Azores – video

This video is a quick summary of the various islands we visited on the Azores over 3 weeks in 2015. Each one had its own character and we had a hard time determining our favorite.

Our first stop was Flores, the western-most island and about 120 nm away from our next stop. While Flores is relatively small and provides only basic facilities, it has a lot to offer and we highly recommend a stop-over.
Faial was our next stop and with Horta clearly the center for ocean going vessels. Just across the straight was Pico, offering great vistas from Portugal’s highest mountain.
While our stay in Sao Jorge was brief, we enjoyed the quaint village and interesting public pool.
Our final stop, Terceira, had a lot to offer with UNESCO world heritage site, Angra do Heroismo, and lots more. It is also one of the few islands with a direct connection to Boston.

Distance traveled: just over 200nm

 

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Nahant to the Azores – video

This is the video of our first leg, crossing the Atlantic in the summer of 2015. It took us 2 weeks from Nahant to Flores, the western-most island, about 2000nm.

Three decent storms made for an eventful journey…

Tioga slideshow and presentation at Dory Club

The number of chairs squeezed into our clubhouse last night might have broken a record. It was nice so see such as large and interested crowd during our presentation of this year’s journey across the Atlantic.

Given the close connection between our tour and the various people and places in France we visited, it was good to listen to Commodore Manny’s opening statements where he found the appropriate words to address the tragedy in Paris.

Manny handed over to Philip and we continued with a couple of photos summarizing the highlights of the tour, giving us the opportunity to explain the bigger picture in words and answering questions.

Fun facts:

  • preparation took about 5 years
  • 15 people sailed the boat this year, spread over three legs, supporters: many, many more
  • we sailed about 4000nm, roughly 1/3 of the entire tour
  • highest waves: about 45ft, strongest wind: low 50s kn, highest tides: approximately 40ft
  • sailboats seen between Nahant and Azores: 0
  • near collisions with whales: 3
  • time to paint mural in Horta: 3 days
  • number of significant storms: 3
  • highest number of concurrent AIS targets: 86 (North Sea)

After that, Corinna, Ellen and Peter presented the burgees to the Dory Club that we had exchanged at various places:

  • Peter  Cafe Sport, Horta, Faial, Azores
  • Guernsey Yacht Club, Guernsey
  • Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes
  • Island Sailing Club, Cowes

Videos for each leg followed, showing live at sea and the various places we visited.
Comments about Philip’s choice of music were minimal 😉

Photos we presented to explain overall route;

when you see dolphins jumping in deep blue water, life is good  our mark in Horta  Overall plan  Islands of the Azores we visited  Britanny and Channel Islands  Solent, Isle of Wight  A busy day on the Northsea  for 2 days we had to take every 90 min against wind in the high 20s  Kiel Canal (about 60nm)  crew of the first leg in Horta

Summary video of crew and this year’s highlights:

Fall projects

Quick summary on where we are:

Mast
while the replacement mast has not been ordered yet, we made some progress:
– the mast was pulled out of the boat, inspected, measured, photographed and stored
– two independent mast experts confirmed that the mast needed to be replaced (and not repaired)
– quotes are in from two mast builders
– broker and insurance are processing the situation
– logistics of getting a mast to Kappeln have been more or less worked out
As we are are running out of time soon, an order will have to be placed asap.

Major Repairs
– fridge repaired
– hydro generator: found turbines in Florida and received in MA (will move to EU soon)
– reviewed all boat repairs with boatyard (teak, hatches, dorade vents, awlgrip etc) – will be completed in the spring
– reviewed all mechanical items with mechanic (engine control panel, starter, alternator, hydraulic lines etc) – work expected throughout fall and winter
– dodger window – replacement in progress with sail maker
– steering wheel  – leather-work in progress with sail maker

Winterization

  • the boat is out of the water and stored outdoors with nice views of the Schlei and the few remaining fall sailors
  • changed and recycled oil & filters
  • drained water systems and refilled with antifreeze (which is about 5-6 times the US price, so bring your own)
  • topped of coolant
  • stored sails
  • stored mattresses
  • washed and stored foul weather gear
  • stored inflatable
  • recycled outboard winterized&stored and fuel
  • stored food
  • stored sleeping bag, linens, towels etc
  • rebuilt seized staysail halyard winch
  • fixed all loose parts in engine compartment
  • cleaned engine
  • replaced pin for chock that harbor master in St Peter port lost
  • replaced fuel vent line on starboard
  • repaired companionway bolt
  • managed to get lpg tanks refilled (and not exchanged with EU tanks) – thanks to Volker’s advise (this was a big deal as 20-30 other places were not able to help us!! – some of them, like Boie, tried very hard even building adapters etc)
  • replaced v-berth cushion cover professionally
  • replaced broken water puppy for shower sump
  • covered boat with tarp
  • extended water tank vent hoses to prevent water from spilling over when heeled over
  • replaced port-light gaskets

We are in good shape and got a lot done in a place far away from home. Once the mast situation is sorted out (and we won the lottery) the opportunities are endless…

Winter storage in Kappeln, Germany   Even a specialist like Boie can refill an US tank