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GRAND PHA has been launched the Monday 17th September with a trailer which put her near the sea at low tide.
In waiting the tide, I re-stretched the lashings which worked very hard when the trailer lifted the boat under the 2 central beams.
Here is a link to know Where is Grand PHA
When she was completely afloat, she was well floated horizontally and although her weight estimated at least at 9 tons with all the gears , tools , engines, batteries, anchors and chain, etc. the water line on he center of the hulls was almost at 10cm from the knockle.
The Tuesday 18th September 2012 at the end of the afternoon, after to have check the motors , we motored until the anse de l›Auberlac'h at 7NM from the marina using in alternating one diesel engine at 2000RPM in one hull + the electric engine in the other hull.at 5kts. Two NM before to join the anchorage, we motored with only the electric engines quietly at 3kts with a power of 1kw on each engine. At each low tide we grounded on a sand place.
The Thursday afternoon we were ready to hoist the first sail and I was very disappointed to see the difficulty to hoist it because the sail maker or the sail designer made a mistake in putting the eyes at the top of the sail not enough behind the mast line centre, so as the blocks are in the back this generates too much friction around the mast........
The Saturday after to have made temporary corrections to reduce the frictions with the mast we sailed with one sail to Morgat and according the point of sail we helped with one engine when it was necessary to head against the wind with a light wind with speed between 3 and 5kts.
Arriving in Morgat (at 25NM from the anse de l’Auberlac'h) our Manson anchor of 45 pounds was unable to penetrate the hard sand and after 3 unsuccessful attempts we took a buoy for the night.
The Sunday morning, as a storm was predicted for the next night, we sailed back to the rade de Brest in a new anchorage (port du Tinduff) at 27NM with a sailing speed between 5 and 7 kts according the wind. I put our other anchor : a Kobra anchor of 20kg instead the Manson with a lot of chain and the boat hold safely her position during the gusts of 40kts.
The Wednesday 26th September we motored the river Aulne until Port Launay at 20NM from the port du Tinduff, just after the first lock in a nice place along a quay to finish to prepare quietly the boat: climb again at the top of the mast to modify the block hauling system to finish to rig correctly the starboard sail and to rig the port one, to finish to wire the electronic gear and water pipes and to receive more easily family and friends.
I solved the problem of the top of the sail according the idea of my friend Robert in fixing one pulley at the top of the sides of each sail with separate pulleys at the top and after the sail have a better look after to have haul up it :
The Saturday 13th October we left Port Launay until the rade de Brest. The Sunday morning we've a test with sails with a light wind and at the end of the afternoon with a NW wind of 15-20kts we sailed outside the rade de Brest until the anse de Bertheaume for the night with a good test of the rig.
The Monday 15th October in the morning, we were sailing north heading in the Chenal du Four with a W-SW wind of 15-20kts to join the isle of Wight.
We sailed at 60° of the wind with a speed of 10kts. When the wind become abeam I opened more the port sail and we heard a sound of broken wishbone. So we immediately dropped the sail to don't damage it and I decided according the wind and currents to stop in the Aber Wrac'h river in sailing only with the starboard sail.
But a few miles latter when changing of heading after passing the light of the Four, we were downwind and after to have adjusting the sail I looked below the sail to see the inside in order to check if all was OK when the wishbones broke suddenly pushing me violently outside. Happily the handrail stopped me and we dropped the sail to continue under power.
Although I have oversized the section of the wishbones ( the plan said to use an aluminium tube of only 25 mm, the same as for my previous Tiki30) they don't accept a wind of 20kts with gusts of 25kts and even the upper articulated wishbones at the top of the sail were broken.
For me it was a cold shower because after my tests aboard our Tiki30 PHA I had a very great confidence in the Swing wing rig offshore, but unhappily for a bigger boat this system is not enough reliable and as I've now any confidence with it I decided to give up the wishbones with articulations to get sails able to accept heavy conditions offshore sailing without damages.
Since GRAND PHA is grounded at the end of the river in waiting to get new wishbones.
