatia & Italy

In the summer of 2009 I circumsailed the Adriatic Sea with Sailing Yacht Rosa, an Elan 434, for about 3 months. I left from Murter in Croatia and went north to Pula, Trieste and Venice and back again. After a week in the Kornati Archipel I went south to Dubrovnik visiting places like Split, Hvar, Korcula and the Elephati Islands. From there upwards to Murter again.

Below you will find an impression of the route I sailed and the different islands and cities I have visited. If these islands and cities are described in one of my posts, you will find the link to the post below it. This paga is a living thing so come back for updates.

Heading North to Venice

Week 1 – Sailing from Murter to Pula

Route: Murter – Sali – Brbinje – Silba – Mali Losinj – Sosak – Pula

Crew: Emanuel, Betina & Bas


A Night at the Office in Betina, Croatia
Some Highlights

My trip started in Bettina Murter where I have spent many days to plan the trip. Often I had dinner at this pizzeria located in a former shipyard. The family running the restaurant still had the same blood running through the vains as the original founders of the shipyard back in the 18th century. From Murter you have an excellent starting point for sailing the Kornati Archipel… wich I didn’t. I would head north to Venice, with the first stop in Sali on Dugi Otok.

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Mali Losinj is the island known as the Monaco of the Adriatic whith it’s city is laying gentily at the end of a bay. This place offers everything luxury you appreciate having sailed some days. From bakeries, a fish market and some excellent pastries (you have to try the deer sausage) and the best showers of the Adriatic. It is told that on this place the Medea, the wife of Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts), ambushed her brother. An action the brother didn’t survive.

Pula, ancient Rome in Croatia

I would call Pula little Rome in Croatia. The city is so rich of Roman monuments like the Temple of Helena, an triumphal arch and the amphitheater lying next to the marina that I will always look forward to return. It was also the endpoint of my first week sailing providing me a warm feeling of mission accomplished.

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 1

Week 2 – Sailing from Pula in Croatia to Trieste, Italy

Route: Pula – Rovinj – Porec – Umag – Trieste (Italië)

Crew: Bas & Alex

Some Highlights

Rovinj of Croatia

The first city we sailed was Rovinj in the second week and what a start. First of all the view off the city is breathtaking. It is lying on a peninsula with a distinctive Campanile on top of it, legacy of it’s Venetian roots. For the fresh crew it was also breathtaking to try the quay, a mooring and finally a marina for berthing.

Bora in Umag

Although Umag is the place I wouldn’t be found death being a cheap tourist trap providing only hell-lighted arcades, loud disco’s and cheap restaurants. This was the place where we first met Bora, the fierce northern-storm this part of Croatia is notorious of. So we sheltered here for one day and measured windspeeds of more then 50 knots.

Trieste, Italy

Trieste, our destination of the week, won my unconditional love without a warning. Besides being a monumental city with a rich history with the ups and downs, the people are so relaxed, the food fantastic (I never found a Manzo similar to what I have tasted here) and Marina San Giusto had the best espresso I ever found in a harbour.

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 2

Week 3 – Sailing from Trieste to Venice

Route: Trieste – Piran (Slovenië) – Lugnano (Italië) – Venetië

Crew: Willem

Some Highlights

Piran, Slovenia

The prelude of heading to Venice is called Piran, pearl of Slovenia, and a well captured Venetian city. Before it fell under Venetian control in 1283, it was an important maritime trading centre. The whole city breaths ancient Venice and on top of the hill is an impressive Campanile modeled on the famous campanile in St. Marks Square. The view of the Campanile is fantastic as a reward for the more daring ones.

A nuked beach in Lugano, Italy

From a sailing perspective Lugnano has no significance. It’s economy is fully dependent on beach-focused people from Austria and Germany arriving in the summer. We arrived before the season had started and the millions of empty beach chairs gave me the creapy feeling of a nuked summer holiday.

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Venice, were should I start? I guess the beauty of the city speaks for itself. For me it was the realization of a dream project that started a year earlier, a fantastic feeling. I will never be prepared though to be anchored in an harbour for which I will not find an equal for the rest of my life.

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 3

Week 4 & 5 – Returning to Murter and the Kornati Archipel

Route: Venice – Porec (Croatia) – Rovinj – Pula – Mali Losinj – Luka Kraijil – Molat – Iz Veli – Sali – Vrulje – Murter

Crew: Boele, Emke & Oscar

 

Some Highlights

After leaving Venice we crossed the Adriatic Sea immediately for Porec in Croatia. After having done the customs and other formalities for our entrance into Croatia (I have learned here to take this more seriously) we sailed southward along the coast to Pula. From there we left the Istrian peninsula for the islands in the Kvarner Gulf. First to Mali Losinj and then we had the opportunity to sail into the unknown…

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First to Luka Krijal, a small village lying on the west coast of Otok Premuda. The village is protected from the pounding gulfs of the Adriatic by a small chain of rocks and islets. This channel between the island and the off-lying reefs provides an excellent anchorage to enjoy the sunset.

