Giving a shit about the dog race

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Not rarely we are thinking that our dog does not have the life with us that he would deserve. So, every once in a while, we are trying something new to have him spending his excess energy. Today, we went to a dog race, hosted by the only greyhound racing club in our area. But instead of doing what more than one hundred other dogs were doing (that is, running behind a fake rabbit which is being pulled by a machine around the race track), when it was his turn, Pepino followed his nose, sensed some mice in the bushes surrounding the race track, and – once left free – ran in the opposite direction of the race track. No way for me waiting at the finish line of the race track to catch him. Once he spotted his owner, he turned around, temporarily vanished behind some bushes, returned back on the race track, jumped over the traction compound into the middle of the race track. All on one’s lonesome, Señor Pepino trotted confusedly around the space, put himself in a squat position and rewarded the spectators with doing a poo.

The entertainer spectating the dog race (Windhund-Rennverein Kurpfalz e.V.)

Today, our dog gave a vivid counterexample on the meaning of the idiom “to give a shit” – to care about something. He may have cared for all the other dogs that stupidly ran their hearts out just for a fake hare, consisting of some flittering frazzles of fabric. Just to make their owners happy to later stand on a podium and get some lousy goodies. And he cared for his own fulfillment. Catching a mouse. And before that he needed to give a shit in the center of the event.
Pepino did not make his owner happy. He made his owner run behind him. Having all the audience gaze at her with her spoilt scraggy dog. People including their dogs were already on the edge, since at the very beginning of the race, the fake hare machine stopped working and this caused certainly one hour of delay. Everybody understood. Don’t fool Pepino with fake rabbits. It’s not nice to fool with mother nature.

Das Salzwassernasen-COVID19-Antigen

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“Do you speak portuguese?” fragt uns die brünette Dame in blauer Uniform mit dem geschwungenen Israel-Stern Logo des Covid-19 Testlabors des Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein im Durchgang zum Terminal 2 direkt neben dem ökumenischen Gebetsraum im Flughafen Guarulhos Sao Paulo. Nein? Dann komme gleich jemand, der uns auf Englisch etwas erklärt. Was erklärt? Is there a problem with our Antigen Tests?

Der Tag fing schon nervös an. Um ausreichend Zeit für das Testergebnis für unseren Rückflug nach Deutschland zu haben, wofür entweder ein maximal 24 Stunden alter Antigentest, oder ein bis zu drei Tage vor Ankunft in Deutschland abgelegter RT-PCR Test vorzulegen ist, negativ versteht sich, haben wir Rodrigo auf 8 Uhr nach Ubatuba bestellt. In dem Städtchen 3-4 Autostunden vom Flughafen entfernt gibt es keine uns bekannte Testmöglichkeit, und wenn man den Test auch für angemessene Gebühren (35 Euro für den Antigentest, 55 für den RT-PCR) am Flughafen machen kann, sollte das genügen.

Rodrrrriiiigoooo - wo bleibst duuuu?

Doch der sonst sehr zuverlässige Rodrigo mit der deutschen Oma lies auf sich warten. Komisch. 8:25 erhalten wir die Nachricht, er sei auf dem Weg. Um 9 Uhr war er dann da. Für Ubatuba sind 14°C ungewöhnlich winterliche Temperaturen, und sein neuer Chevrolet sprang mit dem billigeren Sprit “Ethanol” wegen der Kälte nicht an, während der Gasolina-Reserve-Tank gerade mal leer war. Das um einen Real teurere (5,34 R$) Gasolina, was ebenfalls Benzin ist, hatte er gerade nicht getankt. Also musste der Nachbar mit einem Rest Gasolina von einem Motorboot heute morgen aushelfen, damit der Motor ansprang. Wir kamen dennoch zur gewünschten Zeit, 11:45 am Flughafen an und konnten uns im nu für den Test an einem Terminal registrieren und wurden schneller als uns lieb war für den Test aufgerufen. Aus den angepeilten max. 2 Stunden Wartezeit für den gewählten Antigentest wurden 45 Minuten und wir hatten das Resultat.

