Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

16 June 2018 | Towards Kanaga - Aleutian Islands - Alaska
13 June 2018 | Kiska - Aleutian Islands - Alaska
09 June 2018 | Aleutian Islands - Alaska
06 June 2018 | On Passage Kushiro towards Alaska
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Turbulent Waters

16 June 2018 | Towards Kanaga - Aleutian Islands - Alaska
Sue & Andy
The Aleutian Islands lie between the Arctic and North Pacific Oceans and form the southern perimeter of the Bering Sea. Significant volumes of water move between these oceans, strong tidal currents flow between the islands, particularly during the spring tide at the time of the new moon. To this, we added a forecast for 25-knots of northerly breeze, and the recipe for the passage from hell was created. From Kiska we set off to the east and the Oglala passage, not one of the smaller passages for which the sailing directions give dire warnings. Unfortunately, the northerly forecast was premature, we were closer hauled and with a foul current. Our arrival at the pass was late and seas had already started to build. Laying our course onwards was difficult; we opted to go thirteen miles farther north to Little Sitkin Island for a one-night stop. Sixty-miles had been sailed to achieve a distance made good of only forty. The West Bight formed a barely suitable anchorage in northerly conditions. The promise of a slight westerly edge to the wind on the morrow meant we must depart for Kanaga and the east. The scenery, in the absence of fog typical in these parts, is awesome. Volcanic peaks on the islands are still snow clad in mid-June. The northerly wind brought a bitter chill from Arctic waters. During the remaining 170-mile hop to Kanaga we passed three islands a few miles to leeward. Wind acceleration zones, fierce currents and bending wind angles as they fought their way past the snowy peaks brought confused seas. Sometimes merely choppy, the worst was from groups of short steep waves at around 5-metres height. The ride was incredibly bouncy at times; one of the lumpiest periods came as night fell. Thankfully, at this time of year true darkness lasts only 5-hours. The final forty-miles in the lee of the lower lying islands of Tanaga and Kanaga gave superb shelter from the waves that had been encountered during most of the passage. Winds still reached the low thirties knots at a close-hauled angle to the near gale. Our safe arrival at this lovely sheltered inlet on the southeast corner of Kanaga, after only 31-hours under way (it seemed much longer), was so very much appreciated. On this passage, we passed the date line and crossed into the western hemisphere once again. This meridian was last crossed in Fiji during 2014.

A Snug Cove

13 June 2018 | Kiska - Aleutian Islands - Alaska
Gertrude Cove at Kiska has proved an ideal anchorage. A cold damp wind howls at 25 knots in the rigging. Cloud descends to blanket the summits of low hills behind the inlet. An old wreck slumbers, decomposing into slow obscurity at the head of the bay. What looks like a reciprocating steam engine stands tall amidships, the bow and stern sections still above water, the remainder has collapsed in on itself, invisible from the surface. The crew of a visiting trawler, the Puk-Uk, advised it was a Japanese cargo ship bombed in November 1942 during the campaign to retake the Aleutian Islands during WWII. Sea Otters busy themselves in a large Kelp field off to starboard. How they survive in this cold water is bewildering. Laid on their backs, shells and stones on their chests, feeding is an incessant occupation. A few Harbour Seals make brief appearances; they are shy but inquisitive. When we walked along the stony-beach a snout and eyes bobbed along behind, carefully monitoring our progress. At the shoreline, a pair of Eider Ducks forage, the female on the pebbles, her partner afloat, bobbing nearby. Pigeon Guillemots seem more adventurous; they come close by, dipping heads into the sea to catch small fish. This morning, two juvenile bald eagles stood on the beach, ripping at some unfortunate prey, a patient gull waited close by, hoping to pick at any carcass left over. Another pair of raptors was seen as we approached Kiska. More Bald Eagles, they soared above an offshore islet, effortlessly working the uplifting breeze as they searched for food below. The other notable sighting during our approach was a large pod of Orca, this time around eight or nine. Two males were prominent, one much larger, a tall dorsal fin rarely completely submerged as he dipped below waves between breaths, the projecting fin ominously nodding forward and backwards as his orientation changed. Small pockets of snow still lie in south facing gullies upon the hillside. The cold wind continues to blow from East to North East at up to 25-knots. The weather promises to go more northerly on Wednesday or Thursday. That will enable us to reach towards Adak. We hope to spend the weekend in the Bay of Islands and dash around to Sweepers Cove on the East side of Adak on Monday. There we shall refuel and re-provision before setting out towards Unalaska and Dutch Harbour, an additional 450-miles to the east.

