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

Escape River

25 June 2011 | Torres Straights, Great Barrier Reef
Dave
Photo: Rest & Relief - Lizard Island Anchorage

The relentless head wind gave us nothing and we worked hard for every mile by tacking endlessly between the reefs. We'd made only fifteen miles progress since leaving the Mount Adolphus Island anchorage at daybreak and, fighting the wind and current, we were tiring rapidly. Ahead, tantalisingly, lay the entrance to the remote Escape River where we knew there was a sheltered anchorage among the mangroves. But the entrance was treacherous and shallow. Marie worked the sails and we tacked again in the big sea, heading towards the headland in the failing light. We needed to take a critical bearing from the point to navigate our way into the river, so a night time entry was not feasible. We could just do it.

"When's low tide?" asked Marie. "In about fifteen minutes," I told her. She looked worried as well as tired. I knew what she was thinking. The charted entrance depth over the bar was just over two metres; Sänna's draft was two metres. It was tight. We needed tide depth for a safety margin but I reasoned it could be done. "This sea is nearly three metres," she said. She was right; we could easily bottom or go aground if we got it wrong. The alternative was to tack our way through the night and the next day to another remote headland anchorage. This was a tough call. I was torn between our two choices... "Let's go for it, we can do it," I shouted above the wind. "No," Marie screamed at me in her way of taking charge, "We'll end up dead."

We tacked back through the wind and headed out into the long black night...
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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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