Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

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Fanning Ourselves

30 November 2017 | Misool - Raja Ampat - Indonesia
When diving from one's own boat, a joy is venturing into the unknown; possibly a preliminary snorkel to identify locations worth a dive, but that is not always representative of life at 20 metres below. A splash as we enter the water from the dinghy. Air is vented from the buoyancy vest, a slow descent and, if we chose wisely, an amazing underwater vista emerges, often quite different as we travel between regions. The ecosystems found are shaped by not only latitude and temperature, but also affected by currents, topography of nearby land, nutrients found within the sea and a host of other factors. Since we started diving in the Caribbean, the underwater world has added a welcome new dimension to our cruising lifestyle. The humidity of late has been prodigious. Although a normal equatorial climate is humid, it has become particularly oppressive in the past few days. Sue has taken to fanning herself to keep cool but this specimen was larger than any type employed thus far. Diving in and near the passages between the limestone karst islets of Misool has been most gratifying. New species of fish observed for our first time and some of these large fan corals have been quite remarkable as they loom out of the particulate laden water. Where there is current, there are more fish and better coral, unfortunately with that also comes more matter in the water, which is why the fish and coral are multitudinous: food! We shall post additional underwater photos when we get an internet connection back near Sorong; this blog is posted via a low bandwidth radio link so pictorial content is necessarily limited. The fish we have enjoyed diving amongst have included huge shoals of anchovy, parting seamlessly to open a path; gigantic Bump Head Parrot fish looking at us sternly, then, returning for another gawp; Napoleon Wrasse, younger specimens only, where are the big ones. A fleet of Spadefish, in line ahead, gradually becomes confident enough to sail close aboard; gangs of butterfly fishes fluttering earnestly amongst the coral or floating along absent-minded and shoals of sharp-toothed Barracuda lurking ominously. Sue's favourite new fish was the Spot Banded Butterfly; she does like the colourful small creatures in preference to the voracious predators. Another week here in Misool and then we shall head north to Sorong again. To refuel, provision and prepare for the passage 300 miles east to Cendrawasih Bay and Biak, our final cruising area before we leave Indonesia towards the end of next month.

Enigmatic Misool

25 November 2017 | Misool - Raja Ampat - Indonesia
Misool lies at the southern extremity of Raja Ampat. A jagged row of limestone teeth snarl from a sea boiling with tidal swirls and over falls. Our arrival at the peak of a spring tide showed torrents fighting through gaps between karsts at their fiercest. Deep water comes close to the narrow reefs, from fifty metres depth to nothing in a few metres; this is a difficult place to find secure and comfortable anchorages. Setting an anchor in 35-45 metres and stern tying to the rock is a common practice. Our anchorage for a few days while waiting the more serene period of neap tides has been delightful; nestled amongst majestic karsts, a mere 27-metre depth, into sand and just enough room to swing without touching any coral. The shelter given by tall cliffs and behind a right angle turn at the entrance has been most welcome. On two nights, streaks of cloud scudded above the peaks, barely lit by a newly waxing moon, rain spattered onto deck; Spruce sat gently turning about her anchor with occasional breaths of cooling breeze passing. Bird song has woken us at 05:30 each morning: a sonorous ascending and descending series of clear notes, sounding rather like an early bird earnestly practicing his scales in readiness for a musical examination. Fewer but still splendid hornbills have made appearances, an occasional parrot and several sulphur-crested cockatoos, native also to Australia. While awaiting the tidal currents to abate we have engaged in a few more of those ever-demanding boat-jobs. Aside from the sweltering humidity, and temperatures in the low 30s, this has been a fantastic setting. Local jaunts in the dinghy have been attended with stupendous scenery, snorkeling accompanied with a lovely plethora of corals and fish. A couple of dives have suffered slightly impaired visibility, due to the swirling currents. Even so, the fan corals, wafting in the stream, are impressive. Inquisitive Bump-Head Parrot Fish circle us, warily watching but close enough to witness their scarred aged exteriors and beaming beady black eyes scrutinising our every move. At each buttress of rock pushing into the current, shoals of fusiliers flutter amongst suspended particles, feeding furiously, in the nearby murk predator fish wait their turn on less wary fusiliers. Today we move a few miles farther to the south, time to sample some more of Misool and find other dive sites while the currents flow less aggressively for this brief period of neap tides.

