Log #32a Return to Veleda in Istanbul

Log #32a Return to Veleda in Istanbul

Atakoy Marina, Istanbul April 12, 2004 Hi Folks, Here is my first log of our #32 series from Istanbul into the Black Sea. I hope to complete the #31 series about our stay back in North America for the winter, but wanted to be current in our present travels from Istanbul. It has been good
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Log #32b More about Turkey

Log #32b More about Turkey

Midye, Black Sea 41˚ 35.4’N, 028˚ 08.7’E April 19, 2004 Hi Folks, We have spent a grey cool day here in this small fishing harbour, also known as Kiyikoy, waiting out heavy weather before heading to Igneada, our last stop in Turkey before Bulgaria. I have had a chance to spend the better part of
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Log #32c Istanbul to the Black Sea

Log #32c Istanbul to the Black Sea

Bourgas, Bulgaria April 24, 2004 Hi Folks, I’m not sure when, if, or how this will get to you as there is no AOL local access number here in Bulgaria. I will try the Istanbul number long distance, and if that doesn’t work may try to send this via an internet café with all the
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Log #32d The Bosphorus to Bulgaria

Log #32d The Bosphorus to Bulgaria

Sozopol, Bulgaria April 29, 2004 Hi Folks, After a week in Bourgas, Bulgaria, we are now here in this delightful town of Sozopol, bows to on the town dock with several small fishing boats, across from the navy base. All is well with us, and we have a certificate to cruise all Bulgarian waters (but
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Log #32e Bulgaria – Tsarevo, to our formal entry in Bourgas

Log #32e Bulgaria – Tsarevo, to our formal entry in Bourgas

Tsarevo, Bulgaria May 3, 2004 Hi Folks, We are having a quiet time in Bulgaria as there is really not too much to see here, especially since we are out of season. Thus I am able to get caught up on my logs. This town is called Tsarevo as a couple of Tsars spent some
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Log #32f Burgas, Sozopol

Log #32f Burgas, Sozopol

Varna, Bulgaria May 10, 2004 Hi Folks, I finalize this note and log from Varna, the northern major port in Bulgaria where we arrived this afternoon at about 1300. So far we are very comfortable here in the Varna Yacht Club; we even have showers with hot water! We are moored alongside, as opposed to
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Log #32g Sozopol and the Ropotamo River

Log #32g Sozopol and the Ropotamo River

Varna, Bulgaria May 17, 2004 Hi Folks, We are still here in Varna, enjoying the several friends we have made, and appreciating the still waters of our alongside mooring, plus the electrical hookup and the availability of hot showers. Varna is our favourite spot so far in Bulgaria. More about it in a future log.
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Log #32h Pomorie, Nessebar to Varna

Log #32h Pomorie, Nessebar to Varna

Tulcea, Romania May 27, 2004 Hi Folks, We are in the Danube Delta, having come down 300 kilometres of the Danube from the Black Sea/ Danube Canal near Constanta. I still have to send this the old way by saving it on a floppy disc (rich text format) and sending from an internet café. It
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Log #32i Varna

Log #32i Varna

Ismail, Ukraine June 5, 2004 Hi Folks, Well, we are finally in the Ukraine, even though my logs have not gotten us out of Bulgaria, let alone the two weeks we spent in Romania. Unfortunately, I feel this is an uninspired log, just accounting for our travels, and some observations on Bulgaria; but we enjoyed
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Log #32j Exit Bulgaria Enter Romania

Log #32j Exit Bulgaria Enter Romania

Izmail, Romania June 8, 2004 Hi Folks, We are waiting for the second day to clear out of Izmail. The assistant harbour master (the harbour master is away) is of the old Russian mentality who has no regulations to guide him regarding yachts, and wants to regard Veleda as a ship, and to charge industrial
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Log #32k Constanta into the Danube River

Log #32k Constanta into the Danube River

Odessa, Ukraine June 13, 2004 Hi Folks, We are still very frustrated at the horrible bureaucracy in Ukraine, especially after having waited for over 34 hours to be cleared out of Ismail. Avoid Ismail! At one point we were considering giving up on Ukraine and just heading back to Turkey. However we like Odessa very
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Log #32l Danube River to the Danube Delta

Log #32l Danube River to the Danube Delta

Odessa, Ukraine June 14, 2004 Hi Folks, Here is my log on our trip down the Danube to the Danube Delta. This may be sent from Kiev, as we are going there for a few days, and I have this log saved on a floppy disc, ready to send if I see a handy internet
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Log #32m The Danube Delta Part 1

Log #32m The Danube Delta Part 1

Odessa, Ukraine June 20, 2004 Hi Folks, We are back from four days up in Kiev, an enjoyable experience. I am impressed with all the architectural flourishes on the buildings here in Odessa and in Kiev. I find myself wanting to take pictures of buildings with their accoutrements, they are so interesting in classical and
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Log #32n The Danube Delta Part 2

