Azores to France – video

This video covers the 2nd leg of our 2015 transatlantic journey, ie the tour from Terceira, Azores to Brittany, France.

Our new crew, Peter & Sean Davis, John Fulghum and Doug Frauenholz, had flown to Terceira a few days before our departure and stocked up lots of fresh food, including a frozen piglet. Corinna and Lauren had flown to Germany while Nick and Philip continued on with the 4 new guys.
We left Terceira in late July and arrived in Roscoff about 10 days later.

While we did not have any significant storms to deal with, the challenges were initially more about sailing downwind as close to the rhumb line as possible, followed by low wind periods that turned against us and increased in strength.
Crossing the first traffic separation zone showed the value of our new AIS system and prepared us well for further crossings later on.
From Roscoff, our formal port of entry, we moved on the Isle de Brehat  and then St Malo.

Total distance sailed: app 1400nm.



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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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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:

Where is Yahoodi?

As most people lose interest when watching hundreds photos of someone else’s trip, here is a very quick slideshow to get an idea of what this year’s trip looked like.
A teaser to our upcoming video night at the Dory Club…

St Malo

We made it to the locks in time (2.5hr before – 2.5 after high tide) and were assigned to a nice spot at the pier right across from the main gate. Perfect.

While St Malo is certainly impressive when approaching from the sea, it is equally special when inside the old walls. Although checking it all out when we arrived was tempting, we had to get the boat cleaned up and ready for the next crew first.
The Fulghum and Frauenholz families reunited and we went for a swim in the natural pool on the other side of town. There, we had a great time jumping off the 5m tower (which is completely submersed at high tide) and absorbing life in France. A nice French meal with the eleven of us rounded of another pretty good day.

Over the next days, various groups went sight seeing, Sean caught the train to Switzerland, Corinna and Thomas arrived and Nick took the plane to Spain. Ellen and Candace arrived and Philip continued searching for decent internet speed.

By now the new main halyard is installed, more wood is holding the liferaft above the sliding hatch and the shopping list for the final supermarket runs is ready. Routes are plotted and the weather forecasts are becoming more relevant. Next stop: Guernsey…

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Cap Fréhel

Nick and I went across the bay from St Malo to Dinard and then drove to Cap Fréhel – John, Doug and I were quite impressed when we sailed past it 2 days earlier.

Lot’s of beautiful houses, even nicer beaches and impressive views.
The French hitchhiker we took along indicated that Erquy, where we dropped him off, was rumored to the home of Asterix… who knows.

Cap Frehel

St Malo – final destintation of Leg 2

St Malo marks the end of the second leg of our voyage to Germany this year.

This is where we change crew. John, Doug, Sean and Nick are moving on. John and Doug will visit France for a little longer, Sean will go hiking in Switzerland and Nick will stay with friends in Barcelona.
Corinna and Thomas are taking over on Saturday (they fly to Jersey and then take the high speed ferry to St Malo). Ellen and Candace join us on Sunday (they take the train from Paris to Rennes and then St Malo).

This is our first shot of this unbelievable city – more to come:

St Malo

Isle de Brehat

Our only stop on the way to St Malo. What a place!

We had left Roscoff at 5:00 in the morning and enjoyed a beautiful  downwind sail along to coastline. The tide was pushing us forward and the rocks and buoys provided a nice challenge to find the best route. After rounding a few lighthouses we arrived at our anchorage at Isle de Brehat at around 14:00. With about a 30ft tide and a decent current, it took us a while to get comfortable and leave the boat alone to check out the island.

The dinghy ride to shore was short, we pulled the boat up the beach, left it with an anchor to be safe and walked through the deep mud to the pathway (which was filled with visitors, lot’s of them, getting back to their ferry). We rented bikes and had an amazing couple of hours riding narrow paths, visiting the lighthouse. climbing impressive rock formations, taking in the views, the Brittany look & feel etc. Too bad we only had half a day.

Back at that the water, the tide was a lot further out than before and the five of us carried the boat for while to get back into the water.

Luckily, Tioga was still at its original place and we were surrounded by a lot more boats at anchor. A nice meal that Sean cooked rounded of a prefect day.

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