Paperwork, Squalls and Re-provisioning

18 November 2017 | Sorong - West Papua - Indonesia
Andy & Sue
Equatorial sailing avoids exposure to trade winds and the risk of tropical cyclones. Light winds and reliance upon diesel fuel is the order of the day. However, predominately light-winds do not mean light winds always. If anything, when the wind comes, there tends to be too much, in short-lived blasts therefore of limited benefit for sailing. This morning, for example, we sweltered with less than three knots of wind,humidity more than 90%, after lunch a welcome breeze emerged, which rapidly grew into 20+ knots accompanied by short choppy seas sweeping through our anchorage. Rain insisted we closed the boat’s hatches, momentary relief from the heat and humidity soon forgotten as the cabin temperature peaks at a moist 33C. One hour later, the wind will be dying, the sloppy seas remaining into the evening.
The knack is to take the mile dinghy ride across to the town in the early morning and be back aboard before the afternoon thunderheads build, grey heads lifting towards the stratosphere, frowning down upon us puny mortals beneath. Yesterday, the allotted hour to regain our passports, new visa extensions duly stamped within, was 2 pm. Oh dear! We went ashore early and remained dry for our appointment. The return trip was post the daily blow. Simon aboard Nicha told us the winds peaked at 26knots. Some of the waves were still arching into near breaking crests; a thorough dousing was our penance for the impertinence to venture out in the afternoon.

18 November 2017
While anchored at Sorong we saw this craft undergoing a refit alongside the dock. When in Malaysia a short film was seen that showed the same vessel engaged in an educational programme within Raja Ampat and Cendrawashi Bay. The purpose was to explain to locals the importance of maintaining healthy reef ecology and not overfishing, to preserve their primary source of protein, fish. Whether successful or not the aim is laudable. Generally, as we cruised within Raja Ampat, the preponderance of rubbish in the sea was less than usual. However, anchored here at Sorong , a sizeable town, the incidence has increased radically. There is a rubbish collection system in operation but more than a few bulging plastic sacks are seen floating past. Clearly far more education is still necessary. We did see an analysis some time ago that estimated the mass of plastic waste entering the oceans from Rivers at between 1.5-2.4 Billion Tonnes per annum, of this the estimate was 81% comes from Asian rivers. We have no problem believing this proportion, based upon what we have observed in cruising over the past eight years.
The populations of seabirds here are more abundant than in Malaysia, the size of fish seen when diving or seen jumping from the water are larger. Fishing boats are less numerous and do not spend as much time fishing. We conclude the level of overfishing is probably less than in Malaysian waters. The demand for fish in Asian markets appears huge; the situation in these waters could rapidly deteriorate if the commercial fishing industry grows. The difficulty is to discover how a developing economy can expand, while protecting natural resources.
Now we are refuelled, re-provisioned, re-documented and ready to sally forth to Misool, ninety miles to the southwest.

