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Offline marinaio

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Contest 30 Mk1
« on: 18 April, 2014, 19:32:45 »
Hello everyone!
I own my Contest from 2004.  I love her, though I can not objectively evaluate how good or bad it is, since I have never sailed on other similar boat. My previous sailing experience was: dinghy Finn, racer Soling and windsurfer. Since my job involves fequent and long trips abroad, we can sail only during the holidays. So there i s no need to keep the boat in home port. We (I and my wife) go sailing when we have free time and just leave the boat where the route ended. In a such way for some years we explored mediterranean: France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Spain, Morocco. In january 2013, thru Gibraltar strait we passed in Atlantic and  exploring Moroccan ports reached Agadir. In november 2013 - januari 2014 we are visited Canary Islands, port Dachla in West Sahara(Morocco), Senegal and Gambia. We sailed river Gambia up until Georgetown (about 160 nm). Now our old trusty Contest is waiting us to return in Gambia (i think in October). Our plans are to go in Guinea Bissau (Bijagos), Cabo Verde and Caraibes.

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #1 on: 03 May, 2014, 17:41:37 »
Here are some photos from Marocco - Gambia trip.  http://my.mail.ru/mail/igorkiporouk/photo/682
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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #2 on: 03 May, 2014, 19:10:53 »
Looks like the URL is wrong, I can't see any pictures?

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #3 on: 03 May, 2014, 20:56:50 »
You are right. There was mistake. Now corrected.

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #4 on: 04 May, 2014, 13:00:49 »
Great pictures, thanks for sharing   :)

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #5 on: 02 March, 2015, 01:48:32 »
November 2014 - January 2015 we sailed our small boat from Gambia to Cabo Verde and Caribbean (Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad) We left the boat in Trinidad until the next year vacations. If somobady interested, here are some photos - http://my.mail.ru/mail/igorkiporouk/photo/833

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #6 on: 02 March, 2015, 11:18:54 »
Nice pictures, also the 2010 album of sailing in Greece  :D

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #7 on: 03 March, 2015, 08:17:39 »
Tahk's

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #8 on: 03 March, 2015, 12:32:10 »
Wow! Very impressive. I would be interested to learn how the boat sailed during the crossings. Also, how many miles did you do per day?? Thank you for sharing your dream with us!

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #9 on: 04 March, 2015, 00:37:33 »
Boat sailed very well, but the roll was exhausting. For us it was main difficulty in the passage, but as i know it's the common problem for all monohulls going downwind. I notice that under gennaker the boat rocks much less, so i tried fly it whenever possible, despite it can't be left unattended. During the night and with the wind over 15 knots used genova only. Main sail hoisted only few times, when the wind change to SSE. Strong wind we got  only first 2 days when started from Cabo Verde (25...30 kn) Other days from 5 to 18 kn, accordingly day passage was from 73 (minimum) to 123(maximum) miles per day. Medium is 100 miles. 2015 miles from Mindelo to Bridgetown, Barbados we made in 20 days and 6 hours.

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #10 on: 21 April, 2015, 15:46:32 »
What a great trip !


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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #11 on: 05 March, 2016, 11:19:58 »
Hello everybody. Our old boat continued sailing. From November 2015 to February 2016 we sailed from Trinidad to the Dominican Republic. From Saint Vincent singlehanded, as my wife was forced to return home due to family problems. Now the boat in the marina near the Puerto Plata waiting to the next vacation. Here are some photos - https://my.mail.ru/mail/igorkiporouk/photo/982

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #12 on: 09 April, 2017, 01:34:02 »
From november to december 2016 wee are sailed from Dominicana to Bahamas (Greit Inagua - Aclins - Exumas - New Providence - Bimini) and Cuba. Bahamas are very nice, especiallly Exumas. Cristall clear water and very few people. A Cuba we are traveled by autostop. Very interesting. https://my.mail.ru/mail/igorkiporouk/photo/1192

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #13 on: 04 January, 2018, 22:59:08 »
Next and last navigation with my smal old Contest 30 mk1. Cuba - Mexico - Belize -Guatemala. We are explored Yucatan peninsula by car. Going from Mexico to Belize we are passed thru hurricane Franklin, survived it at anchor inside the atoll Chinchorro Banks. It was very scary, we are lost one big SQR and bended Britanny anchor, but didn't had big damages. Cruised Belize from northern Sarteneja to Punta Gorda.  Voyage was completed in Guatemala on Rio Dulce.  I sold there my boat. It was purchased by local company for its employees. Now she navigates waters of lake Isabal.  And we are looking for a bigger boat.
Here are some photos - https://my.mail.ru/mail/igorkiporouk/photo/1450

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #14 on: 11 February, 2018, 18:58:02 »
Thank you for the link to your photos!

Will you be looking for anothe contest?

Fair winds, SJoerd
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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #15 on: 19 April, 2018, 03:49:12 »
Are you planning on visiting Aruba, Bonaire or Curaçao? If so, please contact me, cause I live in Curaçao and have just purchased a Contest 30 mk2, building# 129. There is some work to be done before I can take her out to sea and I would realy like to hear more from you about the things I may run into!

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Re: Contest 30 Mk1
« Reply #16 on: 20 April, 2018, 01:05:25 »
Hello ndbouwmeester.
How i wrote in precedent post i sold my Contest in Guatemala. Now i bought another (bigger) boat in Europe. So i will come some day to Caribes, but can't tell when.
My congratulation with new old boat. If you have some question i will be glade to answer (if of course I will know the answer).

 


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