Tales from the Nordleak puppies AKA Shimra and Rosa

Date & time :Sunday 18 September , 1800 UTC
Position : 49*06’N 7*05’W , 55 nM south west of Scilly Islands
Speed & course : 6 kts to North
Wind speed & direction : west 10 to 15 kts
Sea state : calm with long north west swell
Sky state : total overcast of cumulus , showers

Wet blog

After a long and treacherous way into Douarnenez and a sweaty bruisy box stacking week in port loading wine we are finally heading North, hoping to make it East into the channel tonight. Our hold is full to the top with fine french wine for Copenhagen. 3 barrels that did not find a space in the cargo keep us company on the deck, reminding us constantly of our mission: Sailing Cargo!

Apart from loading the ship, we took a lot of time in the last weeks to upgrade our rigging, fitting new blocks and having our mainsail fixed. ALso, the new jib boom and the gaff received some love and linseed oil. Some new friends who just started their school year in boatbuilding carpentry made us a mast for our dingy, which is now dubbed “Het Bootje” in honour of their ship “Het Boot”.

Leaving Douarnenez, we said goodbye to our captain Gerard and trainee Ed and our local friends and welcomed new crew members. By now, our crew is well tuned in, not only because we have all the same melody stuck in our heads, planted there by our new captains guitar practice. Some of us are detoxing from their bad harbour habits and everybody is getting fat and happy thanks to our awesome cook Jeroen.

As we are sailing, our thoughts go across the ocean to our brothers and sisters on the good ship Tres Hombres. As you are busy with your own adventures, we send you our love and respect and wish you a save journey home, were we will wait for you.

Shimi and Rosa for the Nordleak Puppies

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