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Patrick Laine
May 13, 2024
Patrick Laine

Patrick Laine

Initially sailing single-handed on a Bavaria 40 sailboat in the Atlantic. Based in La Rochelle, France. Sold the Bavaria in early 2021, and bought a Bongo 8.70 meter (28 foot) made in France in 2009 (much smaller and faster than the Bavaria, but also, much less comfortable). After a circuit of the Atlantic during the Spring/Summer of 2022, I sold the Bongo and bought a new RM 890+. Adventures in the North Atlantic will continue.

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Ep 66 Sailing to 2 Rocks and an Emerald Part 2
Ep 66 Sailing to 2 Rocks and an Emerald Part 2
I sail 250 NM to an isolated rock (Sula Sgeir) off the north coast of Scotland, and then turn south for a 350 NM non-stop passage to Dun Laoghaire Ireland (near Dublin). The objective is to see if the tides in the Hebrides / North Channel are too strong ...
Published: May 13, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:26:09
Ep 65 Sailing Solo to 2 Rocks and an Emerald; Part 1: Rockall
Ep 65 Sailing Solo to 2 Rocks and an Emerald; Part 1: Rockall
I do a bit of pre-departure maintenance, and then cast off my lines for Rockall -- an isolated Atlantic rock 250 NM Northwest of Ireland. A few maneuver demos (hove to, docking), the Volvo MDI bypass, a sad bird story, reefing strategy and some musical re...
Published: May 10, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:32:34
Ep 64 Sailing Solo Iceland to Norway Direct
Ep 64 Sailing Solo Iceland to Norway Direct
I take an unusual passage route to sail solo directly to Northern Norway from Iceland. Conditions are tough, but by sailing further North than planned, I was able to turn downwind when winds of 30-35 arrived. I unfurl and furl the 'gennaker', deal with a...
Published: Jun 05, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:48
Ep 63 Sailing Iceland’s North Coast Solo
Ep 63 Sailing Iceland’s North Coast Solo
I sail from Iceland's west coast (Isafjordur) to Siglufjordur, Husavik and Raufarhofn on Iceland's rugged North Coast. The challenge of sailing the fjords, with their constantly changing winds is met, and the reward is numerous sightings of whales. (I re...
Published: May 29, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:40
EP 62 Solo Sailing Iceland’s Western Coast
EP 62 Solo Sailing Iceland’s Western Coast
I leave the island port off the SW coast of Iceland and proceed up the West Coast, visiting 6 ports in the majestic Western Fjords. Nothing 'dramatic' happened along this passage (good news), so I took the opportunity to demo in some detail my (imperfect)...
Published: May 17, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:52
Ep 61 Sailing Solo to Iceland fm Ireland
Ep 61 Sailing Solo to Iceland fm Ireland
I leave Dingle Ireland for the southern coast of Iceland, a passage of 830 nm. I spend too much explaining my new toy: a top down furler, but then am repaid by near gale conditions for 3 days. Lots of fun. Remember: Alessia in Atlantis by Nathalie Lai...
Published: May 02, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:36

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Ep. 12: Sailing Single-handed to Azores: Gale Arrival with an Engine Failure
Ep. 12: Sailing Single-handed to Azores: Gale Arrival with an Engine Failure
Sailing Bavaria 40 single-handed through a gale to arrival in Horta, Azores. My engine fails as I approach the islands.
Published: Jul 01, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:26:26
Episode 5 Sailing to Azores Solo: Collision at Sea Warning
Episode 5 Sailing to Azores Solo: Collision at Sea Warning
'Isabelle' sails from Spain for Azores (solo sail) and uses AIS to avoid collision with cargo ships. Practical example of constant bearing, decreasing range using Vesper Marine WatchMate.
Published: Jul 04, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:16
Ep 4 Sailing to Azores Single-handed: Running Aground Post Mortem
Ep 4 Sailing to Azores Single-handed: Running Aground Post Mortem
Post-mortem of running aground in Marina channel in sailboat.
Published: Jul 21, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:42
Epi 3 Sailing to Azores Singlehanded: Me Run Aground?
Epi 3 Sailing to Azores Singlehanded: Me Run Aground?
Port call Northern Spain ---- with many warnings........; Calling harbormaster on radio; Sailing the Bay of Biscay single-handed; Running aground in a sailboat
Published: Jul 21, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:43
Epi 13 France to Azores Solo: Engine Failure Explained
Epi 13 France to Azores Solo: Engine Failure Explained
Diagnostic of my engine failure.
Published: Jul 21, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:55
Episode 2 Sailing Solo to Azores: How to Sleep on a Sailboat at Sea
Episode 2 Sailing Solo to Azores: How to Sleep on a Sailboat at Sea
Squalls; Sleeping when a solo sailor; Boat visit
Published: Jul 22, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:26:35
Ep 6 Sailing to Azores Single-handed: Fog — Do I need radar, or is AIS enough?
Ep 6 Sailing to Azores Single-handed: Fog — Do I need radar, or is AIS enough?
Sailing solo to Azores. A fog bank settles in while still crossing cargo ships. Do I need a radar or is AIS enough?
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:08
Ep 7 Sailing singlehanded to Azores: When I use genoa only
Ep 7 Sailing singlehanded to Azores: When I use genoa only
Winds drop causing the boom to swing back and forth (with a crash). I drop the mainsail, and make excellent progress on the genny only. (This also works great in very high winds when running downwind.) I did not launch the spinnaker due to very wet fo...
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:14
Ep 8: Sailing singlehanded to Azores: How to get weather at sea
Ep 8: Sailing singlehanded to Azores: How to get weather at sea
I discuss why I (almost) always put in a reef at sundown, and then will surprise you by saying I have no way to update weather at sea (and outline how you can get this weather for longer passages).
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:45
Ep 9 Single-handed sailing to Azores: Blue Water Ops and Risk Management
Ep 9 Single-handed sailing to Azores: Blue Water Ops and Risk Management
I reach the 'no turning back' point, and reflect on my efforts to manage risk. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I can go faster, but elect not to.
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:53
Ep 10 Single-handed sailing to Azores: Embarrassing Lesson re sail, engine or both?
Ep 10 Single-handed sailing to Azores: Embarrassing Lesson re sail, engine or both?
The wind continues to back on me until nearly head-on at 20+ kts with high seas. I search for a solution to make headway (with some embarrassing results). Sail, engine, or both? I learn a novel way to furl the genoa if the furler breaks.
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:17
Ep 11 Single-handed to Azores: A Warm Front Arrives — There may be trouble ahead……
Ep 11 Single-handed to Azores: A Warm Front Arrives — There may be trouble ahead……
I am nearing the end of an 1100 nm passage ---- when with 100 nm to go, a warm front arrives. I wonder how interesting my arrival will be. Episode 12 (the next one) shows my arrival in a gale with a bit of drama......
Published: Aug 31, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:43
Ep 14 Solo Sail from Azores: Why there are no solar panels or wind generator on my boat
Ep 14 Solo Sail from Azores: Why there are no solar panels or wind generator on my boat
Beginning my solo sail of 900 nm back from the Azores. I describe the fuel cell that is installed on my boat. In the category 'continuous learning', I admit I did not know you could tension the leech line at each reef point (and not just at the clew).
Published: Sep 11, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:49
Ep 15 Sail Solo from Azores: I Failed to Secure My Shackles
Ep 15 Sail Solo from Azores: I Failed to Secure My Shackles
I continue my 900 nm solo sail from the Azores to Spain. I am astonished to see a dangerous 'fisherman's pot' 200 NM from land. I also admit 'operator error' for not having secured the pins in my shackles. Three came undone during this trip -- fortun...
Published: Sep 12, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:02
Ep 16 Sailing solo from Azores: Blue Water vs Coastal Sailing — the Journey vs the Destination
Ep 16 Sailing solo from Azores: Blue Water vs Coastal Sailing — the Journey vs the Destination
Passing the halfway point on a 900 nm passage back to the Continent. At night in rain I cross a large fishing boat only 3 miles away, but never see it. I discuss deep broad reaching with only the genoa -- pure joy. I am torn about fishing at sea while...
