65 degrees North - Queen’s Ransom explores

Queen’s Ransom III is a Najad 520 from the UK

03 January 2021 | Hamble NE3
29 December 2020 | Ocean Village, Southampton
05 August 2016 | 80 Nm West South West of Raz de Sein
04 August 2016 | 115 Nm North North West Cabo de Estaca de Bares; Spain's Northernmost Point
03 August 2016 | 65 Nm NorthWest of Cabo Villano
02 August 2016 | 123 Nm West of Vigo
01 August 2016 | 40 Nm West of Oporto
31 July 2016 | Oporto
11 June 2016 | Oporto
10 June 2016 | Leixoes
09 June 2016 | 162 Nm West South West of Oporto
08 June 2016 | 270 Nm West of Lisbon
07 June 2016 | 338 Nm West of Cabo Sao Vincente
06 June 2016 | 100 Nm North of Porto Santo
05 June 2016 | Porto Santo
04 June 2016 | Porto Santo
25 March 2016
24 March 2016

First sail of 2021

03 January 2021 | Hamble NE3
Ulric Almqvist
Southampton Water at 9am this morning

I was the only sailing boat in Southampton Water this morning. That has never happened to me before, not even a dinghy to be seen! There were some early morning rowers near Southampton. Impressive as it was only 1 degrees Celsius in the air. It was pretty cold, but i was warmly kitted out. The rain and sleet from last night had given way to dry weather.

Queen’s Ransom sailed from Ocean Village to Hamble Point Marina. It was good to get an early year test sail, albeit very short. I had some problems unfurling the main as a batten got stuck as it was coming out of the mast. However, using their manual control rather than the hydraulics sorted it. Hopefully, I furled it better now.

I have very recently in December spent quite some time in those waters taking my practical Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It was nice to be back and this time on my owned beloved boat!

Thinking about the New Year 2021 at Ocean Village, Southampton

29 December 2020 | Ocean Village, Southampton
Ulric Almqvist | N2
Looking East towards river Itchen

2020 is about to draw to a close. I am dreaming of 2021, post vaccine. The plan is to sail to Scandinavia and head to the Northernmost point of the Gulf of Bothnia. That is at 65.4 degree North! A latitude equivalent to North coast of Iceland, half the way up North in Greenland and the Bering's Straight. I will be spending the Spring first bringing back Queen's Ransom to the Medway. Then she will be hauled out of the water, cleaned and anti fouled. I am already now trying to tackle the Spring fit out list. A trip up to River Orwell for the marine electricians to tackle some of their jobs and plenty of sea trials in the Thames estuary and the East Coast Rivers. Maybe even a trip up the River Thames to Tower Bridge and St Catherine's dock. We can't go yet due to Covid19 restrictions, so she will be in the Solent for a little while yet. Will try to enjoy this great cruising area first.

Trying New Sail Combinations

05 August 2016 | 80 Nm West South West of Raz de Sein
Ulric W2
Queen's Ransom with Asymmetric and Poled out Genoa

It is 05.30 and the first day light appears. I can notice that it gets earlier as we progress North and East. We are in the main shipping lane across the Bay of Biscay with three vessels on our stern: Emerald Princess, a Bermudian registered 290 metres cruiseship heading for Southampton at 21 knots, MSC Ishkya, a 230 metres Liberian registered containership heading for Felixstove at 19 knots and Mistral, a 130 metres Turkish registered cargoship heading for Horsens, Denmark at a lower pace of 13 knots.

Another glorious Summer’s day unfolded. As predicted, not much wind. We experimented with a new set up with asymmetric and poled out genoa to windward. It worked, but certainly no breathtaking speed with the few knots of wind that we had. A war ship was laying at the horizon for most of the day moving slowly just like us. Late afternoon, we fired up the engine to make progress towards Ile de Sein.

Hans served one of his master piece dinners in the evening. The sea was calm, it was warm and everything bathed in sunlight. We discussed favorite cruising destinations. Sardines with beer were followed by slow cooked beef in a curry of cauliflower, leek and bell peppers with potatoes and red wine from the Douro region in Portugal. The chocolate mousse with port wine, syrup and aquavit in it blow everything away including myself for the evening.

It is 02.10 am and we have entered the continental shelf. The water depth increases rapidly from 4000 to 150 metres of depth. I am thinking back to this sail with Queen’s Ransom, visiting the Balearic and Atlantic Islands, mainland Africa and now 13 months later be back in Brittany. More about this in my post script.

position:47 13.6'N:6 13.0'W
Vessel Name: Queen's Ransom III
Vessel Make/Model: Najad 520
Hailing Port: Gosport, UK
Queen's Ransom III is a Najad 520 build no. 22 from 1996. She is equipped and maintained for world wide cruising. Read more about her Viking Voyage on this website "the Mission" under favourites Go to "the Boat" under favourites to read more about Queen's Ransom. Go to "the Voyage" under [...]
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