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Brittany's First Sail on Issuma
Brittany
Fri Jul 4 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Tenerife, Canary Islands

For my first sail on Issuma, we decided to go to Punta de Antiquera, an anchorage only 5 miles north of Santa Cruz, towards the very tip of Tenerife. It was a short afternoon sail, ideal for beginning to learn Issuma's characteristics and how she moves. Golden afternoon sunlight and a steady breeze carried us north. Richard is a great teacher, calm and patient, and my first Issuma sail was beautiful, fun and relatively easy (wait until the next entry!).

As the sun set we arrived at Punta de Antiquera, a small, relatively calm bay enclosed by steep, fortress-like cliffs, seagulls wheeling and crying above. Save for a few twilight fishermen, we were surrounded by nothing but sea, rock, sky and gulls.

Anchoring Issuma for the first time was interesting. It was nearly dark, we had to avoid a wreck, and anchor in 5 meters off the small volcanic sand beach. The previous owner had installed some kind of padding within the hawsepipe (anchor chain tube), so when raising the anchor, it's necessary for one person to go below into the forepeak and pull the anchor chain through the hawsepipe. Richard needed to improve the marking of the anchor chain (done at the oh-so-easy-to-remember increments of 17.5 meters), so we had to lower and raise the chain before fully anchoring. Guess whose job it was to pull the chain down below in the forepeak? Mine! Nestled and slowly sinking in the morass of lines and sails down below, I fed the chain through, while on deck, Richard controlled the speed of the anchor's ascent.

After anchoring, we watched carefully to ensure that Issuma was not dragging, and were pleased to see that we were firmly set. Success! Time for pressure-cooked porkchops, sauteed red peppers and onions, and cold, white, boxed wine...que sabrosa! In spite of the gusting wind, we sat outside to enjoy our meal, wine, and the gorgeous stars emerging between the flying clouds above. Accompanied by the singing of seagulls from their nearby cliff perch, it was a truly glorious evening as we looked for constellations and made plans for the next day's 50-mile sail to Gran Canaria.

Fri Jul 11 13:08:16 EDT 2008 | Scott
Poor Brittany. I see you are being stored in a cool dark place. Glad to hear all is well and you are enjoying the trip! All is well here in NY too.
Brittany's Big Adventure
Brittany
Mon Jun 30 0:00:00 EDT 2008, Tenerife, Canary Islands

I arrived by plane on Tenerife, Canary Islands on Monday, June 30. Issuma was berthed at Marina del Atlantico, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, unique with a backdrop of dark, craggy mountains beyond the swaying masts.

From Monday 6/30 to Thursday 7/3, Richard and I scoured, organized and repaired the boat, went on multiple errands and missions to interesting shops such as Effectos Navales, Spinnaker, Firpe, El Kilo and multiple ferreterias for boat hardware. I'm quite certain that Issuma's head has never been this clean!

Mixed into the work and errands, we enjoyed the perpetually sunny, warm weather, exotic flowering trees, and were also fortunate to discover very friendly and festive fellow boaters in neighboring yachts. We invited them over to Issuma for cookies and Doradas (local cervezas deliciosas) on our very first night, which naturally triggered a mini-party circuit on a different friend's boat on each ensuing night. Paul from Oysterama across the pier mixed delicious gin & tonics and great conversation, while Maryann and Tommy of Audacious II shared wine, champagne, cigars and many laughs. Nicole and Chris were charming, and Steve of Cheng Feng was a lovely dinner guest on our last night there. We were sad to miss our friend Marco from Trattoria da Gigi on our last day in Santa Cruz, but it was time to move on.

Our enthusiastic friends made it difficult to leave Marina del Atlantico, but we were finally able to break away and depart for our first sail, auspiciously on the 4th of July.

Damien II Sailplan
Richard
Sun Jun 15 0:00:00 EDT 2008

For those interested in the technical details of the boat, this is the sailplan of the Damien II design, as drawn by the designer. I believe that Issuma is the 25th and last boat built to this design. Issuma has also been modified by extending the transom, making her somewhat longer (15.3m instead of 14.14m).

The text at the bottom of the picture is probably hard to read, so here is most of what it says:

Length 14.14m (46' 5")

LWL 12.30m (40' 4")

Beam 4.40m (14' 4")

Min Draft 0.80m (2' 7")

Max Draft 3.08m (10' 1")

Empty Displacement 13,500kg (29,762 lbs)

Loaded Displacement 18,000 kg (35,683 lbs)

Ballast 4,500 kg (9921 lbs)

Engine HP 70 CV (70 HP)


Base Sail Area 147 m2 (1,581 sq ft)

Total Sail Area 468.5 m2 (5,040 sq ft)

Canary Islands
Richard
Fri Jun 13 0:00:00 EDT 2008, 28 27.9'N:016 14.6'W

We had a pleasant sail from Madeira to the Canary Islands. This is the coast of the island of Tenerife.

Mon Jun 16 7:50:43 EDT 2008 | George Conk
That looks like a lovely spot, and a nice smooth, short runfrom Madeira.
The next stop is a bit longer run, eh?
Fair winds.

- George
Heading South from Madeira
Brittany
Tue Jun 10 19:47:08 EDT 2008, 30 N:17 W


All is well.

Fri Jun 13 9:59:57 EDT 2008 | bonnie
Funny, I was just thinking "Boy, haven't heard from Richard in ages". Glad all is well!

Found you through American Schooner website. Oh no, not another distraction from work...

Beautiful, Sunny Madeira
Brittany
Sat Jun 7 20:39:13 EDT 2008


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Local tour boat in Funchal Harbor, Madeira
Brittany
Sat Jun 7 20:20:42 EDT 2008, Madeira

Madeira is a busy hopping/happening place.

Anchored in Funchal, Madeira
Brittany
Sat Jun 7 20:17:50 EDT 2008, Madeira


Dark dinghy.

Stanley Thermos from Lois & Vern
George
Sat Jun 7 20:12:49 EDT 2008, Funchal, Madeira

Don't know if we would have had such a good trip without it from Spain to the anchorage here in Funchal, on the island of Madeira.

In Madeira
Richard
Sat Jun 7 15:22:54 EDT 2008, Funchal, Madeira

The wind decided we should go to Madeira, and we are now in Funchal, a beautiful harbor in this warm and very pleasant island.

Mon Jun 9 9:37:14 EDT 2008 | Dogwatch
Bon Voyage, Richard! Hope you have a smooth crossing. Seems like some ASA member does an Atlantic crossing this time every year.

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