Log #37f Madeira and Adrift to the Canary Islands

Log #37f Madeira and Adrift to the Canary Islands

Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands Dec. 6, 2005   Hi Folks,   We have left Tenerife and are back here on Gran Canaria for maintenance problems. Our water maker has died, can’t be repaired, and we have another one ordered, a PUR 40E, but expensive, 2500 Euros or about $3800 Canadian. In addition, our
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Log #37e The Madeira Islands

Log #37e The Madeira Islands

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands Nov. 28, 2005   Hi Folks,   I am starting this introductory letter before finishing the Log #37e which I will be posting below. Today, Monday Nov. 28th is for here, a cool (20˚C or 68˚F) grey drizzly day, with the wind swinging around to the south. The predominant
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Log #37d Madeira

Log #37d Madeira

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Nov. 20, 2005 Hi Folks, We are pleasantly in a marina  with power and water, a few other boaters we know, and central to Santa Cruz, including an internet site with Wi-Fi by which I hope to send this log. I hope to send out a few more, plus the supplementary
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Log #37c Lisbon to Madeira

Log #37c Lisbon to Madeira

Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria Nov. 13, 2005 Hi Folks, We are in a rolly anchorage off Puerto Morgan here on the south coast of Gran Canaria. There is no room at any of the marinas around as they are all occupied by the ARC and the NARC yachts which plan to leave the third week
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Log #37b Porto to Lisbon

Log #37b Porto to Lisbon

Port Naos, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canaries Nov. 1, 2005 Hi Folks, This may be the second log you get at the same time as #37a, as, due to extreme frustration at being unable to send E-mail, I have had extra time to complete this one. We could have left three days ago, but I wanted to
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Log #37a Into Portugal

Log #37a Into Portugal

Port Naos Aricife, Lanzarote, Canaries Oct. 30, 2005 Hi Folks, We are at a pleasant anchorage in Port Naos, a sheltered cove across from the big commercial port with two sandy beaches ringed by sharp edged lava rock on one side. On the other side we have a view of the container port with its
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Log #36e Ria de Pontevedra to Bayona

Log #36e Ria de Pontevedra to Bayona

Quinte do Lorde Marina, Madeira Oct. 20/05 Hi Folks, We have spent two weeks here with Judy’s dad who took a condominium 25 km down the island. We rented a car for the two weeks and had a great opportunity to see this whole magnificent volcanic island. More about it when I get to the
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Log # 36d La Coruna to the Rias Baixas

Log # 36d La Coruna to the Rias Baixas

Marina Quinte do Lorde, Madeira Oct. 9, 2005 Hi Folks, We are secure in this marina on Madeira while Judy’s Dad is visiting for a couple of weeks. He is staying in a timeshare condo 25 kilometres down the coast. We had a great 500 mile sail from Lisbon (actually Cascais, a suburb of Lisbon
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Log #36c La Coruna and Santiago de Compostela

Log #36c La Coruna and Santiago de Compostela

Peniche, Portugal Sept. 22, 2005 Hi Folks, We are anchored in this industrial/fishing harbour, with our next stop near Lisbon. We had problems in our last marina at Figueira da Foz, as rather than take our passport photocopies to the marina office, Judy took her passport to the office and was then directed to the
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Log #36b Rias of Northern Spain

Log #36b Rias of Northern Spain

Bayona, Spain September 12, 2005 Hi Folks, Here is my next log which gets us across the rias of Northern Spain. We are here in Bayona (Baiona in Galician) and the weather is warm and sunny for the first time in a week! I hope I can send this from a local internet café in
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Log #36a Across the Biscay to Spain, Santander & Bilbao

Log #36a Across the Biscay to Spain, Santander & Bilbao

Santa Eugenia de Ribeira, Spain Sept. 5, 2005 Hi Folks, We are across the northern part of Spain and past Cape Finisterre, finally heading south. Guess which way the winds have been for the past few days? The predominant winds for this area are NW, but we have been having South and SW. Today we
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Log #35m Bordeaux and leaving the Gironde

Log #35m Bordeaux and leaving the Gironde

Cedeira, Spain Aug. 26, 2005 Hi Folks, We are on the northwest corner of Spain, having motored for the past 10 days since we arrived in Spain at Santander. Hopefully as we go south from here we will not be heading into the wind as much. All is well, other than the past three days
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Log # 35l Problems getting out of the Gironde

Log # 35l Problems getting out of the Gironde

Santander, Spain August 16, 2005 Hi Folks, We crossed the Bay of Biscay two days ago in a fast, good wind sail. All of Veleda’s systems are working fine and we were glad to be out at sea again. This log talks about the many problems we experienced in Bordeaux and Pauillac getting Veleda ready
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Log #35k To Bordeaux

Log #35k To Bordeaux

Port Garonne, Bordeaux, France Aug. 1, 2005 Hi Folks, We are still here in Begles just outside of Bordeaux for a second week as we wait for repairs to our quadrant and installation of our new autopilot. We hope to be on our way within a week, as the Bay of Biscay starts to get
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Log #35j Toulouse and into the Garonne Canal

Log #35j Toulouse and into the Garonne Canal

Begles Marina, Bordeaux, France July 28, 2005 Hi Folks, We’re still here in Bordeaux, and probably will be for another week or possibly even another month. In working on installing our new self steering system the mechanic removed our quadrant to see how we could link it up to the linear drive unit, and noticed
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Log #35i To Toulouse

