Posted by: Vegard Bleikli | 02/09/2012

Netherlands!

3 days after setting of from Egersund, we can once again set our feet on solid ground. This time in Vlieland, Netherlands. Our plan was to sail to Amsterdam, but earlier today a seal in the hydraulic pump tensioning the backstay burst. Some emergency repairs were made off shore and the rig was secured. Unable to set sail, we motored towards the nearest port which, luckily, was just 7 hours away. Another somewhat dramatic, but quickly fixed situation arose when the genoa halyard tore off. Apart from that the boat, gear and it’s crew has preformed beautifully.

Looking back on the leg, it was truly a great experience. We had epic sun sets and rises, dolphins playing around the boat, and weather worthy of the north sea’s reputation. The latter culminating in a 18 knot surf down a huge breaking wave, leaving the crew in awe, and ever so slightly wet.

As expected when heading out for the open seas the comfort plummeted, along with our personal hygiene. A cheerful side effect is that, one week into our trip, only 2 boxers and 2 pairs of socks make up all our dirty laundry. Prompting the slogan; on the ocean, no one can smell your arm pits.

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  1. “In sailing, a halyard or halliard is a line (rope) that is used to hoist a sail, a flag or a yard. The term halyard comes from the phrase, ‘to haul yards’. Halyards, like most other parts of the running rigging, were classically made of natural fibre like manila or hemp.” – Wikipedia
    Now, I understand that sentence.


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