SAIL AWAY
2007-10-13:

I rested nearly the whole day in my little bunk ... thinking, feeling, meditating, writing some long e-mails. Andreas "Shakti" and I cooked together. He made some spicy rice-burgers with the surplus rice from yesterday ... very yummy ... and I made some spicy, indian Zuchini with Methi-Seeds ("Bockshornklee") ... delicious
My beloved, little white fairy, Kristina, my best friend called me ... we had a long chat ... and are missing each other *sigh*
5.11.07 20:44


2007-10-12:

I went to bed at 02:00h ... knewing that the alarm will wake us all up at 03:30h in the night. We decided yesterday to leave Cuxhaven at the high tide (+02:00h
at 04:00h o'clock in the night, dark and cold ... with a wind force of 5-7 from behind and the flood pushing us also from behind. I was very curious getting into action and sailing maneuvers ... after we spend 3 days and 3 night in the port of Cuxhaven ... and the few days before were also boring. But we had more action than we expected. The sea was kinda rough, cold, rainy and the waves were ... lets say "challenging". Not for the boat, but for my stomach.
We also managed to _hit_ one of the big, red, flashing buoys ... we couldn't determine the distance to the buoys' light at night ... and so it suddenly appeared directly besides the ship ... and the strong wind along with the current from the flood pushed the ship directly into it ... kissing it with our back. Our captain decided to sail back to Cuxhaven to inspect the ship's outer hull. In the meantime it was getting dawn and then we saw that the ship's hull had a little crack in the hull ... our luck that it is _over_ the waterline. But since we were in a rough sea, strong wind, high waves ... there was water penetrating the ship slightly. More bad luck, the Bilge-pumps didn't work, although we checked them before hand. But since our "mechanic" left the Boat to catch his appointments, we were on our own. We didn't manage to get that pumps to work and the water beneath the floor panels was rising ... and on strong waves from the sides, it squirtet through the floor already. So we instantly got the electrical emergency pump to work ... and finally managed to pump the Water out of the ship. Curiously I wasn't afraid a single moment =8
And the expensive "day pack" from Jack Wolfskin is now worth its money by saving all my electronics stuff, because it is water-proof
But afterwards I had another new ... and kinda exciting experience. I had a bad sea sickness. While I'm on deck, everything is fine, regardless of the waves. But when I go under deck, I'm getting very bad nearly instantly. But I _wanted_ to try it, because I had the need to visit the toilet since _hours_. So I tried it. I first went into my Cabin and grabbed my sea sickness chewing gums. Then I wanted to go to the toilet in the next door. But I realised that I couldn't manage it. So I went on deck as fast as I could ... hoping it would get better, at the fresh air again, seeing the horizon. Then perhaps to take one of the chewing gum treatments. But instead I had a deeeeeeep look over the reeling ... "feeding the fishes", like we call it ;
I always __hated__ to vomit. There was __nothing__ worse in my life than vomiting ... and the years ago I did _everything_ to avoid it. I used to say: "you can amputate my arm, but please, don't let me vomit !!". But this time it was ... different. Sure it was an awkward experience ... but it felt very good and freeing afterwards. And the sea sickness was blown away instantly =8
Puuuuunh, that was a really nice puke *lol* But I hope nontheless that I don't need to repeat this experience ... means I hope not to get sea sick every time we encounter high waves ... because there are _lots_ of them on the ocean
We arrived safely at the known harbour of Cuxhaven. Calmed down. Thanked our captain for his coolness ... and planned further steps. I took sÀome pictures of the damage, Phil (our skipper and owner of the "Jane"
did lots of phone calls ... asking two known ship-builders for their advice. Then asked two local ship-builders to come and inspect the ship to appraise the damage and name the estimated repair costs. While this was happening, I lend me a bike and went to a cybercafe to mail the camera images of the damage to the two known ship builders of Phil's relatives.
16:00h:
Back at the ship again. Two of the crew were already sleeping ... and also the rest of us were really tired. I went to sleep as well.
18:00h:
Woke up ... and although not everyone was up again, I started to cook one of my favorites: Palaak Paneer *jummy* ... this is an indian spinach curry with tomatoes and fried cheese. But instead of the indian "Paneer" I use most of the time the greek "grill-cheese" named "Haloumi" ... _so_ delicious. The rice won't boil well ... it burned a little bit ... but it was still eatable =8
I miss my rice cooking machine *sigh* But the Palak-Paneer itself was very delicious. And the moment the food was ready on the table, everyone was awake because of the good smell ;
This meal kinda revived the energies of the whole crew. And there's enough rice left to frie it tomorrow with vegetables or something like that.