Attu to Kiska - Western Outposts

09 June 2018 | Aleutian Islands - Alaska
Weather forecasts are changeable here; we were going at 5pm Thurs (today), the winds then looked wrong until next Tues, now it seems OK for tomorrow (Friday) at dawn. Latest plan is to depart here at around 03:30am Friday (ie Fri 1630BST in UK) and sail to a waypoint at 51 41.8N 175 41.7E to pass south of some nasty reefs with big tide rips reported.... then on to south coast of Kiska in position 51 55.922N 177 27.230E: a nice sheltered bay with a sea otter colony. Another bay lies in reserve, on the east side of the same peninsula, if the wind does something unpredictable. We may be stuck there for a few days so we hope it is good for wildlife.

That will leave us only 270M (including wiggles, detours and stops) to the first human habitation in the Western Aleutians at Sweeper's Cove, a town on the east side of Adak Island at 51 51.4352 N 176 38.3360 W. We hope to sample a few other anchorages on the way to Adak. Our precise stops and timing will depend on weather. On the west side of Adak, before Sweeper's Cove, is The Bay of Islands, a bit of a detour but good for wildlife, so if we have time we shall stop in that sheltered group of islands where we will always have a safe anchorage whatever the weather does.

Our major boat fixes from failing equipment en route from Japan have been addressed: The genset saltwater leak was in the feed pipe located down-flow from the new saltwater pump we installed in Japan. The guys who installed in NZ had not sealed the join from pipe to engine properly so a previously undiscovered small-leak decided to worsen. Perhaps the new pump developed the proper pressure, and this caused the malfunction. The Autohelm issue (course wandering and no power in the drive) was found to be due to a power wire, between Smart Pilot unit and the linear drive unit, had disconnected (terminal screw worked loose). The other fault, BAT-LOW warning, was traced to the power feed from the fuse panel, also loose in its terminal. The awful noise from the stern gear under the boat was found to be the rope-cutter on the shaft had worked loose and was rattling. It is now removed... four words that do not cover the agony of diving in 7C temp water even with 2 wetsuits and extra foam insulation taped around legs. Feet and hands became so cold in only 10-15 mins immersion. It took two dives with an hour warm up between. One part of the stripper was clumsily dropped, fumbling cold fingers. A quick dive to the bottom at 5m could not locate it in the soft weed. A hasty retreat to the surface was prudent. Andy also wore a safety harness with a rope ready for Sue to connect to a halyard in case she needed to winch him out of the water should his feet get too cold to climb the ladder back aboard, or worse, thankfully we did not need to test that fall-back emergency measure.

The remaining problem from Kushiro is the failure of our Doppler log to read. No time to tackle that here, it can be number one project at the next anchorage, unless something more important falls-over en-route. (Gloomy Sigh!!)

Our heater is working well, our winter moon boots are fantastic, the scenery stupendous, and the sense of remoteness total. One of the most amazing places we have sailed into on all our travels so far.

Yesterday we moved on the 185M to the island of Kiska: a sheltered anchorage in Gertrude Cove on the southern shore. East to Northeast winds of 25knots is forecast. This will be a comfortable refuge until we are able to continue eastwards.

Photo shows Andy making a call via SatPhone to Mum & Dad in the UK. As we said before, the technology readily available nowadays is very different from that accessible to cruisers even 25-years ago.

Welcoming Committee - Aleutians

06 June 2018 | On Passage Kushiro towards Alaska
Hurrah! Spruce has arrived in the Aleutians. A total distance of 1,360 sea miles has been travelled since we left Kushiro ten-days and two-hours previously. Our passage towards Dutch Harbor, where we shall enter the USA, will now continue in weather dictated instalments. Two gales on the way from Japan helped decide the island hopping option is likely to be more kindly to us, and the equipment aboard, than sitting and waiting for the next weather system to be thrown at us from Siberia.

Wow! What stunning scenery. We were blessed with clear weather for our approach to this western most island of Alaska. Snow covered mountains at a latitude similar to Manchester in the UK re-emphasises the benign climate enjoyed in the British Isles due to the warm current from the Caribbean, the Gulf Stream. Ocean sea temperatures here in early June are 6 Celsius, the air is decidedly chilly in the wind, when the sun disappears behind the mountains is turns cold quickly.

