Little Green Boat

Spruce circled the Pacific between 2013-2019: South Pacific Islands, NZ, Australia, Asia, Japan, Alaska , Canada, USA, Mexico then back to French Polynesia in 2020. The plan is to go on to the Indian Ocean in 2021.

16 August 2019
16 August 2019
10 August 2019 | On Passage - Vancouver Island to Oregon
09 August 2019 | On Passage - Vancouver Island to Oregon
08 August 2019 | Tofino - British Columbia
08 August 2019 | Ahousaht - BC - Canada
08 August 2019
30 July 2019 | Hesquiat Harbour - BC - Canada
22 July 2019 | Bodega Cove - BC - Canada
13 July 2019 | Rugged Point - BC - Canada
07 July 2019 | Kyuquot Sound - BC - Canada
07 July 2019 | Kyuquot Sound - BC - Canada
29 June 2019 | Walters Cove (Kyuquot)-BC-Canada
29 June 2019
27 June 2019 | Barter Cove - BC - Canada
17 June 2019 | Sea Otter Cove - BC - Canada
09 June 2019 | Sointulla - Malcolm Island - BC - Canada
06 June 2019 | Sointulla - Malcolm Island - BC - Canada
06 June 2019
06 June 2019

Fatu & More Hiva

28 October 2020 | Fatu Hiva - Marquises - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy Warman
Compared with our previous visit to French Polynesia this is a more sedate sojourn. In 2013 a little more than 3-months took us to all the islands within the Marquises, three of the Tuamotus and all the Society Islands. During the year of that visit we sailed almost 8,000 miles from the Galapagos and on to New Zealand in a period of seven-months. Since we arrived in the Gambiers from Mexico we have spent that same duration in only a further five islands. There has been no other countries properly open for cruising yachts to enter due to the Covid crisis. French Polynesia have been very accommodating to our plight. Still no reply has been received from our application to enter New Zealand, we feel they have treated us shabbily. Fine if they do not want visitors, that is their prerogative; but to put people through an onerous process and then not to have the courtesy to reply, in spite of acknowledging they are dealing with one's application, is plainly rude. In any case, after waiting 85-days for no answer, it is now too late to sail the 3,200-miles into the cyclone prone region of the western Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile the beauty of Fatu Hiva occupied our attention for a couple weeks. Hanavave is the name of the village nestled into a volcanic landscape behind Baie des Vierges. Dark forbidding buttresses frown upon the narrow roadway leading between houses. A bridge spans a waterway, the partly dry riverbed green with lush vegetation, there are clear indications that tremendous floods sometimes sweep all before the deluge. Where the river runs into the bay a shallow plateau of submerged debris interspersed with sizeable boulders hint at the awesome power of moving water.
Beyond the village a roadway meanders upwards, snaking around contours climbing onto the high interior. A concrete surface laid during the ascent resists erosion, in the hinterland a dirt packed road wanders seventeen kilometres to the larger village of Omoa to the south. In 2013 we hiked this route and took a ride home in a local craft. This visit we limited our trek to the top of the rise and enjoyed the views from on high.

28 October 2020
Sue & Andy Warman
The roadside is liberally adorned with mango trees, some sporting luscious ripe fruit. Having reached the limit of our ascent, in the early morning sunshine, it was most refreshing and thirst quenching to sample the local fare.

