The summer is slowly coming to an end, the days become shorter and the nights a little colder. Also the early morning frost on the pole of the Tonia is a sign that it is time to leave the Baltic Sea to head to warmer regions. Your crew, the experienced sea dogs, Stephan, Björn and Lukas, are ready to bring you certainly from Portsmouth to Porto and from Porto to Lagos for an unique adventure!
Before the first guests of the crossings go aboard in Portsmouth, we head to the Baltic island Fehmarn, where the large part of the KitWorldWide team is enjoying the Kitesurf Worldcup. The new Kites, which they get there, also have to go with us on the trip! Over Kiel it further goes to Cuxhafen, and from there in the direction of Portsmouth.
Finally, after some days on Sea the first host country flag could be hoisted: We have reached the Netherlands. On our route to Portsmouth Tonia sails past the chalk rock of Dover, unfortunately, the look is clouded. Now after some quit days on Board it is about time for a little action! We leave the sloop to water and let ourselves pulled after the boat with a wave board. Now we cannot expect the first Kite session any more!
After these amazing impressions of the english south coast, we finally reach Portsmouth! Our adventure can begin.
We have some time left and explore on Thursday afternoon the city centre of Portsmouth, which we reach with the ferry, which is used, nevertheless, here as a usual transportation system. Moreover, we must provide for our bodily welfare for the tour and create the provisions to Porto aboard. With seven people something already accumulate there. We had to load even 160 liters of drinking water!
Finally we could welcome our first guests on Board the Tonia. After everybody ensconced themselves on the ship, they got important safety instructions. The evening have been used to explore everything and at 6 am in the morning we hoisted the sails.
We sail through the Solent in the direction of Oussant, a small island west of Brest. There we want to start our first kite session and wait for a perfect timing to cross the bay of Biscay.
On our map you can always see where the Tonia is right now: