Enkhuizen – Lelystad IMN:424408710 REF:028049

Van NW scotland naar huis is geen Enkhuizen – Lelystad, zeg! Pffft.
Hele dag dolfijnen rond de boot. Gefilmd en meteen maar gemonteerd en klaar voor Facebook en site. Als we weer WiFi of 3G vinden ergens.

Bakstag windje mag wat meer zijn. Zon is lekker alhoewel de luchttemperatuur voor zomers aan de lage kant is. Alle zeilen erop gehad; Geel, Oranje en nu Blauw.
Plakkers in het grootzeil houden prima.

Tijdje op de reservestuurautomaat gevaren. Ram d’rop, stekkertje ompluggen en dan vaar je op je spare. Lekker om te zien dat dat in een halve minuut kan en dan ook precies doet wat t moet doen. Goede investerng geweest destijds om die aan beiide kanten iden tiek te maken.

Wat met t multimetertje in de weer. Kaartleeslampje gemaakt (wow! blauw licht).

Blikje tonijn, mayonaise, verse ui gesnipperd, peper, zout en dik smeren op toastjes.

Auto life jacket uit 1994 laten opblazen. Werkte nog goed ware het dat de cylinder het vest nog maar voor een kwart opblies. In ’94 voor mijn afgetrainde boody nog ruim voldoende. Vandaag de dag houd mij dat de kop niet meer boven. Hahaha!

Nu eiers (zeeuws) met spek witte bonen in tomatensaus in aantocht.

Ik zeg zo; “het leven is een beproeving, maar we slaan ons er leuk doorheen, niet!?”

Liefs van een prachtig in zonlicht glinsterende Celtic Sea. (off Bristol Channel)

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Hands up!!! IMN:424408710 REF:710204

Chart BA 2722 (INT 1604).
1. Live weapons firings 0900 to 1900 UTC daily 18 to 22 Aug within circular area radius 21 miles centred on 57-28.8N 008-25.9W. This is an extremely hazardous area and all vessels are requested to vacate it during these periods. Vessels intending enterin
g the area should obtain advice from Hebrides Range Control on VHF Channel 16 or the Range Controller on telephone number 01870 604449. A maritime patrol aircraft may be in operation to support firings and vessels are requested to comply with any instructio ns given from it.
2. Cancel this message 222000 UTC Aug 14.

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Bukken!!!! IMN:424408710 REF:709670

LES21 FRANCE TELECOM 18-AUG-2014 16:32:00 272212

48-21N 011-07W / 47-52N 010-37W / 45-07N 016-06W / 45-35N 016-38W 2-CANCEL THIS MSG THE 211517 UTC SEP 14.

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The Minches and Sea of Hebrides IMN:424408710 REF:658624

Stornoway is in our hearts for the hospitality and friendliness of the people we met.
A couple that had seen us coming in came down to the pontoon and offered to do our laundry “to have some fresh and dry clothes again when you leave”. “We’re happy to do your shoppings or if you need anyt kind of food, just let us know”.
The harbourmaster took al our wet foulgear and boots down to the port control office to dry. And last night when we returned from dinner (a duet of Haggis and Black Pudding on caramelised red onion followed by a cooked Lewis Lamb (from the island) and two l
arge red wines) we found a bottle of Aberlour, 10 year old Highlaand single malt Scotch Whiskey in our cockpit with a letter from John O’Conner. How sweet is that? And they all speak with that Sean Connery deep accent.

(Tsjakka, 19.9 knots! And guess what? A dolphin on starboard. And port. And starboard again.)

The Out Hebrides are a rough group of Islands in NW Scotland. If you had to paint them you’ll need every colour green you can think about. Your metal box with caran d’ache would be 1.5 meter wide only to hold the different green pencils. Rough, stones stick out of the water. Higher island, lower islands. Needles.

See if the pictures we took and the footage we shot show something of the breathtaking beauty we’re sailing trough.

Now under sail again.
Left Stornoway at 10 this morning and done 12.15 knnots average since then. Spectaculair sailing under single reefed main and Code0.
Violent showers with wind gusting up to 38 knots. And more.

Finally had to take the Code0 down in too much wind (with crew you always push harder). Sitting on the foredeck to furl the bastard in I had to take deep breaths every time La Promesse burried her nose into the next wave. Massive amounts of water came over
and made me more a diver than a sailor. Bart said after the job was done that it was spectaculair and hilareous to see me go under a couple of times and hear me shout the zero in with every pull.
We have a lot of fun. This boat is so fast in speed and acceleration. That surprises every time again. Fun! What a fun!

Heaading for Skerryvore to turn SE towards Bally Castle amd Belfast and trough the Irish Sea past Dublin to Penzance at Lands End.

Hope that we’lll have a bit of sunshine the more south we come and some higher temperatures. It’s freezing cold here. Wasn’t it supposed to be summer now?

JanKees & Bart

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The English call this a cut. When I first saw it at sunset I called it Kut. 😉


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Incredible IMN:424408710 REF:228000

Under triple reefed main and staysail we do 11 knots peaking 14.7.

All districts in NW have warnings for
SW Gale force 8, backing W and NW later increasing severe gale NW force 9 soon and increasing NW storm force 10!

Waanzinnige North Atlantic! Hopen dat de filmbeelden straks iets van dit geweld kunnn overbrengen..

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La Promesse heading for Stornoway – repairs IMN:424408710 REF:210381

We just sent this message to race committee.

Race Committee,

We just stopped racing to head for Stornoway to do mainsail repairs. Area is too large to handle in these conditions on board. We postponed at 59.03.2N 7.09.841W. Skipper and crew all fine.

JanKees & Bart

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