La course Halifax / St-Pierre est une course qui se déroule dans le petit archipel de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon sur les côtes canadiennes. La compétition relie la Nouvelle-Écosse jusqu’à la petite île française située juste en dessous de Terre-Neuve, soit une longueur totale de 350 milles.
L’événement s’est déroulé le 26 juin dernier et a rassemblé près de 25 bateaux sur la grille de départ ! Dans la catégorie Class40, Bleu Voile Océanique a terminé en deuxième position avec le navire Bleu35. Une course bouclée en 1j 12h 55min 10s. La compétition fut relativement intense puisque le vainqueur de la traversée est arrivé seulement 40 minutes avant Bleu35.
Andreas Hanakamp is an experienced navigator having started his career by participating in the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and Athens in 2004. He competed as a crew member in the Austrian national team. He kept going with international competitions both in-shore and off-shore for several years.
La Clipper Race Round the World est l’une des plus grandes courses nautiques mondiales mais également l’un des défis d’endurance les plus difficiles. Plus de 40 000 milles marins doivent être parcourus durant près d’une année. Le 20 août dernier, douze équipes d’amateurs dirigés par un skipper professionnel, prenaient le départ depuis le port de Liverpool au Royaume-Uni.
Diriger une course d’une telle ampleur est une tâche ardue ! De nombreux paramètres doivent être pris en considération dans le contrôle de la couse. Il faut pouvoir anticiper et examiner toutes les éventualités et appliquer un grand nombre de procédures. Le directeur adjoint de l’édition 2017-2018 de la Clipper Race, Dan Smith nous a accordé une interview où il nous explique son rôle et ses responsabilités au sein de la course.
Guillaume Auger is a TIMEZERO Ambassador and while his career saw him in a variety of domains, some of his prime years has seen him build up a wealth of experience in game fishing! Often having the local knowledge of the best spots means better results but in this interview we see how combining local knowledge with TIMEZERO technology twinned with the right sounder hardware can mean even better results.
Fishing seabream on the coast of Britanny, Guillaume Auger is equipped with TZ Professional v3 and has the additional Sounder and PBG modules. Getting info from two separate sounders: Furuno DFF1-UHD and Airmar B265, TIMEZERO can display the data received of the bathymetry as well as the sedimentary type.
MaxSea distributor Radio Electronic CC is located in Namibia and tells us about a recent installation of the commercial fishing software MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on one of Namibia’s Fisheries Patrol vessels, AK Mungunda.
Walvis Bay, Namibia
The vessel, “Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda”, is one of two Namibian Fisheries patrol vessels, based in Walvis Bay, Namibia:
She was built in 2003, is 59m in length and has a gross tonnage of 1413t.
As two of the Namibian Research vessels are already outfitted with MaxSea TimeZero installations, it was a logical choice to have the same type of system installed on this patrol vessel – for ease of sharing user data, such as PBG bathymetric data, among each other.
Leon Schulz is a MaxSea partner and is a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean instructor. This week, he tells us about his unforgettable experience, navigating his yacht, the Regina Laska to one of the lochs in Scotland, Loch Scavaig in the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Arriving at Loch Scavaig brings a feeling of a total immersion in nature. Cautiously approaching the narrow harbour entrance, I like to compare the notes in the Imray Pilot Book “Skye and North West Scotland” with MaxSea navigation charts. Both the Navionics, Jeppesen and raster charts in MaxSea provide similar chart data and are very helpful.
My observation at the harbour entrance, however, is that the water depth is slightly less than is claimed in all the available books and charts, and so, boaters should expect water depths of about 1-1.5 m more shallow than charts indicate, not only during low tide.
When you arrive at the lagoon, you will be greeted by innumerable seals resting on the soft ground rock or curiously peeping out of the water. So we stare at each other and are enchanted by the contact between humans and animals.
The silence of the mountains lying around is only interrupted by one sound – the noise of a waterfall, where the water seems to spring out of the fog into which bore into the mountains. Angelic water?
