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Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die ersten Eindrücke von Vava' u/Tonga
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Die Mädels glänzen und hoffen, dass ein paar Geldscheine kleben bleiben
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Gemüse und Obst Markt, da ist Improvisation gefragt beim Kochen
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Sonntagsspaß!
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Der Schmuck wartet auf uns
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels wollen lieber ein Schwätzchen halten, trotzdem hören sie die wichtigen Dinge des Pfarrers durch die offenen Türen und Fenster
Flomaida II - Die hübschen Mädels wollen lieber ein Schwätzchen halten, trotzdem hören sie die wichtigen Dinge des Pfarrers durch die offenen Türen und Fenster
Flomaida II - Wie wäre es mit getrocknetem Tunfisch?
Flomaida II - Wie wäre es mit getrocknetem Tunfisch?
Flomaida II - Tonga's Sonntagsstaat. Der Bastüberrock bedeutet, dass ein naher Verwandter kürzlich gestorben ist.
Flomaida II - Tonga's Sonntagsstaat. Der Bastüberrock bedeutet, dass ein naher Verwandter kürzlich gestorben ist.
Flomaida II - Nach dem Kirchgang schnell zum Familienfest
Flomaida II - Nach dem Kirchgang schnell zum Familienfest
Flomaida II - Die Tongaflotte und.....
Flomaida II - Die Tongaflotte und.....
Flomaida II - Babysitter für den kleinen Bruder während des Kirchganges
Flomaida II - Babysitter für den kleinen Bruder während des Kirchganges
Flomaida II - Gewichtige Ladies, aber die Kirche ist voll
Flomaida II - Gewichtige Ladies, aber die Kirche ist voll
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Kirche mit den hübsch herausgeputzten Menschen
Flomaida II - Die wunderschöne Kirche mit den hübsch herausgeputzten Menschen
Flomaida II - So lässt sichs aushalten während des langen Gottesdienstes
Flomaida II - So lässt sichs aushalten während des langen Gottesdienstes
Flomaida II - Vater und Töchter in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Vater und Töchter in der Kirche
Flomaida II - Trotz Regen wird verkauft und gehandelt
Flomaida II - Trotz Regen wird verkauft und gehandelt
Flomaida II - Wie weit ist Zuhause?
Flomaida II - Wie weit ist Zuhause?
Flomaida II - Wie wärs mit einem Paar neuer Schuhe?
Flomaida II - Wie wärs mit einem Paar neuer Schuhe?
Flomaida II - Hier trübt der Regen die Stimmung nicht- Hauptsache ein trocknes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Hier trübt der Regen die Stimmung nicht- Hauptsache ein trocknes Plätzchen!
Flomaida II - Hier hält man sich Schweine, wie bei uns Hunde
Flomaida II - Hier hält man sich Schweine, wie bei uns Hunde
09/06/2014

Salmo Salar - Three Old Men and One Old Lady

Observing the hectic last minute preparations in Plymouth aboard Salmo Salar, few would have rated her chances of finishing near the front of the Rally in Bayona. Boat of the year in 1965, designed by Laurent Giles, built of wood by Moody, she was the doyenne of the fleet, and her crew were older still. However appearances can be deceptive. After the weather briefing in Plymouth, her skipper, Richard, showed a steely determination to get to Bayona before the incoming low expected on Thursday. His secret weapon was SS's ability to sail to windward like an America's Cup yacht provided the engine was running. This ability he exploited ruthlessly whenever the wind was inconveniently light or ahead. He was equally single-minded about going below and changing. read more...


Flomaida II - Hatten wir das nicht schon mal???
Flomaida II - Hatten wir das nicht schon mal???
Flomaida II - Unser Patent zum Verhindern das das Tau aufgescheuert wird an der Kante
Flomaida II - Unser Patent zum Verhindern das das Tau aufgescheuert wird an der Kante
Flomaida II - So sieht ein Ledergürtel nach 6 Monaten aus, der nicht benutzt wurde und nur im Schapp lag!
Flomaida II - So sieht ein Ledergürtel nach 6 Monaten aus, der nicht benutzt wurde und nur im Schapp lag!
Flomaida II - ......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - ......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - Wir haben ihn nicht geangelt, nur bewundert
Flomaida II - Wir haben ihn nicht geangelt, nur bewundert
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
Flomaida II - .......die ARC Flotte in der geschützten Bucht von Vava'u
08/06/2014

Webster - We're off again, again. for the final time......

Sunday 8th June 2014 Position 50 miles East of Santa MariaThe 1200 start of this final leg was a bit of a non starter with very little wind which was a bit of a disappointment, although a number of boats were jockeying for position for line honours. Actually, after the Civic reception we were treated to last night it was a bit of a blessing in disguise. We were all bussed up the hill to the reception which was a relief as I don't think half the fleet would have made it without oxygen otherwise. The local mayor had laid on a spit roast and a buffet of loads of local foods and wine, including some port style fortified wine which tasted of madeira. There was beer by the barrel load, local crafts being exercised and later, traditional country dancing in local costume. A few beers and a. read more...


