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19/01/2009

Cleone - In St Helena

It's a matter of life or death; Give us our Airport, Gordon.  The Governor, Mr Gurr, was away when we arrived, back in London trying to convince the Foreign Office that the decision to Postpone the Decision (UK Government-speak for Cancel Until Further Notice) on the long-awaited Airport was not a good one, and needs to be reversed.  A former Chief Secretary of the Falkland Islands Administration, apparently he comes from a business background.  He should be better able than most diplomats to argue that the Airport is essential to revitalise St Helena, and that the capital cost of the Airport and the accompanying infrastructure fully outweighs the cost of a new Support Vessel to replace the ageing MV St Helena and the £15M a year currently needed in subsidies to keep the island. read more...


12/03/2011

Lady Ev.VI - lady Ev. VI daily log v. 12.3. Kapstadt - Brasilien

Bericht Segeln Südatlantik v.Kapstadt nach Salvador (Brasilien)Nach der rauhen, ruppigen und gefährlichen Strecke von Mauritius nach Kapstadt an der südafrikanischen Küste entlang, die wir unter großen Anstrengungen gemeistert hatten, wurde am 8.Januar die Rally Kapstadt- St. Hellena-Salvador (Brasilien) gestartet. Schon kurz nach dem Start in Houtbay verscwand das Regattafeld im Nebel. Der kalte Benguela-Strom machte sich bemerkbar. Glücklicherweise war kein Großschiffartsverkehr zu verzeichnen, obwohl wir uns schon in der Ansteuerung des Hafens Kapstadt befanden. Als die Sicht nach Stunden besser wurde, war schließlich nichts mehr von der World ARC-Flotte zu sehen. Bei mittleren Winden und schönem Wetter ging es Richtung St. Helena und langsam aber sicher hatten wir uns an die Spitze. read more...


07/08/2012

Matilda - In the Land Down Under

We arrived in Mackay on Friday 27th July and cleared customs and quarantine without having anything confiscated; in fact it was a very smooth and friendly process so we were pleasantly surprised. It was one of the easiest port entries we have experienced so far, and the officials even came aboard and completed the forms for us!Anne, Barry and Amethyst arrived on the Saturday and we prepared for the cruise through the Whitsudnays. We saw whales, some as close as 20 metres away, caught a lovely tuna for the BBQ and frolicked on Whitehaven, the most beautiful beach in the world. Our guests had a fabulous holiday and we even managed to squeeze in a visit to Magnetic Island on the last day. To top it all off, we ran aground in the entrance to Townsville marina, which is not something you. read more...


24/09/2012

Karma Daze - First Blog

Karma Daze is now in Puerto Calero in Lanzarote and we have come back to the UK for a couple if weeks for family duties. We will be returning to Puerto Calero on the 4th October. The boat will be taken out of the water for antifouling/polishing and fitting a folding prop. After that we slowly sail down to Gran Canary enjoying the islands. We hope to be in Las Palmas on the 25th October. read more...


29/05/2012

Purrr-fect - Fish on

On the table that is.More about that in a second.Afew of the rough nights we started thinking what are we doing here.Today we know why.It was a great day. It started with a dolphin show at sunrise.We set the sails to wing and wing (know as goosewing by the Brits here) and had a beautiful down wind sail, with hardly touching the sail, for 15 hours.Clearand partly sunny.And we are rapidly closing on the Azores. As I write this we only have 120 miles to go and should be in late Tuesday evening.Then as Linda was starting to prep a spaghetti dinner,the reel starting singing.We quickly improved our fishing score to Fish 2 (lost lures); Purrrfect 1, as we landed a nice size Tuna.Jim cooked some immediately with his ownblend of spices, etc.It was great and we almost filled our small freezer. read more...


