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23/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 290; Last Full Day in Mauritius , Skipper's Meeting for Leg 12 & Merlyn of Poole Comes to Dinner; Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM; but I stay in bed until 6:00 AM. Then coffee and type 2 logs before anyone else gets up. Done with the logs by 7:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:15 AM: eggs, potato, French bread and chilled fruit cocktail. After breakfast I filled out post cards and we all filled in our debarkation forms for leaving the country. From 10:10 AM to 10:25 AM I defrosted the freezer; then stored the fruit and vegetable cans that we'd taken out of the hidden hold area and put them in the main cabin bilge and storage area under the main cabin starboard settee; and under the V-Berth. Some of the cans had rusted by being exposed to sea water. How could that happen? Duh!At 10:30 AM Joel started cleaning the boat bottom with Folie a Deux's electric Hooka. The Hooka has two regulators attached on 50 foot air. read more...


23/10/2014

Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean

After some nine weeks of travels and trials, we have made it to what I consider is our halfway point to the Caribbean, Portsmouth VA. This is the staging and departure point of the Caribbean 1500, our rally to the BVI. It’s been pretty crazy. I had this idea that I’d be able to blog about our travel south, but the long days have been filled with other more important stuff, like unclogging my kid’s poop from the head. So, apart from throwing some pictures and thoughts on Facebook, it’s been quiet. Here have been some highlights of the over 500 nautical miles from Lake Champlain to Portsmouth.On August 19th we moved aboard Alchemy and packed our world into 200 square feet. In Lake Champlain we waved goodbye to our car, and our autopilot broke. The Champlain Canals found Peter making Volvo. read more...


Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean
Alchemy - Half Way to the Caribbean
22/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 288; Tour of Mauritius; Monday, October 20, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM; breakfast at 7:15 AM. Eggs, potato, chilled pears and French bread. Like other mornings, our boat is covered with soot from a furnace in the harbor where sugar cane stalks are burned. I'm assuming that this burning is to generate electricity, not just to burn the stalks. In the Miami area in Florida, sugar cane stalks are just burned to get rid of the non-sugar product after the cane is harvested. Dropped off our two empty propane cylinders before 8:15 AM; and Merlyn's of Poole's, also. They will be delivered to the refilling station by Rally control for pick up later today or Tuesday. At 8:30 AM we boarded buses for a day long tour. Two busses. Before departing, Tom, from Alpheratz, as he got on the bus passed out Butterfingers candy pieces; followed by Cathy from. read more...


22/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -35

Comprobado que nuestro blog funciona bien, empezamos a alimentarlo con las noticias de los preparativos.Maite acaba de anunciar que unirá sus habilidades como dibujante a sus muchas otras como marinera. Esperamos disfrutar de sus trabajos en este blog.Eduardo está hoy en tierras salmantinas. Sus ocupaciones son diversas pero la que más nos atañe es la dirigida a la selección de jamón ibérico apto para la travesía. Dicen que la relación calidad precio por allá es inmejorable y confiamos plenamente en su buen ojo. Seguro que Juan está ya pendiente del presupuesto.Pasado mañana se celebra en casa de Maite un encuentro previo al que todos los tripulantes estamos invitados. Lamentablemente, no podrán acudir Lola, Rogelio y Fernando, por sus diversas ocupaciones. En compensación habrá un. read more...


Zulú - Dia -35
Zulú - Dia -35
22/10/2014

Adagio - Counting down!

So many things to do. It's not even 'the last minute' but it feels like it.  Robin said to me 'It is no wonder so many people never leave the dock!" and boy is she right. If we stayed till everything was just right, it would never happen.So, I'm thankful for the deadlines. We're getting a lot of essential stuff done, and even a couple of "want to do" things.Watching the weather, drawing lines on charts and meeting our crew.Yep, we're getting ready to go!!. read more...


22/10/2014

Argalleiro - Argalleiro crew /CHILE

We are from Chile , ARGALLEIRO is  the only one boat from this far away country . Our crew are  five Chileans and one spanish friend .. all  good friends and my son , all used to sail in the Pacific Ocean .. We left the boat in Gran Canaria , last June , and will fly to Las Palmas, 15 hrs,  to prepare the departure, next Nov 5 th..Our trip is strongly inspired in Cristobal Colon ( Christhofer  Columbus ) .. he was a dreamer,  an innovator and entrepreneur,, as we want to be …  This is our introduction .. and our best regards to all the participants of the ARC .. Atlantic Crossing .. We look forward to see you ..Guillermo Ruiz /skipper. read more...