The rig will be from outside very similar with the Galant rig with aluminium wishbones without articulations. The main difference is that each wishbone will be connected to the sheet system.
Sure the sails will not be so much powerful than with my previous articulated wishbones, but they will be very reliable with strong wishbones.
The wishbones have been made by a professional brazier and I have finished them to smooth the ends to don't damage the sails. As we wanted to be ready before the end of the next high tide to be able to leave the ground, the last days were very busy.
Here are the first wishbones finished with protections to don't damage the masts :
View inside a sail :
View facing a sail in the new harbour of Roscoff :
The Sunday 18th November 2012 at 08h30 there was just enough water to leave the bank where we were grounded since one month.
Unhappily there was no wind and we motored until the new harbour of Roscoff we joined at 17h45 before the night.
The next days were very windy with storms and as Marie-Helene was afraid and sick to sail in the cold season with short days, we decided to sail back to Brest to stay in the marina du Chateau until the end of March.
In the new marina of Roscoff Bloscon :
We have had to wait until the Thursday 29th November after north storms. The north wind decreased very quickly and with a strong sea we motor-sailed with the starboard sail only. When heading south at the entrance of the chenal du Four I hoisted the second sail, but with not enough wind and with cross waves at downwind the two sails collided and the starboard sail has been damaged with the end of a wishbone. We haul down the two sails and with the two diesels we motored against the current and we entered in the marina at night after 75NM in 10 hours.
In the marina du Château in Brest :
Since we've had only a short sailing with family at mid December with light wind and in looking inside the sails I saw the protection on the wishbones made from strap to don't damage the masts was cut at two points and I'll replace them as soon as possible with plastic pipes on all the wishbones.
To hoist easily the sails we'll replace the 2 little winches with self tailing winches and new larger blocks and a few other improvements....to be ready at the beginning of April to sail to the isle of Wight before to join the south Portugal.
The 31st March we left the marina as the prices increases quickly in April. The weather was not good to join the isle of Wight, so we anchored at different places in the rade de Brest waiting a good weather to sail away.
It was easier to test the boat each day with moderate or strong wind. One day after to have sailed with wind of 20-25kts with all the sails, I was unable to drop the starboard sail. We anchored Grand PHA in the anse of l'Auberlac'h and I climbed inside the mast to see one pulley with balls has been damaged and blocked the haylard. After to have solve the problem I descent with the sail and next days I replaced the pulleys with other larger ones without balls.
Climbing inside the mast :
During this waiting in the rade de Brest it was raining very often and we refiled easily our water tanks :
I was very disappointed for me to have to wait a so long time after the launch day to begin our voyage around the world.
It's not so easy to leave a big family for a so long time and Marie-Helene was very anxious to sail away and sorry to don't see our grand children very often and this psychological obstacle was in fact more difficult to solve than all the technical problems!!!
Map showing the beginning of our sea people voyage : from The Fret in the rade of Brest the 14th April 2013 to Bayona (NW Spain) via the isle of Wight :
The Sunday 14th April 2013 at 10h20 in the morning we weigh the anchor with a 15kts wind just after the passage of strong SW winds. At the mouth of the rade de Brest their was gusts until 30kts and we motor sailed with only the starboard sail with 2 reefs. A big swell was facing Grand PHA and after to be out of this narrow passage we put the second sail with 2 reefs so and switch off the diesel engines . At the entrance of the Channel after to have passed the chenal du Four we were downwind pushed by a long swell and 20kts wind. We don't put all the sails because we preferred to sail quietly during this first sailing night.
The Monday 9h00 AM we were approaching the traffic lane corner offshore of the Casquets and we changed our heading in order to cut perpendicularity the traffic track. The first climbing track was empty when we crossed it, but the descending track was crowded and as we had a speed of 7 to 8 kts we passed quickly, only one big tanker turn a little to increase the separation. More we sailed to the north more the wind was vanishing and due to opposite tide current and lack of wind at 17h40 we started the diesel engines at 15NM from the Needles. We reached the Needles when the current began to be with us. It was night when we anchored at 22h00 near the entrance of Newton river on the isle of Wight.