09/06/2014

Nexus - Half way to Fiji, Fond Farewell to Tonga

After a wonderful last few days in Tonga, we are on our way to Fiji in company with Alpheratz and just crossed the half way point.We enjoyed yet another pig roast with David and Hika along with 8 other World ARC boats to raise money for their school. They did their usual fantastic job and hosted another wonderful cultural exchange with dishes and guitar music shared between all. It was a great farewell.We left early am the next day, but paused for a few hours in another bay to let the 30+kt winds die down a bit. We left in big seas and 25-30kt on the stern and have had lumpy but good sailing under single reef jib alone. We're looking forward to exploring Fiji and having a few days rest after a bumpy ride.Tonga will always be a special memory for us, and we hope to return someday. It is. read more...


17/05/2014

Persistent Lady - (no subject)

Saturday 17, 2014 - Going DarkWell 1,650 miles to the Azores; if you are a crow.We all know sailboats are not crows, but we do have a pretty straight shot from here.The LOW played out as we hoped and we are riding the winds toward the Azores.Looks like we will get the slingshot effect before the Azores high sets in, in which case we should be able to ride westerlies along the rhumb line to Horta. Figure between 100 and 120 miles a day, so 15 days or so.We have a battery charging issue.About three days into the Bermuda run the wind generator pole broke off and the entire unit came charging down, missed Jake by a foot.We salvaged the pieces and ordered new blades which arrived in Bermuda in time to reinstall.We had Charlie, a wizened old Bermudian with a white grizzly beard redo the. read more...


08/06/2014

Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales

We had a very slow start with basically no wind at all. Everyones genakers and spinakers were like flat balloons hanging from the masts. Most of us started motoring till clear of the island. Now we are already 35 nm away from Santa Maria and we are indeed sailing! Plus we can see other boats with sails as well.We have seen so many whales for the last few hours that it's amazing. One was WAY too close and we had to alter the course and another one was swimming towards us so we put the engine on. Jaakko was glad to spot a whale for the first time in his life, but was hoping it to be the last time! They are scary huge!Annika is feeling seasick and I am suspecting that she is wearing a basic Salvequick instead of the anti-seasickness bandage. I forced her to check it out and INDEED it was. read more...


Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales
Defyr - Towards Lagos: dodging whales
08/06/2014

Anettine - 8. juni

We hoisted the spinnaker 4 minutes before start. The wind disappeared and we had some maneuvering problems on the starting line. Now at 1800 we are sailing genaker and enjoying 6,5 knots as Jonn is preparing the dinner. Jonn was unsure how much garlic, so all our stock went into this meal. Mauritz did Anettin's song on the VHF and impressed the captainwith the his singing. However his carrier and reputation might be at stake since he finalized his song by giving the captain a big wet kiss. The captain is still at a shock.-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW. read more...


Surya - Belgian Sailing Team on SURYA
Surya - Belgian Sailing Team on SURYA
Orion - studying the route off Cape Finisterre
Orion - studying the route off Cape Finisterre
Reberth - Our departure from Santa Maria, The Azores
Reberth - Our departure from Santa Maria, The Azores
08/06/2014

Reberth - Our departure from Santa Maria, The Azores

Our time in the Azores has come to an end after an amazing week long visit. The hospitality we have received has been second to none and I know that we definitely hope to return. As you can see from the picture we were given a rousing sendoff, despite the rain!!! THANK YOU PORTOS DOS ACORESFrom Reberth Crew.IMG_0133. read more...


Reberth - A very large dolphin OR A WHALE!!!!!!
Reberth - A very large dolphin OR A WHALE!!!!!!
Seabee -
Seabee -
08/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Raindrops keep fallig on my sparayhood but after all We are Cruising........

N37:39:107 W40:42:776   GPS Miles to go 573.3   Boat miles travelled 1251   Don't be misled by the title today, it's actuallynot raining at the moment, and for that we are thankful.  We were justmusing on what lessons and ideas you pick up through your life and how you cannever tell what may come in handy later on. For instance when I(Susan) went to Derbyshire in 1973/4 (not sure which year it was) to seeRod Stewart headline at Buxton, little did I dream that the sight that greetedme as I arrived,  would, these many years later, prove valuable. Having driven from Hampshire to Derbyshire, I arrived for the weekendfestival in the pouring rain and once tent etc was sorted, off I went toexplore.  This was my first ever festival and I was. read more...


Remedy of Mylor - Baiona - "Pinta" replica as seen from Monte Real YC pontoon
Remedy of Mylor - Baiona -
08/06/2014

Starship - Last-Leg-2-Lagos (day 00)

SUN: Gemischt. Etwas Sonne, viele Wolken und fast kein Wind. RUN: Wir liegen noch recht gemütlich in der recht gemütlichen Marina vonPort do Vila. FUN: 100 %. Die gestrige Farewell-Party mit “local dances”. Jede MengeSpaß.. read more...


