LOG 5 S/Y Liv

Date: Sunday 8 August 2021

Position: 50° 43.470’ N 1° 35.979’ E

SOG: 7 kn

Location: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Distance Sailed during the week: 160 NM

Distance Sailed total: 1106 NM

Weather: 🌦, 17°

Most popular on the menu: Pasta Bolognese, Kids dinner without any parents 🍝🍽

Animals spotted: A massive amount of Crabs and Seals 🦀

Comment of the week: “Are you the small sailing vessel approaching the lock?”

Last week we decided to take the canals instead of being wind-bound in the Netherlands. We finally managed all the bridges and locks in the Staande Mast Route, 43 bridges and 8 locks from Amsterdam to Visslingen. But the commercial locks were horrible! We are lucky to have a boat in good shape after those experiences.

Going through the canals, especially through Haarlem and the stop in Willemstad were really beautiful. Amazing to see all the lovely houses and the canals going through the middle of the small beautiful cities. But the three commercial locks due to mast height in the end was a nightmare. Once we even got slammed against the lockwall by a 140 m freight ship running full bow thrusters. We were so glad to be out on open water again.

Just after leaving Vlissingen, the last stop for us in the Netherlands, a huge RIB boarded us! It was a routine check from Immigration and Customs. Of Course everything was in order, they were even impressed when we showed them all the papers we had ready!

After some hours, sailing with the gennaker, we started hearing a lot of noise from the rudder. We were afraid that we had some major repairs ahead of us, including lifting the boat in a yard. But after having a consult with both Arcona and Lewmar, we came to the conclusion that all that was needed was some water to lubricate the bearing. We also had to fix a new shaft seal since it broke when we were investigating the rudder bearing. Luckily we could improvise and create a new seal from one of our dry-bags.

Vive la France! This week we spent in Dunkerque and Boulogne-sur-Mer, somewhat wind-bound, so we really got to explore Boulogne-sur-Mer. Two nice places and so much fun to do there, both the museum in Dunkerque and the amazing aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Don’t miss the aquarium if you are ever in Boulogne-sur-Mer. But it’s not so bad being wind-bound in France with the fresh food markets, freshly baked croissants and baguettes in the harbour and the French cuisine.

We have spent all the days with the family from S/Y Sundance from Finland, the kids really love being together (and so are the grownups!). On Friday evening the kids had dinner together and watched a movie before they had boat-sleepover – total success!

Next week we will continue through France, will we get all the way to Brest?

Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson

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