Michael & Edi have headed out on a slow, thorough exploration of the globe.

Vessel Name: Sequitur and Zonder Zorg
Vessel Make/Model: 2007 Hunter 49 and 1908 Wildschut Skûtsje
Hailing Port: Vancouver, Canada
Crew: Michael Walsh & Edi Gelin
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13 January 2014
26 April 2013
24 April 2013
27 October 2012 | Harlingen, Friesland
29 September 2012 | Sneek, Netherlands
19 September 2012 | Hoorn, Netherlands
13 September 2012 | Aalsmeer, Netherlands
20 August 2012 | Sequitur: St Augustine, USA - Michael & Edi: Vancouver, Canada - Nieuwe Zorg: Aalsmeer, Netherlands
11 August 2012 | Sequitur: St Augustine, USA - Michael & Edi: Vancouver, Canada - Nieuwe Zorg: Aalsmeer, Netherlands
10 August 2012 | Sequitur: St Augustine, USA - Michael & Edi: Vancouver, Canada - Nieuwe Zorg: Aalsmeer, Netherlands
08 August 2012 | Nieuwe Zorg: Aalmmeer, Michael & Edi: Vancouver
28 July 2012 | Nieuwe Zorg in Aalsmeer - Michael & Edi in Vancouver
26 July 2012 | Nieuwe Zorg in Aalsmeer - Michael & Edi in Volendam
17 July 2012 | Michael & Edi in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
07 July 2012 | Edi & Michael in Vancouver, Sequitur in Saint Augustine
27 June 2012 | Saint Augustine, USA
07 June 2012 | Saint Augustine, Florida, USA
20 May 2012 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
11 May 2012 | Terre Le Haut, Les Saintes, Guadeloupe
01 May 2012 | Carlisle Bay, Barbados
Recent Blog Posts
13 January 2014

Another New Book Released

I am delighted to announce that my new book: Carefree on the European Canals is now in print and is available on, [...]

26 April 2013

New Book Released

The proof copy of my new book arrived by courier today. I have approved it and it is now listed on Amazon for pre-order, with a publication date of 30 April. It is a rather large book at 680 pages in an 8.5 by 11 inch format with 315,000 words illustrated by over 2400 colour photos, charts and maps. [...]

24 April 2013

One Year Out of Brazil

One year ago today we sailed Sequitur out of Brazil after enduring more than six weeks in the least-friendly country that we had experienced during our three-year voyage. In the early evening of 24 April 2012 we crossed the line on the chart dividing Brazil from French Guyana and breathed a huge sigh [...]

27 October 2012 | Harlingen, Friesland

Planing a Metamorphosis

We have added a new post to the Zonder Zorg blog at: Planing a Metamorphosis.

29 September 2012 | Sneek, Netherlands

Onward to Friesland

We have arrived in Friesland and have added a new post to the skûtsje's blog at: Onward to Friesland

19 September 2012 | Hoorn, Netherlands

North From Aalsmeer

We have moved northward from Aalsmeer and I have added two new posts: Heading North From Aalsmeer and North From Amsterdam

13 September 2012 | Aalsmeer, Netherlands

Taking Possession

We are back in the Netherlands, and I have added some new posts to the ZonderZorg blog at: Taking Possession and Settling-In and Making Plans

20 August 2012 | Sequitur: St Augustine, USA - Michael & Edi: Vancouver, Canada - Nieuwe Zorg: Aalsmeer, Netherlands

Added a New Website

We have added a new website: Skûtsje ZonderZorg. Zonder zorg in Dutch means without worry. Our intention with the site is to provide a place to share some of the history, geography and culture of the skûtsje as we discover it. We will also use this place to document [...]

11 August 2012 | Sequitur: St Augustine, USA - Michael & Edi: Vancouver, Canada - Nieuwe Zorg: Aalsmeer, Netherlands

Still More Skûtsje History

We continued to attempt to track-down Douwe Albert Visser, who was the owner of Nieuwe Zorg in 1941 when she was re-registered. One of the problems we repeatedly encountered in our online searches was the effect of currently having Albert Visser and two Douwe Vissers as very competitive skûtsje racers, [...]