But now we are stuck here in Cuxhaven ... again *sigh* for at least a few days. So we will have enough spare time. Perhaps I will visit some friends nearby ... Hamburg or Bremen, not decided yet. Or I'll stay on the boat, chill out, watch some movies, go to some pubs, visit the local cinemas (very small ones *g*
... but Cuxhaven is a really small village, although it's kinda big. There is very scarce infrastructure and nearly nothing to have fun here. Towns like this always reminds me on the damn good infrastructure we have in Konstanz, my beloved hometown

5.11.07 13:53


2007-10-11:

Took a good, hot shower in the morning. Another shopping day ... this time tons of food and stuff for the whole crew. Took the whole day, too ;
In the evening I went the long way to the "Expert" electronics store on an old, crappy bike. Bought me an external, 2,5", 160GB USB Harddrive, so that I don't need 220V, which is only available in harbours, to access my data, 'cause they are powered by the USB-Bus. Nice piece of Hardware *smiling.happily*
After I biked the whole long way back, I visited a cybercafe to check my emails. I expected some scanned pictures from two cooking-books with indian food ... jummy
Since I have to pay for an whole hour, even if i just need 5 minutes to pop my mails, I decided to start a recherche for the sailing-ship-caravan over the atlantic ocean to the "Intergalactical Rainbow Gathering" in Mexico ... and FOUND IT *smile* Send an E-Mail to the crew and got a phone call from their captain and initiator immediately. Had a nice chat and we hope meet each other ... on the canary islands latest.

5.11.07 13:52


2007-10-10:

Made a private shopping day ... some electronics stuff for 12V. Took the whole day.

5.11.07 13:49


2007-10-09:

Today we finally came out of the canal, now heading to Cuxhafen, where we will stay about 2 days ... our captain has administrative stuff to do ... and we are waiting  for the our Card-Plotter's "chip map" for the north-sea. Important, tiny thing.
I'll try to get to a electronics or hardware store to get my 250GB harddrive to work. My mom forgot to send me the cable, so it's currently useless. On the drive should be nautical navigation charts for the whole world. Perhaps they are up to date and compatible with the ship's system ?
So either I find a 12V adapter for it or I'll buy an external harddrive-case ... perhaps already filled with a hard-drive ? Cause all my HDD's are way too full. We'll see.

5.11.07 13:48


2007-10-08:

11:00h:
The "Zoll" woke us up this morning. They checked our "fuel" ... but we just had ordinary Diesel ... so nothing to be afraid of.
Nice weather ... cloudy but nice. We had to sail back a bit to bunker Diesel, since they don't sell any at the entrance to the "Nord-Ostsee-Kanal" in Kiel. Found a small and nice harbor for smaller ships. Bunkered 300 liters of Diesel. More than enough to get through the Kanal. We hope that we can get cheaper Diesel in the Netherlands. Here in good 'ol Germany, Diesel for private ships costs about ¬ 1,25+ ... for "business"-ships it's only ¬ 0,49 !!! So we are thinking about to found a small Tourist-Sailing company to get the cheaper price for Diesel
15:20h:
Still waiting to get inside the canal through the lock ("Schleuse".
Sailing is about pacience.
15:40h:
After a warship entered the lock, while the lights were still blinking red, we are now allowed to enter it, too ... _behind_ that warship, of course.
16:00h:
Made some  funny pictures ... the soldiers on that warship ... all licking icecream
16:10h:
We are through the lock now ... finally !! But no good wind to hoist the sails ("Segel hissen".
17:00h:
Sailing on a canal is __boring__ ... no wind, nothing exciting to see ... just head straight ahead. Since there was nothing to do, I went to my cabin ... wrote some e-mails ... letting my thoughts wander around ... meditated a bit. Fell into sleep =8)
20:00h:
I discovered something unusual: when I lay on my _really_ tiny bed in the cabin and the diesel is running while I'm good packed in my sleeping bag ... everything is warm and soft ... I quickly fall into sleep. The warmth, the softness, the vibrations of the ship's engine and the soft swinging of the water is like a big and strong, beautifull lullaby. It reminds me of  our annual journeys to southern spain in the vacations. My dad used to drive through most of the night. I had a soft sheep-fur on the back of the car, my warm and soft sleeping clothes ... and so I quickly fell asleep ... while the car engine was running. Beautifull and peacefull memories of my childhood. And it's _very_ nice to have the same effect here on the ship ... especially when it _is_ boring

5.11.07 13:47


2007-10-07:

I had first signs of sea-sickness (or "sea-travel discomfort" how the pharmacies name it). Rested a bit. But then I had enough energy to drive the ship through the night to the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal. Traffic on the Ocean is kinda different from the Highways ... cause there are huge, massive differences of ship sizes and speeds !!! You have to look farther and react very soon to avoid stressy situations.

5.11.07 13:46


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