We came to Alaska for the wildlife and scenery. Day one has been stunning. Albatross, puffin, guillemots, skuas, fulmars and many more met us well offshore. As we came closer to Attu a pod of Orca sauntered past, seemingly they were not bothered by our presence. Our signature more noisy than usual due to our propeller vibrating awfully as we motored the final approach, we think we may have picked up more weed or a piece of rope causing the blades to be unbalanced. Yes, another plunge is called for but definitely not with these creatures cruising about, perhaps when we are in a shallow enclosed anchorage.

This passage has been quite demanding for both the boat systems and us. Cold, condensation and general damp generates a more difficult environment than sub-tropical or more temperate regions. Our task list has grown. Last night we started motoring and switched from wind vane steering to autopilot, its performance was sub-standard with low battery warnings, most likely a poor connection or terminal suffering from dripping condensation: tomorrow's task. A seawater leak on the genset cooling system emerged, that was addressed after arrival today. Engine start-batteries, only 15 month old, and purposefully replaced in Malaysia to avoid problems on this trip, are not coping well with the cold climate. There are no workshops on this route, if one does not have parts aboard and the knowledge to repair equipment life might get rather awkward.

A final major panic occurred at 10-miles out from Attu today�... our engine overheat alarm sounded. The seacock valve lever had vibrated to a near closed position. Fortunately, the impeller blades had not stripped. Until we can install a new seacock, this one will be cable tied open when the engine is running. Apart from the trials and tribulations, we are incredibly excited to make landfall in a region we have wanted to visit for many years. Normally fog is to be expected in this region; today we have been thrilled with the views and vistas, an unexpected treat.

To Aleutians - Tuesday, 10th Day Under Way

04 June 2018 | On Passage Kushiro towards Alaska
Distance since Kushiro 1214M: To Aleutians 145M: Ave Speed overall 5.6 Kn. Course 060T The positions can be seen on the map in this blog.

Morale is soaring high today aboard Spruce. We are running before a 15knot breeze at 6kn speed over the ground. The waves are gradually reducing after yesterday's blow, and apart from the occasional violent spate of rolling when a series of swells catch us at an awkward frequency, the motion is quite comfortable. The sky is clear and a gorgeous blue. This morning we saw a Russian ship on her way to the mother country, unless one has experienced sailing for days in thick fog, the significance of this occurrence is hard to appreciate; so many ships have passed within 5 miles during this passage, we have not seen them. Some we have heard the rumble of engines, or the sound of a foghorn, but this one we saw clearly at 2-miles. All watch officers have been responsive and courteous as we radio them on VHF to check they can see our AIS (Automatic Identification Signal) and have our track on a radar plot. When sailors such as Hal Roth did this voyage in the early 1980s he was navigating using a sextant, doing single point weather forecasting and more exposed to the weather. Our hats go off, with a respectful low bow, to those guys doing these trips in the pre-electronic era.

Bird life is sparse but frequently seen, especially without the fog of previous days. Albatross glide effortlessly amongst the watery peaks. Yesterday, as we ran before the gale in near forty knots of wind, huge albatross wheeled around our pitifully slow progress, skillfully harnessing the wind to their will. Guillimots furiously flap their stubby wings to reach feeding grounds. We expect to see more avian friends as we near the islands tomorrow, now metaphorically just over the horizon.

Our budget of diesel for this passage from Japan was sufficient for 4 days of engine time, thus far we have used only 24 hours worth. Every hour hour the engine has not been used leaves us enough fuel for 6-hours heater operation when at anchor. Tomorrow we should arrive in the Aleutians, we intend to exercise our heater for some overtime hours. Hot showers and a warm cabin are beckoning seductively. Let our Alaskan experience commence!

To Aleutians - Monday, 9th Day Under Way

04 June 2018 | On Passage Kushiro towards Alaska
Distance since Kushiro 1106M: To Aleutians 251M: Ave Speed overall 5.6 Kn.Course 060T The positions can be seen on the map in the blog.

