Video – Germany to Norway

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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Bye bye Aarhus

We are moving on!

The epoxy work is completed, the bottom paint dried and the inside checked.
We met wonderful people, enjoyed the well equipped and very clean marina, loved the free bikes and got a flavor of what Aarhus looks like. We would have liked to see more.

Wish us luck that we this time at least make it to Norway. We are hoping to make it to the south-west corner of Norway, somewhere close to Mandal (one of the formal ports of entry in that area).

Impressions in the Marselisborg marina:

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The crew went to Tivoli today, the local amusement park, and came back quite energized. The highlight of their trip was the free drop from about 30m high. Watching some of their videos was quite impressive as they were truly falling down 30m unattached to anything. They were quite nervous getting up the tower and being dropped – however, the net at the bottom provide a soft landing.

In a way that sums up our experience this week overall as we seem to recover relatively softly after the initial deep fall…

The diagnosis for Tioga is that the impact with the rock not only indented the lead keel (which will be fixed with epoxy), but also temporarily deformed the hull enough to crack the old transducers in the bow (one will be patched from the outside, the other one removed and the whole filled with epoxy) and also created some stress around the bilge section (which we cleaned and refilled with epoxy as well).
All this work is manageable and is expected to be done by the middle of Sunday. With a little bit of luck, we can convince Peter to launch us on Sunday instead of waiting for Monday morning…

Apart from that the captain spent most of the day on business related activities and got more boatwork completed. With John’s help, the manual bilge pump was uninstalled and serviced and the injector setup on the diesel tightened. We’ll see if that stops the diesel leak.

After a meal on the boat, we went for a late walk to town, enjoying the lively and very nice city center of Aarhus (Denmark’s 2nd largest city with a population of about 320000).

If you look closely at the aerial below, you will find an very well maintained 12m boat, Vanity, tied to the dock

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40 Kronas

The 40 Kronas Philip found the next morning were a sign of more positive things to come:

  • despite the very cold waster (12C) we managed to dive after Corinna’s glasses and actually found them
  • the crane was indeed capable of lifting our relatively heavy boat (13t) and was available early Friday morning
  • Peter who runs the crane also organized Kim, the local boat repair guy, who had a look at Tioga as soon as we came out of the water – so very good timing
  • at first glance, you could tell that we hit the rock hard but that the damage was manageable
  • rental bikes are free (all you need is a 20Kr deposit)

We settled down, took a deep breath and made the best of our stay.
The captain used the fast internet and got all his  business-work backlog done.
The crew went on to leverage the free bikes, got the laundry done and enjoyed the very nice Marselisborg marina.

In memory of our arrival in France last year we had a nice dinner at the local creperia.

We had not found the silver lining yet, but our mood was much better than the day before.

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A looong sprint through Europe

We are in the final stages of preparing our tour throughout Europe. The list of destinations is quite impressive and the speed at which we will have to move even more so.
While each of the 6 legs this summer is a destination in itself where we could spend one or more entire seasons, we unfortunately do not have that much time. So we do what many American’s do and attempt to “see Europe in a week”;-)

This is our plan:
Leg 1 – Kappeln, Germany – Denmark – Marstrand, Sweden – June 16-27
Leg 2 – Marstrand – Gudvangen, Norway – June 28 – July 12
Leg 3 – Gudvangen – Plockton, Scotland – July 13 – 24
Leg 4 – Plockton – Cork, Ireland – July 25 – August 9
Leg 5 – Cork – Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – August 10 – 30
Leg 6 – Lisbon – Madeira – Arrecife, Lanzarote – August 31 – September 16

Of course we are heavily dependent on the weather, our equipment and lots of people flying in and out of the locations above – so what could go wrong?
I am sure we will find a way to make it all happen and enjoy these places to the fullest.

To wet the appetite, the below collection shows some of the highlights that we hope to see. I am sure a lot of you are able to identify many of them. Let me know.