Slowly, carefully, and with the support of the Furuno NavNet 3D plotter, integrated with MaxSea TimeZero Explorer, we continue into the lagoon. There is no other boat in the area, not a soul. Even our mobile phone doesn’t have reception – no contact with the outside world. Only a small cabin with closed window shutters in the colors of the Scottish flag testifies to the fact that sometimes people here have to seek shelter when the weather becomes too harsh, as is the reputation of Scotland.
The dramatic scenery is breathtaking and so we put our dingy into the water and row ashore. Trails meander along lakes and high up into the mountains with a beautiful view over half Scotland, if not over half of the world. Time and space seem to merge.
My charter guests who have travelled with me all the way from Canada on my HR 46 Regina Laska boat, are full of happiness.
In the evening another yacht arrives in the area and anchors next to us. An aluminum yacht that looks as if it has come from as far as Greenland, Svalbard or Antarctica.
We happily sleep in this paradise, until we are awakened the next morning by a motor noise: A tour boat from the nearby mainland. And then another one. And later another. There are lots of hikers who have stopped here for a couple of hours, to see the same beauty that we had enjoyed in our loneliness the night before. But would they experience the same as us?
Yes, we think, and enjoy the morning coffee while in the sunlit cockpit.
No heaven can be kept for you alone! “Paradise is a state of mind,” said my charter guest. How true! We recognise that my favorite anchorage is no longer a secret. But as long as we believe it, we could feel unique and special in this world.
With this in mind, we drop anchor and sail instead of continuing to the nearby Talisker distillery.
Leon Schulz’s yacht, the Regina Laska is available for charter. Learn more about his services on the Regina Sailing website.
Understand the sea-floor. Navigate around the anchorage area many times. This is done to record bathymetric information so you know what kind of sea-floor you’re dealing with. To record this data, I use my MaxSea TimeZero PLOT, integrated with a Furuno BBDS1 Sounder.
The BBDS1 sounder collects and sends bottom classification data to MaxSea TimeZero software. I can also share this new data-rich bathy chart with the integrated Furuno NavNet TZtouch system. Sand or clay is best for anchoring.
Check tidal range by displaying tidal data in MaxSea TimeZero. This is a really important step to know how much your boat will be raised or lowered by the tide, or vice versa.
You don’t want the boat’s keel to hit the ground during the night, just because the water has disappeared from under the boat. You must also avoid having the boat’s anchor break loose because the boat is suddenly 3 or more meters higher water than when it arrived!
Calculate your desired minimum depth based on my boat’s draught + safety distance under the keel + allowance for tidal changes. Try to find a spot where the boat can swing freely in all directions according to changes in the wind or the tidal current.
Take a last look at the Furuno BBDS1 sounder to check the depth and soil conditions and to see if the boat is in the tidal flow or in an area of strong wind and bring the boat to a complete standstill.
Lower your anchor slowly until it reaches the ground. You can check the markings on the chain or just listen to how the anchor runs more smoothly when it has reached the bottom.
Give the signal to the helmsman to reverse the boat slowly while letting out the chain. At a ratio of 1:4 to 1:5 (from the highest tides expected), stop the windlass.
Wait until the anchor sets and the boat turns into the wind. Then it’s time to stretch the chain by reversing the gear carefully. Do so cautiously, so that there is no residue in the chain.
Once the engine is stopped, set the snubber. This is the piece of rope that is hung with a claw hook into the chain and relieved with the help of a jerk. This also makes the disturbing noise disappear from the chain rubbing against the bow roller.
In windy conditions, put a mooring sail aft, so the bow always points into the wind.
The advantage of MaxSea TimeZero is that you can so easily switch charts. So I often use raster maps at anchor, because there is a lot more information that are interesting for the anchors located. For example, the underwater cable at Iona (see image below).
Even small anchors are located on the raster maps. In comparison, the vector charts give less information about the anchorage.
Now it’s done, you can sleep soundly, even if the wind should freshen up in the night or the wind direction changes.
Leon Schulz is a MaxSea partner and is a RYA Yachtmaster Ocean instructor. His yacht, the Regina Laska is also available for charter. Learn more about his services on the Regina Sailing website.