Hanses are Great Ocean Going Yachts
This is the second half of Tony and Annie Jimmieson’s story of sailing round the world in their Hanse 370e ‘Sunburnt’.
“We anchored in a lovely lagoon surrounded only by reef and the first morning there got a call on the radio…
… ‘the dolphins are coming in the entrance to the lagoon’. We were straight in the water with mask, snorkel and flippers. About 100 dolphins played round the boats.
We swam for about 2 hours before we nearly had hypothermia and they only stayed about 1/4 hour after we were all out of the water.
The dolphins acted differently with different people. For example with Tony, who dived down and swam all over the place, they did the same playing with him.
With me who stays on the surface and swims slowly and gently they came up beside me and just swam quietly. It was an amazing experience. Tony even saw 2 dolphins mating.
Then we had all the fun of ‘presents’ of cigarettes and whiskey and charges changing by the second and feeling cheated at times that are normal Egypt.
Going through the Suez Canal over 2 days was fascinating… and our Hanse yacht has been measured and unless she has a name change will not need to be measured again – same for the Panama too.
We arrived in the Mediterranean at the beginning of May and visited Cyprus – great place, Turkey – love at first sight, Greece – OK, Croatia – I loved it and back through Greece to Turkey for the winter.
We sailed right up the western coast of Turkey and went through the Dardanelles to Istanbul and up through the Bosphorus and 20 miles into the Black Sea.
The Sea of Marmara was a great place to cruise and we could easily have spent a year just up here. From Cannakale we visited both Troy and Gallipoli – both well worthwhile.
We also sailed our Hanse yacht around to Anzac Cove and saw the battlefield from the sea. Very moving.
There were some lovely islands in Greece and we stayed at different ones on our 3 different traverses through Greece. This first time one of our favourite bits was Crete where we did a lot of land travel and walked through Samaria Gorge – hard work but so beautiful.
Croatia has great history and lots of great anchorages all very easy to reach. It has become quite European which made for easy living but a bit boring. We had a month just moving 10 miles or so each day – one of my favourite parts of the whole trip.
Then back through Greece this time going through the Corinth Canal – narrow, fun and even beautiful.
Lindos on Rhodes was the best part for us this time – history, a comfortable anchorage and beauty.
Then we stocked up on bacon in Kastellorizon within sight of the Turkish coast and went to Finike in the south of Turkey for the winter.
We are so glad we had the experience of a winter at a marina with lots of other yachties.
There were lots of events about 5 times each week all very social and we were all busy with maintenance the whole winter as well as doing the next haul out.
This time we did the sanding and antifouling or our Hanse 370e ourselves.
Where are the Thai meals and massages when you want them?
Come April 2010 we were keen to be off again heading (via Greece of course) to Malta (fascinating history) then Tunisia for a 6 week stay.
We started in a marina and stopped at fishing harbours sometimes rafted to yachts or fishing boats and mostly we anchored in bays. Our land travel included the eastern side of both the Atlas mountains and Sahara desert.
It was quite exciting seeing both the Libyan and Algerian borders and especially seeing the utes stacked high bringing super cheap Libyan fuel illegally into Tunisia (so long as they paid the police along the way). A few Italian islands with an emphasis on volcanoes were next – we included Mt. Etna on Sicily, Volcano (an island), Stromboli, Mt. Vesuvius (yes on the mainland but a bit special with Pompeii a must see).
From Sardinia, again a place to spend some months sailing on Costa Smeralda Coast, we had an awful 3 night passage to Menorca across the Gulf de Lyon. Even Tony said it was dangerous at times and he steered for 21 hours straight with only 2 x 1/2 hour breaks from jef (auto pilot) and me.
Menorca and Majorca were magical. We even shared some friends’ honeymoon here! Such great anchorages and good attractions to visit like caves and an aquarium. Ibiza, Formentera then a few nights stopping on the Spanish mainland on the way to Gibraltar where we were able to do a major re-provision. We stayed longer there than planned as we had to wait for our replacement water maker.