24/09/2012

Persephone of London -11TH - 14TH SEPTEMBER - NAZURE TO LISBON

We decided to leave Nazure on Tuesday afternoon and set sail over to the island of "Isla de Belinga"  and take up an anchorage for the evening.      It was a pleasant spot under the cliffs and lighthouse  if not a little 'rolly'.  The mist closed in and it wasn't long before you could only see the loom from the light of the lighthouse and not much more.  The island is a local nature park so we spent the evening listening to the various cries of the many different sea birds.On Wednesday with set off for Cascais (a town east of Lisbon).     This was probably the best days sailing so far in our trip!  We had fantastic breeze, averaging 19 knots, great waves and beautiful sunshine all the way.  We were able to fly the spinnaker for most. read more...


12/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 12

Our position @ 1335 UTC 3 27.S 36 59.WWe were sailing along yesterday and suddenly we had one of our many squalls. After that squall we noticed that our batten from the mainsail was falling out. Being afraid that we would lose it or it would tear the sail , we took the mainsail down to fix it. With all the wind and squalls it was impossible to keep the sail still enough to work on it. The wind was fluky with gusts and then nothing. So we abandoned the idea of using the main and tried to sail only with the jib. Well, that didn't work very well and we really wanted to sail wing and wing. So we decided to motor until things calmed down to fix the sail. It got dark and Bill just decided to wait until morning to fix it and continue sailing along. So in the end we motored all night until we. read more...


18/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah's Tales

St. Helena was a fantastic Island,with only 4000 inhabitants,the approach by sea made it seem barren, but once reaching Jamestown we were in a long forgotten lush English country town. Everyone waves or says good day, and as it was Wednesday when we arrived ashore, all the shops had half day closing (for those of us who remember such things!) along with a castle and church, a truly peaceful place. There is no airport and no land nearby, so very cut off; luckily for us a supply ship had just called so provisioning was possible, apart from fruit, I only found 4 overripe apples in the whole town. For the younger, fitter crew members there was Jacob's Ladder to climb; 700 vertical steps up a cliff face, whilst the senior sailors retired to the pub. We did however go for a tour round the. read more...


29/05/2012

Irena - Dan 14

Vceraj smo cel dan jadrali z genakerjem, saj je pihalo med 9 in 12 vozli. Sli smo med 5 in 6 vozli. Popoldan smo dobili napoved za danes in jutri, ki ni najbolj obetavna, saj napovedujejo vetrove s sunki do 45 vozlov ter valove do 5 me3trov. Do sedaj niso bili najbolj tocni, pa upam, da tudi tokrat ne bodo. je pa res, da pritisk dokaj hitro pada in je sedajze 1010, pred 24 urami pa je bil 1014. Ostali viri, ki jih imam (grib podatki) kazejo na malo manj vetrov, tam do 33 vozlov. Vsekakor bomo to videli. Do Horte imamo se 170 milj in racunalnik kaze, da bomo tam cez 26 ur, se pravi v sredo zjutraj ob 6:00. To mi ustreza, saj nimam posebnega veselja z prihodi v luko ponoci. Trenutno jadramo spolnim glavnim jadrom in genovo. Napoved je sicer bila do 25 vozlov vetra, vendar ga je najvec 17.. read more...


06/08/2012

Samsara - samsara won't be able to continue with the rally

August 7Unfortunately the boat requires some repairs and it's going to take several months to fix. We are going to miss all of the participants of the rally and the World ARC family so much!We aren't sure what's going to happen at this point but we may be cruising around here and joining the 2nd half of the next rally - we'll just have to wait and see where life takes us.It's been sad to watch each of the boats leave Mackay and know that we won't be meeting up with everyone at the next port.It's not goodbye - we'll be catching up sometime/somewhere in the future!Pauline. read more...


06/08/2012

Anastasia - Whitehaven Beach

20:17.5S 149:03.2E  Today we took a short trip from Hamilton Island to Whitehaven Beach.  The sand here is amazingly white and fine.  Almost pure silicon dioxide.  When you walk on it it squeaks.  So, of course, this meant that Anastasia's crew spent the first half hour on the beach doing zombie impersonations, shuffling around to make the sand squeak.  Bertie and Estella went for a swim in the 21 degree water.  Not quite far enough north to tempt me or Andrea in for a dip.   The zombie shuffle EEFAnastasia anchored off the beach EF0Bertie winehat - 1 day sober EF1. read more...