28 October 2020
Sue & Andy Warman
Two other boats we met when in the Gambiers were also companions here in Fatu Hiva. Immediately to the right of Sue in the photo are Minke and Jaap (s/y Eastern Stream) from the northern Netherland town of Groningen. To the right of them are Jacques and Elenise (s/y Kalea) originally from Switzerland and Peru but more recently hailing from Seattle and Hawaii.
The verdant foliage of a banana tree plantation offers some shade from the intense afternoon sun, beating mercilessly down at a latitude only 10 degrees south of the equator. Bananas from here are transported aboard the MV Aranui V to Tahiti. This is a new crop, in 2013 copra (coconut “meat”) was the main island export. Occasionally, birds are espied in the palm trees: small pigeons sporting shiny green plumage. Chirps of geckos can be heard in foliage, minute lizards scurry across the trail; these volcanic islands have sparse fauna, being so far from major continental land-masses, and having originally sprung forth from the ocean floor. Many of the species seen were brought by humans. Some intentionally and others stowed away on Polynesian Wacas or European warships, traders and whalers.
The migration of Polynesians is generally accepted as having radiated out from Asia and then progressed over many centuries to The Marquesas. From here, migrants then went to Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Hawaiian islands and to New Zealand. Probably many more perished in the vast wastes of the south Pacific going east from French Polynesia, but the true history may only exist in fragments of an oral tradition that was often persecuted by early missionaries.

28 October 2020
Sue & Andy Warman
Some of the locals also turn their hand to carving and making tapa-cloth to serve the tourist industry. Most tourists fly into Papeete, on Tahiti 750 miles to the south-west. From there most move out to resorts in the nearby Societies: Moorea and Bora-Bora, or perhaps the nearer northern Tuamotu isands: Rangiroa and Fakarava. Few venture the distance east to the Marquises. Most of the carved artefacts are sent to Tahiti where agents and tourist shops sell traditional paddles, bowls, Polynesian weapons and models into the main throng of visitors. A major market for Simon (photo) and his contemporaries is held in Tahiti during November. The covid pandemic has had such a marked effect on tourist numbers visiting French Polynesia this year that they will not go to the expense of attending the event this summer as anticipated sales will be poor; most vendors are replete with stock from the previous event six-months earlier.

28 October 2020
Sue & Andy Warman
On northwards 45-miles to the island of Hiva Oa and her main town of Atuona, the administrative centre for the Eastern Marquises. Many visible changes have come about in the past seven years. The most notable are more numerous large US style pick-up trucks thundering about. Has this trend been driven by manufacturers offloading excess stock into remote places, by large bodied Polynesians being unable to squeeze into smaller vehicles more typical of mainland France, or the usual status symbology? Perhaps a little of all causes. In any case, the importation of fuel must have increased dramatically. New residences have appeared on hills around the port lagoon, a small harbour wall has been erected and a quay against which the Aranui and other supply ships can tie alongside. The swell leaking into the tiny harbour has probably a worse effect nowadays. Although local craft, Med-moored behind the wall, are sheltered the waves seem to reflect off cliffs and dock concrete-work, bouncing around the lagoon in a disorganised manner. Weed and growth attaches to the hull rapidly, perhaps derived from the fresh water river flowing into the harbour, or maybe a reduced flushing effect due to the harbour wall limitation on water circulation.
The local bank offers improved ATM facilities, several machines within an air-conditioned lobby. The mini-supermarkets and hardware store seem to be better stocked than we remember. In all, a good place for supplies apart from the town being situated a couple kilometres from the harbour. If a large amount of goods are purchased then a taxi will be needed. Certainly the supermarket opposite the Post Office will provide a gratis ride back to the dock for a substantial buy.
Compared with the low lying Tuamotus the Marquises provide more stimulating vistas of mountains and relief. Clouds form over hilltops, billowing and roiling in strong trade winds, compressed over the obstructions. Textures and shades of a variety of trees and bushes form a pleasing view. Coarse crags of igneous rock, cinder and conglomerate relate a story of volcanic creation. Shapes seen in the cliff profiles remind one of tikis and the moas of Easter Island, maybe there is a link. The sole challenge presented by a number of fine anchorages in the Marquises is the ever present swell. Unlike the Tuamotus and Societies, an absence of fringing reefs leaves an anchored vessel subject to the motion of the ocean.