Log #35i To Toulouse

Begles Marina, La Garonne River Bordeaux, France July 24, 2005 Hi Folks, We are still here in Bordeaux and will be for probably a week or more while we get our new autopilot installed. Nothing is ever simple! It will not attach to our existing quadrant, and a new one may have to be made
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Log #35h Carcassonne and Onwards

Log #35h Carcassonne and Onwards

Castets-en-Dorthe, France (at the junction of the Garonne River and Canal Lateral a la Garonne) July 19, 2005 Hi Folks, We are now at the end of the canal, waiting to go through the last two locks before entering the Garonne River tomorrow. In addition to experiencing a river current we have to take into
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Log #35g Beziers to Carcassonne

Log #35g Beziers to Carcassonne

Moissac, Canal Lateral a la Garonne, France July 14, 2005 Hi Folks, We are here for the Bastille Day celebrations in France, and hope to be able to send this off from here. The weather is hot and sunny, and this canal, Canal Lateral a la Garonne is easier going then the Canal du Midi
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Log 35f Canal du Midi to Beziers

Log 35f Canal du Midi to Beziers

Toulouse, France July 10, 2005 Hi Folks, Here is my next log already, as we have to wait an extra two days to get our permit from the VNF which will allow us to get to Bordeaux within two weeks, as their office was closed Saturday and Sunday. We like Toulouse, having spent five days
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Log #35e To Etang de Thau

Log #35e To Etang de Thau

Toulouse, Canal du Midi, France July 9, 2005 Hi Folks, I got back from Canada with my friend David Mulholland on June 29th. This is the first chance to send E-mail since leaving Carcassonne on July 2nd. Where we were in Carcassonne was at PK 107, where we spent 2 ½ weeks while I went
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Log #35d Entry into the Canal du Midi

Log #35d Entry into the Canal du Midi

NOTE: This is a second log I wrote by mistake about the same topic, and thus did not send it out. Some of the material I have copied and will include in other logs. Toulouse, Canal du Midi, France July 7, 2005 Hi Folks, This is the first chance to send E-mail since leaving Carcassonne
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Log #35d Entering the Canals

Log #35d Entering the Canals

Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, France June 13, 2005 Hi Folks, This will be my last log for a couple of weeks as I leave tomorrow for Canada. I had hoped to have my logs up to date before leaving, but I got them up to Aigues-Mortes after lowering the mast and entering the canal system.
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Log #35d Entering the Canals

Log #35d Entering the Canals

Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, France June 13, 2005 Hi Folks, This will be my last log for a couple of weeks as I leave tomorrow for Canada. I had hoped to have my logs up to date before leaving, but I got them up to Aigues-Mortes after lowering the mast and entering the canal system.
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Log #35c The Camargue

Log #35c The Camargue

Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, France June 11, 2005 Hi Folks, We are here in Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi, in the Languedoc region, from which I will travel back to Canada for my granddaughter’s wedding in Winnipeg, and a week in the Toronto area visiting friends and family. Judy will stay here with Veleda.
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Log #35b Toulon and Marseilles

Log #35b Toulon and Marseilles

Trebes, Canl du Midi, France June 9, 2005 Hi Folks, We just took Tony and Annie in to Carcassonne where they caught the train to Paris. Trebes is a suburb of Carcassonne; we are alongside a canal bank in this pleasant town. We have had a few heavy days of locking upstream here in the
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Log #35a South of France to Toulon

Log #35a South of France to Toulon

Beziers, Canal du Midi, France June 4, 2005 Hi Folks, We are in the Canal du Midi now with Tony and Annie Cook, friends of ours from Toronto. The mast is suspended above deck by two goal post cradles, allowing us to go back and forth without much difficulty. This log starts Log series #35
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Log #34m Northern Sardinia to Provence

Log #34m Northern Sardinia to Provence

Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, Camargue Rhone Delta, Provence, France May 27, 2005 Hi Folks, We are just getting ready to leave this delightful capital of the Camargue to go to our next port and take down the mast in preparation to entering the Canal du Midi in a few days time. This will end our four years
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Log #34l Maddalena Islands 2

Log #34l Maddalena Islands 2

Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, Camargue Rhone Delta, Provence, France May 23, 2005 (Happy Victoria Day!) Hi Folks, We are in this delightful capital of La Camargue during a major festival for the Saintes Maries and Sarah which I will describe in the relevant log. Judy wants to stay here for several days and I hope to get
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Log #34k Maddalena Islands of Sardinia, Isola Razzoli

Log #34k Maddalena Islands of Sardinia, Isola Razzoli

Marseilles, Provence, France May 19, 2005 Hi Folks. We are cruising the coast of Provence and some of the offlying islands. We didn’t bother with Nice, Monaco or San Tropez, but were in Toulon before coming here to Marseilles. Our friends Jacques and Andree spent a little over a week with us from Sardinia, and
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Log #34j Corsica – Ajaccio to Bonifacio

Log #34j Corsica – Ajaccio to Bonifacio

Toulon, France May 15, 2005 Hi Folks, We have been in this Southern France area for several days now at anchor in various coves and islands and now here in Toulon the major French naval base in the Med. We met up with our friends, Jaques and Andrée in Sardinia and had a long 36
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