The tomorrow morning we motored until Folly inn pontoon on the Medina river to finalise our propulsion hybrid system.
Grand PHA along the pontoon of Folly on the Medina river isle of Wight :
The Thursday we walk along the river until Newport for shopping and to get cash .
The Friday 19th April we sail slowly until Bembridge (SE of the isle of Wight) in order to clean the botom hulls and to change one of the propeller for the next tests.
We fixed nets in front of the boat :
In waiting the warm seas :
The Saturday we sailed until Newton river to meet Chris, a friend who was waiting us aboard his Freedom 28 junk rigged:
Grand PHA anchored in Newton river :
The Friday evening we motored from Cowes to the Hamble river to meet friends and as soon as we entered the Solent, a very thick mist was coming quickly. Happily we have an AIS transponder to see all the other boats. We crossed very big boats as this one just before to penetrate the fog :
The Saturday afternoon we sail back to Newton river and the Saturday morning we sailed to Lymington for the AGM of the Junk Rig Association :
The market of Lymington :
We anchored for the lunch in Newton river with friends aboard and after to have left Stieve and Sally Peake and Edward Hooper who sailed to Yarmouth aboard Amiina we motored at first until the Needles and next motor sailed with all the sails due to SW wind until Swanage where we anchored waiting for a better weather forecast to sail away south of Portugal.
Arriving in Swanage bay :
Marie-Helene is relaxed :
The Wednesday 1st May at 11h00 in the morning we turned around the outside traffic lane corner (offshore of Ouessant) (48°57'N 5°54W ) after 185NM :
After the wind turned to North increasing enough to increase our spead to 8-9kts and so to left behind us the changing of winds. Their was a NW swell on which Grand PHA enjoyed to have acceleration until 15kts.
The Friday 3rd May as the weather forecast predicted the wind we'll become very weak in the next hours we decided to have a stop in Bayona. I made the mistake to don't cross the traffic lane in the morning. I only waited to approach the traffic lane corner offshore of Cap Finisterre to cross. To cut the traffic lane at 90° I had to close the wind at 70° and the wind increased with gusts at 30kts, so we hauled dawn all the starboard sail to continue onlly with the full port sail. We sailed between 7 and 9 kts with waves abeam. It was a good test for the mast and the boat who passed very well on the waves (which cleaned very perfectly the decks) and the mast didn't have too much bending ( the only problem was the friction of the wishbones with the mast it's the problem with this rig). After to have crossed the traffic lane the wind decreased until 20kts and the next hours until to have no wind. We motored one hour until to get an east breeze of 10 kts. After the sunset the wind dropped again and we finished the last 10NM under engines alternating in one hull the diesel engine and in the other hull the electric engine. When approaching Bayona we motored under electric engines only to put the anchor in a wonderful place surrounded by little mounts under a blue sky.
We sailed 653NM in 4 days and 8 hours at an average speed of 6.2kts.
View of Bayona :
The Sunday to have showers and to get an internet connexion we moved to the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona.
According the last weather forecast if no changes we'll continue our voyage to the isle of Culatra near Faro next Thursday.
Grand PHA on the pontoon of the Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona :
Tomorrow Tuesday 7th May we'll come back at anchor until our departure, waiting the end of bad SW weather with rain.
From BAYONA (Spain) to CULATRA (South Portugal)
At 09h15 the Thursday 9th May the 2 sails are hoisted before to pull out the anchor and at 10h00 we passed the cabo Silero in sailing downwind quietly at 7kts with a 15kts north wind.
The tomorrow morning at 9h00 we are abeam Peniche. In the afternoon some dolphins play with Grand PHA during a long time. In the evening the wind increase to 20-25kts giving top sped at 15kts. To sail quietly during the night we drop the starboard sail to keep only the port sail between the masts.
At 03h00 in the night, the Saturday 11th May we turn around the cabo de Sao Vincente. We are now heading to the east, the wind become unstable between a few knots to 25 kts.In the morning we have only a light north wind becoming SW. It's a very good sunny day and we appreciate to sail slowly along the coast until the isle of Culatra :
At 16h00 we enter under engines in the channel of Faro at high water and we motor until the village of Culatra to anchor . From Bayona to Culatra we sailed 372 NM in 54 hours at an average speed of 6.9 kts.