10 August 2012 | Sequitur: St Augustine, USA - Michael & Edi: Vancouver, Canada - Nieuwe Zorg: Aalsmeer, Netherlands

Some More Skûtsje History

While I was researching the history of Nieuwe Zorg, I finally found her first registration details obscured by an apparent typographical error in a transcribed online spreadsheet. She was listed as having been built in 1901 instead of 1908. I emailed the webmaster of the [...]

Galapagos Passage Day Nine

03 May 2010 | 404 miles north-northwest of the Galapagos
At 1215 in a southeast breeze of 7 to 8 knots, we hoisted the spinnaker, un-socked it in the lee of the jib, rolled-in the jib and moved along on a course of 105 at 5 knots powered by the spinnaker, the staysail and the main and steered by Hydra. The breeze started gradually dying, and by 1320 we were becalmed. This is the first time since I tangled the sheet in the propeller that we have been becalmed in the daylight in relatively calm seas. I rigged safety lines while Edi put on her flippers, mask and snorkel and slipped into the water to take a look at the situation.

Sequitur was surging up and down in the slow swell and light cross chop left over from yesterday's storms, and she got a few scrapes from the barnacles on the Hydrovane rudder - we'll have to add anti-fouling paint to it next time we have a chance - and she was slapped and banged around by the bottom of the hull a few times. She reported one loop around a propeller blade and a twist around the shaft. She took a camera down and shot some photos for me to analyze, and then she went back down with a boathook to try and pull the line free. After several attempts and a boathook donation to Neptune, she went back down with a knife, and later with another boathook, and then with the knife again.

While we were sitting becalmed, a line of towering cumulo-nimbus was marching down on us from the west. Finally at 1520, with the fouled lines cut as short as she could manage in the increasing surge, Edi came back onboard. I then flashed-up the engine and gingerly slip it in and out of ahead and astern a few times. Things seemed to turn ok without any weird sounds. I put our stern to the approaching storm cells and began motoring away to the southeast as they approached.

Shortly, the relative winds increased to between 10 and 15 knots from astern and I used the Hydrovane to steer us away on our best course. As we motored at 2000rpm, I tracked the storm cells on a radar overlay and plotted our best way through their advance. This went on until 1911, when we were finally clear of the last of the cumulo-nimbus towers. We hauled-out the main and jib and shut-down the engine. We sailed along to the southeast in the dying winds, making about 2.5 knots.

At sunset the sky was 8/10 overcast mostly with alto-stratus studded with cumulo-nimbus towering over the horizons. Shortly before 2100 we tacked to follow the veering breeze, which was now from the south, and we sailed to the southeast on a close reach. The breeze continued to veer and abate through the night, so we bent our course around to our destination course of 150, and then gradually moved the wind around toward our beam. By dawn we were on a beam reach in a southwest breeze of 5 knots, and making about 2.5 knots.

With the sunrise at 0707 we could see the portents of another unsettled day; the sky was 9/10 overcast with alto-cumulus and alto-stratus showing through the few gaps in the cumulus and nimbo-stratus. At 0754 we rolled-in the main and jib and hoisted and un-socked the spinnaker and wafted along in the 5 to 6 knot breeze making 2 to 3 knots on a course of 150 steered by Hydra.

While we enjoyed another wonderful breakfast of toasted bagels with cream cheese, capers and smoked wild BC salmon and mugs of fresh coffee, I ran the generator and watermaker to bring the house battery back to 95% and the water tanks to full. Our worst set of filters from Las Hadas, the set that had given us 17 minutes there, has now given us 17 hours, and is ending each day in better condition than on the previous.

Shortly before noon another series of towering cumulus was rapidly marching across the horizon toward our starboard quarter, so we dowsed the spinnaker, but left it hoisted and rigged and lashed on the foredeck. We rolled out the jib and were pushed along the side of a passing storm cell using its localized 15 to 20 knot winds.

Our noon position showed us to have made 60.37 miles from the previous noon for a total of 745.76 in daily runs. We are now 708 miles from Acapulco on a bearing of 150 degrees and our landfall in the Galapagos is 404 miles on a bearing of 153.
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Sequitur and Zonder Zorg's Photos - Main
Some shots of seabirds we have encountered along the way.
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Created 3 March 2010
Sequitur arrives in Vancouver by truck
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Created 7 September 2009
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Created 7 September 2009
A few views of Sequitur in port.
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Created 6 September 2009

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