Das Albert Einstein Labor fand in meinen Nasenlöchern ein schwarzes Loch! Das Antigen-Testergebnis der Schwäbin, die mal wieder am falschen Ende gespart hat: Reagente – Reactive – Positiv.
Das Ergebnis der Gattin: Nao reagente. Wir haben aus denselben Becherchen mit denselben Bombillas Matetee getrunken. Aber nur ich lerne surfen, habe gelegentlich allergische Reaktionen und hatte noch Reste des für meine sonstigen Beschwerden so heilsamen Salzwassers nach mehreren Windungen in den Wellen in der Nase.
Ein englischsprechender Kollege erklärt mir, dass mein Pass nun für die Ausreise gesperrt sei, ich mich 10 Tage in Quarantäne begeben muss und welches denn meine brasilianische Hoteladresse in Sao Paulo sei. Nao Hotel. AirBnB. Privado. En Ubatuba. Irgendwie scheinen sie das akzeptiert zu haben.
Anschließend wurde mir ein Formular unter die Nase gehalten, in welchem ich unterzeichnen sollte, dass ich mein positives RT-PCR-Testergebnis zur Kenntnis nehme und mich in Brasilien in Quarantäne begebe. No way! Ich versuche verschiedenen Mitarbeitern des Labors und zuletzt zwei Mitarbeitern des brasilianischen Gesundheitsamtes ANVISA klarzumachen, dass ich mit einem positiven Antigen-Testergebnis keinesfalls ein Formular unterzeichne, das nur für positive Ergebnisse eines RT-PCR-Tests vorgesehen ist. Und dass ich dann gefälligst einen RT-PCR-Test machen möchte, zumal der Antigen-Test zumindest in Europa eine sehr hohe Fehlerquote hat. Die Einstein-Leute beteuern die Genauigkeit ihres zweimal durchlaufenen Antigentests (für jedes Nasenloch einmal?) und überschlagen sich mit Argumenten, dass das PCR Test nun nicht mehr möglich sei, es sowieso nichts bringe, da er sicherlich auch positiv sei und nach Brasiliengesetz soundso auch ein negatives PCR Testergebnis nicht das positive Antigentestergebnis schlagen kann. Nach weiteren Verhandlungen mit schließlich einem gut Englisch sprechenden ANVISA Mitarbeiter, der mir erklärt, dass ich nach 10 Tagen Quarantäne egal mit welchem Testergebnis sicher ausreisen dürfe und ich meinen Flug dann bereits heute umbuchen könne, plötzlich ein Umschwung. Als ob mir jemand recht gegeben hätte, oder weil in meiner Akte der Nachweis der zwei Impfungen und des negativen PCR-Tests von der Einreise vorlag. Ich dürfe den PCR-Test jetzt nachholen, und wenn dieser negativ ausfalle unterzeichne er persönlich, dass ich damit ausreisen dürfe. Inzwischen waren zwei Stunden vergangen und wenn es dumm läuft, ist das Ergebnis erst nach vier Stunden, nach Schließung des Check-Ins vorhanden. Das Ergebnis war nach genau einer Stunde und 45 Minuten verfügbar und ich sitze im Flieger nach Deutschland, wo wir nun eine 14tägige – weniger komplizierte – Quarantäne antreten werden.

How to open a jar in Brazil

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The intentions were good of my brother-in-law’s wife to collect the emptied jars from the bar and use them to preserve herbs and other dry food that is normally sold here in small plastic bags and once opened immediately gets humid in this tropical sea climate. So the point of re-using the jars is to be able to close the lid properly, so no humid air comes in.

Those vacuum-closed jars are often hard to open, at home I am using a Swedish tool that looks like a bottle-opener of hard plastic, or simply a spoon to get little air under the lid to then be able to turn the lid easily and open the jar.

Cooks and barmen here however tend to get the work done quickly without changing the tool in their hand to open the jar in a sustainable way. Take a knife and smash some holes into the lid!

Sacked from French supermarket Super U for dog treat

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Sacked from French supermarket Super U for dog treat

Shopping spree in France stopped because of unjustified accuse of shoplifting. This may happen also to you, travelling with your dog to French supermarket Super U in Alsatian town Seltz, a border town to the South-West part of Germany.

I am writing about an event that happened to us last Saturday, where we – on a warm and sunny afternoon – took the spontaneous decision to fill up our wine and cider storage by going shopping in France before the next COVID-19 curfew.

The 90 kilometres to the supermarket located directly at the French highway A35 is a 1.5 hours drive for us, one way. It is nothing you are doing often, and you’re not buying grocery in France which you can get in Germany for one third or half the price. For 15 years living at the border to France, this is the supermarket I used to go to buy French wines, ciders, cheese, Alsatian dairy products like Bibeleskaes, water, tea, coffee and even meat. More expensive though, but better quality.

Travelling with a dog on sunny days means, that you need to take him out of the car when parked, due to risk of overheating inside the car. In a grocery store however, dogs are not allowed, so we planned that one of us will walk the dog outside, while the others are filling up the shopping trolley. For the car, we luckily found a parking in the shade, which allowed the three of us to go inside the supermarket for a couple of minutes, before one of us will go out to walk the dog.