21/10/2014

Zulú - Día -34 Con Antonio, nuestro patrón

Ramón, Juan y el que suscribe acabamos de despedirnos de Antonio, nuestro patrón. Ha sido un encuentro muy agradable, fácil y sin misterios. Se diría que la sexentena que todos llevamosa la espalda produjera endocrinas muy domésticas y una sensación de naturalidad en la relación. Bueno, la sexentena y el buen carácter.El detallado interrogatorio previstos obre los mil asuntos pendientesha evolucionado, por fortuna,hacia una conversación calmada, llena de sonrisas y de complicidad en el disfrute de una travesía en la que - esto ha quedado muy claro- no es preciso llegarlos primeros para ser razonablemente dichosos.Juan ha repasado como sólo él podría hacerlo la lista de la compra y los menús con Antonio y todos hemos quedado convencidos de que sus sugerencias son dignas de ser tomadas en. read more...


Zulú - Día -34 Con Antonio, nuestro patrón
Zulú - Día -34 Con Antonio, nuestro patrón
21/10/2014

Free & BrEasy - Mauritius Mosaic

The Indian Ocean passage from the Cocos Islands to Mauritius finally took us 18 days as the wind decreased in strength forcing us to motor. It did allow us to fill the freezer with a very nice Mahi, surely one of the most beautiful fish in the world, and we don’t even need to mention the one that got away taking most of the line at first pull!We arrived at around 8 am into the busy port of Port Louis. There at the Marina to take our lines were the wonderful Paul and Joel from World ARC who gave us the customary warm handshake of welcome followed, impressively, by three tots of rum and a tray of fresh fruit. It was a bit early for rum but Paul needed the glasses back and it would have been churlish to refuse so glump, down they went! Well once you have started it’s a shame to stop so out. read more...


21/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 287; History of Mauritius, 'Story' Party on Celebrate & Dinner on Nexus; Sunday, October 19, 2014

The history of Mauritius goes back to 1505 when the island was discovered by the Portuguese. (1505 is 13 years after Columbus 'discovered' America; to put that date in historical perspective). It was controlled by the Dutch (Holland) in the 1600's and named after a Dutchman, Maurice van Nassau (the one who conquers the place). 'Maurice' became 'Mauritius.' France controlled the island in the 1700's, calling it Isle de France, then the British wrestled it from the French in 1810. The island gained its independence from the UK in 1968; and became a Republic based on the British model in 1992. The island itself is part of the archipelago of Mascarenhas, which includes Reunion and Rodriguez islands. Cars are driven on the left like in the UK; and though the official language is English, the. read more...


20/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 286; New Auto Pilot Installed, a Visit to a Grocery Store & Dinner with Folie a Deux at an Indian Restaurant; Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jeremy and Joel beat me up today (got up before me, no physical violence). I got up at 8:10 AM. After coffee breakfast followed: ham eaten with BBQ sauce and pita bread; chilled fruit cocktail; and breakfast crackers. I haven't made it to the grocery store yet, so no eggs and potatoes. Our laundry was delivered during breakfast by Rashid. We picked up 3 very hot panties that didn't belong to us; and Jeremy was short 3 pairs of shorts, two black and one blue; plus we're missing one pillow case and one very expensive 1/2 V-Berth fitted sheet. I walked the dock talking to most of the boats with females on board looking for someone to own up to the panties, but no luck so far. Maybe if we haul them up on a halyard on the boat someone will recognized them...Not!After breakfast we put the. read more...


20/10/2014

Juno - Westward Ho

The List is almost done, the engine has been serviced, the sails are back on, crew covers have been fitted over the gleaming white leather upholstery: finally its time to leave Palma. Looking back at the magnificent cathedral dominating the skyline I wonder when we will next return. All romantic thoughts are quickly dispelled by the large swell that hits us the moment we leave the shelter of the breakwater. Despite there being only 10 knots of wind, a short chop has developed in the bay of Palma. I knew that we would have light headwinds for most of our trip to Gibraltar but I hadn’t anticipated that it would throw up such a nasty sea state.It is only 450 miles from Palma to Gibraltar but instead of three days it will take us five, burning 600 litres of diesel and averaging only 5 knots. read more...


19/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 285; A Quiet Day in Mauritius; Friday, October 17, 2014

Woke up at 6:00 AM. At 6:30 AM I started cooking breakfast. Joel and Jeremy get up after me. We're up early because the rigger's coming at 8:00 AM and we have to clear in with Immigration at 8:15 AM. At 7:15 AM Port Security shows up unannounced, and two officers board the boat. I fill out some paperwork and then they leave. Breakfast consists of eggs and potatoes, courtesy of Ghost (thank you Tim and Claire); bacon; and breakfast crackers.The rigger showed up at 8:00 AM, when he said he'd be here. A good start. He took some pictures, and then departed, saying that once we have the jib down and the forestay out he'd come back to take more pictures. I guess we're dismantling the rig ourselves. Oh well. What does the rigger do?At 8:15 AM Jeremy headed to the ARC office with our passports. read more...


19/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 284; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 12 of 12; & Green Flash No. 22; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Up at 6:45 PM. Relieved Jeremy. Half a moon was still shining; and a lot of stars were out. Even though our watches say its 6:45 AM, that's Cocos Keeling start time. Its really 4:15 AM local time. The wind is 12/15 knots and we're moving at 5.1 knots thru the water and 5.2 knots over the land. Merlyn is 1.5 miles behind us. Low, black clouds are approaching from the northeast. Its 60 miles to Mauritius.At 8:05 AM the sun peaks thru a hole in the cloud band on the horizon. There is always a cloud bank on the horizon in the trade winds. Always. As it rises it appears as a big, yellow ball; enlarged by the prism of the horizon. Clouds obstruct parts of it. Once its 2 to 3 degrees above the horizon I see a green hue reflecting on the clouds adjacent to the sun. If the sunrise wasn't. read more...


19/10/2014

Louise - Blog 1 - Introduction

Hello, Louise is calling! I'm a Nauticat 43 from Denmark. At present I'm in Las Palmas with my crew Jan Kjaer and Carina Campen.For 11 years they have been talking about taking me to Caribien, and finally we are on our way  looking forward to a trip without hard scheduling.During the years Jan has used me as his home when working as an airline captain, and often they moved me around, always short of time, as both had to go back to work. Often Carina worked when being with me. She works with IT at LINDBERG. The tree of us have sailed some nm. Whilst in Denmark we made small tours. Then Jan got a job in Agadir and there we were in the middle of January 2005 on our way from Copenhagen to Agadir.  I liked beeing in Agadir, the harbour. read more...


Louise - Blog 1 - Introduction
Louise - Blog 1 - Introduction
19/10/2014

Magelanus III - On the way...

Magelanus III left Lagos, Algarve on 14 September 2014, 1200. Fog was waiting for her just out there, as she left the Marina. The first leg of our adventure had just started.... read more...


19/10/2014

Celebrate - Reflections on Maritius

Although a new landfall for Charlie and Cathy it was a return visit for Peter. He and Jane had their honeymoon in Mauritius 16 years ago. Many of the local people we have met on the dockside had told us that a lot had changed since 1998 with greater prosperity on the island. We certainly sensed a vibrancy , or perhaps this was something to do with our visit coinciding with the Hindu festival of Diwali or 'Festival of Lights' where they celebrate victory of light over darkness.Here is an account of Peter's a three day drive across the island rediscovering familiar places and some new ones;We had a great honeymoon but came away feeling that all was not right in paradise, this could have been the absence of the dodo, ebony forests, or sugar cane fields totally dominating the island's. read more...


19/10/2014

Firefly - New Caledonia

Captain Cook and his crew, aboard HMS Resolution, anchored off the north east coast of the largest Island, Grand Terre, on September 4th 1774 and spent 10 days exploring, receiving a friendly welcome. He named it New Caledonia as it reminded him of the Highlands of Scotland (incidentally called Caledonia by the Romans). It certainly does look like Scotland and we are really enjoying our first few days here, the views while sailing around the south eastern tip of Grand Terre have been stunning. It was never part of the British Empire and in 1853 Napoleon ordered the annexation, renamed it Nouvelle Caledonie and it remains French. The original Melanesian settlers, the Kanaks, have been fighting hard for independence for a long time and are making progress, although having significant. read more...


