Monday, July 20, 2009

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More then a week in Trinidad now, weather better as expected, it is warm, and if it rains it really rains. But then the sun shines again AND I have a cover over the entire boat now. Thisway the boat stays more or less dry, I do not have to worry that the hatches are open if it rains (only some water comes in) and the direct sunlight stays of the deck.. So simple blue Gamma sail does the trick..
Tomorrow I move to Powerboat where I'll be in calmer water, here at Peake it's rocking and rolling. There I'll be able to do some work on the mast etc..
Yesterday I was with friends at Maracas beach, nice drive to the otherside of the island though the rainforrest. and then perfect big beach with hte palmtrees and nice waves to play in.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weather nice if you are swinging under cover...

Position of Condor is nice, 30sec walk to restaurant and arconditioned pool tables.. We made sunroof over entire boat and a hammack under it. Even in the boat it is very good now. I've biked to TTSE yachtclub yesterday, where laser sailing etc is, but the summer is of season here, it start in novenbre again..

Tomorrow work starts again, the clutch is slipping, the diesel pump to daytank keeps running (leek in line somewhere?), mainsail lost all battens, so take it off and have repaired, find the rigger and see when he has time to have a look, find some one to have good look at my engine.
I already found some one called David (local plummer) who can fix my cooker, but first appointment satureday.. NO SHOW.. I made appiontment 1 hour before and he knows the place where I am.. very strange ..
And much more to do.. I'll tell all about it later..

cheers Han

Friday, July 10, 2009

Nice trip

See you later, Rik and Annette Versteegh
Simon and Anita Apperloo with the Aura, see you in Trinidad..
So we left at 1530, an hour motoring to get in the wind and then we were on the move..
Full sails on almoost up wind and soon my wind indicator started making warnig sounds: 30knots or more wind. It stayed making the sound for an hour and a half, I could not get it shut down in the dark..

But sailing was great, 8.5 and over 9 knots all the time, I gave the main a little and kept going perfectly.. Boat was very ok, only I lost 2 sail battens, ok, sails of and to sailmaker, have it made better.

It was only 90 miles, at 9 knots thats only 10 hours, and I did not want to arrive at 0300 (was expecting way less wind) so when we ran into a lot of lightning I put in 2 reefs and roled the genoa half away..

Nice entry to Trinidad trough rough landscape and havy currents, need to get work done on engine now, the clutch is slipping.. slow speeds..
Through customs and immigration at 1100 and found nice parking space at Peake and have dinner now with Kiki and Thomas at their Catamaran which is on shore for repair.. Also Jan van de Bollemaat is anchored just in front of me, he knows everything here on the island.. good

So, everything fine here, wet and warm, and internet.. (almoost)perfect

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

To Chaguaramas Trinidad

I'll sail 85nmiles down south (175) with 15 knots E/SE.. Leave here at 1500, be there the next morning..
Visit Kiki and Tomas with their Catemeran Kiki on shore at with anchoring in front for me.
See if they there know a solution for my rigging and have a look around and ...

Computer shit apears to be over, so hd with importand boat programs works again, had a few bad sectors at the wrong place..

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ahum, geheel onverwacht....

niet aan zien komen...

lijk ik toch weer de baas te zijn over een van mijn Laptops, de ouwe Acer, ik heb alle eerdere anti virus programma's (waaronder het net aangeschafte CA 50$) er afgegooit en nu AVG8.5 free (trail neem ik aan) en ik heb plotseling, lijkt wel, volledige controle over mijn laptop, hij loopt niet eens meer vast, en internet verbinding is permanent en geeft nauwlijks problemen, uitzending gemist kijken is een weinig hakkelig, prima te doen tegen voorheen helemaal niet.

Blij blij blij.

Das lekker zeg, een werkend aparaat.

Enige wat me wel zorgen baart is dat AVG dan ook niks vind, zeer apart.

Ga ik morgen naar een winkel waar ze misschien iets meer kunnen met de HD van mn nieuwe, misschien kunnen ze daar CA ook wel afkrijgen en doet hij het misschien weer.

Overegens had (of heb ik nog?) een Trojan: Frethog. Dat heeft alleen tot doel om je passwoorden te stelen.. MELD AUB ALLE 'RAARE' MAILS als ze van mij lijken te komen..
AVG scant ook mijn uitgaande mails nu.. Ik hoop dat ik iets vind zo, want ik vind het maar niks..

Friday, July 3, 2009

First not so nice weather day today here in Grenada, no sun and sometimes a lot of wind, several boats had problems anchoring. The ground is here coral (dead) with a small layer of sand over it, I had no problems.

Unfortunately I do have problems with my Laptop, it does not work anymore, so no more emails with the pactor, a pitty.

No idea how, when and where to solve it, I have had a little bit enough of that shit lately.

Futher just relaxing, reading a book, and out at night.. one way or the other.