Anchorage in the channel of Culatra :
The tomorrow morning with the tender I visited the little cove at the SE of the village to know how to enter and where to ground and at 17h30 at high water we ground Grand PHA in a beautiful empty place :
Grand PHA is grounded just in the NE corner of the cove (represented by a monohull symbol) :
The best grounded area, well sheltered near the village, is very crowded with a big majority of catamarans including about a dozen of Wharram cats. But very few are able to sail, the majority is used as a home and I met only two owners, the others were empty :
With an old ferry we shopped several times in Olhao 2NM north of Culatra where each Saturday morning is a beautiful market with a lot of people selling fruits and vegetables :
In Culatra we met a French Guy "Alain" who bought in the Canaries an old catamaran named "SARGO" with hulls made of thick GRP who looks very near of a Tangaroa :
Detail of how are fixed the shrouds :
The owner Alain (named so "Ma Poule") is a man always very happy, living on a very small budget. As he plan so to sail until the Pacific ocean we'll be very pleased to meet him again :
We enjoyed very much this place and as I though it was not too late to join the Caribbean, the Tuesday 28th May we left the cove to anchor in the channel to be ready to sail to Gran Canaria.
From CULATRA to LANZAROTE (CANARIES).
*Route Grand PHA Juin 2013 Culatra Canaries
The Wednesday 29 May at 06h40 in the morning we leave Culatra. The wind is abeam 15kts , speed 6.5kts.
At 15h00 we are out of the traffic lane and as the wind is increasing to 25kts from W-NW we drop the the port sail and reduce a panel in the starboard sail.
Marie-Helene is bad due to a persistent seasick and I assume alone the night watches.
At 19h00 after the impact of a big wave abeam the hulls, the electric pilot shut down. Happily it was only an heavy object on the chart desk which slid and switched off the NMEA switch.
As the Friday the seasick of Marie-Helene didn't decrease, we decided to stop in Lanzarote. The Sunday 1st June we drop the anchor at the east of the marina Rubicon in front of la playa de las Mujeras. The average speed was 7.2kts.
View of the island of Graciosa just at the north of Lanzarote (now we need to get an authorisation to anchor ) :
The Wednesday 05th June we come back at anchor in front of the playa.
Since the boat has been reassemble last September, I live on board, but for Marie-Helene it has been very hard to leave our house, family, friends etc. At a time I was afraid after so many years of building she gave up our sailing plans and to sail alone on a such big boat. It's why we change our plan and stayed in Brest during the winter. And now with the time she feels better enjoying more and more our new sea people life after to have passed more of 30 years with children.
In fact the technical problems are easier to solve than the human problems....
So we decided to visit the Canaries and Cap Verde islands in waiting the good time to join the Caribbean next November giving more time to enjoy this islands, to know better the boat and to feel well when sailing.
The Sunday 9th June at 18h30 we left Lanzarote to Las Palmas of Gran Canaria we reached the tomorrow morning at 11h00.
It's a very big marina, and except during the ARC from mid September it's prohibited to anchor near the marina. The marina is cheapest than Rubicon (about 20Euros/day for the 102m² of our Tiki46 but all the boats above 12m have to pay a tax for the month even if you stay only a few days!!!! 120Euros for us).
The life on the pontoons is very good and we met a lot of new friends. For the boat you can find almost all what you want.
We stayed 3 weeks. I put epoxy at the point of contact on the mast with the wishbones and re tensioned the lashings.
The Tuesday 2d Jully at 11h40 we left Las Palmas to find an anchorage in the south. We sailed with Tobi, a German friend we met in Brest . We begin with a light 10kts wind with all the sails but 2 hours latter the wind has increased to 25-30kts and we drop the port sail alone pushing us until 16kts in the gusts + waves and we reduced the sail of 2 panels.
