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Blogs from our sailing vessel SV Sänna. Eastwards from England to New Zealand... & sailing circumnavigation.

28 January 2016 | Anacortes, Washington State
26 November 2015 | Anacortes, Wahington State
10 October 2015 | Vancouver, British Columbia.
30 September 2015 | Vancouver, Canada
10 August 2015 | Pruth Bay, Calvert Island, British Columbia (Canada)
30 July 2015 | Vancouver, British Columbia
23 July 2015 | Shearwater, British Columbia
19 July 2015 | Butedale Cove, British Columbia
30 June 2015 | Port Edward
20 June 2015 | Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
07 June 2015 | Craig, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
21 May 2015 | Glacier Bay, Alaska
17 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
14 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
10 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
06 May 2015 | Hoonah, Alaska
04 November 2014 | Hoonah, Alska
26 October 2014 | Hoonah, Alaska
01 September 2014 | Juneau, Alaska
15 July 2014 | Port Edward, British Columbia

Does it Matter how deep it is?

13 February 2008 | Indian Ocean
Marie Beal
Photo: 1,000 miles from land & 3,000 metres deep

We left Salalah in Oman heading for Sri Lanka late one evening, a little out of sorts, our good friends Peter and Dagmar were planning on making the 1700 mile crossing with us, but as we pulled up anchor and circled them it became evident that their anchor was fouled and they wouldn't be going anywhere that day, so with some reluctance and the promise of having a beer waiting for them in Sri Lanka we waved them goodbye to catch the back edge of a storm which we hoped would give us good winds for the crossing.

We did catch the storm, but more the middle than the edge and a few days of full on sailing followed, followed by days and days of sweet sailing with nothing in sight, where the biggest challenge was making sure the bunk in the rear cabin was level, for a restful sleep between watches, and deciding which bit needed tanning next.

Then in the middle of the night (it always is!) Dave was on watch and a thud hit the bottom of the boat, enough to wake me and send me up on deck, 'think we've hit a fishing net' said Dave. We'd heard tales of Iranian fisherman who cast nets miles long and then left them overnight to collect later, we were sailing and there was little we could do.

Next morning and the wind died and all was calm, "We need to check the keel and the rudder to make sure the net is free before we start the engine" were Dave's words of wisdom, after some intense negotiation - Dave "You go and I'll make you tea every day forever" Me - "I've got chocolate hidden" Dave "I'm skipper - you're going". It was decided that I should be the one to check, so I donned my cossie, snorkel and mask and tied a line on, before asking "By the way how deep is it here?", "Does it matter" were Dave's words of reassurance. I guess not - but out of interest it was 3000 metres!

It was fantastic, bath water warm and as clear as anything, there was no net but some fabulous fish swimming round the rudder, it was so good, Dave insisted on going in afterwards.

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Vessel Name: Sänna
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean 50 (Bavaria)
Hailing Port: Poole UK
Crew: Dave & Marie Ungless
About:
We have sailed together for over ten years now, leaving the Mediterranean to head eastwards. Our destination was Australia and New Zealand which we achieved in 2012 before attempting a full round-the-world circumnavigation across the pacific and back to the UK. [...]
Extra: Sänna is a hybrid Bavaria Ocean 50, custom built for deep bue water ocean cruising. The build and re-fit specification is high and to date boasts over 56,000 miles of ocean cruising. For more information visit our main website at www.sanna-uk.com.
Home Page: http://www.sanna-uk.com
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