29/05/2012

Zingara - Geschafft !

Geschafft !!Nach einer ganz ordentlich geforderten Nachtfahrt haben wir wie vorausberechnet am ganz frühen Morgen um 02.11 Uhr Ortszeit = GMT oder auch UTC die Ziellinie vor der Einfahrt der Marina in Horta passiert. Anlegen in der Marina haben wir uns erspart und erst einmal Anker geworfen, um schnellstens in der geheizten Kabine unseren verdienten Empfangsdrink zu nehmen.Das Resümee nach den ersten Schlückchen unserer Drinks war: spannend, fordernd und doch nicht so heftig, wie eigentlich erwartet....- nicht immer war es angenehm oder spaßig - ...aber Zingara lief vor dem Wind einfach wieder toll.Etwas bösartig waren, wie schon erwähnt, die Wellen, die den Kahn immer wieder aus dem Kurs warfen und dann sogleich die fast quer. read more...


20/09/2012

Poco Loco - La gran aventura del Poco Loco

Donderdag 20 September 2012 door Margo Donderdag 20 september en we liggen nog steeds in de muello deportivo van Las Palmas. Toen we aankwamen moesten we even wennen aan het lawaai van een grote stad, maar inmiddels vinden we het heerlijk om weer eens in een echte stad te zijn. Voorlopig blijven we dan ook nog even hier. Op onze steiger liggen enkele Scandinaviers die hier ooit naar toe zijn gekomen voor vakantie maar nooit meer weg zijn gegaan. Dat zal ons niet gebeuren want we hebben gelukkig de ARC op 25 november. Het is lekker om wat langer op een plek te zijn. Dinsdag gaan we op zoek naar een lapje stof om een zonnescherm te maken. Het is hier behoorlijk warm; de thermometer in de kuip tikt regelmatig de 40 graden aan (ik klaag niet hoor..). Volgens de spanjaarden is het het. read more...


12/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World.

 FRIDAY  11th  MARCH  2011  We generally had a slow night, crawling up along the Brazilian coast, the wind ranged from 14 knots in the light patchesto 36 knots in the squalls, and ocillated by as much as 60 degrees.  Again, we passed a lot of fishermen , all with their single bright white light on board, perhaps to attract the fish, but they can be seen for a long way  offf.  Some of these boats are really small and a long way off shore, perhaps 15miles or so. Brave men.  We read the emails during the morning and did the blog, great to hear from Robbie Andrews again, along with Margaret How, Susan Mangan, Oyster, Arnaud, Richard,  Larry and Vera in N.Z.  Stefan,and many others. Keep the emails comming,  The wind kept comming and. read more...


18/11/2011

Sialia - Day 8.

Its another hot and sunny day and unfortunately one without wind.The water is calm enough that looking out on all sides we can perceive the curvature of the earth.We are motor sailing directly into the little wind that we do have. We have just under 500 miles to go.  Luckily Mary Ann did an awesome job provisioning the boat and we still have lots of creative and interesting meals in front of us.I actually enjoy the challenge, and, thus far, our crew of five seems to enjoy the results.We even baked a loaf of lemon poppyseed cake for desert last night! Its in stark contrast to the 25-30 kts, squalls and rain we had for several hours last night.Nothing quite like being awoken from a dead sleep to less than a minute later standing on the bow in pouring rain while we tack.Sleeping on the. read more...


18/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - log 14th January 2009

14th January 2009 POLISHING QUASAR V BEFORE HER ARRIVAL AT ST.HELENA This morning brought with it dreary tidings of grey cloudy skies and choppy seas.  Poor Quasar was yawing and sliding through the waves in the most ungainly of fashions.  We were running, with the wind directly behind us blowing about 15 - 18 knots, pulsing to 23 knots, with the occasional backing to the ESE. In the long grey silence of the morning, we received a call on the VHF: 'yacht to my starboard, yacht to my starboard, this is yacht to your port, yacht to your port.'  It was a single-handed sailor called Ewourd who was participating in the Governor's Cup Challenge, a race from Simonstown to St.Helena. We were the first boat he had seen since leaving port back on 29th December.  An excitable exchange of. read more...