The gale sent from Siberia trundled its way SE to meet us and then swung off to the ENE. The signs were typical, high level cirrus ahead, lowering grey skies, backing wind and falling barometer. This one appeared from an unexpected quarter and packed a punch. Timed to perfection for inconvenience, winds started reaching gale force shortly after dusk and attained peak winds speeds with a barometer reading at 993mb at 22:30. Around 10 hours were endured blowing a full gale last night, the peak velocity on a front was memorable and lasted 20mins, blowing its heart out at 48knots and shrieking gusts into the 50s, Spruce laid a-hull for that part and heeled dramatically as buffeted by the gusts. A 5-6metre sea built nicely by the time the barometer showed much sign of climbing. Squalls still lurked, the wind speed zoomed back to gale force even at 9am. It is still a very bumpy ride, but we are now making good progress towards Attu at 5.5-6.5kn. Our rig is mainsail with three-reefs and a poled out genoa in 19-23kn winds, we would like to power up further but the waves would make life too uncomfortable. As soon as the seas subside we shall get more sail out. Winds towards Attu will be lighter from Tuesday evening and go variable on Wednesday. The bit is between our teeth to arrive before the breeze turns easterly on Thursday morning. Judicious use of the Iron Topsail should see us at anchor on Wednesday evening.

With that deadline in mind we hand steered for 7 hours from 2am this morning. We were able to sail in the gale at a faster speed downwind than either of our self-steer systems could manage. Twenty minute tricks at the wheel with short catnaps between worked fine and we have caught up on sleep nicely since our Hydrovane, named Wallace, took the helm shortly after 9am this morning.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Spruce arrived in Okinawa on 12th march 2018. Cruising up the island s of Japan northwards.
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50th Yap day celebrations over a 3 day period at two diifferent locations on the island.
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World War 2 Wrecks on Yap Island.
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We visited Yap , a small island one of the Federated States of Micronesia for over a month. Plenty of time to get to know a few folk and learn more about this ancient culture.
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Sorong and Misool
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West Papua
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SailMalaysia Rally 2
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Cruising Anambas Islands Indonesia during May 2017.
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Vietnam. Life on the River.
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We spent a week in Campodia, mainly to see the wonders of Angkor Wat.
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17 glorious days in Nepal, starting in the Katmandu valley.
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Onto the beautiful Agra , what a stunning place. So many ancient buildings the Taj Mahal being the crown, obviously the best known.
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All too soon, we were lets loose on Delhi. Thank goodness Lydie and Abdulla had given an insight to being in India. India is an assault on the senses, smelly, loud, physical and above all colourful... what an amazing place.
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Our first taste of India, we enjoyed 5 days in Chennai with our friends Lydie and Abdulla. A great way to ease into the way things run in India. Lovely company, gorgeos food, great temples amazingly busy roads and markets. Thnk goodnes Abdulla was driving !
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We spent a couple of facinating days learning about the history of Melaka.
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Our last island in Indonesia.
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Belitung is one of islands to the East of Sumatra in the Indonesian Archipelago.
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ON our way up to Darwin
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Our final destination in Australia was to be Darwin..... along way to sail up the east coast and the top of Australia.
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We spent 21 eventful days in a small van driving to experience the size of Austalia. We saw some wonerful sights and met many intersesting people. After 7,777 km we felt we had given it a good go. So here are a few images taken along the way.
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We left Hobart on the 26th February to make our way back up the coast of Australia to Brisbane.
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A wonderful 4 day event in the middle of Hobart.
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Our time in Tasmania Jan 2015
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Spruce is now in Port Stephens a lovely spot with pleanty of bays to explore.
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The 2014 voyages of Spruce culminated with her arrival in Australia. The first large continenet encountered since leaving the Americas almost 2 years ago.
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Spruce sailed to Vanuatu in early Sept 2014. We cruised the islands Aneityum through to Efate
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Yet more piccies from our trip to SA
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We arrived in Opua North island on the 24th of October after a 7 day passage from Tonga.
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We visited the Ha' Api group of islands , then Tonga tapu.
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We have had such a brilliant time in in the Vavau area of Tonga.
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We have arrived in the beautiful Kingdom of Tonga, a group of many islands. Most seem to be uplifted limestone slabs with beautifully coloured cliffs and deep caves.
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We have fallen in love with this island of beautiful landscapes and people and cannot seem to drag ourselves away.
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A small island a thousand miles from Bora Bora
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The island of Huahine, 90 miles south of Tahiti.
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In June 2013 Spruce visited some of the atolls in the Tuamotus
