ESV Olympia Koeln – Exciting Soccer Match!

Forget the worldcup – THIS was an exciting soccer match of my nephew Nr. 11

The next morning after our return from Holland, my nephew had the last soccer match of the season. We took a cab to not miss anything. And we just got there in time.

I have to say, this match was way more exciting than the first match of the soccer world cup Germany versus Mexico! My nephew kicked ass, I was so proud. The start of taking photos could not show enough, so after a while I made little video clips and combined it in the clip below.

Those 14-15 year old boys showed a great soccer match. They finished 3rd in there league after beating this team. Really glad I was able to watch it. Keep it up boys! 🙂

 

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Vrouwenpolder Netherlands

At 6am on a holiday, Mats and myself started our drive to Holland. My brother had invited us to join them on a camping trip. Thanks again, Bruderherz!

I was hoping to avoid at least part of the traffic. The first 3 hours were a breeze, Mats was sleeping in his car seat. By Antwerp we got into a 20k traffic jam. When we finally arrived in Vrouwenpolder, sun was greeting us. We met my brother at the beach and we got to meet the new addition to his family. What a cute girl! It was a great time, even though it rained a lot that weekend.

The beach in Vrouwenpolder was endless! A playground with a half sunken pirate boat gave the cousins plenty of fun time. Mats enjoyed the time with Bela, who is closest to his age, a ton.

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We watched the first match of Germany playing in the World Cup 2018 together and were a bit shocked about there performance and loss that day.

After the match we drove convoy style back to cologne, where my brother and family lives.

I got to meet some of my older nephews friends and soccer companions and enjoyed watching there seasons last match in cologne the next morning. Since it was a very impressive game, I will tell more about it another time.

A few days later my Mom took the train to meet us in cologne. So good to see her.

We celebrated Henri’s 15th birthday together. He is a cool kid! Just like my bro.

Legends in the Family: “Gentleman” and Ann-Kathrin. ⬆️

WE ARE BACK ON THE SAILBOAT

I am planning to write quite a bit about our visit to Germany, France, Holland and the Swiss Alps. It has been magnificent! Even though not on a sailboat, they ARE travel adventures and dear to us. Plus we will soon be back in the real working world.

But we are back on our sailboat now and reflecting what has been quite an adventure to all of us. And collecting some more.

It’ll be plenty for me for a while, I believe. The time with my family back in Germany has shown me, what really matters. Maybe that’s what happens, ones you start having kids. Or, I was blind, or I am getting old?

Anyways. Hope you enjoyed the blog and be assured, it is not over yet. It might just be slightly “slower”.

Thanks for hanging in there with us, through thick and thin.

XOXOXO,

US- To Sail or Not To Be ?

Real time!

Meanwhile a lot has happened. After our “see you later” to our buddy boats in May, the Captain, myself and Mats sailed to Cabo San Lucas. I will get back to that, once we return to California.

Mats and myself took a flight out of Cabo to San Francisco, stayed with my dear friend MIRI for a few days and got together with Gunnar T, James&Maggie & Gang. 😊 Fun and such a nice place to call home- SAUSALITO!

(Notice the sentence above our heads! :-). )

Gunnar T is Mats best buddy. He said the cutest thing while we were at sea in Mexico: “Mats will always be in my heart”!

Those two have a special bond.

We found a cheap flight with Norwegian Air (thanks Peter!) and continued our journey; via another 2 day stop in Barcelona; to Germany. I just HAD to see my family!

The Captain had found some crew to bring the Sailboat to San Diego, ideally to L.A. How that went down, or not,we will let you know in a separate post from the Captain himself, when he finds the rhythm and blues to write about it. It was intense, to give a small idea.

In Barcelona we had an interesting stop to see parts of the city, but we were glad to finally arrive in Basel, where dear Dad/Opa picked us up and made our way to his home close to Freiburg. It was special to be together! We enjoyed endless matches of Backgammon, accompanied by beer or wine with fresh strawberries. And of course ice cream!

Doing yard work in the heat of the sun. Getting that body moving- priceless. And experiencing wild life close by.

Happy time!

My dad had offered to lend us his cool VW and we truly treasure this gesture!

After about a week we packed up the van and continued our journey towards Holland, where we wanted to meet my brother and family on a camping weekend. Perfect timing!

The Captain wanted to join us after he accomplished his mission of bringing the sailboat back up north! So the plan…

Hard to say Good-bye! Puerto Escondido / Loreto

Puerto Escondido has a small Marina and a mooring ball field. It’s not allowed to anchor there and a mooring ball costs $25 a night, versus $125,- in the Marina.

We left San Marte in the morning and had to watch out for many reefs and hidden rocks under the water. Carefully we set waypoints recommended by our guide books into our Navionics App to make sure we don’t get close to any danger. And we kept our eyes open. We motored a lot but could sail a little as well. S/V Isabella went to the mooring balls first and we got a heads up on how deep the channel was, as we were approaching on low tide.

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We grabbed a mooring ball, which is not the easiest task and rowed to shore. The office was already closed, but everything very relaxed there. It was nice to have a fresh water shower and we had Pizza and beers in the restaurant at the Marina. We also finally had Wifi again, after over a week of remoteness. Nice to be connected again.

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There are always more things to do, when you are in civilization. Laundry, Provisions, washing the boat, fueling, repairs. Sometimes it is more relaxing being on anchorage. We weren’t “quite” in the Marina, but they had a big dock and portable water. So, we were able to pull in and take care of the things which needed to be done.

