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Bookharbour

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Simplified visa regime for Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad is back on the map! Most useful for a sailor. Let’s hope that this part of the Baltic gets less deserted! Starting from July 1, 2019, nationals of 53 foreign States may be granted an e-visa to enter the … Continue reading

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Tallinn

After Saint-Petersburg, City Marina in Tallinn is a breath of fresh air. The marina captain is expecting me. Last year he did not speak Russian, not even when I asked him. This year he fortunately does. Makes the conversation a … Continue reading

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Leaving Russia

Four more days in SPB, in Krestovskiy Marina. It is the usual with not terribly clean facilities and no water to bunker. But it had shore power and friendly marina people. It’s a tad far from the centre but so … Continue reading

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Neva river

A very talkative cab driver drove Bridget & Iain the next morning to the station from where they took the train back to SPB. They will do some more sightseeing whilst Dirk and I will sail Blue Dove down through … Continue reading

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Koshkinskiy Farwater

Unfortunately we had to turn down the invitation to join the monks at breakfast. This decision was aided by my dislike of the ubiquitous porridge. But we also had a 12-hour sail ahead of us and I want to arrive … Continue reading

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Bye Priozersk, hello again Konevets!

Trust me to open the sailing season with the coldest weather imaginable. And again with snow! And this after a few days sightseeing in SPB in lovely warm weather. We watched the military parade rehearsal on Palace Sq, kulich getting … Continue reading

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No water

Blue Dove is slowly getting ready for her summer travels. De-winterisation is taking so much time, not in the least because it is so cold. The nights are still very cold, around zero, with an icy easterly. By the time … Continue reading

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Splash!

The crane turned up at 11am rather than at lunch time. I wasn’t early. The temperature at night had gone down to around zero and it took the small fan heater some time to heat up the boat in the … Continue reading

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Snow and Sun

I am back in Priozyorsk, where the boat is on the hard. Priozyorsk is a small town 150km north of Saint-Petersburg on the west side of Lake Ladoga. The weather is beautiful and relatively warm, sunny but still with quite … Continue reading

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