2 novembre 2014 - Fairtransport
As we neared the coast of Normandy France this morning, we saw the many light Cherbourgh. We have been sailing on one tack all the way from Brixham UK back to Cherborg, France, in order to make west with the forcasted strong South winds. With this wind we try to get as much west and when the wind veers to the west we go South again. This is called tacking for the people that do not understand what we doing. We just have bad luck having the wind on our nose to Douarnenez.
In Brixham we loaded 5400 bottles of Exeter Ale for Douarnenez on friday morning. The loading we did by hand, having a lot of spectators watching us. Our last night in Brixham we spend at the Brixham Lunchroom owned by a loving woman from Rotterdam. She made us a meal on which we could sail on. Of course we had wine and beer and music from Herman on his accordion and Ben on the banjo to celebrate our last night.
Back at sea, the weather is warm and sunny. But there are some changes in the wind on the rise.
Captain Arjen van der Veen
as every day the tide is changing, our course over ground is changing, the side where the sails are set is changing, the meals as well. Although something never changed since we left Amsterdam; the motivation expressed from all buddies on board. Yes, it is hard not to sleep well because of the boat bouncing […]
It has been a 48h of tacking in the very agitated sea and sky… With the tide, we came back exactly where we were the day before in a distance of 15 miles straight line. The reality is that we needed so many little straight lines to reach this 15 miles further south. The explanation […]
So here we are, back in Amsterdam, with an empty cargo hold, preparing for the next trip. Six months have passed since we first left Den Helder on that grey November day. I still remember the steady sound of the tugboat, like a frantic clock rushing us. Soon the time would not matter that much, […]