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After 21 days at sea we finally reached these beautiful islands.
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We arrived in the enchanted islands after only a 6 day passage from las Perlas.
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A group of little known islands that lie about 35miles south of Panama city.
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On 21st December we joined a group of other cruisers for a trip up the Rio Chargres to one of the Embera indigenous peoples villages
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During mid-December 2012 Spruce transited through the Panama Canal into the Pacific. Here are photos of the first days on the Panamanian Pacific coast.
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On the 15th of December we started our journey through the Panama Canal. An overnight stop in Gatun lake, then our passage through the last locks into the Pacific.
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A trip back to the UK. Quite a contrast from Panama both in temperature and culture. A short break before tackling the Pacific Ocean
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Travelling up through the San Blas ( Kuna Yala)
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After sailing from Cartagena and visiting islands en route towards Panama we made a last stop in Colombia in the Darien region jut south of the Panama - Colombia border.
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Spruce sailed from Santa Marta to Cartagena in Colombia in early August 2012. This album has photos of our time in the city.
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The boat was berthed in Marina de Santa Marta ready for a trek to the old city occupied from 800-1525 AD. La Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) or La Ciudad Teyuna (The Nature City)
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This album includes some images from our trip into the mountains of Colombia
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We are anchored in a small bay (Bahia Taganga) near the town of Santa Marta Colombia.
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Another of the Dutch Antillean islands, Curacao
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In May we sailed from Grenada to the island of Bonaire some 400M to the West. Bonaire is world renowned as a dive destination.
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Son Robin and his partner Hanneke joined us for a couple of weeks for some diving and sightseeing in Grenada and the Grenadines. Here are some photos
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A quick sail through the Grenadines before we head up to USVIs at theend of March
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A group of photos showing some of the scenery encountered during a couple of Hash meetings in Grenada
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Originally we planned to have left Grenada by now. With Sue's trip back to the UK Spruce will stay a bit longer. Here are photos for those extra weeks.
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Every year in February the Island of Grenada holds workboat races in Grande Anse Bay near St Georges. Here areb a selection of photos.
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A selections of piccies from our last week or so in this beautiful island
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Getting on top of the jobs that will be more difficult to accomplish when we get into the Pacific...and embarking enough spares for comfort.
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In December 2011 we completed our Open Water dive qualification and followed up in January with our Advanced Open water...some photos of the experiences
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On 30th December 2011 a group of 9 intrepid sailors from 5 different vessels hopped into a minibus for a tour of the island.
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On 27th December De Big Fish hosted a Cruisers Pot Luck meal and an Open Microphone Session for musicians aboard cruisers to show their latent talents.
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Passage from Cape Verdes to Grenada during Nov/Dec 2011
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A return visit after 2009/10 cruise. This time focusing on Grenada and ABCs before going West.
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After Sal we visited Boa Vista, Sao Nicolau and Sao Vincente. Here are some memories of those islands
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Pictures from first island in Cabo Verdes
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On to a destination visited during the cruise in 2009/10. The island of La Gomera, another favourite.
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Spruce sails from Madeira to the Canary Island of La Palma
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A return vsit to Madeira almost exactly 2-years after our we sailed here aboard our Ohlson 38, also named Spruce.
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After all the work to prepare Spruce for setting off cruising we finally got away in the middle of August...and sailed from Portsmouth, UK, to the Madeiran Archipelago.
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Spruce II needed a new deck and other TLC so off we went to North Wales for a while.
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Having found our new boat we are in the throws of preparing to set off. The boat is delayed on re-decking but we are busy getting the house ready for letting and sorting what we will keep and what must be sentenced.
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Our search for another boat was successful and we procured a Halberg Rassy 42. This album shows the preparations for setting off cruising again.
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After travelling back to the UK aboard the Snoekgracht in late October 2010 we started the hunt for Spruce II
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Between 21st and 31st October 2010 Spruce was transported across the Atantic aboard a ship, M/V Snoekgracht, with the Sprucettes aboard the same ship.
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Due to our shipping date being delayed from late September until mid-October we have spent more time in Newport than envisaged. Some more piccies of our sojourn.
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While anchored at Newport the Sprucettes had a day's outing with cruising friends Bert & Marlene from Heimkehr. Here are sojme photographs of the day at Mystic Seaport Museum.