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About 12 miles further to the south-east lies Otok Molat. The highlands of the mainland behind the island are impressinve. There are three villages on the island and one of them is Molat. This village main goal is providing ease for the Croatians of the mainland arriving by the ferry in the weekends. It has a church, post office, a supermarket besides around 20 houses and a graveyard. The village is the proof that tranquility is something to aim for.

From here we sailed further south and returned to Murter via the Kornati Archipel (see further below).

Click this link to see the pictures of this week

Hungarian Intermezzo

Week 6 – Looking for Shelter for the Bora

Route: Murter – Zagreb – Budapest – Murter

Crew: Saab 900 T16S

The third encounter with Bora made me visit a friend in Budapest. Having been boated for more then 6 weeks, it is such a joy being in the city again. Good food and espresso’s, large terraces and fast internet do belong to my life necessities more then I would like to admit.

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Heading South to Dubrovnik

Week 7 – Roundtrip Kornati Archipel

Route: Murter – Plavsa – Vodice – Murter

Crew: Bas, Mariola, Job & Sanne

The Highlight

On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.

George Bernard Shaw

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 7

Week 8 – Sailing from Murter to Split

Route: Murter – Telascica – Prvic – Rogoznica – Stomorska – Trogir – Split

Crew: Kate

The Highlights

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Telascica Bay on the island Dugi Otok is a national park on itself. On the south-west side of the bay you can go ashore for a walk to a Jerezo Mir a saltwater lake cut off from the sea by a norrwo barrier. In the east side of he bay you’ll find a small bay called Uvala Krusevica. There is a small pittoresque restaurant where you can have fresh grilled fresh if you are lucky. The owner and patron of this place is known for shutting down the restuarant and leave for a hike on Dugi Otok for several days. So don’t expect too much when visiting the bay…

Otok Prvic, Croatia

It was the unexpected meeting of a long time friend which made Prvic one of the hghlights of the week. About five years earlier I was here before and had the tradional Croatian meal called Pecca. It is the stew of squid, potato and tomatoes and some secret ingredients and needs to be put under hot coal for circa 2,5 hours to prepare.

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The old town Trogir, built on the foundations of ancient Greek Tragurion, is one of the most seductive towns on the Dalmatian coast with it’s fortress, Venetian-kind of palaces and houses along the streets. The Cathedral Sv Lovre is famous for it’s 13th century carved doorway (known as Radovan’s Portal) but personally I like the north aisle of the cathedral most. There you’ll find in St John of Trogir’s Chapel at the centre of the ceiling God the Creator surrounded by hundreds of angels, under God’s view tens of life-sized statues of saints are placed.

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 8

Week 9 – Sailing from Split to Dubrovnik

Route: Split – Hvar – Vis – Vela Luka – Korcula – Sipan – Dubrovnik

Crew: Rutger, Robert & Alex

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 9

Week 10 – Sailing from Dubrovnik to Split

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Route: Dubrovnik – Ston – Korcula – Loviste – Hvar – Lucice – Split

Crew: Robert-Jan, Thomas & Jeroen

Click this link to see the pictures of Week 10

Week 11 – Returning S/Y Rosa to Murter

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Route: Split – Vinisce – Zlarin – Murter

Crew: José

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First Race of the North Sea Regatta 2010

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One of the better races of the Netherlands, was held this weekend in Scheveningen. The Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta 2010, a three day sailing event along the coast of the North Sea.

I was invited to participate the first races on GfK, a Beneteau First of 40.7 foot. The weather conditions Friday were light, northern wind of around 10-15 knots.

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Around 13:00 the races started in two shifts.

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The Start

It was quite a straight parcours in line with the wind direction. It had a bouy with a spreader in the North and a Gate in the South. Boats were going up and down along the same rhumbline, you just had to be careful not getting sandwiched.

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Sailing the rhumbline

Unfortunately the weather conditions changed to the worse. The second race was cancelled due to fog and we had to return to the harbour. We were not the only ones there.

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For the record, we finished second in our class (ORC-1) that day, just 32 seconds (on 1,5 hours) behind the overall winner of the NSR 2010.


For more pictures see the Flickr Slideshow



Reflection #2: Impressions of S/Y Colombe

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What to say about a classic designed Swan from 1979, the lean and mean racing machine?

First thing is that such a classic racing boat certainly has a charm you feel directly. The very spartan interior doesn’t change the instant affection for the boat, not to mention the sailing.

Cool to be on such a boat during the race for La Ruta de la Sal. Everyone focused on speed and speed only. A slight change in wind and everyone was running to change the sail for the newborn circumstances.

Yelling heist, heist, heist and the Genua 3 was changed into a Genua 4 in less then a minute. Lot of sails and lines on a racing boat although. Could still prefer a good old cruising boat for sailing the Ancient Coasts.

Below my impression of Sailing Yacht Colombe.

The Toolset

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The Wheel The Grinder The Winch

The Mainsail


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The Genua


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Pulling The Lines The Genua

Raising the Spi


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Colombe Sailing


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The complete set can also be view as a Flickr Slideshow (click link)

Finished the “Ruta de la Sal” 2010

Yesterday we finished the Ruta de la Sal to finish around 13:30. Not everyone was completely happy with the result as we finished as second in our class and 10th overall.

Analysis of the results will follow. For now below our sailed route from Barcelona to Ibiza.

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