18 November 2017
While anchored at Sorong we saw this craft undergoing a refit alongside the dock. When in Malaysia a short film was seen that showed the same vessel engaged in an educational programme within Raja Ampat and Cendrawashi Bay. The purpose was to explain to locals the importance of maintaining healthy reef ecology and not overfishing, to preserve their primary source of protein, fish. Whether successful or not the aim is laudable. Generally, as we cruised within Raja Ampat, the preponderance of rubbish in the sea was less than usual. However, anchored here at Sorong , a sizeable town, the incidence has increased radically. There is a rubbish collection system in operation but more than a few bulging plastic sacks are seen floating past. Clearly far more education is still necessary. We did see an analysis some time ago that estimated the mass of plastic waste entering the oceans from Rivers at between 1.5-2.4 Billion Tonnes per annum, of this the estimate was 81% comes from Asian rivers. We have no problem believing this proportion, based upon what we have observed in cruising over the past eight years.
The populations of seabirds here are more abundant than in Malaysia, the size of fish seen when diving or seen jumping from the water are larger. Fishing boats are less numerous and do not spend as much time fishing. We conclude the level of overfishing is probably less than in Malaysian waters. The demand for fish in Asian markets appears huge; the situation in these waters could rapidly deteriorate if the commercial fishing industry grows. The difficulty is to discover how a developing economy can expand, while protecting natural resources.
Now we are refuelled, re-provisioned, re-documented and ready to sally forth to Misool, ninety miles to the southwest.

Birds at Batanta

14 November 2017 | Batanta - Raja Ampat - Indonesia
Andy & Sue
Our slow cruise around Raja Ampat continues: a mixture of diving, snorkelling, watching birds, and undertaking essential boat-maintenance in sweaty exotic locations. Traveling south from Wayag we anchored at the island of Uanie; the visit was only for a lunch stop although overnight had been planned. A large swell rolling from the North Pacific Ocean hooked in around the end of the island, our position was fine, but the reef nearby surged with breaking waves. Possibly a typhoon was battering Taiwan or the Philippines to the north. If the direction of swell were to shift by ten degrees overnight, the anchorage would be untenable. After lunch, we upped anchor and returned to Kawe and its nearby Equatorial Islands. Spruce passed the Equatorial monument; laying a mere 40-metres south of our track. Later we came in the dinghy, a mile back from the anchorage. Swell was reaching the apparently protected beach; Andy held the dinghy clear from sharp stones while Sue photographed the nameplates attached the edifice.
From here a 30-mile passage south, interim anchorages hoped for also were suffering a continuing northerly swell. A coral surrounded lagoon beside Pulau Gof Besar (Island Gof Large) provided a protected open anchorage for three nights. Far from the mangroves, a breeze wafted past for most of the day and night. No insects, little current and cooler than usual: delightful. This was clearly not crocodile country so time to give the underwater hull a good clean from a few tenacious goose barnacles, our copper-coat bottom applied at Pangkor marina has received little attention for eight-months. Light abrasion with a scourer should now expose new embedded copper dust and deter these creatures from setting up home. A host of other outstanding jobs were successfully tackled: new engine room blower fitted, battery water checks, dismantling and cleaning roller blind-nets, servicing toilet pumps included. We have many miles to go, before we reach Canada next year, keeping on top of jobs here, while less mobile, is important if we are not to become overwhelmed while covering reactively large tracts of ocean in the coming months.
A return visit to Yanggelo for its invigorating mixture of underwater sights: coral and fish, plus the plethora of parrots, hornbills, herons and other varied avian stock were much enjoyed. During this visit, we saw a black-tip shark, many predator fish, and shoals of rabbit fish, grunts and other usual reef fishes. Ordinarily we would not dive this location, mangroves often mean crocodiles, but so many local dive boats drop divers in the passage it seems to be perfectly safe. There is one unexplained crashing noise in the mangroves we still puzzle over. Rather like a tree falling, but surely not so many, and that bovine throat clearing is certainly no tree.
Next, we headed south towards Batanta. Spring tides and the ebb current are fierce. A wait for the tide to turn at Augusta Island saw us veering about in almost a 3-knot current close to a shallow reef. We left on what we thought was the last of the ebb only to punch a 2-knot current for a long while. Another yacht in the distance, only our third seen, proved to be New Zealand friend Simon, aboard s/y Nicha, last seen in Ternate five-weeks ago. We both anchored for a couple of nights in one of the inlets north of the large island of Batanta: flocks of Hornbills, Palm Cockatoos and other exotic birds perform regular flypasts.

