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

Sunrise in Dockland 5

12 December 2011 | Whangarei.
Dave
Photo: Out of the water...

Six o'clock in the morning and we were both fast asleep. Loud banging on the hull aroused us instantly and I shot upright, falling off the bunk and banging my foot on the steel cabin roof support. I cursed, realising dawn was breaking and I was still naked. Marie too hurriedly dressed and I stuck my head out of the hatch. Charlie stood grinning.

Sänna leaned, still tied securely to the yard pontoon on the bank of the Hatea River but I could see we were no longer sitting in the mud. The tide was rising quickly... which was why Charlie stood there ready to go. I lurched into action as the huge hoist engine roared into life and he told me to back Sänna into the webbing slings waiting in the dock. By this time Marie was organised and taking charge as usual... "Charlie. I haven't had my first cup of tea. You've got no chance yet." There was the distinct 'morning' edge to her voice that I knew well. "No worries," Charlie grinned, sitting motionless in the cab. I asked when the rest of the yard boys would be here to lift Sänna out of the water. He looked surprised. "Only me" he grinned...

Marie finished her tea and took over. She wasn't quite right yet but we got the lines off and Sänna drifted backwards into the oily dock. Seven minutes later she was out of the water, hauled out by the huge hoist with no other hands needed. I smiled up at Charlie, admiring his supreme confidence. Doug, his mate, ambled over saying he would take over because their breakfast was ready. These New Zealanders are a tough lot.

Sänna was hauled out, bottom scrubbed and secured in cradles before the sun had fully risen. We climbed the ladder back onboard and got our own breakfast going. Very soon the smell of our bacon cooking aroused the attention of the Germans sitting onboard their own boat a few metres beside us. We made new friends...

The day dawned magnificent in New Zealand.
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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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