Ellen and Ed Zacko Sail around the world in the Lyle Hess designed NorSea 27 Entr'acte!_____________________________FIND US AT - http://enezacko.com
CMA CGM Matisse LeHavre
On April 23, 2013, Entr'acte arrived safely in LeHavre France. The entire voyage took forty-seven days and despite several gales she arrived without a scratch. We were priveledged to ride on board Matisse from Savannah, GA all the way to LeHavre. This was a fabulous experience and will be detailed in full at a future time.
Upon boarding Matisse we looked high and low but could not find Entr'acte. At dinner on the first night at sea, Ronald the messman said "Oh, the little white boat all covered in plastic with the mast lying across it." "Yes, that's it." "I will take you to it tomorrow." The next morning after breakfast Ronald took us aft and we looked all over but could not find it. He asked one of the crew. "Oh, yes, that was unloaded in Australia!" Oh Boy! We were stunned! The Captin began a computer search of the cargo and finaly found her stowed out of sight below decks. He took us to see her and she looked just like a Mummy in a Tomb. What a relief.
The Atlantic crossing was a brief 13 days and included two gales but thanks to outstanding seamanship on the part of Captain Dragojlovik all went well.
The Mummy in the tomb Rising from the tomb Please don't drop her!
Matisse arrived in lehavre at 14:00 and by 18:00 Entr'acte was launched. The stevedores lined the dock and cheered, the entire crew of Matisse waved goodbye, Capt Dragojlovik sounded the ships horn and Harbour Control came on the radio "welcomed to France" and offered us a pilot boat as escort to the marina.
Floating again What a mess! We're gaining on it!
We arefloating again and right now we are both exhausted after our arrival. We have been working full days to prepare Entr'acte for her next voyage---Up the Seine to Paris and on to the French Canals down into the Mediterranean.
You can see the entire track of Matisse as well as our trip across France. Just click on the spinning globe.
Ship Track Position Reporter
You easily can follow Entr'acte's progress through the Ship Track position reporter. This is a free service of the Maritime Mobile Service Network, a dedicated group of HAM Radio enthusiasts that maintain a radio network for ships at sea. Through MMSN we have world-wide access to emergency communication, daily weather reports, and daily position reports or we can just take the opportunity to pass the time at sea by calling Net Control to just say "hello!"
When on a passage we file daily position reports over the high frequency radio to MMSN which they post on the Ship Track web site. Just click on the link above and you will be automatically connected to Entr'acte's personal Ship Track page. There you can see our daily progress, or lack thereof! If you play with the zoom tool on that page, as you zoom in you will see a series of red dots which represent each individual position report(be careful, a little zoom gets you a lot). Place your cursor on a dot to see the time, date, our latitude, longitude and a brief description of the conditions on that day. You can also adjust the page to view specific lengths of time from one week, one month or all positions filed.
If there is no updated position report, it should not be viewed as a disaster. It could mean that we had very bad radio propagation that day, low battery power, laziness or bad weather. It might also mean that we are in a harbour and off the boat exploring or we are very busy having a grand time and just plain forgot!
You can track any vessel that files position reports. All you need is their radio call sign---Entr'acte's is KC2JBX--just go to the Ship Track home page, enter the appropriate radio call sign and off you go!
It's easy! Check it out!