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Spruce sailed from Provincetown, Cape Cod, and on to Newport RI with an overnight stop at Onset in Buzzards Bay.
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Spruce left Shelburne in Nova Scotia and enjoyed just over 2 weeks in Maine before heading down to Cape Cod
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Spruce left Les Iles Magdelenes on 12th August and after anchoring for a night at Port Hood Island on the West coast of Cape Breton Island went on to the Bras d'Or Lake via St Peter's Canal.
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A small group of islands lay between Gaspé and Cape Breton Islands. Some photographs of the few days spent there.
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The St Lawrence is now some 80 miles wide, as large as the English Channel between the UK and France. Past Ile de Anticosti we move out of the river and into the Gulf.
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Our journey from Montreal and down the impressive St Lawrence River and Spruce's return to the Atlantic Ocean.
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This album covers our time in Montreal (provincial capital) and Quebec City, two major cities in the French speaking province of Quebec.
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Spruce transited the (approx) 100M of locked waterway from the St Lawrence River to Montreal between 8th and 11th July 2010.
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Spruce sailed from Oswego, USA to Collins Bay, near Kingston in Ontario, Canada, over thhe weekend of 3rd-4th July 2010. This album covers time in Ontario and the trip towards the St Lawrence Seaway.
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After a brief stop in New York the Sprucettes, already behind time, hheaded up the Hudson River to start their river and canal journey to Oswego and Lake Ontario. Photos of that stage of the voyage.
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Spruce arrived in New York after an over-night trip from Cape May, on 19th June 2010.
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Spruce arrived in the USA at Cape May, New Jersey, on 16th June after 5 days at sea. An album to show the trip and our first port of call in America.
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On 30th May 2010 Spruce arrived in Bermuda afyter 13-days at sea dodging bad weather en-route from the BVIs. Soime photographs of the time on this distant island 650 Miles from the US Coast.
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On 17th May Spruce left the BVIs to start an expected 6-day sail to Bermuda some 850 Miles to the North. The first tropical depression of the season and a selection of other weather phenomena conspired top extend this to 13-days at sea. Here are some photographs of that passage.
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Latest pictures from BVIs
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Spruce arrived in BVIs at Virgin Gorda on 29th April.
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Some piccies of our couple of days moored in a marine reserve
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A selection of photos from our day out amongst the Classic Yachts
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Created 18 April 2010
Spruce arrived in Barbuda, from Guadeloupe, on 25th March 2010. Some photos of our adventures there.
47 Photos
Created 26 March 2010
Spruce sailed from Dominica to Les Saintes on 17th March 2010. These islands are just south of and part of the French overseas department of Guadeloupe. This album captures memories of this, our next, island in the Antilles.
10 Photos
Created 18 March 2010
On 7th March Spruce sailed into Prince Rupert Bay at the north west side of Dominica. The last island with rain forest before Puerto Rico! An album of memories from our next island visited.
51 Photos
Created 10 March 2010
Spruce arrived in the Caribbean on 18th December 2009 after crossing the Atlantic from the Cape Verde Islands. This album shows the various albums covering our time cruising the Caribbean.
7 Photos | 8 Sub-Albums
Created 2 January 2010
Between 2nd December and 18th December 2009 Spruce sailed from Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands, to Barbados, caribbean. This album shows some of the photographs taken at sea during the 15 Day and 21 hour crossing.
11 Photos
Created 20 December 2009
Spruce sailed from La Gomera, Canary Islands, for the Cape Verdes on 14th November 2009 and arrived at Mindelo on the island of Sao Vincente after 6 days at sea. This album captures the passage getting there and the time in Sao Vincente and the adjacent island of Santo Antao.
16 Photos
Created 30 November 2009
Friends who are planning on heading off on future cruising trips themselves have expressed interest in feedback on our thoughts about the various systems and equipment aboard... what works well, lessons learned and general thoughts based upon experience. We have divided the blog into two categories: News and Updates; Boat Systems... the general news items uploaded so far will by under "News & Updates" and the equipment etc will be under "Boat Systems" ... you should be able to filter what categories you view when you access the blog.
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 6 November 2009
To follow
6 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 20 October 2009
Spruce arrived in Madeira main island on 9th September after leaving Porto Santo earlier the same day. Here are photos as we travel around the island.
14 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 11 September 2009
The passage from Cascais, near Lisbon, to the Madeiran island of Porto Santo took four days of downwind sailing at sea and some beautiful images were captured.
18 Photos
Created 5 September 2009
Spruce arrived in Portugal on 14th August 2009. This album and sub-albums shows a few photographs of our travels within Portugal.
3 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 17 August 2009
Spruce arrived in Spain at La Coruna on 11th July 2009 after a four day sail from Dingle 550 sea miles to the North-North West.
25 Photos
Created 17 August 2009
Spruce cruised from Baltimore to Bantry Bay and then up to the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. After spending the summer solstice celebrations at this most northerly point of the cruise we headed back to the Shannon and Dingle before sailing for Galicia in Spain.
22 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 August 2009