Next we must head to Sorong for Visa renewal activities.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Cruising Anambas Islands Indonesia during May 2017.
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Vietnam. Life on the River.
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We spent a week in Campodia, mainly to see the wonders of Angkor Wat.
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17 glorious days in Nepal, starting in the Katmandu valley.
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Onto the beautiful Agra , what a stunning place. So many ancient buildings the Taj Mahal being the crown, obviously the best known.
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All too soon, we were lets loose on Delhi. Thank goodness Lydie and Abdulla had given an insight to being in India. India is an assault on the senses, smelly, loud, physical and above all colourful... what an amazing place.
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Our first taste of India, we enjoyed 5 days in Chennai with our friends Lydie and Abdulla. A great way to ease into the way things run in India. Lovely company, gorgeos food, great temples amazingly busy roads and markets. Thnk goodnes Abdulla was driving !
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We spent a couple of facinating days learning about the history of Melaka.
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Our last island in Indonesia.
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Belitung is one of islands to the East of Sumatra in the Indonesian Archipelago.
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Our final destination in Australia was to be Darwin..... along way to sail up the east coast and the top of Australia.
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We spent 21 eventful days in a small van driving to experience the size of Austalia. We saw some wonerful sights and met many intersesting people. After 7,777 km we felt we had given it a good go. So here are a few images taken along the way.
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We left Hobart on the 26th February to make our way back up the coast of Australia to Brisbane.
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A wonderful 4 day event in the middle of Hobart.
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Our time in Tasmania Jan 2015
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Spruce is now in Port Stephens a lovely spot with pleanty of bays to explore.
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The 2014 voyages of Spruce culminated with her arrival in Australia. The first large continenet encountered since leaving the Americas almost 2 years ago.
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Spruce sailed to Vanuatu in early Sept 2014. We cruised the islands Aneityum through to Efate
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Yet more piccies from our trip to SA
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We arrived in Opua North island on the 24th of October after a 7 day passage from Tonga.
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We visited the Ha' Api group of islands , then Tonga tapu.
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We have had such a brilliant time in in the Vavau area of Tonga.
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We have arrived in the beautiful Kingdom of Tonga, a group of many islands. Most seem to be uplifted limestone slabs with beautifully coloured cliffs and deep caves.
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We have fallen in love with this island of beautiful landscapes and people and cannot seem to drag ourselves away.
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A small island a thousand miles from Bora Bora
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The island of Huahine, 90 miles south of Tahiti.
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In June 2013 Spruce visited some of the atolls in the Tuamotus
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After 21 days at sea we finally reached these beautiful islands.
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We arrived in the enchanted islands after only a 6 day passage from las Perlas.
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A group of little known islands that lie about 35miles south of Panama city.
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On 21st December we joined a group of other cruisers for a trip up the Rio Chargres to one of the Embera indigenous peoples villages
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During mid-December 2012 Spruce transited through the Panama Canal into the Pacific. Here are photos of the first days on the Panamanian Pacific coast.
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On the 15th of December we started our journey through the Panama Canal. An overnight stop in Gatun lake, then our passage through the last locks into the Pacific.
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A trip back to the UK. Quite a contrast from Panama both in temperature and culture. A short break before tackling the Pacific Ocean
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Travelling up through the San Blas ( Kuna Yala)
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After sailing from Cartagena and visiting islands en route towards Panama we made a last stop in Colombia in the Darien region jut south of the Panama - Colombia border.
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Spruce sailed from Santa Marta to Cartagena in Colombia in early August 2012. This album has photos of our time in the city.
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The boat was berthed in Marina de Santa Marta ready for a trek to the old city occupied from 800-1525 AD. La Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) or La Ciudad Teyuna (The Nature City)
