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Our trip so far.


Colin, Tracey and Gwyn left Caernarfon, North Wales on 3rd June on JOLIEF heading up the Menai Straits to the Irish Sea.  We stopped over in St Mary, IO Man, Peel IOMan, Portpatrick, Gigha, and Oban where we met up with Ian.  We had a trip to Tobermory to meet some of Tracy's friends before going north on Loch Linnhe to Fort William to enter the Caledonian canal. Scottish weather accompanied us along the canal forcing us to have an unscheduled stay in Fort Augustus. Loch Ness looked foreboding in a NE wind and driving rain. We emerged from the canal into the Moray firth and sailed to Whitehills Harbour. Bertie the harbour master went over and above to help us during our brief stay. We left to cross the North Sea

on 16th June.  We flew across through the oil and gas fields occasionally accompanied by white sided dolphins, arriving in an anchorage in Kjepsoy, Norway at 0100hrs on 18th June. 

The next morning's daily checks revealed that we had taken at least 4 litres of sea water into the engine resulting in oil that resembled mayonnaise.  Ian and Colin set forth emptying the engine while Gwyn and Tracey had an epic trip to source copious quantities of fresh engine oil.

To cut a long story short da Boyz fixed it.

We headed south to Jutland and traversed the Thyboron Kanal in Denmark.

The engine overheated at Arlborg after blocking our intake filter with jellyfish. This resulted in the alternator belt snapping.  A jury rigged belt on the engine cooling fan got us to Hals and some spare parts.

We carried on via Anholt, Helsingor and Dragor, arriving in Rostock on Friday.

Team Jolief

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