great sailing images and a tail of an interesting journey

S.Z.

Chorint – Nafpaktos 60 NM

I was lucky to be a part of this fabulous adventure 1 and half-year ago. We had to transfer a 36 foot long sailing boat from Finike (Turkey) to Funtana (Croatia). We made it in 17 days and we left 1142 NM behind us. The route was Porec (Croatia) – Wien (Austria) – Antalya (Turkey) – Finike (Turkey) – Rhodos (Greece) – Kos (Greece) – Amorgos (Greece) – Mykonos (Greece) – Athene (Greece) – Chorint (Greece) – Nafpaktos (Greece) – Corfu (Greece) – Otranto (Italy) – Monopoli (Italy) – Vieste (Italy) – Vis (Croatia) – Murter (Croatia) – Unije (Croatia) and home, Funtana. It was the adventure of my life, the 17 best days ever.

Here is the day 9, the 01.10.2010. Chorint – Nafpaktos 60 NM

North, here we come… the nice weather was over, this was the third day with strong wind and occasional sun. We left Chorint in the morning…

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Pre course prep

Well,  just a short post to update where the prep is for the course starting 3 weeks today.

My Peli-case laptop case arrived before Christmas and has already proved itself with a trip to Spain in the panniers:- Excellent device, though chunky, well worth the next to bomb proof protection it offers.

The new HTC phone I bought is equally beefed up with an Otter shock absorbing sleeve and is now full of weather and wind apps.

On a more pragmatic level, 2b pencils, map case, erasers, 12 volt adaptor/chargers and all that stuff ready.  Books are nicely piled up and well thumbed.

I’ve also laid out all my layers and weather gear and pared it all back to the minimum ‘basic hygenic’ level for trips extending to 2-3 weeks without laundry.

I want to say a big thanks to:

Neil at TE Partnership for supplying my Gill kit and Dubarry boots.  Needless to say this is top quality kit and I can’t wait to try it out. Gill & Dubarry

Chloe at Icebreaker for supplying some smell proof (yes, it really is) Icebreaker thermals Icebreaker.com

Mike at Dogtag insurance for the help in getting my travel cover in place and a cracking rate.  Dogtag.co.uk

And of course Isabelle for letting me bugger off for 17 weeks. 🙂

As always, more to come!

New Motorcycle Kit. Klim Badlands Suit.

I finally received my new Klim Badlands kit from Adventure spec.

I decided on this kit back in April whilst trying on the Klim Adventure Rally suit, which in its self is way to high spec for the type of riding we do.

Ordering from a sample/pics and spec was a bit daunting considering the price but having spent a lot of time looking for the right kit and with some experience of technical clothing through a career in Outdoor and Mountain equipment sales I felt pretty confident.

The overriding decision to go for this brand was their decision to use a mountain spec laminate waterproof system.  This offers the best opportunity to keep not only the wearer dry, but to reduce the amount of water the outer fabric retains during prolonged wet use.  Other products use an internal second lining that presents the waterproof barrier.  Whilst a more cost-effective (read simpler) method of keeping the wearer dry, by not bonding the membrane to the exposed shell of the garment prolonged use will allow the outer to become saturated.  This Increases weight, reduces breathability and worse of all the wind chill of wearing a soaked jacket on a motorcycle are all less than desirable.

A Gore Pro-shell fabric seems to be the best option in my view to prevent all of the above issues.  The pay off is the increased complexity in producing the jacket and therefore the cost.  Gore-tex is not the only quality waterproof membrane technology out there and many exceed their standards.  However, it is the brand of choice for many manufacturers, especially those in the adventure travel segment.

Having worn the new suit for all of an hour today, it’s a bit soon to say how it’ll be in extended use.  That said, the fit is excellent as are the adjustments available to you.  On bike its comfortable, although walking about its pretty heavy, no worse than other comparable adventure travel suits considering the level of CE spec protection inside.

Speaking of armour, I need to spend some time adjusting the internal position of the pads as they have loads of placement options.  I really like the sternum pads, never seen these integrated into textiles before.  Also the back protector is built into a large elasticated waist strap that stabilises the unit and also supports the jacket.  Excellent design.

I’ll report back as time goes on, especially after our impending Spanish trip this winter!!

(specs and stuff here)