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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Below are a couple of photos of our crew that sailed from Kappeln, Germany, to Kristiansand, Norway:
We left Kappeln July 5th and sailed about 350nm to Kristiansand where we arrived July 12. Waiting out stronger winds south of Fyn, hitting a rock quite hard to take Tioga out of the water in Aarhus and dealing with decent westerly winds on the North Sea made for a sportive trip. We’ll publish the video of the Free-Fall later…
A BIG Thank You!!! for all your help and patience.
As always – click on the photos see more….
After 3.5 very long days, with very few mistakes, Kevin drove us to perform the miracle of putting the mast together and stepping it on Tioga.
We were very lucky as it did not rain yesterday when most of the outside work had to be done. Of course today is another story, but we managed to get the work done in between the showers….
Bills are paid, the fueldock is waiting and we have said our good-byes. Can’t wait to finally hoist the sails.
We changed to http://farkwar.com/boats/tioga for tracking, but are not sure if it works yet. You might be able to find us on Marinetraffic via AIS as well.
Our plan is to sail directly to Stavanger in Norway. Of course, the forecast for this afternoon is SW in the thirties! We’ll see how far we make it, of if we need to find shelter somewhere in Denmark.
While we are waiting for our new mast to arrive in Kappeln, I had the opportunity to fly with my buddy Jens around Germany’s northern-most state, Schleswig-Holstein, and take a couple of maritime themed photos.
You might recognize the locks of the Kiel Canal we went through last summer, a couple of the marinas in Kiel, the lighthouses we passed on the way to Kappeln, or the Schlei (where Tioga is now). Other interesting sites are the UNESCO world heritage Wattemeer in the Northsea and some of the islands and beaches in that area.
North Sea – Sandbank – Wattenmeer
Those following our journey across the Atlantic and Europe might have seen the sad news that the entire building of Janssen & Renkhoff in Kappeln was destroyed last weekend (April 2) by a fire.
J&R is located in the center of the Ancker Yachting facilities and surrounded by numerous storage sheds and other facilities.
Luckily, nobody got hurt and the storage sheds surrounding the fire with many boats in them did not catch fire. Even more important (for us) was the fact that Tioga was not (yet) moved into the shed for maintenance. You can actually see her in the background of one of the photos below – in safe distance stored outside.
I had just met Jann Janssen the day before to plan the next steps to make sure Tioga was ready for the new mast by the end of May.
Amazing how quickly things change.
While I had the highest respect for Jann and his team before we started with any serious work, I was even more impressed to see his email, not only notifying me of their situation during their crisis but already having a plan B (using other facilities at Ancker Yachting) to get Tioga ready in time for her next big adventure!!
Good luck to Jann and team.
The last leg of our 2015 transatlantic tour took us from St Malo, France, via Guernsey (Channel Islands) and Cowes (Isle of Wight, UK) to Germany.
The Channel Islands are a destination in their own right and in three days we barely scratched the surface. Taking the ferry to Sark was a great experience and we wished we had more time (and less rain).
Sailing across the Channel past the Needles and down the Solent to the sailing mecca, Cowes, was a special experience (especially, when 400 boats participating in the Fastnet Race are going in the opposite direction).
On the Isle of Wight we enjoyed our daily exercise riding bikes up and down the rolling hills.
Finally pushing off to the final sail took us past the cliffs of Dover, lots wind farms and oil platforms and endless lines of freighters. Going through the locks to get into the Kiel Canal indicated that we were getting close.
A large reception with family and friends topped it off before we took Tioga out of the water in Kappeln.
All basic repairs are done by now and the more significant work is in progress. The new mast was ordered.
Distance traveled: about 680nm.
Life is good… (don’t wait too long to live it to its fullest 😉 )
Again, an attempt to provide access to the same video in countries where YouTube blocks this video:
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.
- 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;
Summary video of crew and this year’s highlights: