Pictures of Herbert and K11's road trip to the Mongolian border on 2013 DN pictures
lastest 17th K11 is finally home
tues morn adventerous plumbing works, found this hotel only by pushing the walled garden door open, could not see any sign of swyle or hotel, this is Buriat country we found a bar that immediatly closed, good job we had eaten before, no russsian spoken, bar person was from Mongolia, we caught a lift from a local to another bar/ cafe. Monday night in a small remote place like this is not good but locals did come and go, not a single european looking face, then you go out side in the windless crystal clean air and gaze up at the sayan mountains that tower above you (10,000 ft) what happens today will be another adventure, plan is to drink the holy mineral waters bathe in hot springs and go and see another ice boaters dream, look over the monglian border within sight of the sister lake to Baikal , Lake Hovsgol Nuur first we have to find breky.......
Friday Morning , sun, puffy white clouds whissing along, untill you look behind at the mountain and see a black bruiser bearing down on you, light snow showers, so far seen the wind blasting from three differnt directions, then the black bruiser hiits, horizontal snow storm.
Maybe a good day to pack the container otherwise you will be sailing at max speed looking at the end of the rope wanting to slow down!!!
alexander (R41) speaking here...... i am british team, my friend is Gareth, we repair K11, hard work taking ice boat back up hill to Hotel. then weld the steering, then walk back. Anglo/russian team work at it's best.
8th April Monday
no wind today, so we all first place!!
7th April Sunday not a good day for me I woke up at 8am had a good Russian Breakfast of Porridge and sweat things then rigged early in the hope of having a look at the ice conditions to the south of Ogoy (the Buddhist Temple Island). I was fully rigged and ready to go in he pit when a squall hit yachts turned over and things flew around. In the confusion I heard a loud crack from my yacht and found the lower steering arm had sheered off.
The only thing was to do was strip the DN down as other rigged. on inspection it looked the the tapered vertical post had sheered from the drop tube through the DN there was no way to reconnect it. It looked like the whole bottom piece was friction welded. you could assemble the parts but nothing held it together. now add that you have no tools, only very basic russian tools have to be found and there are no spares. then add a russian committee on how to fix it then try and translate that in to english. the solution was to grind what was left of the steering post witha flat and fit the bottom steering arm. a grinder and generator was found but no welder. then to add to it the retaining bolt a tapered post that sheered decided to lock solid in the steering arm boss. Stainless to stainless and the bloody thing “ grabbed” didn’t it!
No amount of hitting on a stone would dislodge it. the only welder we were told was at the hotel Uyuga, will most of the fleet now out on the sailing site there was no option to but to walk the yacht body uphill back to the hotel. My young helper Alexander Kopylov ( R41 opti) earnt his sweat shirt but helping me take the yacht body to the hotel. Do that in full ice sailing kit and you know why we need the Baikal Pearl Water. two bottles got me peeing again!
At the Hotel again it was a question of tools and welder, first explain in sign language and english/russian words that you need a stick welder. we found a vice and with a big hammer got the steering boss out of the arm. we then found a grinder to create a small taper and extend the flat for the steering arm to fit. that all came about half way into the arm, the stick welder fused the whole thing together with a lot of worrying smoke from the plastic bushes in the yacht body. the only way to take it apart again is to cut grind and chop. the weld looked good and a good heave, twist and grunt proved the weld. so we walked back down from the hotel with the DN to the ice. we rigged up and I made my way to the sailing site hoping the steering would hold. the thought of going out on rough conditions with an untested steering did not inspire me. I missed two races. the third race was the usual roller coaster ride and shifty gusts, I could see at least three boats having problems. Christian Seegers thinks he may have bruised or broken ribs from his crashAs at this time 20.00 no more info.
we have arrived at Lake Baikal after a six hour bus ride, all the excess bags were stuffed on the back seats, I was right infront of them just behind the back axle so had a great time trying to sleep and bag catch every time the bus braked, also the rough tarmac roads made for a roller coaster ride, we all stopped at the famous "long Drop" cafe, and icy path to the outside toilets with a one hole, we pee'd outside as it was not pleasant inside. a good cup of lemon tea and a buriat pasty with meat made the bouncy ride tolerable.
