sailing vessel Sänna

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

30 April 2021 | Lockdown in England
14 April 2021 | Lockdown - Nottingham, England
31 March 2021 | Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, England
09 March 2021 | Vista Mar, Panama
17 February 2021 | Sherwood, Nottingham, England
07 February 2021 | Sherwood, England
28 January 2021 | In national lockdown, Nottingham, England
28 December 2020 | Nottingham, England
20 October 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
23 April 2020 | Vista Mar, Panama
08 March 2020 | Boca Chica, Panama
25 February 2020 | Curu Wildlife Refuge, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
17 February 2020 | Bahiá Ballena, Costa Rica
17 January 2020 | Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica
16 December 2019 | Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica
11 December 2019 | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
28 November 2019 | Puesta Del Sol, Nicaragua
08 November 2019 | Amapala, Honduras
28 October 2019 | Bahiá Del Sol, El Salvador

Finding Fat Annie

05 December 2011 | Whangarei, New Zealand
Dave
Photo: North Cape, New Zealand...

In the misty light of dawn we could just make out the towering cliffs of North Cape, the northern tip of New Zealand. Our five year long destination appeared as a grey, cloudy smudge on the horizon and we both stood staring silently on Sänna's pitching foredeck. Our twelve day sail from Brisbane had certainly been eventful. We'd even logged a record 200 miles in one day, blown by an intense three day storm before the winds died 700 miles out. And somewhere ahead, waiting for us in New Zealand, was Fat Annie...

We knew she was berthed in Whangarei, only a long day distance from us. Sänna and Fat Annie share the same dream, the common bond of soul mates that's taken both vessels half way around the world to this wind battered land transcending out of the morning mist. It seemed to me that Sänna sensed something. She reared her bows and quickened her pace... our incredible journey would soon be over.

Rounding the Cape we were boarded by the Navy. They came aboard and we gave details of the body we'd found in the water some 500 miles out. We provided the position recorded on our GPS and they left us alone to head south east on a brisk north easterly breeze on our port beam. We tracked the spectacular coastline before cutting across the stunning Bay of Islands with the sun setting over the forest clad shore. A gentle sail through the night would bring Sänna to the Whangarei estuary, our destination and Port of entry. Not that long to go now...

This was easy sailing and we needed to slow down. For once, we tried hard to enter port in the coming daylight, having little appetite for another night entry into an unfamiliar estuary we knew held treacherous sandbanks and currents. We timed it well and the sky lost its inky blackness to give us enough light to pick our way around the headland into the buoyed approach channel of the misty Hatea River. In the early morning haze our radio crackled and then, loud and clear, Robert's voice "Sänna, Sänna, Fat Annie, Fat Annie, Over"... She was there, right where she should be, just as the tip of the rising sun appeared above the eastern sea horizon....
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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 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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