Semper Vivens

04 October 2010 | Berlin, DE
29 September 2010 | Düsseldorf-Köln-Düsseldorf
28 September 2010 | Muiden – Terborg - Düsseldorf
27 September 2010 | Amsterdam, NL
27 September 2010 | Callantsoog, NL (6m below sea level)
25 September 2010 | Callantsoog-Hoorn-Breezanddijk-Den Helder-Callantsoog NL
23 September 2010 | Arras, France
22 September 2010 | Dieppe-Picquigny-Albert-Vimy, FR
21 September 2010 | Pourville(Dieppe), FR
19 September 2010 | Le Mont St-Michel, Saint-Malo, Tréhorenteuc
18 September 2010 | Courseulles-sur-Mer, FR
17 September 2010 | St-Agnan-le-Malherbe and Bayeux
16 September 2010 | St-Agnan-le-Malherbe
15 September 2010 | Heuqueville, FR
07 April 2010 | HFX
07 April 2010 | HFX
23 December 2009
16 September 2009 | HFX
06 September 2009 | hfx
01 September 2009 | HFX

Dotham Cut

28 March 2008 | Black Point Settlement
Steve, mostly sunny, wind SE 15, seas <1m
Photo: Dotham Cut

After three days of sitting out another cold front in George Town, we pulled out a day earlier than we had originally planned. Yesterday we crossed Stocking Island to look at the beach and ocean waves, which were pretty high, and we figured it would be another 48 hours before things would settle enough for us to leave and head up the Exumas islands. However, we saw quite a number of boats up anchor and leave, and on impulse we decided to do the same. If the seas were still running high, we could always turn around and head back in.

One can always tell when one is getting further away from George Town: the VHF radio traffic drops off noticeably. Another four days of Chicken Harbour were enough to confirm my opinion of it: as King Arthur said of Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "It's a silly place!" Some of the discussions on the VHF cruiser's net are little more than inane bickering sessions over everything from proper trash disposal to anchor-setting protocol, and the constant chatter on the net is a little tiring after weeks of relative solitude. So, we were very happy to discover upon clearing harbour that not only were the seas significantly calmer than expected, but that the wind was suitable for another spinnaker run. No sooner was the spinnaker up, than a voice came over the VHF, "Oooh, a spinnaker! Must be a Squadron sailor!" That call came from another cruiser we had briefly met in George Town, exchanging greetings as we passed by, and the other boat, Anania, remarking on their pleasant stay at the RNSYS last year. One never knows who one will meet down here, and I think this is one of the pleasant features of cruising, this inter-twining of paths, the unexpected nature of meetings and separations, and the easy friendships that result.

Our day ended by passing through Dotham Cut, made eventful by the appearance of a waterspout approximately six miles to the north of us (and which dissipated soon after, thankfully). We then anchored at Black Point Settlement, where Lorraine of Lorraine's Cafe remembered our faces, and we spent a quiet evening walking about town, and then meeting up at the Cafe with friends from Lunenburg whom we first met in the ICW months ago! See what I mean about inter-twining paths?
Vessel Name: Semper Vivens
Vessel Make/Model: Avance 40
Hailing Port: Halifax, NS
Crew: Judy, Steve, Stephanie and Marine
About: Having completed a nine-month voyage in 'Semper Vivens' in 2007/08, the crew develops itchy feet again and decide to head over to Europe for a four-month "land cruise"!
Semper Vivens's Photos - Semper Vivens (Main)
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P1010755: Marblehead with many boats already hauled out
P1010756: Mike Dickey, Paula Mac Donald and their family in Marblehead
P1010762: Scuitate, Mass. The landing spots of the Kemptons long ago
P1010771: Quincy Market, Boston
P1010774: Marine after a busy day in the big city of Boston
P1010661: Matt Dickey and Marine...4 generations of friendship..What more can I say!
P1010669: Boston Aquarium...don
P1010721: Low tide up one of the small rivers at Kittery Point, Maine. Thsi is where Sir William Pepperrell was born and headed out from to take seige of Louisburg in 1743?
P1010740: Playing on a private beach at Kittery Point, Maine. I thnik the owners are only there for holidays...hope so!
P1010747: Salem, Mass dungeon. It was pretty bad conditions in these jails...not quite Club Fed of today.
P1010749: Salem is till full of clothing everwhere and October is the month to visit! The story is very interesting.
P1010751: Marine and her new horse..less work than the traditional ones.
P1010697: We think that Steph is enjoying herself. Actually she jumped out of her bunk to make sure that she watched sunrise while we were out of the sight of land.
P1010695: Captain Clare out of sight of land for the first time!
The crew of Semper Vivens embarks on a "land cruise" through Europe
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The Avance 40 "Macintosh", now "Semper Vivens" on the hard in Freeport, Maine.
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About Us

Who: Judy, Steve, Stephanie and Marine
Port: Halifax, NS