18/10/2014

Loni 3 - Blog Loni3 From Finnland to Las Palmas in 5 Monaten

SY Loni3 Skipper und im Moment Blogschreiber Eckhard SchöbelIm Mai starteten wir in Turku Finnland mit unserer neuen Nauticat42. Die Crew sind Ilona und Eckhard Schöbel. Loni ist für die Kombüse zuständig und verwöhnt die Crew mit gutem Essen , Eckhard ist für die Aufgaben des Skippers zuständig. Für die Wache wechseln wir uns ab.Der Start erfolgte bei 0 Grad Celsius und 3 Grad Wasser in Finnland. Über die Ostsee ging es in den Nord Ostsee Kanal und danach in die Nordsee. Erste Ziele waren Helgoland und Borkum. Danach ging es nach Südengland und zu den Kanalinseln. Nächstes Ziel war Brest und die Biskaya. Die Biskaya hat es uns relativ leicht gemacht mit Wind und Wetter. In La Coruna sind wir dann 3 Wochen geblieben um danach die Westküste bis Lissabon langsam hinunter zu segeln.. read more...


18/10/2014

American Spirit II - Re: Day 284 Supplemental; Thank You Merlyn of Poole; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Brian, Joel and Jeremy, Thank you so much for this great e-mail.  It was a real pleasure to be of service and delighted that you appreciated it so much. We all really enjoyed the contact we had with you across the vast expanse of Indian Ocean; keeping in touch every couple of hours, swapping comments about the weather, dinner menu and likelihood or otherwise of green flashes.  I was so pleased to see you pop up on AIS that first evening because it meant that your mast was still up, we could find you easily and we could be on hand to help if things did not turn out well.  Every day that we came on watch and either could see your tricolour light or the mast and sails was a great day. Beer transfer was also hugely appreciated by all of us aboard. read more...


Zulú - La tripulación del Zulú se prepara en la Bahia de Cádiz
Zulú - La tripulación del Zulú se prepara en la Bahia de Cádiz
17/10/2014

Zulú - Dia -40

body{font-family:Helvetica,Arial;font-size:13px}Los preparativos remotos están ya hechos. Me refiero a los que implica la decisión de ir,  disponer de los días necesarios, seleccionar y empastar un buen grupo  y crear la ilusión colectiva indispensable para el éxito de la travesía. Ahora quedan otras muchas otras cosas, las operativas, todas ellas cruciales que, sin embargo,  se van cumpliendo con una razonable programación.El Zulú está en Las Palmas, sometido al mantenimiento anual, antifouling, revisión de los equipos, remodelación de la toldilla y renovación de butacas de la cámara. Fernando, uno de los nuestros, le hará una visita en compañía del armador en los próximos días. Esperamos ansiosos ver las detalladas fotos que nos ha prometido.Mientras tanto, se ha. read more...


17/10/2014

A Plus 2 - ARC already started..

Did everybody realize that ARC has started ? Even before Las Palmas !Flying ARC flags makes immediate participants meetings on the pontoons when stopping on the way to reach Las Palmas.That's the way in Gibraltar now !Preparation time has almost ended ! "Make new ARC friends time" starts !Fair winds to everybody sailing to Las Palmas !. read more...


17/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 284 Supplemental; Thank You Merlyn of Poole; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014From: Brian Fox, American Spirit II To: Jonathan Crowe, Merlyn of Poole; Sigi Hahn & Geoff Ascott-EvansTopic: The 'Longest' EscortOn behalf of myself, Joel Heyne and Jeremy Nance I want to thank you for your incredible support in standing by to assist and escort us in our moment of greatest need and peril all the way to Mauritius; 1,481 miles over a period of 12 days. With our forestay breaking at 1:20 PM on October 5, you jibed over, sailed back to us and came up on our AIS at 10:13 PM that same day, 9 hours later. Such a welcome sight did ever we see!With high winds and confused and at times mountainous seas, and especially during the first few days when the outcome of our misfortune was still in doubt, it was with great relief that we saw your. read more...


17/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 283; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 11 of 12; & Green Flash No. 21 ; Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eleven days down with our mast still up and only 1 more day to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.Up at 6:00 AM. I relieved Jeremy whose been on watch from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. We're 2 miles ahead of Merlyn, so I slow the boat down for them to catch up.The sun rises at 7:57 AM Cocos Keeling start time (local time is 2 1/2 hours earlier). Clouds obstruct the horizon, so no green flash. But its a beautiful sunrise with a big green hue around the clouds adjacent to therising sun. Joel from American Spirit II hosts the 10:00 AM net. Besides Merlyn and us, only Civetta II is tuned in. The other boats have arrived at Mauritius already. Breakfast consists of 9 pieces of bacon; 5 scrambled eggs; chilled peach slices; and breakfast crackers in lieu of bread as the bread is all gone.I'm. read more...