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This album includes some images from our trip into the mountains of Colombia
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We are anchored in a small bay (Bahia Taganga) near the town of Santa Marta Colombia.
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Another of the Dutch Antillean islands, Curacao
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In May we sailed from Grenada to the island of Bonaire some 400M to the West. Bonaire is world renowned as a dive destination.
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Son Robin and his partner Hanneke joined us for a couple of weeks for some diving and sightseeing in Grenada and the Grenadines. Here are some photos
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A quick sail through the Grenadines before we head up to USVIs at theend of March
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A group of photos showing some of the scenery encountered during a couple of Hash meetings in Grenada
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Originally we planned to have left Grenada by now. With Sue's trip back to the UK Spruce will stay a bit longer. Here are photos for those extra weeks.
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Every year in February the Island of Grenada holds workboat races in Grande Anse Bay near St Georges. Here areb a selection of photos.
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A selections of piccies from our last week or so in this beautiful island
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Getting on top of the jobs that will be more difficult to accomplish when we get into the Pacific...and embarking enough spares for comfort.
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In December 2011 we completed our Open Water dive qualification and followed up in January with our Advanced Open water...some photos of the experiences
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On 30th December 2011 a group of 9 intrepid sailors from 5 different vessels hopped into a minibus for a tour of the island.
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On 27th December De Big Fish hosted a Cruisers Pot Luck meal and an Open Microphone Session for musicians aboard cruisers to show their latent talents.
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Passage from Cape Verdes to Grenada during Nov/Dec 2011
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A return visit after 2009/10 cruise. This time focusing on Grenada and ABCs before going West.
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After Sal we visited Boa Vista, Sao Nicolau and Sao Vincente. Here are some memories of those islands
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Pictures from first island in Cabo Verdes
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On to a destination visited during the cruise in 2009/10. The island of La Gomera, another favourite.
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Spruce sails from Madeira to the Canary Island of La Palma
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A return vsit to Madeira almost exactly 2-years after our we sailed here aboard our Ohlson 38, also named Spruce.
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After all the work to prepare Spruce for setting off cruising we finally got away in the middle of August...and sailed from Portsmouth, UK, to the Madeiran Archipelago.
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Spruce II needed a new deck and other TLC so off we went to North Wales for a while.
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Having found our new boat we are in the throws of preparing to set off. The boat is delayed on re-decking but we are busy getting the house ready for letting and sorting what we will keep and what must be sentenced.
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Our search for another boat was successful and we procured a Halberg Rassy 42. This album shows the preparations for setting off cruising again.
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After travelling back to the UK aboard the Snoekgracht in late October 2010 we started the hunt for Spruce II
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Between 21st and 31st October 2010 Spruce was transported across the Atantic aboard a ship, M/V Snoekgracht, with the Sprucettes aboard the same ship.
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Due to our shipping date being delayed from late September until mid-October we have spent more time in Newport than envisaged. Some more piccies of our sojourn.
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While anchored at Newport the Sprucettes had a day's outing with cruising friends Bert & Marlene from Heimkehr. Here are sojme photographs of the day at Mystic Seaport Museum.
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Spruce sailed from Provincetown, Cape Cod, and on to Newport RI with an overnight stop at Onset in Buzzards Bay.
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Spruce left Shelburne in Nova Scotia and enjoyed just over 2 weeks in Maine before heading down to Cape Cod
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Spruce left Les Iles Magdelenes on 12th August and after anchoring for a night at Port Hood Island on the West coast of Cape Breton Island went on to the Bras d'Or Lake via St Peter's Canal.
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A small group of islands lay between Gaspé and Cape Breton Islands. Some photographs of the few days spent there.
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The St Lawrence is now some 80 miles wide, as large as the English Channel between the UK and France. Past Ile de Anticosti we move out of the river and into the Gulf.
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Our journey from Montreal and down the impressive St Lawrence River and Spruce's return to the Atlantic Ocean.