Published: Sep 13, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:54
Ep 17 Sailing Solo from The Azores: My Furler Jams at end of 900 NM passage
Ep 17 Sailing Solo from The Azores: My Furler Jams at end of 900 NM passage
My final arrival in Muros Spain is marred by a jammed furler (which I manage to unjam without too much drama). I then ask the eternal (unanswered) question that sailors have been asking for thousands of years.........
Published: Sep 14, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:52
Ep 18 Solo Sailing: How I Dock My 40′ Sailboat 4 Examples and a Blooper
Ep 18 Solo Sailing: How I Dock My 40′ Sailboat 4 Examples and a Blooper
Four examples (and a blooper) under various conditions of how I dock my 40' Bavaria sailboat while solo. These occur in relatively light winds, but I use the same techniques (frequently) in 15-20 kts at my home port of La Rochelle, France (Les Minimes)....
Published: Sep 21, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:37
Ep 19 Applying Lesson Learned from Gale: Solo Deployment of Storm Bag Jib
Ep 19 Applying Lesson Learned from Gale: Solo Deployment of Storm Bag Jib
I test my ability to deploy (solo sailing) my new Storm Bag jib. I also demonstrate my departure and arrival procedures from/to my berth slip (supplementing Episode 18). A Storm Bag is a good compromise solution for gales for boat owners that do not ha...
Published: Oct 22, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:46
Ep 20 Diesel Fuel ‘Polishing’ To Prevent Clogged Filters and Lines
Ep 20 Diesel Fuel ‘Polishing’ To Prevent Clogged Filters and Lines
Isabelle suffered an engine failure due to a blocked fuel line at an awkward moment -- during a gale in Episode 12. Safely home in France, I build a home-made 'diesel polisher' to remove water and sediment from my tank. (No sailing in this one friends....
Published: Oct 29, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:23
Episode 21: 560 NM Sailboat Delivery and Garmin InReach At-Sea Test
Episode 21: 560 NM Sailboat Delivery and Garmin InReach At-Sea Test
I assist in delivering a high performance cruiser sailing yacht (RM 1270) from Portugal to France. Along the way, I test a low cost alternative to an Iridium GO, the Garmin InReach Explorer+.
Published: Mar 08, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:23:27
Episode 22 Planning and Sailing the English Channel Solo
Episode 22 Planning and Sailing the English Channel Solo
I plan the navigation (Course to Steer) for the 90 mile solo passage between Cherbourg France and Brighton UK. I also discuss sailing around windfarms.
Published: Apr 18, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:06
Episode 23 Sailing Solo France to Shetland Islands
Episode 23 Sailing Solo France to Shetland Islands
(I realize this should have been published before the episode crossing the Channel. Internet logistics issue.) I launch my 2018 sailing adventure: sailing solo to the Shetland Islands. This first phase (La Rochelle to Brest, France) is the core of this ...
Published: Apr 27, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:33
Ep 24 Sailing Solo France to Shetland Islands
Ep 24 Sailing Solo France to Shetland Islands
I sail from Brest to Cherbourg enroute to the Shetland Islands. I film mooring arrivals along the way and discuss other miscellaneous topics, e.g., Do military ships show up on AIS?, and How 'inefficient' is tacking? How to sail through tidal races?
Published: May 04, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:50
Episode 25 Sailing Solo from France to Shetland Islands
Episode 25 Sailing Solo from France to Shetland Islands
I sail the Eastern coast of the UK from Dover to Blyth -- showing how I dock at various new ports (to me). I show a potentially helpful tip on how to get your reefing point placed perfectly, and I show an interesting collision avoidance sequence: Stand On...
Published: May 06, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:31
Ep 26 Sailing Solo France to Shetland Islands
Ep 26 Sailing Solo France to Shetland Islands
My final, solo sailing passage of 300 NM to the Shetland Islands. I show how to get weather at sea with Garmin InReach, and how I manage very strong winds when running downwind. Is Isabelle an honorary Viking?
