Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Silent Wind...

The Rutland wind generator is replaced by the carbon winged Silent Wind one.. Still a littlebit worried about the silent part, but we will see.. Batteries are well powered now ofcourse.

Aft cabin is getting better and better, windows in transom can be opened now.. ventilation AND sound of outside.. I like it a lot.

Condor is hauled out next Wednesday, I intend to fly next thursday to Toronto and when I get back it's time to do the underwater part.
Put some filler here and there,
Maybe remove the 3 zinc anodes on hull, they have not been used since dec 2008...
Same for the 2 anodes on rudder
Plenty of easy improvement to be made on Vin keel and rudder with filler..
Take propshaft out and replace cuttless bearing
Replace anodes on propshaft..
Put antifouling on, not red but black this time..

So back in water first week of october again..

Sibren had some Sothern Comfort during the day, fell in water on way to happy hour and does not remember everything anymore..
Apparently he invited really everyone to Zanzibar satureday for his Toedeloe party ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Also Spanish Waters....

More to be seen overhere..
Luckey boy Ard (17) ended school last year an can now train laser all day (with coach sailing laser 2) and try to finnish at worlds in Perth dec 2011 high enough (no idea) to get a place for London OS 2012...... nice nice

Spaanse Water...

Very nice..., 20-24 knots wind (6Bft) 28/29 C with 90% clouds/shade.....

We WILL manage somehow, someplace, somewhere..

CuraƧao - Curacao (wave: NWW3 30.8. 2011 06 UTC)

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Sunday, August 28, 2011


On Bonaire we checked out on thursday, took diesel and water and parked behind klein Bonaire again..
The Panter (coastguard NL/Curacao) wanted to know more about us, and finally wanted to come on board when we moved back to moring at Kralendijk. We wanted to lesve next morning at 0600 to be on Spaanse water in time for Happy hour..

Condor was inspected for drugs for 3/4 of an hour, samples taken every where and then they had to return to the Panter ' to make pictures of our pasports'.... or check te samples for drugs maybe??

No problems and they went on their way again..

A thunderstorm pased from the west, and at midnight everything was quiet...

Little wind from East now, but suddenlu waves started to come in from west, and that was not funny, Sibren ofcourse did not even wake up, but after a 1/2 hour of beiing smashed around I had enough of it, woke up Sibren, picked up anchore and of to Curacao.. with dinghy on tow, so littlebit slow..

Nice slow passage.. arrived at 1000 friday, Spaanse Water bussey place, plenty stories at Normans Happy hour in his nice new place..

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

klein Bonaire

Wind was from wrong direction half of the night so stayed on deck, and at 0700 that proved to be a good thing.. a moring line broke, one left, and is't only 35,5 m to shore..

Woke up Sibren and we moved to Little Bonaire were we stayed all day and did a lot of snorkeling..

Very, very very nice..


NB Also made nice underwater video's ... cool, very cool

Fish here not shy, stick out finger and they'll come to investigate..
others I scare a little out of their hiding so Sibren can take good picture..

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Tuna is a salt water fish from the family Scombridae, mostly in the genus Thunnus. Tuna are fast swimmers, and some species are capable of speeds of 70 km/h (43 mph). Unlike most fish, which have white flesh, the muscle tissue of tuna ranges from pink to dark red. The red coloration derives from myoglobin, an oxygen-binding molecule, which tuna express in quantities far higher than most other fish. Some larger tuna species, such as bluefin tuna, display some warm-blooded adaptations, and can raise their body temperatures above water temperatures by means of muscular activity. This enables them to survive in cooler waters and to inhabit a wider range of ocean environments than other types of fish.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

ff back in NL

We're back in the Netherlands, nice 3 day sail...

And we finally caught us a fish, 60cm Tuna, at 0200.. Scotto told us, drain i quickly, cut it and freez its meat before it cooks its meat by it's own temperature. It will be eaten soon..

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

D36 0400 To Bonaire

Back from Bananas Bar, dinghy in davits, Laser on deck, ready to take off..
Solo everything again, Sibren sound a sleap when he hit the Lazy Bones again..

Checked weather for last time, Bonaire is 380nm, saturday, or maybe Los Roques on the way, then a few days later in Bonaire


NB Pictures show I got Sibren up only to pick up anchor, wasn't easy..

Los Roques
Los Roques Archipelago National Park was created in 1972 to protect a marine ecosystem of exceptional beauty and ecological value dominated by coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful natural areas of Venezuela. The park, located about 80 miles (128 km) north of the port of "La Guaira" in Caracas, covers 221,120 hectares (546 acres), making it the largest marine park in the Caribbean Sea.

The coral reefs host some of the most beautiful underwater fauna and flora of the Caribbean. The park has exceptionally beautiful beaches of white sand and multicolor, crystalline warm waters which make it a diving, sailing and fishing paradise