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Winsome 4th and last trip of 2021

October 10, 2021

After our finish in the Fastnet Race at Cherbourg, the boat stayed in Chantereyne Port at Pier P. Just this week, on Tuesday 5 October, Leen, Dirk-Jan and myself prepared her for delivery to Caen via Ouistreham, including charging the batteries). The main thing was the replacement of the drive belt installed during the Fastnet […]

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My double life in France

August 23, 2021

Most people following my webpage, believe I am sailor and a pilot, but not so many know that I am leading a double life in France since a couple of years. In this case I became appointed two years as “le Président” de l’Association de Protection de la Baie de Morsalines et Cul de Loup […]

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Looking back

August 18, 2021

The entire crew is home, that is to say except for me and Boj (in France). Winsome is nicely moored at Port Chantereyne in Cherbourg. Batteries being charged whilst typing this blog at the marina restaurant L’EQUIPAGE. The winter home for Winsome this time Will be in Caen. In October we will still have to […]

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The second news over a relatively difficult time on board

August 12, 2021

Well our mechanically gifted Leen and Richard succeeded to install a too large distribution belt on the engine by changing the position of the alternator. Unbelievable what they achieved in only on hour! So we could continue to use electricity and in particular our navigation lights in the following night, Monday. Another problem occurred and […]

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Peter Morton came to say good-bye to us for a race he had planned to Crew.

August 9, 2021

Though we had promised other each other to make a conservatieve start, were less than two metres from the start line. Look how we can observe ánd control our own start. On the other hand we kept our promise to start with G-4. That was no luxury with 30 knots of wind. We came out […]

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The first day of sailing with Winsome since the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019

August 8, 2021

Just after we decided to leave Cherbourg on Saturday 09:00 we learned that 40 knots wind could be expected in the afternoon. It took us no more than five minutes to decide that we would leave four hours earlier i.e. at 05:00 with following time schedule 03:45 getting up, leaving Sophie’s small paradise at 04:00 […]

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The last Not sailing day, we think

August 6, 2021

Another day with bad weather, which we used to accomplish the last outstanding issues on WINSOME. Our day started in Cherbourg looking for a new kettle. No success, all kettles were turned down by le Chef de Cuisine Floris. Tomorrow we will make the crossing to Cowes. 20 to 25 knots wind from the West. […]

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Another day of Not sailing: Thursday 5th of August

August 6, 2021

This day was meant for a sail training, however I had to pick up our Fastnet shirts which were carried by Yoyo Schepers on the Britannia Ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham (Caen) arriving at 06:45. Floris accompanied me. We met at the port de plaisance in Caen and took a coffee and a croissant with […]

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Another day at Port Chantereyne/ Cherbourg 4th of August

August 5, 2021

Logistics were somewhat complicated but successfully executed: Joost N, Joost D and Richard arrived 10:30 at Maupertus airport. Both Joosts disembarked, Reima embarked to join Richard. Via Nantes they arrived at lunch time in Les Sables-d’Olonne to inspect the Vendée Globe boat STARK. Reima and Richard returned at 9pm to Morsalines. In the meantime we […]

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Testing all sails on Tuesday 3rd of August

August 3, 2021

It was a nice day with not much wind, ideal for a test, or if youwish à check, of our sails not being used since 2019. Some of them had been checked and repaired by Renze Runia resp. UK-de Vries in the winter of 2019-20. So we started and since we left every and each […]

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