Monthly Archives: May 2013

Like a Russian Doll…

Most of you will know the concept of the Russian doll, that when opened, reveals further incarnations of itself… Well this is what I have found with the whole gearbox saga, and this morning one of ol’ Adolf’s engineers revealed … Continue reading

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Limbo…

Ten days later and I am still here in Brunsbüttel… And for a sailor this can bring on all manner of thoughts, releasing hidden shadows and fears of failure. One of the many disadvantages of being a single-handed sailor is … Continue reading

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The final ‘Bight’. Romancing the Elbe.

I am writing from Brunsbüttel at the beginning of the Kiel Canal. To those who are following me, you will presume that I finally crossed the German Bight from Helgoland and sailed up the mighty Elbe. This is true and … Continue reading

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Helgoland and a German ‘Bite’!

I find myself now on the tiny island of Helgoland in the notorious German Bight (remember your shipping forecast?) It wasn’t really my intention to sail here, but if I hadn’t, I would have missed meeting some lovely folk and … Continue reading

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The last piece of the jigsaw.

Here it is… This little document is of major importance to me as it allows me to sail for the Baltic under the protection of the Swedish Cruising Club. It is rated as an International Certificate and it is… Freedom. … Continue reading

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Koninginnedag and ‘Wot… still ‘ere?’

The Netherlands has a new King… and ‘Free’ is still here! Why? Well in the former case, The Queen has abdicated in favour of her son Wilhelm-Alexander and Amsterdam went ‘orange mental’! In the latter, my British Small ships registration … Continue reading

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