After Corinna and Philip made it to Oban where the new crew, Cathy, Dan, Ellen and Linda, came on board, the quite creative epoxy job on the diesel return line finally put an end to our engine problems. From Tobermory on we had quite nice weather and enjoyed the amazing landscapes of Western-Scotland. Highlights of this roughly 550nm long leg, include Loch Moidart (with the old castle ruin at the end of a tricky to navigate body of water), Loch Scavaig (impressive views at the southern shore of the Isle of Skye) and the Crinan Canal (where the locks are operated manually by the crew), as well as many beautiful towns, distilleries, breweries, Irish pubs etc.
All this combined with numerous overnight sails and weather changes when we needed them made this a very memorable trip.
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We had carefully moved our way around the southern corner of Norway avoiding the storms that kept moving across the North Sea. When we finally navigated the oil platform jungle, we were actually looking for wind.
After inch size hail we were happy to reach Inverness, get some of the engine problems fixed and navigate the Caledonian Canal.
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A summary of our tour from Kappeln, Germany, to Kristiansand, Norway. Unfortunately, we hit a rock in Denmark and had to pull Tioga out for repairs in Aarhus, Denmark.
As we were lucky to find a nice group of people in Aarhus, we only lost three days. The new mast made it in one piece and the bad weather is already forgotten…
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Catching up on all the video files we created during this summer, here is a first quick glimpse on how we started the mast assembly in early July.
The mast was built in the USA (California) and then shipped from Los Angeles via the Panama Canal to Hamburg (with many many stops in between).
From there it went via Customs in Rendsburg to Ancker Yachting in Kappeln, where the very friendly and competent staff unloaded the precious cargo…
Kevin Montague from Northeast Rigging arrived the same day from Boston and organized us very well to assemble the mast in record time of 3.5 days (for an assembly with amateur helpers and without the usual tools he has available in the US).
Due to the mast’s late arrival (by about a month) we had to cancel the first leg (from Germany to Sweden) and cut the second leg (Sweden to Norway) in half.
The mast made it in one piece to Lanzarote with only a few and also manageable hick-ups (we had to built new partners and retape the mast boot in Norway, rebuild the vang bracket threads/bolts in Lanzarote, …).
Once the mast is back home in the US, we will take care of the remaining mostly cosmetic items.