Return to the Ocean so Blue

19 September 2020 | Fatu Hiva - Marquises - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
Spruce set off from Amanu on 14th September. A whoosh of a 5-knot current and swirling eddies swept us through the reef passage and out of the beautiful lagoon we had enjoyed for 4-weeks. North lies the Marquises Archipelago and her most south-eastern island, Fatu Hiva.
The Marquises are situated some 3000-miles from the continent of the Americas. They are at the north-eastern (upwind) limit of French Polynesia. We last stopped there in 2013 after a long passage from the Galapagos Islands in April.
Faintly ahead in the photo can be seen our destination. The stunning cliffs of Fatu Hiva climb slowly above the horizon as we briskly sail on a close reach towards the conclusion of a 460-mile boisterous passage from the Dangerous Archipelago, The Tuamotus.
Winds had occasionally been in the high twenties knots but more usually around 19-24knots. We had bashed into trade wind heaped seas close hauled for some of the time. Fortunately, that had eased to close reaching for the remainder. An average foul current of 0.3 knots had plagued our progress for most of the journey, sometimes at as much as a knot, infrequently a slight fair current, less than significant but an extra 3 or 4-hours sailing to compensate over the whole 78-hour journey.
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. Both aare working hard, harder than last time, at learning French while in French Polynesia again.
Extra:
During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-18 brought us from Asia to Washington State via the North pacific Rim. In 2019 we aim to cruised BC and then south to Mexico. In 2020 we headed back out into the Pacific with a 3,200M passage to Les Gambiers [...]
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We arrived in Les Gambiers on the 6th March, a few months later we are still enjoying the islands.
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From La Paz we traveled northwards up to Santa Rosalia.
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From Tahsis to Tofino our last port of call on Vancouver Island.
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After cruising the Gulf Islands we sailed north into the channels and though to the Broughton Islands for a look-see before going on towards the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
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We arrived in Prince Rupert on the 19th of September 2018. Prince Rupert to Kannish Bay.
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Prince William Sound to the Inside Passage.
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Alaska, Aleutian islands 2
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Spruce sailed from Japan to the Aleutian islands in May 2018.
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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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Created 13 June 2016
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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Created 12 November 2014
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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Created 18 September 2013
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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Created 27 August 2013
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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Created 23 August 2012
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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Created 6 August 2012
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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Created 23 July 2012
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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Created 11 May 2012
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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Created 8 April 2012
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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Created 11 February 2012
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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Created 5 February 2012
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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Created 9 December 2011
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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Created 22 November 2011
Pictures from first island in Cabo Verdes
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Created 6 November 2011
On to a destination visited during the cruise in 2009/10. The island of La Gomera, another favourite.
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Created 7 October 2011
Spruce sails from Madeira to the Canary Island of La Palma
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Created 2 October 2011
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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Created 13 September 2011
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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Created 27 August 2011
Spruce II needed a new deck and other TLC so off we went to North Wales for a while.
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Created 13 July 2011
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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Created 6 May 2011
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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Created 20 February 2011
After travelling back to the UK aboard the Snoekgracht in late October 2010 we started the hunt for Spruce II
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Created 14 December 2010
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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Created 2 November 2010
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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Created 12 October 2010
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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Created 11 October 2010
Spruce sailed from Provincetown, Cape Cod, and on to Newport RI with an overnight stop at Onset in Buzzards Bay.
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Created 21 September 2010
Spruce left Shelburne in Nova Scotia and enjoyed just over 2 weeks in Maine before heading down to Cape Cod
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Created 12 September 2010
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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Created 16 August 2010
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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Created 25 June 2010
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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Created 9 June 2010
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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Created 30 May 2010
Latest pictures from BVIs
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Created 11 May 2010
Spruce arrived in BVIs at Virgin Gorda on 29th April.
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Created 1 May 2010
Some piccies of our couple of days moored in a marine reserve
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Created 27 April 2010
A selection of photos from our day out amongst the Classic Yachts
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Spruce arrived in Barbuda, from Guadeloupe, on 25th March 2010. Some photos of our adventures there.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Created 6 November 2009
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Created 13 August 2009