TSR 2012 Race 2 Lisbõa - Cadiz
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All elegance put aside, finally we got our feet on deck. Immediately we were overloaded with tons of beer. So much beer?! But one eye on Dirks’ beer belly and we were appeased: there is an experienced skipper on board of Tomidi, fortunately! Let our adventure begin! After choosing our bed -carefully let’s call it hammocks, and settling ourselves, our first experience was memorable:...

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TSR 2012 Race 2 Lisbõa - Cadiz
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All elegance put aside, finally we got our feet on deck. Immediately we were overloaded with tons of beer. So much beer?! But one eye on Dirks’ beer belly and we were appeased: there is an experienced skipper on board of Tomidi, fortunately! Let our adventure begin! After choosing our bed -carefully let’s call it hammocks, and settling ourselves, our first experience was memorable:...

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TSR 2012 Race 1 Saint Malo - Lisbõa
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BEFORE
The crew parade in St Malo was not that impressive since only half the Tomidi crew participated, because the others had not arrived yet. The first real contact with the crew was the first evening in the restaurant. The captain did not join at the restaurant so the new crew members heard a lot of stories about a man of the hard line with strict orders and of few...

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Delivery Oostende - Saint Malo
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Dag 1 30/06/’12 Oostende – Calais
Na een vrij korte nacht aan boord van de Tomidi en na nog een hoop papierwerk voor de schipper, verlaten we de haven van Oostende rond 11 uur. Er staat een rustig briesje bij het uitvaren dat geleidelijk aan aanwakkert. De sfeer aan boord zit er al meteen in (weliswaar na een moeilijk momentje om de halshoek terug deftig te bevestigen). We...

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Delivery Halmstad - Oostende
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With 6 crew members altogether we started the adventure of sailing the Tomidi home after the last leg of the Tall Ships Races 2011. We were an international crew of various ages, backgrounds and sailing experience; Jiri (Check Republic, 64 years young, never sailed on the North Sea), Sabine (Belgium, experienced and since revealing the age of woman is not done, let’s state she is an...

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Race 3: Stavanger - Halmstad
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Na een lange reis was ik aangekomen in Stavanger (Noorwegen). Ik was de eerste van de 13 bemanningsleden. Na een tijdje begonnen de andere ook aan te komen. Wanneer de volledige crew er was kregen we een rondleiding op de boot en kregen we uitleg over hoe alles aan boord werkte en wat waarvoor diende. Nu kon de Race beginnen. De race van Stavanger (Noorwegen) naar Halmstad (Zweden). Tijdens de...

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Race 2: Lerwick - Stavanger
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I joined the Tomidi in Shetland for the Tall Ships Race to Stavanger. I was kind of nervous because I’d never sailed out of sight of land before. There were 3 trainees as well as the skipper and his son, Tom. As we were manoeuvring to cross the start line we almost “capsized”! Despite the rough start we still made it 1st across the start line. We had good wind all the way...

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Cruise in Company: Greenock - Lerwick
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We slept in Lamlash. I woke up at 5h30 in the morning and we were with the keel on the ground since the yacht was heeling over to one side. We left at around 10 in the morning for Campbeltown on Kintyre. We spotted a fisher boat and asked the guys what they had as a catch. The answer was scallops, so we decided to buy some for dinner. The guy gave us the scallops but much more than the 10 we...

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Race 1 Waterford-Greenock
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We joined the boat in Waterford on the 2nd of July 2011 for the race to
Greenock. Initially we were surprised (to say the least) to see not even a
wall around the toilet! The shock was overcome very soon due to abvious
necessity. Besides, it is an ocean racer after all.
After the Captain's briefing, we were informed that the course of the race
had been...

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Delivery Oostende-Waterford
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Na vele lange dagen uitkijken naar de afvaart naar Waterford was het dan eindelijk zover. Rugzak klaarmaken, trein op en sporen naar Oostende. Eens aangekomen (met de gebruikelijke vertraging, uiteraard) stond Dirk me al op te wachten. Samen zijn we naar het schip gegaan, en begonnen we het vaarklaar te maken. Na enkele dagen lekken dichten, kaarten sorteren, zeilpakken uitsorteren, en andere...

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