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More Wind - Migration Continues

30 June 2020 | Taravai - Gambiers - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
Swedish vessel Hakuna Matata, with Andreas and Cecilia aboard, sail towards the northern reef pass in The Gambiers, at the commencement of their passage to Hao, an atoll in the Tuamotus some 500-miles to the north-west. The wind is still very brisk from the south, another weather system passes by and gives the usual rotation of the wind from NW to W to SW to SE and finally back to the north awaiting the next depression to roll through in the southern ocean. Hakuna Matata and Maya, a German registered yacht, both left yesterday with the aim of completing their passages in favourable winds. Swell is from the south-south-west and at 5-metres height; that combined with the wind waves will deliver a rather more lively ride than preferred. Alternatively, bound for the Marquises, Burasari and Haiyou left a day earlier, their passage somewhat farther at around 900-miles will take them a week. Thirteen yachts of the thirty-six once here now remain. A gaggle of others will depart in the coming days bringing our numbers below ten.
Many vessels from a variety of countries have weathered the Covid-19 storm here in The Gambiers. French Polynesia has remained virus-free, until two cases arrived in Tahiti, aboard a plane from Paris a few days ago. It has been most welcome to gain a plethora of different world views from peoples from varied backgrounds and experiences. While here we have met locals from Polynesia, both from Mangareva, in The Gambiers, and from Tahiti. A scattering of expatriates from Metropolitan France also live here: often these are incomers who married locals. Among the yachting community are folks from European backgrounds: French, German, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belarus, UK; from wider European ancestry: Australia, USA, Canada; and a handful from Hong Kong, Philippines,Vietnam and Peru. Fortunately for us, a common language has been English. Our Dutch is rather rusty and our schoolday French is getting an intensive upgrade with an audio course and day-to-day usage. Like all these courses claim �"You will be able to speak French in X-weeks!�". Yes, we can be understood and conduct our essential business, but the problem comes when a response is delivered...very fast, words slurred together and a smattering of Mangarevan or Polynesian thrown into the melange for good measure. All we can claim is a report card that states �"Steady progress is being made!�" It is remarkable the number of languages mastered by many travelers who generally seem to speak three-languages quite proficiently, with a smattering of others to hand.
Spruce may soon be one of the departing vessels. Our long awaited replacement autopilot is aboard the Taporo supply ship that left from Tahiti on 25th June, she will berth in Rikitea on 5th July and we can begin the installation. Once that is completed, and a couple more anchorages explored in The Gambiers, we shall be bound either for the Tuamotus or the Austral Islands.

More Wind - Migration Continues (cont)

30 June 2020 | Taravai - Gambiers - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
In the meantime we have been keeping ourselves busy with some recreational activities around the archipelago. A repeat visit to False Pass saw us donning scuba gear and taking a short dive with sharks and groupers. Sue had not been beneath the waves for quite a while so she treated this shallow dive as a refresher. Although we have seen these same sharks from the surface while snorkelling it is pleasant to sit on a sandy spot and watch them from below. Their endless cycle of cruising along the reef edge looking for opportunistic snacks is fascinating to witness. Remora cruise with them, sometimes attached to the underside of their host, continuously close to the action and free meals spilled by messy eaters.
In Taravai village Hervé and Valerie's home fronts the shoreline. Their sons, Alan (17) and Ariki (8) make use of contact with yotties to improve their English language skills. The family welcomes visiting yachts-people later in the afternoons for a session of Petanque or Volleyball, depending upon numbers. On Sundays, Hervé lights a driftwood fire and a �"Pot-Luck�" barbecue rapidly becomes a great venue for meeting people and practising our French.
Sue is finding time to do more drawing and some painting. Boat jobs are being completed only slowly. A mixture of culinary delights are being undertaken: more chutney and marmalade making, baking cakes and bread, and a toad-in-the-hole for dinner yesterday evening... the climate is quite cool in winter here, down to 20C, and comfort food is a nicer treat than in the hotter climes to the north.
Things still to do in The Gambiers include: to see the launching of the weather balloon, at the meteorological station each day at 14:00hr. Hike to the summit of 428-metre Mount Duff. We made it to the top of neighbouring Mount Mokotu, 5-metres less tall, a couple of weeks ago... but one must always try to make it to the top of the highest peak on the island before departing.

Cruising Around the Gambiers Some More

21 June 2020 | Tenoko - Gambiers - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
After the gale of early June we ventured out into the lagoon to a northern motu, Tenoko, for a helping of some glorious turquoise colours beside the outer reef. Ocean swell from the south and a wind driven wave train from the northerly breeze stirred up a little sediment from fine white coral sand. The crystal clear water hoped for was not to be found. However, it was clear enough to snorkel along coral edges and see a plethora of fine fishes. Several sharks roamed along the same reef, the white tips inquisitive as ever, possibly checking whether we might stir up some food, or perhaps sizing up the neoprene wrapped morsels. One excellent sighting was a Spotted Eagle Ray. This majestic creature ghosted in towards the reef from deeper water, then slowly circled us as a constantly open maw gorged huge volumes of plankton rich water. A metre across its tail faithfully trailed behind out to three-metres astern.
The photo shows some of the scintillating colours. These blues and greens are so soothing to the human mind, perhaps a genetic remnant from evolutionary ancestors' lives spent beneath the waves.