Published: May 06, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:50
Ep 27 Sailing from Shetland to Faroe Islands Solo
Ep 27 Sailing from Shetland to Faroe Islands Solo
I sail from the Shetland Islands, bound for the Faroe Islands (200 NM NW) when I lose my autopilot. What follows is without doubt my worst sailing experience, but favorable winds see me to my destination, exhausted. I explain the cause of the loss of au...
Published: May 23, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:17
Ep 28 Sailing Solo From Faroe Islands to Scottish Hebrides
Ep 28 Sailing Solo From Faroe Islands to Scottish Hebrides
I bid farewell to the Faroe Islands and head south to Scotland's Outer Hebrides Islands. I demonstrate use of the emergency tiller, and film several dockings along the way.
Published: Jun 04, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:04
Ep 29 Sailing Solo through The Scottish Hebrides Part 2 of 2
Ep 29 Sailing Solo through The Scottish Hebrides Part 2 of 2
I finish my North to South passage through the 'Sounds' and 'Mulls' of the Scottish Hebrides. I also demonstrate my technique for getting underway solo from a pontoon slip.
Published: Jun 05, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:12
Ep 30 Sailing Solo from Scotland to France
Ep 30 Sailing Solo from Scotland to France
I test a back-up system for the autopilot (with mixed results). High winds at the end of my 180 NM leg from Ireland to the UK lead to a divert of 90 NM to France rather than entering a narrow port. I demonstrate my solo technique for gybing. Several...
Published: Jun 14, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:40
Ep 31 Solo Sail from Faroes to France   Final Legs
Ep 31 Solo Sail from Faroes to France Final Legs
I sail my final few legs South down the coast of France to my home base of La Rochelle. I suggest a candidate for 'God's Tool'. A demonstration of my single line reefing system shows how I set a reef without leaving the cockpit. I demo the 'hove to' ma...
Published: Jun 20, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:41
EP 32 Improving my solo docking technique with the ‘Docking Stick’
EP 32 Improving my solo docking technique with the ‘Docking Stick’
I demo an alternative to running to midships and trying to lasso a cleat, with the simple but efficient 'Docking Stick'. I use this in two docking approaches 'parallel to pontoon', and one 'reversing into slip' docking.
Published: Jun 28, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:04
Ep 33 Refining My Solo Docking Technique   Spring Line and Pivot Point
Ep 33 Refining My Solo Docking Technique Spring Line and Pivot Point
In the previous Episode I used the Docking Stick for the first time. It worked very well, but the spring line pulled the bow into the dock abruptly. In this video, I adjust the position of the spring line and it pulls the boat in nicely 'parallel'.
Published: Jun 30, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:38
Ep 34 Sailing Solo Across Biscay Under Spinnaker
Ep 34 Sailing Solo Across Biscay Under Spinnaker
I deploy the spinnaker two times while conducting a 320 NM solo passage across the Bay of Biscay.
Published: Sep 07, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:00
Ep 35 Sailing Solo Across Bay of Biscay   Whale Encounter
Ep 35 Sailing Solo Across Bay of Biscay Whale Encounter
I sail solo home to France from Spain. Enroute I encounter a pod of whales and test a theory that they might be attracted by electronic music compositions by the artist 'Rone'. The evidence for this is compelling!
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:37
Ep 36 Preparing Next Major Passage
Ep 36 Preparing Next Major Passage
Picking up a mooring ball under sail; Steering (fail) with a sea anchor; Using a Loos shroud tensioner; Installing an inner forestay for a Solent staysail.
Published: Mar 08, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:30
Ep 37 Sailing Solo France to Iceland   Exit fm France
Ep 37 Sailing Solo France to Iceland Exit fm France
I start my trip to Iceland by sailing up the West coast of France; I make an awkward arrival at a port due to tidal current; I manage to change a speed log without sinking the boat; and I divert from planned destination due to high winds and lee shore in t...
Published: Mar 25, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:04