|2007 Baltic Adventure|
|Finland Sweden Denmark Germany Holland|
|The Adventure begins...|
|After a 7-day wait, our ship finally came in! The m/v Suomigracht prepares to load the first PDQ 34|
|Ann & Paul Gooding aboard "Horizons" at the Las Olas Docks|
|Dick Tuschick performs last-minute chores aboard "Rhumb Line"|
|Here, we are heading out on Sno' Dog to out to meet the Suomigracht. As I was alone, Ann and Paul Gooding came along to help - and they proved to be excellent crew! The weather was pretty bad, shortly after this photo was taken, a rip-roaring thunderstorm rolled through. It rained, or poured, during most of the loading process!|
|Two PDQ's on board, four more to go...|
|Watermelon and Havin' Fun (yellow hull) already aboard. Sno' Dog is ready to be hoisted|
|She's not really the loadmaster (but she plays one on TV!) This is Carol Tuschick explaining the ship's operations as we arrived alongside. I was too busy taking photos to remember what she said. The shipper, Sevenstar, kindly permited her to go on board to take pictures. I look forward to seeing the shots taken from her unique vantage point.|
|Up she goes! Sno' Dog is hoisted aboard effortessly. I gather these were some of the smallest boats they've handled.|
|While Sno' Dog is lowered unto the deck, the next boat in line, LuLu comes along side for the next lift. We were all impressed with the knowledge, efficiency and courtesy of the Suomigracht crew. A job well done!|
|Dick Tuschick calling to alert the next boat that
her time has come!
|After loading, they ferried us by launch back to the Las Olas marina. That's the Suomigrcht is in the background. In the foreground is Tuschick friend (and Baltic adventurer), Dennis Robinet.|
| So, I guess we're committed - or should be!
The boats are now off to Finland - where we
hope to meet them in about three weeks time.
And then, the Adventure really begins!
|... 6 PDQ's now loaded; headed for Newport: see photo|