Cruising Around the Gambiers (cont)

21 June 2020 | Tenoko - Gambiers - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
On shore some coves are bedecked with coconut trees. The detrius of fallen nuts and leaves give habitat to the Coconut Crab. These animals can live to 50-years of age. That is providing they are not eaten by humans. Once out of their early larval stage we are their only real predator. The status of these creatures wobbles between Vulnerable to Extinction, and not so threatened. We wonder if the less vulnerable label is more a politically expedient term when many cultures in their tropical sphere have a tradition of eating them, particularly in Asian regions where the meat is seen as an aphrodisiac. We have wandered many tropical islet beaches and inland zones between here, their eastern extremity, and across to Indonesia, we have seen only a very small number of such crabs so suspect their true status may well be threatened.
Other bays on the northern and western sides of Taravai, at Anganui and Onemea, are also beautiful locations. We enjoyed short stops there anchored alone. There the narrow beaches are more yellow-ochre in colour, quite a difference to the whitish coral sand on the reefs. More good snorkelling although even less clarity. We were struck by the many decent sized steep-head parrot fish munching on the coral. Perhaps the issue of nerve paralysing Ciguatera toxin, preventing human consumption of reef fish in much of French Polynesia, is aiding a resurgence of size and numbers.
With a forecast of more strong winds from the northerly quadrant, we sailed to the western outer reef, then around the south side of Taravai and back to the village anchorage. A large building swell from the south west thundered into the shallows after many miles travelled from the southern ocean. Spectacular breaking waves glowed in the sunshine and gave one of nature's great performances as we sailed parallel to the reef, safely inside.
Once back to the village we dug in for the forecast 21knots and predicted squalls of 30-knots. On the second day, we experienced more than an hour with winds of around 45-knots, the strongest gust we saw peaked at 51 knots for several seconds. A long fetch violently whipped waves across the reef. Low level spume streaked past the four craft anchored, tugging hard on chains while rigging shrieked in the unexpected intensity of wind. Although lively this harder blow came during daylight hours and eased off before nightfall. On the radio we heard of excitement at Mangareva. Four boats at Rikitea dragged anchor. Apparently, one bumped into other craft as it made its way through the fleet. Another was narrowly saved from striking the reef while crew were ashore.
The southern winter solstice is upon us, days will start to get longer, winds have now moved into the south and look set to remain there for several days. We expect another echelon of yachts to depart today and make their way into the Tuamotus, a 500-mile passage to the closest tenable islands. We continue to remain here in the Gambiers. Our replacement autopilot should have arrived in Tahiti and be on the next supply ship for Rikitea. Once that is installed we shall review our situation.

Breezes, Gales and Squalls for Capricorn

06 June 2020 | Taravai - Gambiers - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
The last blog posting mentioned that we were making towards the island of Taravai. Our plan was to anchor in a sheltered spot before a region of compressed isobars between high and low pressure areas developed and moved eastwards, along the northern fringes of the southern ocean.
Mission accomplished, but violent squalls on night two gave crews aboard the eleven boats taking refuge in the same anchorage much broken sleep. Three boats recorded gusts of 60-65-knots within squalls of 40-knots. Shifty winds caused vessels to heel alarmingly from side to side. Two craft dragged anchor but reset themselves without issue; the bottom is excellent holding in fine sand and heavy silt. Our anchor dug itself deep. We moved to a slightly more sheltered spot in the north of the bay the following morning; the anchor reluctantly pulled out of the seabed by motoring back and forth once the chain was up-and-down.
This morning, after four days being pounded by strong squalls, the stormy weather continues. Periodic momentary lulls are broken by the next squall hurtling across the bay. Sometimes wind strengths are ameliorated by heavy rainfall. The photo shows a Dutch ketch, Lucipara-2, through driving rainfall. The duration of this spell of turbulent weather is remarkable. Although, we hear this is quite normal during the southern winter for these fairly modest latitudes: just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Spending time below while cuddling a hot beverage as wind howls in the rigging and rain hammers the deck is an unexpected pleasure for June in The Gambiers.

Breezes, Gales and Squalls for Capricorn (cont)

06 June 2020 | Taravai - Gambiers - French Polynesia
Sue & Andy
As described in earlier blogs, the produce grown here is bountiful. A visit ashore to Edouard's, during a short lull between weather fronts yesterday, enabled us to purchase locally grown and wonderfully fresh oranges, mandarins, lemons, breadfruit, bananas and pumpkin. Sue is definitely smiling at her hoard and not the lashing rain seen behind.
Breadfruit has unfavourable associations in the UK due to the history of the Bounty. Captain Bligh's unsuccessful first attempt, later achieved, to transport Breadfruit to the Caribbean as food for slaves, belies this food's versatile nature. It is a wonderful substitute for potato, we think much tastier. However, the fruits cannot be stored for long without turning to mush. They are ideal for tropical environments where they grow much of the year.
Paw-paw (aka papaya) coupled with onion, chillies and few other choice ingredients will be used to cook a batch of chutney that will last a few months. One of the ways to while away the next few days until more clement weather returns.
Several of the boats still here are waiting for a favorable weather window to travel north into the Tuamotus. News on the SSB radio net reports gale force winds have been experienced by boats 500 miles north in Hao and other islands. There is a major problem with winds coming from different directions when located in atolls. The wind-fetch across a lagoon may be tens of miles and large waves may batter those unfortunate enough to be anchored in a non-sheltered leeward spot when the wind shifts.
Spruce will head that way eventually , but not for a few weeks more.
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. 2015-18 brought us from Asia to Washington State via the Noorth pacific Rim. In 2019 we aim to cruise BC and then head south to Mexico.
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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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Spruce sailed from Japan to the Aleutian islands in May 2018.
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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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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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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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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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Spruce arrived in Barbuda, from Guadeloupe, on 25th March 2010. Some photos of our adventures there.
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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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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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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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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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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