Sat 8.30 -5c cloudy ware waiting for the container to arrive.
Some facts about Lake Baikal is located in Siberia, a region that makes up more than 75% of Russia’s total landmass. Located close to the Mongolian border, it holds a massive amount of water—approximately 20% of all the liquid freshwater reserves on earth—more than any other freshwater lake on the planet! If you were able to "pull the plug" on the lake it would take all the water in all the Great Lakes to fill it again! An astonishing 336 rivers feed this immense lake. Only one, the Angara, flows out.
The lake is incredibly deep for its size. The depth of Baikal is around 5,380 feet (1,640 metres) to the floor and holds 5,500 cubic miles (23,000 cubic kilometres) of water. If the lake were completely emptied, a vertigo-inducing canyon over a mile deep would present itself.
These freaky proportions of the lake signify a violent geological past. Having been dated back to around 30 million years, it is the oldest in the world. It sits at the junction of tectonic plates which are slowly tearing Asia apart. This trench was originally 5 miles (8 kilometres) deep. Over time silt partially filled the trench, but seismic activities continue along the lake with frequent tremors and several hot springs. Scientists consider the lake to be a future ocean for it continues to widen at an astounding rate of about an inch (2.5cm) a year
In 1862, a massive earthquake struck the area around the mouth of the Selenga River, which provides the lake with 50 per cent of its water, and severed roughly 175sq.km (77sq.mi) of land from the shore. Water rushed in from the lake and created a new bay, known as Proval Bay
LAKE BAIKAL ...... some information
Baikal is also incredibly clear; one can see 130 feet beneath its surface! The lake’s remarkable clarity is partially attributed to its massive population of a small crayfish, Baikal Epishura, which eats algae and other particulates in the water that would lower visibility. It is estimated that these tiny crustaceans (about 1.5 mm long), along with others of their species, filter 10 to 15 times the amount of water that flows into the lake, keeping it clean and clear.
35 percent of Baikal’s 600 plant species and 65 per cent of its 1,500 animal species are unique to its waters. All Baikal’s creatures depend on the food and oxygen that algae and plankton produce in the top 50m (165ft) of water. All but one of the lake’s 255 species of freshwater shrimp - a third of the world’s total - can be found in its deep waters. Of the 35 different genera of freshwater shrimp, only one can be found elsewhere in the world. 50 species of fish, half of them unique to the lake, inhabit Baikal’s waters.
Baikal is also home to one of the world’s few freshwater seal species, called a Nerpa. These silvery-gray seals are similar to their saltwater counterparts, except for a few specific characteristics that have helped them survive in their deep, freshwater lake habitat. To survive long swims under ice and deep diving conditions, they have four more pints of blood than any other seal—enabling them to go without fresh air for 70 minutes! And they are capable of diving to almost 1,000 feet below the water’s surface! Their hidden dens are carved out of snow and ice, and are entered underwater from below the iced-over winter lake.
Another interesting animal that exists exclusively in these waters is a fish that composes much of the Nerpa’s diet, called aGolomyanka. With a translucent body and no scales, it is unusual in many ways. A particularly fatty fish (with up to 30% of its body composed of oil), it is able to withstand high pressure from deep water, and also adapt to the much less-pressurized water closer to the surface. At night, golomyanka migrate from as far down as 500m (1,650ft) to the surface waters in order to feed on the minute creatures that comprise the zooplankton. The golomyanka must descend again before the temperature of the lake rises above 7°C (45°F), otherwise their oils begin to liquefy and they die They contains so much fat that, if left out of water in the sunlight, it will "melt," leaving only what appears to be a puddle of oil and a skeleton