08/06/2014

Remedy of Mylor - Rain rain go away...

This morning the fleet viewer shows that some of the boats are on the move - great news!There are only so many jobs you can find to do, and Tim has already had a lovely time dismantling the shower and putting it back together again...(Source of the leak remains a mystery). The wind has died down a lot but it is very wet out there still.Last night we were treated to a tapas and drinks party at the Club which was originally intended for the crews of a cancelled Classic Boats Regatta.This followed a very convivial three-crew dinner on Friday night - I can only imagine what the noise levels will be like once all fifteen boats are together.... read more...


08/06/2014

Orion - orion

We were promised an adventure and how true! The Bay of Biscay displayed all her moods, majestic and splendid. We were buffeted and becalmed but Thursday was the pinnacle for us! The small window to travel the last 40 miles to Bayona soon closed and we were straight into 30 knot headwinds but still making way when it all began. Our trusty engine stopped, just when we were between the shore and a rocky outcrop. Quick action to hoist the genoa, vastly overpowering the boat but getting us away from the shore. Then a quick tack to miss the rocky shoal. Then…snap, the genoa sheet broke. Another quick tack, substituting the only available line, a smaller preventer line. Greg went down below to work out the engine problem as the tank still showed, correctly so, half full. As he was doing so, the. read more...


08/06/2014

American Spirit II - Day 153; Trip to Vaka'ietu, Pig Roast & High Pressure Cold Front; Saturday, June 7, 2014

Up at 8:27 AM. Much later than most days. Coffee first thing before breakfast, which came at 9:15 AM. Scrambled eggs, spiced up of course; chilled fruit cocktail and bread with butter, jelly and peanut butter. During breakfast a local school band must have been practicing because their music drifted across the anchorage. Sounded very good. With a lot of drums. Today is the ninth day of my taking Doxycyline for my right calf infection. Though the wound is still oozing, its only a little now. So instead of a bandage I'm using a very large and adhesive type of band aid. I'm concerned enough that its still oozing after 9 days that I think I'll see a doctor Monday and see if lancing it might be in order to finish off the drainage. At 11:10 AM Joel went ashore and purchased the Mooring's. read more...


08/06/2014

Free & BrEasy - To Tonga with Love

The capital of the Kingdom of Tonga is Neiafu where we arrived early in the evening. The anchorage at Neiafu is well protected and is reached after sailing through channels and islands that create an approach unlike any to the previous ports we have visited on the circumnavigation. Later in the week, sitting in a café overlooking the anchorage it reminded us a little of the Salcombe estuary in Devon, UK - apart from the weather of course!Despite being late, Paul and Suzana from World ARC were there to welcome us with smiles and forms, and introduce us to the very friendly Immigration and Quarantine male officers who were all wearing skirts. This is normal dress for men in Tonga and the boys in school uniform wear smart long skirts. Made a Scotsman feel quite at home!We stayed moored to. read more...


07/06/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - I can see clearly now and I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles.......

N37:09:879  W42:45:600 Boat miles:- 1115.6 Miles to go:- 676.4   A quiet and light winds night. Well some morningsare just magical and the clarity this morning was stunning - no haze, no rain,no cloud, just the far horizon and we could see for miles and miles. And therewas no-one else out here we could see, though there may be some folks just overthe horizon. Indeed we know Aditi, an ARC 2013 boat, are some 200 milesahead of us and should be in Horta early next week.This view of the horizon is avery stark contrast to the closed in and very dark nights we had during the tworecent storms!   There are lots of things to be viewed closely, butequally on a clear day or night there are lots of things best viewed from afar -lightning, squalls, cumulonimbus, big commercial. read more...


07/06/2014

Webster - Seat of the pants stuff....

Friday 6th June 2014 Ponta Delgada to Santa Maria 55nmFriday dawned bright and breezy and having had a relatively early night we were ready to go by 0730. Neal tried to put in a waypoint for Santa Maria in our newly reset chart plotter and needless to say it froze again and refused to turn off. My patience is sorely tried now, it has got to go! At least the auto pilot was working fine, so there is an electronic rival for Igor on board again.We had not even slipped our lines when on VHF we heard Gary from Arcarius, who had set off a few minutes earlier, call to say he had engine failure and required a tow back into the marina. We hurried to let go our lines to help but then heard Morning Haze who was in the vicinity call to say she had offered a tow in and we watched as Arcarius limped. read more...


07/06/2014

Gertha 4 - back at sea

38.36.6N  23.02.5 W   The winds forecast at 25 k were 35 k .  The squals were thick and fast.The sea everywhere. First night back at sea was an interesting one. The jib did not like the weather and tried to get off the boat in a squal,two of us pulled out all the stops to make it stay on board. Autopilot sulked in the big squall and turned it self off. Toilet was blocked.   Al is good and safe on Gertie.  . read more...



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