16/10/2014

Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med

Antares, our Island Packet 380, entered the Med at Gibraltar on 24-Jul-08 after sailing across the Atlantic with the ARC-Europe.  She wintered over (while we returned to Dallas, Texas) in Mahon Menorca, El Kantaoui Tunisia, Marmaris Turkey (for two winters), Kalamata Greece, and finally Riposto Sicily.What a great trip!  Antares exited the Med on 05-Oct-14 when we left La Linea, Spain for the sail (mostly motor) to the Canary Islands. We are currently in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.    Joe Novotnaksv.Antares IMG_0105. read more...


Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med
Antares - 16-Oct-14 The Med
Helen - Palma 2013
Helen - Palma 2013
15/10/2014

Firefly - Rough passage to New Caledonia

Since leaving our home port of Salcombe, England, in late September 2013, Firefly has clocked up over 15000 nautical miles and most of this has involved glorious downwind sailing, a high proportion with our sails 'wing on wing' as the wind has been right behind and very little has been challenging. However, going from Luganville on Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu to Noumea on New Caledonia was always likely to be a more difficult 475nm passage. The course is due south and the prevailing winds are 25 to 30 knot south easterlies with notoriously choppy seas - almost head on. In fact its more logical to reach Noumea from Port Vila on Efate or even Anatom as the wind angle is much better. However, the best way to cruise Vanuatu is to start at Anatom and depart from Santo as the prevailing wind takes. read more...


15/10/2014

Selene - Blogs Selene

The blogsite from the  "Selene" Malö 43   The Netherlands - Las Palmas 2014selenelog.blogspot.nlGreetings  Henny Zomerdijk, blog writer and Tjerk Koops, skipper. read more...


15/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 282; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 10 of 12; & Another Tripple Green Flash (No. 20); Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ten days down with our mast still up but two more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.I've changed the days of this adventure from 11 to 12, in case you haven't noticed. October 5 thru October 16 is 12 days,not 11. Oops. I relieved Jeremy, who stood the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch, at 7:10 AM. Jeremy was kind enough to let me 'sleep in' past 6:00 AM. Civetta II is to starboard; and Merlyn of Poole is 1.5 miles astern. The wind is 9/12 and we're moving at 3.9 knots thru the water and 4.8 knots over the land. We're 315 miles from Mauritius. I notice a movement on the port gunwale. It's still dark, but I see something moving. I move closer and see that it's a 7 inch flying fish. Its lucky day, as I pick it up and flip him into the ocean. A beautiful fish, silver and dark blue, with. read more...


EH01 - Chasing the girls! Global Yacht Racing follows TeamSCA to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race
EH01 - Chasing the girls! Global Yacht Racing follows TeamSCA to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race
EH01 - Global Yacht Racing enjoys front row seats at the Volvo Ocean Race start
EH01 - Global Yacht Racing enjoys front row seats at the Volvo Ocean Race start
15/10/2014

EH01 - Volvo Ocean Race

Blog from EH01 owner - Global Yacht RacingEH01 is one of the ARC’s most well travelled yachts - annually she competes in an international program of regattas and offshore races and completes a circuit of up to 10,000 miles. She is currently on passage to Gibraltar after taking part in the glamorous Les Voiles de St Tropez with two trainee skippers onboard who are taking part in a ten month program of offshore racing and RYA training. The trainees and crew on EH01 recently had the time of their lives during a stop over in Alicante where they got front row seats to one of the most well known race starts in the world - the Volvo Ocean Race! Taking a couple of days out from the passage from St Tropez to Gibraltar the crew of EH01 enjoyed the buzz of the race village and joined the hundreds. read more...


15/10/2014

Arrayan 2 - ARRAYAN 2 Lorient-Las Palmas

September 21 to september 30 with one day stop in A Corugna. Staying into the wind …. read more...


15/10/2014

Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca

VPLPMoxie61 Tosca splash in Lisbon.Sea trials now before heading to Gran Canaria.Tosca making a splash. read more...


Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca
Tosca - Moxieyachts Tosca
15/10/2014

Juno - World ARC preparation

Another directorship resigned, another tie severed. It is now the start of October and only days until we leave the shores of Europe. However, I don’t feel excitement or relief, but instead butterflies in my stomach, reminiscent of the feeling of going back to boarding school on a Sunday evening. Despite my best efforts, there are still a thousand things to do before we leave Palma de Mallorca. But when I consult my list, I reassure myself that the important items will be completed and the rest aren’t essential to crossing oceans.This blog entry is a catalogue of the preparation that we have completed. Not of great interest to many, but I feel the need to get it down in writing so here goes. The big important items have all been inspected, serviced and where necessary replaced. Working. read more...


Juno - World ARC preparation
Juno - World ARC preparation
14/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 16.Tag - Morgen kommen wir an!

Nach 16 vollen Tagen sollten wir morgen Nachmittag in Mauritius ankommen. Dies ist auch gut so, weil es hat hier draussen auch gar keinen Wind mehr. Wir haben den ganzen Wind des indischen Ozeans bereits weggesegelt;-). Zuerst warm duschen, dann einen guten Drink - das ist unser Plan bei Ankunft:-). Ein richtig guter Plan:-). Wir freuen uns.Cheers, Tom. read more...


13/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 280; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 8 of 11 & a Tripple Green Flash Sunrise; Sunday, October 12, 2014

Seven days down with our mast still up but 4 more days to go until we get to Mauritius and safety.During the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch Jeremy was hallucinating about the blackened, grilled chicken we'd had the evening before for dinner. He couldn't get it out of his mind during his watch, and was so involved in the olfactory experience that he thought he could still smell the chicken. It was that good! Actually, Jeremy figured out during his watch that he was sitting next to the barbecue grill, the same one that the sumptuous chicken had been cooked on. No wonder he couldn't get the chicken out of his mind! It was still radiating a sweet smell. I guess someone who will go unidentified (Joel) forgot to clean the grill. Go figure. Up at 6:10 AM, I relieved Jeremy and noticed on the chart. read more...


14/10/2014

American Spirit II - Day 281; Crisis in the Indian Ocean - Day 9 of 11; Monday, October 13, 2014

During the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch, Jeremy's watch, the wind went really fluky at around 5:00 AM. A passing rain shower cuts off the wind and changed direction for a while.I relieved Jeremy at 6:00 AM. The wind is still variable due to the passing rain shower. We're motoring at 1200 RPM with Merlyn 2 miles behind us. The wind is 12 knots and we're moving at 4.5 knots thru the water and 5.3 knots over the land. I go from 1 reef to 2 reefs on the mainsail to slow the reef down. I'mhoping once the sun rises the wind and clouds will hopefully sort themselves out. I'm in full foul weather gear, pants and jacket; as its still cool out. October 13 is the equivalent of April 13 back home in the northern hemisphere. Time wise, when Jeremy gets me up at 6:00 AM its really 4:00 AM local time. As I. read more...


13/10/2014

Sweet Pearl - Cocos Islands -->Mauritius - 14.Tag - Bald ist bald

Wir kommen gut voran, wenn auch der Wind nachlässt und wir ab und dann den Motor zur Hilfe nehmen müssen. Aber die Zeit vergeht schnell und das Ziel ist zum Greifen nah. Heute Nacht sollten wir an Rodriques Island vorbeikommen - der zweit grössten Insel des Staates Mauritius. Der Crew an Bord gehts gut - dem Waschi auch:-). Trotzdem sind alle froh bald anzukommen - der Waschi auch:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - Sehr schöne Collage über Vanuatu
Flomaida II - WIR haben sie NICHT gegessen, weil sie so schön ist (auch steht sie unter Naturschutz, aber wird trotzdem angeboten auf Märkten und in Restaurants!)
Flomaida II - WIR haben sie NICHT gegessen, weil sie so schön ist (auch steht sie unter Naturschutz, aber wird trotzdem angeboten auf Märkten und in Restaurants!)
13/10/2014

Celebrate - Pretty Basket of Fruit & Rum Taste Welcome from World ARC in Mauritius!

Our "Celebration" song played across the finish line on the VHF radio adding to the festiveness of arriving in Mauritius!Also, Joel of rally control, the crew of Alpheratz and crew from CHIKA-lu helped us tie up to the dock.Next, Joel gave us an additional fun welcoming with a bright pink covered basket of fruit and a taste of local rum in World ARC inscribed shot glasses.We loved it!Then it was time to put up the signal flags for "dressing overall" and finish clearing into the country.After a good night's sleep we expect be ready to start sight sighting this beautiful island!Charlie, Cathy and Peter. read more...



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