Log #32n The Danube Delta Part 2

Nikolaev, Ukraine June 25, 2004 Hi Folks, We are here in Nikolaev at the base of the River Bug, a city of about a million, formerly a naval shipbuilding center and a closed city for 50 years until 1999 because of its strategic importance. Now the shipyards are underused and the city may have to
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Log #32o Problems in Tulcea

Log #32o Problems in Tulcea

Kherson, Ukraine June 30, 2004 Hi folks, This is our second day in Kherson, a large Ukrainian port in the Dneiper River delta above Crimea. Not much English is spoken here, but people are friendly. I have had time to do some logs and so am sending this out a day or so after my
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Log #32p Ukrainian Bureaucracy

Log #32p Ukrainian Bureaucracy

Anchored at Mis Tendrov July 5, 2004 Hi Folks, We are now half way through Ukraine, and will continue our itinerary down to Sevastopol and Yalta in spite of my negative reactions as indicated in this log. The people we have met have been nice, but their bureaucracy sucks! We have to check in and
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Log #32q To Odessa

Log #32q To Odessa

Sevastopol, Ukraine July 12, 2004 Hi Folks, Here is my next log already. Since we have not had access to internet cafes, I have a few logs already completed and will send them over the next few days, one at a time, as I have found a good internet café where I can do most
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Log #32r Odessa to Kiev

Log #32r Odessa to Kiev

Sevastopol, Ukraine July 13, 2004 Hi Folks, Here’s another log, taking us through Odessa and up to Kiev. I am trying to get up to date so that when we leave Ukraine on July 27th or so, I will be current. Some have asked what is on the ship’s stamp I use. It is just
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Log #32s Kiev Part 1

Log #32s Kiev Part 1

Sevastopol, Crimea July 15, 2004 Hi Folks, We just had an interesting night last night, as a storm brought big swells into the yacht club, so big that we had to relocate deeper into Sevastopol Harbour to the end of South Bay, a long deep inlet in the Sevastopol harbour where many navy ships are
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Log #32t Kiev Part 2 to Nikolaev

Log #32t Kiev Part 2 to Nikolaev

Sevastopol, Crimea July 20, 2004 Hi Folks, Here is my next installment on our trip to Kiev. Yesterday, my birthday went well. However, we did not dress ship as we had laundry flying all day. The yacht club just installed a new washing machine, and Judy was the first to use it. Nothing is ever
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Log #32u Into the Bug and Dnieper Rivers estuary

Log #32u Into the Bug and Dnieper Rivers estuary

Sevastopol, Crimea July 21, 2004 Hi Folks, This log takes us through a couple of emergencies, a grounding and an anchor dragging in a thunderstorm. As I note many of the problems we encounter, do not think we have only problems, as we have many pleasant days as well. The internet system here in Sevastopol
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Log #32v Nikolayev

Log #32v Nikolayev

Sevastopol, Crimes July 25, 2004 Hi Folks, We hopefully leave Ukraine tomorrow, July 26th. I may be able t send out another log before we leave, but after that, I am not sure where I will find internet access before we get back to Istanbul. I have sent out some pictures and maps of our
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Log #32w Kherson to Crimea

Log #32w Kherson to Crimea

Eregli, Turkey July 30, 2004 Hi Folks, We had a heavy but good voyage across the Black Sea from Sevastopol in Ukraine over to Zonguldak, Turkey (40 hours for 214 nautical miles with over 2/3rds of it under sail only). It is good to be back in Turkey, our favourite country so far. I may
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Log #32x Chornomorskye to Sevastopol

Log #32x Chornomorskye to Sevastopol

Istanbul, Turkey Aug. 4, 2004 Hi Folks, We are still here in Fenerbahce, the suburb of Istanbul where we left Veleda last winter. Getting back to Turkey and Istanbul is like coming home, as there are so many familiar things and friends here. We are even able to use our Bluetooth connection to send E-mail
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Log #32y A Fractured History and Politics of Sevastopol & Balaclava

Log #32y A Fractured History and Politics of Sevastopol & Balaclava

Saraylar, Marmara Adasi, Sea of Marmara August 8, 2004 Hi Folks, We have just done 2/3rds of the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul on our way to the Dardanelles and the Aegean. It was a quiet motor sail during which I was able to complete this log, a long opinionated discourse on the politics and
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Log #32z Russian Black Sea Fleet Review, & Leaving Ukraine

Log #32z Russian Black Sea Fleet Review, & Leaving Ukraine

Bademli Limani, Turkey Aug. 12, 2004 Hi Folks, We are in the most idyllic anchorage since Panormitis on Astypalea in the Greek Aegean or since the Bahamas several years ago. This anchorage (39˚ 00.31’ N, 026˚ 47,29’ E) is between two islands off the northern part of the Turkish Aegean coast in 14 feet of
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