Dehler Varianta VA18 Day Cruiser Sail Boat + Trailer / Built 2011 + 2015

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As living space meanwhile turned out to be too small in our beloved expedition sail boat called MILVA, a Varianta 18 (VA18) by Dehler Yachts built in 2011, we decided to sell it. The sail boat is actually a weekender or day cruiser, the perfect boat for beginners, with aftswept spreaders, that allows an uncomplicated rig without backstay and makes sailing even more simple. The VA18 pretty fast for racing, especially at downwind (run). We used it however once for a sabbatical of 2 months in the Netherlands, and equipped the 18feet boat accordingly.
The boat is currently located in Stockholm archipelago, but can be brought anywhere in Europe with its trailer, that is built especially for fitting the VA18.

The boat (hull-no. #131) is in good shape, as it has only been used for 1-2 seasons of racing, the sabbatical in 2015, and two weeks at its current Location in Sweden. MILVA VA18 was fully equipped in 2015, including gennaker kit, extra comfortable matrasses, sprayhood, main Drop system, covers and the trailer. Due to theft of the outboard engine, a new Mercury 5HP engine was acquired in 2017, but only used in 2019.

The FACTS

Model: Varianta 18
Manufacturer: Dehler Yachts GmbH
Category: Day Cruiser
Year of construction: 2011
Full Equipment of boat: 2015 / 2017 / 2019
Material: GRP
Rig: Sloop
Cabins / Berths : 1 / 2

Length: 5,75m
Length Waterline: 4,78
Beam: 2,40m
Draft: 1,15m standard T-shaped keel
Sails area: 21,5 sqm
Mast Length over waterline: 9,15m
Deck Stepped 7/8 fractional aluminium mast Z-Spars
Weight: 910kg (empty)

VA18 original sails:
Main sail with VA18 logo: 14,5 sqm
Headsail/ Jib 106%: 7,5 sqm + furler Furlex 50S
Gennaker (red): 29 sqm
Rectracable Aluminium gennaker pole

Sunbrella Covers (grey)
– Jib Cover
– Mainsail Cover + Main Drop System
– Sprayhood
– Frog Sails ‘Poppy’ Soft deck

Outboard Engine: Mercury F5 MLH Sailpower 5 HP (2017)

Outboard bracket, Swim Ladder, bow fender, 4 fenders, mooring lines with Shock absorber, boat hook, anchor with chain, 2 paddles, storage bags and boxes inside

Original VA18 red colored upholstery (extra comfortable, 6 pieces)

NASA Clipper Tactical Wind System
NASA Clipper Duet – combine Speed/distance log and echo sounder
Allround light Mast top white

Philippi LAE 220 Shore power connection
plug socket, 25m shore power cable, Switching Unit 12V,
CTEK battery charger, new battery (2019)

Trailer with 100 km/h approval (constructed in 2015, inspection certificate until 8/2020


VA18 mast fall down

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Ever had a mast fall down? My friend having sailed out my Dehler Varianta 18 in Stockholms archipelago in my absence recently. Something, that must never happen, happened. I couldn’t almost believe what he was telling me the other day, luckily he is a very experienced sailor who had dealt with worse things than this one, but if it happened to me I guess I would have issued a PAN PAN to all stations (if I had a radio though…).

The boat, built in 2011 while the Dehler wharf was still building the VA18, is equipped with a Seldén Furlex 50 furling system, that according to the previous owner of my boat was already attached with the forestay. To be honest, it never came to my mind to read the manual (that I did not have) of the Furlex, as all I needed to know was how to attach the Furlex to the boat and set up the mast. Well, according to the manual, the screw to the terminal is supposed to be permantly locked by having applied some drops of locking adhesive before screwing it to the terminal and tighten it securly. Either this step has been missed in the wharf, or the locking adhesive my get old with a few years.

So, sailors – watch out and check the screws that you may not even have known they exist.

Doldrums & Rå-bocken bränning

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N 59° 18′ 2.5″ E 018° 43′ 54.1″ Rå-Bocken + Bränning 6.5 nm

Bullandö Marina – Djuröbron – Runö – Marskär
Weather: cloudy, 5 – 9 m/s (wind gusts) wind force North East, outside temperature around 15 – 18 °C , water temperature ~ 11°C

With

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If you get yourself out on the sea you never know what’s waiting there for you. If you don’t take the chance, you will never know. [Martin Strömberg, Sailor, Volvo Ocean Race]

You often say “Never again”. But after a couple of days … you forget! [Thmoas Rouxel, Sailor, Volvo Ocean Race]