Morocco was another great month seeing the western side of the Atlas mountains and Sahara desert with more camel rides to an overnight camp. The Canary islands were also fantastic – we stopped and explored 4 of them leaving from La Gomera to copy Columbus.
Our Atlantic crossing was slow as there was no wind and we only carry 230 litres of fuel. It was very pleasant though and we enjoyed the HF radio chats with other cruising yachts along the way. Landfall was Antigua with lots of history. Then we headed south bit by bit over 2 months to Trinidad where we again hauled out.
A carnival was on for the last week of our haul-out and heaps of fun. Unfortunately we had to skip most of the Venezuelan islands due to recent reports of pirates but stopped at Los Roques and Aves de Baleventes – gorgeous.
The ABC islands made for good sleeps and a little sightseeing then Cartagena for a few days before crossing to the San Blas islands – I think one of the prettiest places I have ever been.”
Why did Tony and Annie Choose a Hanse for Sailing Round the World?
“We chose a Hanse yacht because when we first saw her at a boat show we liked the look of her. Tony was happy with the sailing characteristics e.g. able to single hand, self tacker, high mast.
We really liked the open transom so water could go out very quickly and easily – this happened once or twice. I really loved the bathroom and liked the 2 beds. We chose to have the 3rd possible bedroom as a shed… Every Aussie boy needs a shed and boy was it full!”
Modifications for the Ocean Trip
“We added a big targa on the back which has the radar, solar panels, wind generator, bimini, crane to lift the dinghy outboard and important things like fishing rod holders and bbq.
Canvas – we got an infill between the dodger and bimini – the most used thing, some side panels (wonderful in winter in Turkey –
like an extra room) and a bow tent for when it rains so we can keep the main hatch open while at anchor.
We have a water-maker, HF radio, para-anchor, great chartplotter with the radar overlaid, hooks in the bathroom to hang the wet weather gear, an extra 50 metres of chain for the anchor and lots of jerry cans lashed along the sides of the boat.
We bought a genoa which we used and used and also a gennaker which we loved. It meant we could sail quite well in only 5 knots from the right direction.
We got a third reef in the main for storms and used it and a pole for the genoa – great for dead downwind.
A lot of the Atlantic we just had the genoa poled out for 24 hours a day.
We should have bought a small generator instead of using the engine for charging the batteries as we could nearly always sail and had to use the motor just to charge – very annoying.
37 feet was fine and we got lots of comments on how big she is inside for the length. We were very comfortable at sea, at anchor or for 6 months in the marina for winter.
Our longest passage was 30 days and we had plenty of food for that but always bought whatever we could whenever we could as we never knew what we would get at the next country.
The fridge was magnificent and I almost always was able to keep the veggies in it too. The freezer was a bit small for my liking but we managed to put enough meat for 5 or 6 days in it with effort.
Then we had to catch fish or eat tinned. The galley was easy to use and except for 1 night during 2 weeks of storms we had a proper hot meal every day.
Our Hanse 370e has more than lived up to expectations and has certainly coped with all that has been thrown at her. In fact I would have to say that there were some times that I knew the boat could do it even though I couldn’t.
She has come through 35 000 miles looking really good.
Another thing which has been way above expectations has been the follow up service from both Sunshine Coast Yacht Sales and Team Windcraft.
Certainly any warranty issues have been handled brilliantly but above that both groups of people have given us advice for 4 years and also sent us parts all that time. Way beyond the call of duty.
If we have any doubts or questions we don’t hesitate to phone or e-mail and have been thrilled with the responses.
The best things were the epoxy strength, the speed of sailing to get out of bad weather, the ease of sailing so we could manage her alone except when the wind was above 35knots – then we liked to help each other.
The weight saving of the epoxy allowed us to carry more weight without affecting the boat’s performance. We really like the modern interior (but are disappointed we never got a cherry wood back for the instruments which is now in the Hanse 385).
The comfort of the bedrooms was great and we had many visitors some of whom are claustrophobic and still could sleep in the aft cabin.
The galley and fridge were unbeatable. The space of the shed was perfect for long distance cruising. Things stowed really well while sailing including on top of the cupboards and shelves”.