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This album covers our time in Montreal (provincial capital) and Quebec City, two major cities in the French speaking province of Quebec.
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Spruce transited the (approx) 100M of locked waterway from the St Lawrence River to Montreal between 8th and 11th July 2010.
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Spruce sailed from Oswego, USA to Collins Bay, near Kingston in Ontario, Canada, over thhe weekend of 3rd-4th July 2010. This album covers time in Ontario and the trip towards the St Lawrence Seaway.
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After a brief stop in New York the Sprucettes, already behind time, hheaded up the Hudson River to start their river and canal journey to Oswego and Lake Ontario. Photos of that stage of the voyage.
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Created 25 June 2010
Spruce arrived in New York after an over-night trip from Cape May, on 19th June 2010.
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Spruce arrived in the USA at Cape May, New Jersey, on 16th June after 5 days at sea. An album to show the trip and our first port of call in America.
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On 30th May 2010 Spruce arrived in Bermuda afyter 13-days at sea dodging bad weather en-route from the BVIs. Soime photographs of the time on this distant island 650 Miles from the US Coast.
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Created 9 June 2010
On 17th May Spruce left the BVIs to start an expected 6-day sail to Bermuda some 850 Miles to the North. The first tropical depression of the season and a selection of other weather phenomena conspired top extend this to 13-days at sea. Here are some photographs of that passage.
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Created 30 May 2010
Latest pictures from BVIs
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Created 11 May 2010
Spruce arrived in BVIs at Virgin Gorda on 29th April.
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Created 1 May 2010
Some piccies of our couple of days moored in a marine reserve
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Created 27 April 2010
A selection of photos from our day out amongst the Classic Yachts
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Created 18 April 2010
Spruce arrived in Barbuda, from Guadeloupe, on 25th March 2010. Some photos of our adventures there.
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Created 26 March 2010
Spruce sailed from Dominica to Les Saintes on 17th March 2010. These islands are just south of and part of the French overseas department of Guadeloupe. This album captures memories of this, our next, island in the Antilles.
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Created 18 March 2010
On 7th March Spruce sailed into Prince Rupert Bay at the north west side of Dominica. The last island with rain forest before Puerto Rico! An album of memories from our next island visited.
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Created 10 March 2010
Spruce arrived in the Caribbean on 18th December 2009 after crossing the Atlantic from the Cape Verde Islands. This album shows the various albums covering our time cruising the Caribbean.
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Created 2 January 2010
Between 2nd December and 18th December 2009 Spruce sailed from Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands, to Barbados, caribbean. This album shows some of the photographs taken at sea during the 15 Day and 21 hour crossing.
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Created 20 December 2009
Spruce sailed from La Gomera, Canary Islands, for the Cape Verdes on 14th November 2009 and arrived at Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente after 6 days at sea. This album captures the passage getting there and the time in Sao Vincente and the adjacent island of Santo Antao.
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Created 30 November 2009
Friends who are planning on heading off on future cruising trips themselves have expressed interest in feedback on our thoughts about the various systems and equipment aboard... what works well, lessons learned and general thoughts based upon experience. We have divided the blog into two categories: News and Updates; Boat Systems... the general news items uploaded so far will by under "News & Updates" and the equipment etc will be under "Boat Systems" ... you should be able to filter what categories you view when you access the blog.
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Created 6 November 2009
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Created 20 October 2009
Spruce arrived in Madeira main island on 9th September after leaving Porto Santo earlier the same day. Here are photos as we travel around the island.
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Created 11 September 2009
The passage from Cascais, near Lisbon, to the Madeiran island of Porto Santo took four days of downwind sailing at sea and some beautiful images were captured.
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Created 5 September 2009
Spruce arrived in Portugal on 14th August 2009. This album and sub-albums shows a few photographs of our travels within Portugal.
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Created 17 August 2009
Spruce arrived in Spain at La Coruna on 11th July 2009 after a four day sail from Dingle 550 sea miles to the North-North West.
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Created 17 August 2009
Spruce cruised from Baltimore to Bantry Bay and then up to the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. After spending the summer solstice celebrations at this most northerly point of the cruise we headed back to the Shannon and Dingle before sailing for Galicia in Spain.
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Created 13 August 2009