Having friends around, the beer started flowing around 3pm. We were planning to head to Honeymoon cove the next day which was close by and have a last bonfire with everyone and say “see you later”. After hanging out with everyone and having a burger at the Marina restaurant, we headed back to Alsager.

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Checking the wind forecast it seemed smart to hang for a while. We rented a car the next day and together with our friends from S/V Isabella, we first found a Notary; as I wanted to take a permission letter from the Captain for our travel to Germany; and checked out Loreto afterwards.

There was a nice plaza with a church and some tourist shops. While the guys had a beer, Julie and I walked around and checked out the shops. We don’t get to do that too often, so that was very enjoyable. When we got together again, we walked around some more and had dinner at Super Burritos.

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The next morning was busy. We took Alsager to fuel at 8:45am, so fuel dock was supposed to open at 9am and we wanted to make sure we are the first ones and have plenty of room and hopefully no wind to pull-in nicely. Nobody was to be seen at opening. We contacted the Marina office and they confirmed someone coming in the next 5 minutes. The Captain meanwhile started washing the boat and Mats and I went to get some last groceries, ice and check-out of the Marina.

Fantasy and Isabella were also at the big dock washing and preparing boats. We checked the weather one last time and had to admit, that it did not look good for the Honeymoon cove. We all decided to skip it and went back to the mooring ball, where we had a big shocker. The Captain tried to make it easy for me and somehow the mooring ball was not set up right. I did not know and tried to reach it. The hook got stuck and Alsager ended up right on top of it. The Captain was furious and mad at himself, but to me, since I had the hook in my hand and could not hold it, the force was too strong, felt attacked by all the cursing. It felt like he was mad at me.

Luckily Alsagers prop did not get stuck and we just drifted over it, the mooring ball popped up with the hook still attached and I jumped into the dinghy and got it back. We went to a different mooring ball and all went fine.

We decided to head south the next day and our new friends wanted to have a little potluck good-bye dinner for us and after a rest, we all went back to shore. We got a tow from Fantasy’s dinghy with motor, since the new mooring ball was a bit further away and a long way to row. We left Noah on board, since he had plenty of walks over the day already and sometimes, he just likes to sleep.

The potluck was fun, S/V Nomi joined as well and we learned, that they had gone to Honeymoon cove in the morning to meet us there later, but at that time we were still all planning to go.

When we all said our farewell and headed back to Alsager, we arrived and called for Noah. He was not on deck and I also could not spot him in the cabin. Did he fall overboard? We called him again and heard something… oh noo… did he fall down the hedge? It was dark and I jumped quickly from the dinghy onto Alsager. I looked down the hatch and yes, there he was. I ran into the boat to check if he is ok. Fortunately the bungee cord which was attaching the Mosquito netting around the hatch, must have easened the fall. He had the cord around the middle of his body, just standing there. I helped him out of it and let him slowly walk through the alley of the boat. He seemed ok. We carried him up the stairs and he layed down in his bed. What a shock at the end of the day. Thank goodness he is alright!

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Aqua Verde- MY best movie yet – at end!

Aqua Verde turning into Aqua gross !

We woke up kinda early and checked the books on how to get to Aqua Verde. There are lots of reefs around and we must pay close attention. We sailed far out to go around reefs and use the wind. After we tacked the wind got less and less. We had to motor and were now far away from track. Even though all other buddy boats left 3 hours later, they came close to beating us into the anchorage. The Answer went inside the reefs, brave them and motored into Aqua Verde 10min before we did. A four-mile sail turned into many hours again! Sometimes it is just hard to be patient on these sails, when you know you could get there much faster.

Mats had to do business and when I tried to pump out the toilet, nothing happened! The Captain went to try, also nothing. After we had anchored, we took a closer look, thought maybe the seals were dirty, but also after more thorough cleaning, nada. Now we had a bowl full of POOP! We had a fun few hours, I put some gloves on and started scooping the poop from the bowl into a bucket. And yes, I don’t have any video footage of it, in case you wonder. My hands were literally full in shit. I am pretty sure, nobody wants to see that anyways. Luckily it was Mats poop.

After that was done, the Captain took the toilet apart and soaked everything in vinegar. The pump turned out to be a big gross mess and had never been cleaned. It was disgusting.

We luckily have this toilet seat which fits onto any 5 Gallon bucket. So, that would have to be our replacement until, who knows. Getting spare parts in Mexico? Very unlikely. Hurray! So ein Sch…

We made it to shore around 6:30pm. There was a Palapa and also a very well stocked market. Ones again, we sat together with our friends and had cold beers and food together. We hadn’t had a cold beer in a few days, so that one was now very tasty! Even though my good friend Jenny would say, “no way” to the “Pippiwasserscheiss”! 😀

AQUA VERDE was beautiful. I put together this clip which includes drone footage of our buddy boat “The Answer”, who were so kind sharing. And I think this clip turned out stunning, it was a lot of work editing, but also pleasure! Enjoy. 🙂

Some pics from the drone, credit: S/V The Answer

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Colored rock formation

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Approaching the anchorage

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Goats running around everywhere with there bells ringing

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The Captain attending the non working pump of our head

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Beautiful calm anchorage Aqua Verde

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Going on a little hike with S/V Fantasy and S/V Isabella

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Beautiful view from up the hill

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Shane and Julie from S/V Isabella

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I woke up to a beautiful sunrise!

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While these two snuggled in bed a bit longer.

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