Half an hour latter no wind, so I start the diesel in one hull and electric engine in the other. The anchor is drop near Puerto de Anfi del Mar. It's not a good anchorage due to littles waves coming from offshore.
The Wednesday 3d Jully we changed of anchorage to anchor at the foot of a big cliff near Puerto de Mogan. It's a nice place but the sea in not smooth, mainly due to a lot of little ferries and many water boat activities for the tourists and so due to a thermal wind from the sea during the day.
A catamaran for the tourist industry :
In almost all the places where we stop in harbours or anchorages we are able to get a free or cheap WIFI connexion. It's very important for Marie-Helene to keep a contact with our grand children in France and in Australia with Skype :
The Monday 8th July at 8h30 with a light SE wind we leave our anchorage near Puerto Morgan heading to Tenerife. 30 minutes latter the wind disappears and we continue with electric engines until to join the North main wind which climb quickly at 25 kts. The port sail is drop in a few seconds, keeping only the full starboard sail.
Initially we wanted to anchor at Bahia de Abona, but the wind is more NE than expected, it's not protected and we continue to sail downwind along the coast heading south. We drop the anchor behind the punta Montana Roja. The best place is occupied by big steel boys for tankers which bring kerosene for the airport and as we don't feel very comfortable we continue until the puerto de Las Galletas. We are at anchor beside "Samsara" an old English gaff boat we have already met in Brest and Las Palmas.
The tomorrow we entered in the little marina of Las Calletas to rent a car and to visit the island.
The town is quiet with no tourist industry and the marina is welcoming, but the price for us is 50 Euros per day.
The Saturday 13 July we put again our anchor beside the harbour.
The Wednesday 17 July we moved a few miles forward to anchor near the puerto de Los Gigantes at the foot of gigantic cliffs! The harbour is mainly used by motorboats and our cat is too big to get a place. But I'm feeling more free at anchor that in an harbour.
The Monday 22 July at 07h20 in the morning we put off the anchor using the 2 electric engines using 1kw on the port hull and 1.2kw on the starboard hull, getting a speed of 4 kts .
At 8h45 we get a wind of N-NE 15kts decreasing 1 hour latter to 10kts allowing to have a very quiet crossing. We were able to see clearly Tenerife, Gomera, El Hiero and La Palma. At 17h30 we reached la Punta de Fuencaliente with a few drizzle.
The wind vanished with a short facing NW swell and waves with a light opposite wind. The 2 sails are drop and we motor : diesel + electric until the puerto de Tanzacorte. We anchored in the south of the harbour on a flat sea at 20h15. It was the first very quiet anchorage since we are in the Canaries.
The Tuesday 23 July we enter in the marina which has a lot of free place . It is a very quiet marina at 30 minutes of walk from the village with a more reasonnable price (38 Euros per night for us). We rent a car for only 20 Euros per day to visit the island.
This island don't develop the tourist industry , it products a lot of fruits thanks to the rain water and we were surprised to don't see more voyaging sail boats here and in Santa Cruz de La Palma.
The Thursday 01 August we sailed to La Gomera we reached at the end of the afternoon. We anchored in the south of the Puerto de Vueltas (Valle Gran Rey). We were the only boat along la playa de Argayal surrounded by very beautiful cliffs :
The Sunday 04 August we motored around the south of La Gomera. After a short stop at the entrance of the puerto de Santiago due to a too big swell we continue until a desert anchorage at la playa de la Roja.
The tomorrow morning we continued to motor to the puerto de San Sebastian. As soon as we reached the long jetty, the wind increased suddenly from 5kts to 20kts and to enter in the marina I started the 2 diesels. But the starboard engine had no power. At the entrance of the marina we stop along an old gaff boat in waiting to know where we can go. I descended quickly in the starboard hull to see what's happened and I saw the top of the silence exhaust box was pierced and a jet of water was thrown across the engine room. I stopped immediately the 2 diesel engines and we finished the manoeuvre without problems with the electric engines. I was lucky to find a new exhaust box of the same size and after to have replaced it and to check all is OK, during 3 days we hired a car to visit this very beautiful little island :
View of the marina from the cliff .
