Logbook Tres Hombres (October 22, 2012)
Weblog by Kenavo, Martin
Let's say I have been waiting for an adventure like this for years. Now that the maintenance period is done, it's time to set sails and to begin the big journey. So we left Den Helder (Netherlands) with no wind at all and had to light at the buoys to find them. Then the wind came and we had a perfect night at sea, with a full of stars sky, magical!!! The short trip to Ijmuiden turned into a nice and very pleasant sailing time of 140 miles, instead of 30 miles in strait line, thanks to the front wind.
We should have spend 3 days in Ijmuiden, but in reason of three storms ( each one stronger than the previous one) we found ourselves stuck in the harbor, safety first. Hopefully storm don't stand forever, like seasickness. Yes, that's how the trip to Douarnenez began for me, by an hard night of seasickness. That happened! The sort of night where you really wonder what you're doing here. But when it's over, you fast forget about it. Meanwhile, we tried to sail south west, full and by. To UK, back to Netherlands, and again we were lucky to the Dover strait and being stuck in the front of Boulogne sur Mer in France, no wind at all for a full day. But chance turned and force 5 to 6 from the aft pushed at a speed over ground of 11 knots (thank you to the current who was with us). We kept an high speed for a while, till we cross the longitude of Guernsey. At the present time, we are at something like 25 miles north east of Ouessant, our speed is about 4 knots in reason of low wind, what it quite strange for the area and this period of the year, more famous for strong storm. We should arrive in Douarnenez tomorrow, and load the biological wine from Olivier Cousin. Going to this place, that mean being back in my region, Bretagne! I am happy, I will make discover the famous Kouign Aman to everyone.
That's all for the moment. Kenavo, Martin
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