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Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal

In Helena, Voyages on 11/06/2010 at 18:05

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Helena  in the Miraflores Locks in the Panama Canal as seen on the live webcam of the Autoridad del Canal de Panama.

Setting sail for Panama

In Voyages on 24/05/2010 at 16:31

SY Helena is ready to go with full provisioning and complete repairs done!!! Rolf is sailing with the new crew: Arent Brink, Marie-Andree Lafrance and Matthew Nicklin. Read the rest of this entry »

Stuck on St Kitts

In People, Voyages on 25/03/2010 at 20:36

Hey all! Finally an update from Helena in the Carib… Since the last update we have had many adventures at the grenadines, St Vincent where we celebrated Baziel’s birthday with the crew of  the Black Swan, St Lucia where we were hanging out with Melanie and Roderick, Martinique and Antigua. Longer stories will follow soon.

As many of you may already know, Baziel is back home and currently I’m sailing around with several different people. I have met up at St Martin with Arent Brink, my cousin and I have also met Marie Lafrance who is currently still onboard Helena. Arent and Marie were supposed to come along for an overnight trip to Guadeloupe, but on the way the transmission shaft broke off, so we got stuck on St Kitts waiting for new parts. Read the rest of this entry »

Barbados & Bequia

In Crew, Voyages on 06/01/2010 at 19:27

BarbadosBarbados is an amazing place!

It is absolutely unreal how friendly people on such an island can be. So unreal that you believe that you are going to be ripped off, only to find yourself flabbergasted that people are just being friendly and don’t expect anything in return. This is not just because of some strange people we met there, but this goes really for everyone on the island!!! Simply amazing.

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Atlantic crossing

In Voyages on 26/12/2009 at 19:46

Finally the long awaited story of the men who went on a boat across the big blue lake…

It was a long long long trip with pretty much everything we wanted except for the wind. Some guy back in Africa pushed the wrong switch and shut down the trade wind generators, leaving us drifting in the middle of the atlantic with not enough diesel to motor all the way to the Carib, but barely enough to keep our generator running. We have taken the right strategy though, since we were still one of the faster ships that left around the same time. We went really far south to try and keep picking up winds where all the other ships stayed north to just wait for the winds. These never actually came in the following weeks, so that they were forced to deal with a lot less wind than we got in the more southerly areas. It could just as well have turned out the other way around, but we just got lucky in these circumstances. (Actually we’re just brilliant of course…)

Below is the daily update we sent through sailmail to our families back home. These updates have become a diary with all the things we did along the way and all the most important impressions we’ve got during the crossing. The only problem is, they’re in Dutch. Sorry, but our families are Dutch and although comfortable in English, we didn’t expect these updates to become our main storyline for the crossing so I didn’t bother writing or translating them to English.

For all non-Dutch readers, here is a brief overview of our trip: We set sail from a place and we arrived somewhere else.

Ok, ok, I’ll include some English descriptions as an overview… Each message basically begins with a position and some info about course or wind. Tip: Use Google Earth to see our actual track. You can paste the positions in there and put a pinprick at each position.

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From Amsterdam to the Canary Islands

In Voyages on 04/12/2009 at 19:19

From august to december 2009 Rolf sailed with his friend Baziel from Amsterdam to the Canary Islands. Their posts of these trips where made on another blog, that isn’t online anymore. Here you can find a summary of their adventures.

Baziel and Rolf in Lissabon

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