65 Photos - Sep 30, 2014
Photo: The crew seen from above shortly before leaving The Narrows, Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas.Photo: The photographer seen from deck (Photo by Andrew Fraser)Photo: Last view looking east across The Narrows, Man-O-War Cay, one of our favourite anchorages in Bahamas. From here is a 20 min walk to the picturesque village ("settlement").Photo: Diana has baked bread and prepared a stew for the first day at seaPhoto: Not taking any chances the first night, so Andrew sleeps on the main cabin sittee, a bowl within easy reach! (It was not needed!)Photo: Reefed main and full genoa works well for heading into strong headwind up to about 25 knotsPhoto: Testing out the new Inmarsat satellite telephone Diana was given on her 70th birthday. Not always easy to get adequate signal strength for either transmitting or receiving.Photo: Buffet breakfast 17th May. Silicone mats are essential to stop things from sliding around.Photo: 17th May is Norwegian National Day and we are flagging as much as possible! (Stein, Andrew and Frode)Photo: Andrew enjoying a proper wash on 17th MayPhoto: It may be a super fast drying towel, Andrew, great for a globe-trotter like yourself, but is it not a little small?Photo: Huge ship passing just astern. It was the only one we saw between Bahamas and Bermuda.Photo: Poor little flying-fish is not really trying to give the skipper a kiss - he had met his end as he landed on deck during the night.Photo: Solid sea-legs for everybody by now, but not weather good enough for eating outside on 17th May.Photo: Sailing up along the north-east reef of BermudaPhoto: Tied up at the Custom's Jetty, St. George, BermudaPhoto: A happy crew as the yellow quarantine flag (Q-flag) is lowered and the Bermudan courtesy flag is hoisted back up again. We have officially been cleared in!Photo: Anchored among the other yachts in St. George's Harbour.Photo: St George is a charming town with lots of history and old houses.Photo: Typical house-roof in Bahamas. Take note of the built-up edges for collecting rain - water from the roof. All new houses have to construct similar gutters by local regulation and are also told to paint their roof every two years. This is because of lack of natural fresh-water reservoir. (There are a lot of skilled roof-makers and painters in Bermuda!)Photo: South Bermuda has a lot of water and some reclaimed land and this is where the capital, Hamilton is located and where all the large cruise-ships dock - normally three ships every day!Photo: East coast beaches in Bermuda are stunning. Many are private or owned by resorts, but this one is public.Good snorkeling on the reef just outside the beaches.Photo: Jogger on east coast beachPhoto: This park is part of the National Trust and although in a private garden is open to the public. In the pond is a map of the island of Bermuda.Photo: Back of a very old chapel with its water tank half buried.Photo: Frode and Adrew took us out for an excellent meal at "Wahoo's Bistro & Patio" in St George.Photo: Visiting Hamilton and its many (too many!) cars.Photo: Typical old-fashioned British pillar-boxes (for post) are still found in Hamilton. (Bermuda is still one of the 14 old colonies that Great Britain still possess, more properly now named "Over-seas Territory". Pitcairn Islands is another one, but Pitcairn and Bermuda are on opposite ends of the Prosperity Scale.)Photo: Geo-caching in a Hamilton park!Photo: Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, HamiltonPhoto: Trimmers in the park in front of the yacht clubPhoto: Looking back towards the front of the yacht clubPhoto: Water-front woman with helmet and long hairPhoto: Old water-front buildings, Hamilton.Photo: Gentleman in typical dress did not mind having his picture taken. Bermuda shorts, of course!Photo: More geo-caching at the cathedral. This one was well-hidden!Photo: Cathedral of the Most Holy Family - an Anglican Church of Bermuda.Photo: Wind direction judged not by a weather-cock but by a weather-ship!Photo: Bus back to St George'sPhoto: Off towards Horta in a gentle following wind for a change.Photo: But here comes weather!Photo: May 29th and there is a gale blowing. Stein struggling with hanking the storm genoa to the baby-stay before going hove-to (photo by Andrew Fraser).Photo: Diana struggling to tidy up just after the wave hit us on port side and before we knew there was damage outside. (Photo by Andrew Fraser.)Photo: The main crisis is over, but the engine room needs pumping out every 10-15 minutes. Frode at work.Photo: In the storage room below the stern bunk is a large room that filled up with water. After cutting an opening it is pumped into buckets that Diana emptied outside.Photo: Next morning the plug in the hole is holding with ropes in place, the steps and a can of water on top.Photo: The view inside the engine-room with the sail plug still in placePhoto: Getting canvas and boards ready for the repair and while the weather improves.Photo: Starting the repairs, the "plug" is removed. Andrew, Stein and Frode. (Rope and a buoy behind the boat in case anybody should fall out.)Photo: The first and most critical board is in place with Stein standing in the hole. Several cracks were apparent in addition to the big hole - one can be seen around the step. The whole section of steps was pushed in and displaced about 2 cm towards the middle of the boat causing the rudder to be misaligned. (Top of the rudder stock is below the metal fitting in the step with the crack.)Photo: Frode handed over screws and tools. Diana is having a break from cleaning up and drying inside as well as some surprise baking and is watching the proceedings. (Photo by Andrew Fraser.)Photo: Four boards are up and protect against all but rain water and the biggest waves.The long inside fracture and displaced section can be seen above the repairPhoto: The imploded step made a big hole!Photo: Starter and alternator was taken off during the night and immersed in fresh-water. (Nearly two weeks later they were serviced by a marine electrition and put back in good working order in the Azores!)Photo: US Coast Guard checking us!Photo: It is a Hercules plane which had flown for 3,5 hours from the east coast of USA to reach us!Photo: The low - pressure graph on the small hand-held Silva barometer. Around 6 pm on 29th May 2014 we recorded 1003 instead of the usual 1020. After the drama the barometer rose quickly over the next 12 hours.Photo: Celebrating the boat being safe and still afloat with fresh raisin  buns by Diana.Photo: A lot of drying out the next few days! Nearest is the genoa that worked as a plug in the hole.Photo: Approaching Faial, Horta in calm conditions. Andrew, Diana and Frode are very happy to be here!Photo: Freshly showered and happy to be safely in the Azores!Photo: Alongside the Faial quay with the temporary repairs done on port-side stern. The blue canvas was added a few days after the initial repair to stop more of the rain and and spray entering the engine room.Photo: Magnificant Pico as we saw it while sailing down the east coast of Faial. The only day of good visibility, as we later found out.Photo: Wtih Horta's famous sailor Genuino Madruga, who has sailed around the World alone twice! He has newly opened Restaurante Genuino where he serves home-fished products of top quality. And the restaurant has all his travels as a theme.Photo: Andrew enjoying tuna fish and a glass of local wine at Restaurante Genuino