Visit of the giant laurel forest :
The Sunday 11 August we motored back via the south of la Gomera with no wind to Valle Gran Rey . During 2 hours we motored under electric engines and after alternatively with on one side the diesel + generator and on the other side only the electric engine but the starboard diesel had not a good sound because no water were going threw the exhaust pipe. So I stop it and used the port diesel + the starboard electric engine until the anchorage. In fact the impeller of the water sea pump loosed 3 blades on 6!!! The engine has only 60 hours of run but in fact the engine has been built since more 4 years and the rubber was damaged. So now I"ll replaced them each year.
Along the beach there was the Finca Argayall center who welcome guests and workshops around the yoga, tantra, healing, dance, etc and each afternoon during one hour we join them for yoga or meditation. Sometime it was very difficult to land on the rocky beach due to the swell.. As you can see the life was very pleasant and we met a lot of people on other boats or at land.
The Sunday 8 September we sailed again to Tazacorte in La Palma to take the 2 impellers we've order via a friend of La Palma and the Wednesday 18 september after a long waiting we sailed back with a light across wind. To arrive before the night I switch on the port electric engine but after 2 hours of working at low power the main electric box control refused to work and I used the starboard one to continue to help to sail quicker
The Wednesday 25 September after to have try to repair myself with the help of Hybrid Marine via email, we sailed to Tenerife until the marina of San Miguel to bring the main box control to the DHL office of Santa Cruz.
Happily on route we've had the pleasure to meet dolphins :
During 3 days we visited again this big island and moored at the entrance of the harbour, we've had the surprise to see the Pahi 63 MOANA who has been built in Austria and now his third or fourth owner is a French couple and their children. Unhappily they were not on-board but I take a few pictures :
We were very disappointed to in different parts of the Canaries these big tourist building centres unachieved and as you can see we have so bought folding bicycles :
The Monday 30 September we left San Miguel to La Gomera with a light NW wind. We anchored in the little cove of playa de Avalo at 1.5NM in the NE of San Sebastian. The tomorrow morning we motored a few miles after San Sebastian around the south of La Gomera untilthe anchorage in front of la playa del Cabrito in waiting the wind turln again to NE to be able to join again our favourite anchorage in the south of puerto de Vueltas because the ground is good and according the wind it's possible to find other good anchorages around La Gomera. The Friday 4 October we dropped the anchor at a good place in front of the playa Argayall to be able to receive the Wifi from a restaurant in the puerto de Vueltas.
Initially we wanted to sail to Cap Verde but due to these problems with the engines we decided to cross directly to the Caribbean as soon as we have repaired the hybrid system.And as our friends Ann and Nev from Peace4 announced us it was their last cruise before to sold their boat, we want to met them in the north Bahamas.
The 17 October we've had the good surprised to discovered the Tiki 46 Apatiki from our Belgium friends Cynthia and Jean-Paul en route to Mindelo (Cap Verde) :
The parcels arrived in the ice cream shop of a French friend the Tuesday 29 October and a few days later all was working perfectly after to have installed the new boxes, and we thank Graeme of Hybrid marine for his work,and help.
After to have said good bye to a lot of friends, the Monday 4 November we sailed to a little cove on the SE of Vueltas at la cala Candera where is living a little community with Sylvain our ice cream friend. The swell was big and we were obliged to hang our tender to the too short jetty :
The tomorrow morning we had a short stop along the quay of puerto Vueltas to disembark Sylvain and her friend and we continue to sail to Tazacorte in La Palma to embark our friend Robert who will cross th Atlantic with us. He owned a Tangaroa who burned a fw years ago in the north of the Venezuela en route to Panama.
Yesterday and today we shopped and prepared the boat :
Tomorrow morning, the Saturday 9 November 2013 we'll anchor at the entrance of the harbour to wash slightly the bottom and at the beginning of the afternoon we'll sail away to Saint Martin and next to the Bahamas to have a new Tiki46 meeting with Peace4.
It's possible to track Grand PHA with this link .