Log #53k the Queen Mary 2 to London, England and back to Toronto

Log #53k the Queen Mary 2 to London, England and back to Toronto

Beaufort, SC Nov. 26, 2011 Hi Folks, I belatedly realize my last log was #53h part 2 about Hurricane Irene sent out Oct.15, and here it is late November and I am just getting around to the next log. Judy has suggested I write this as a current log of our recent travels to London,
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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 #18t Summary – Voyage through France.

Log #18t Summary – Voyage through France.

Log #18t Summary –- Voyage through France. Andratx, Mallorca, Balearic Islands Feb. 9, 2001 Covers the voyage through France from Oct. 1 to Dec. 26, 2000 It took almost three months to transit the canals and rivers of France from the English Channel to the Mediterranean, when initial planning was for six to seven weeks!
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Log # 18s Problems in Sete

Log # 18s Problems in Sete

Log # 18s Problems in Sete Written in Andratx, Mallorca Feb. 6, 2001 Covers the period Dec. 21 to 27, 2000 We chose to go through Sete, as I was afraid of Port St. Louis because we had never properly checked in with the French Customs (Douane), and that being a bigger port, and a
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Log #18r Rhone to the Med.

Log #18r Rhone to the Med.

Log #18r Rhone to the Med. Barcelona, Jan. 27, 2001 Covers the period Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2000 This log starts after the extra log I wrote about the French strikes, and our first 2 days’ travel afterwards, Log #18x, which for the sequence of my numbering system, I have renumbered as Log #18q.
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Log #18q Another #%#@!&% French Strike!

Log #18q Another #%#@!&% French Strike!

Log #18q Another #%#@!&% French Strike! Covers the period Dec. 15 to Dec. 17 Written at Ecluse de Bourg-les-Valence Dec. 16, 2000 (Originally listed as Log #18x) The bloody French and their strikes! We have been delayed by the incompetence and strikes of this system, for a voyage that could have been made in three
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Log #18p Saone to the Rhone

Log #18p Saone to the Rhone

Log #18p Saone to the Rhone Barcelona Jan. 20, 2001 Covers the period Dec. 5 to 10, 2000 We were weathered in at Tournus with high southerly force 7 and 8 winds for two more days. It was a bit bumpy alongside those floating pontoons at the edge of the river with the waves washing
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Log #18o Waves and Wind on the Saone

Log #18o Waves and Wind on the Saone

Log #18o Waves and Wind on the Saone Barcelona Jan. 19, 2001 Covers Dec. 5, 2000 We left the pleasant Port de Plaisance at Seurre shortly after 0800 Nov. 5 to try to get down to Macon, about 55 nautical miles downstream. The marina at Seurre called H2O was a good one, with all facilities,
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Log # 18n Floods on the Saone

Log # 18n Floods on the Saone

Log # 18n Floods on the Saone Written at Barcelona Jan. 16, 2001 Covers the period Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 2000 Pontailler (47 18.3N, 005 25.1E, PK 252.5, now measured from Lyon) was OK, but we didn’t want to get stuck there for the 10 days that we were. The night we arrived the
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Log #18m La Marne a la Saone Part 2

Log #18m La Marne a la Saone Part 2

Log #18m La Marne a la Saone Part 2 Written at Barcelona Jan. 14, 2001 Covers the period Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2000 The tunnel at Balesmes-sur-Marne linking the Marne and the Saone systems, its north end at 47 49.9N, 005 22.4E, is 2.9 nautical miles, or 4820 metres, in length. As soon as
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Log #18l Canal de la Marne a la Saone

Log #18l Canal de la Marne a la Saone

Log #18l Canal de la Marne a la Saone Written at Barcelona Jan. 8, 2001 Covers the period Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, 2000 This stretch of canal from Vitry-le-François is called the Canal de la Marne a la Saone, and is the final stretch of the Marne route, crossing the watershed over to the Saone
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Log #18j Le Canal Lateral a la Marne

Log #18j Le Canal Lateral a la Marne

Log #18j Le Canal Lateral a la Marne Nov. 12, 2000 Written Dec. 23, 2000 At Sete, Basin du Midi This Canal Lateral a la Marne goes alongside the more steeply falling waters of the upper reaches of the Marne River, raising our height a total of 34 m in 15 locks over a short
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Log #18i The Marne Part III

Log #18i The Marne Part III

Log #18i The Marne Part III Written at Tournon sur Rhone Dec. 13/00 Covers the period Nov. 10 to 12 We left Nanteuil-sur-Marne at 0645, an hour before sunrise on a cold (3 C.) grey misty morning in order to make as much distance as possible. The halte there was adequate, with bollards but no
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Log #18h The Marne Part II

Log #18h The Marne Part II

Log #18h The Marne Part II Written at Macon, France Dec. 8, 2000 Covers the period Oct. 26 to Nov. 9 We left Veleda alongside the houseboat in Thorigny when we went to Germany by car, and on our return we went across the Marne, back up the 300 meters to the halte at Lagny
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Log #18g Marne River

Log #18g Marne River

Log #18g Marne River Tournus, France On the Saone River Written Dec. 7, 2000 Covers the period Oct. 21 to Stuck alongside a stinking gravel barge on the Marne River, 100 yards out of the Tunnel of St. Maur, with major engine problems, was not a auspicious start of our journey from Paris to the
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Log #18f Paris Part II

Log #18f Paris Part II

Log #18f Paris Part II Tournus, on the Saone, France Written Dec.7, 2000 Covers the period Oct. 11 to 21, 2000 We were assigned a location at the far end of the marina, outboard of a British narrow boat, and astern of a British sailboat with mast on deck also. This end of the marina
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