18/01/2009

Cleone - Leg 22A - Departure St Helena

Today we will depart from Jamestown at about 1700.   And for once, we are in the same time Zone as all of you.  It's been a wonderful, but thought-inspiring place.  I'll write more once we are underway.   Meanwhile, all is well with us, and very best wishes to you all. James, Graham, Jenni, Shayne and MandyJamestownSt Helena. read more...


11/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 257 - A Squally Start

11 March 2011Our first day broke us in gently as we sailed close hauled in a gentle force three to four. Just as we finished supper quite a little storm broke. We had been watching as the skies grew leaden and overcast but the speed at which it arrived took us by surprise. From what we could hear on the VHF it had caught many of the rest of the fleet unawares. The wind went from 10knots to 36knots with driving rain. It lasted a full hour. Thank goodness we are able to reef this boat down in seconds. The rest of the night was punctuated with angry squalls but the strongest gusts now only reaching 26knots. The forecast had been for scattered showers and winds 6 to 16knots so clearly Aeolus and Zeus had other ideas. However it anything good was to come of it, it was that the rigging and the. read more...


28/05/2012

Hanami II - 12 eme jour de mer, l'avant dernier peut etre ....

Lundi 28 mai;   21:15 UTC      19:15 local38 21 N 30 30 W, Cap 95, Vitesse 6N   Journee mitigee question vent apres une nuit pluvieuse et, ma foi, froide. Aujourd'hui soleil, grande houle d'ouest pas l'arriere, temps agreable avec 15 a 20N de vent le matin ce qui nous fait envoyer toute la toile et on avancait a 6 ou 7N de moyenne. A cette vitesse on devrait etre a Horta avant 8h du matin demain ... Mais ca ne dure pas, le vent tombe a 13 puis 11N et on se traine un peu. En prevision du passage a du vent au SW, comme annonce par Chris, nous inversons les voiles, genois toujours tangone mais sur tibord maintenant. La maneuvre, a 3 est bien rodee et en 20 minutes tout est fait. Toujours pas de poisson dans le bateau mais nous en avons. read more...


18/09/2012

Oystermist - Oystermist log

We are waiting in Oeiras Lisbon for suitable weather to cross toMadeira.   We had plenty of fog on the way south but have had an early success withfishing. A 1.5 kg Skipjack Tuna caught just off Nazare.   If anyone else is fishing on the ARC please get in touch, particularly ifyou are an expert. I would be happy to share a beer in Las Palmas and pick youbrains.   Get in touch on or website www.bobbit.eu   Oystermistm_IMG_6249. read more...


05/08/2012

Anastasia - Hamilton Island

20:21.1S 148:56.4E  Tonight we are on a mooring buoy off Hamilton Island.  The marina was full because there are a lot of boats arriving for next week's race week.  The buoys are in a channel with a strong tidal current (about three knots at full flood).  The buoys are to one side of the channel but we were still swinging as the tide changed and the big buoy was getting trapped between the hulls.  Our solution is to tie the buoy tightly between the hulls to prevent it from hitting Anastasia and waking us up when we swing in the middle of the night.  One more advantage of a catamaran.   We took the tender into the marina to have a look around and had a drink in a cafe overlooking the marina. It is a nice. read more...


04/08/2012

Anastasia - Goldsmith Island

20:40.3S 149:09.0E We left Mackay this morning at 11:30 and are now anchored at Goldsmith Island, the southern end of the Whitsunday Islands.  There was very little wind and we had to motor for most of the way, although we did sail for half an hour with the new genoa, which seems to work well.  Estella spotted a small tear in the mainsail which we taped up temporarily, but we need to get the sail repaired as soon as possible - probably in Cairns. Andrea and Emily checking out the shells and coral on the beach at Goldsmith Island D59We anchored the dinghy in a few feet of water, and after our walk on the beach it was down to six inches D5A. read more...


16/09/2012

Indulgence - Cork to Varzim

After a delay of over a week due to mechanical problems “Dulgie” slipped out of CROSSHAVEN at 1300hrs UT on Thur 6th Sept in a SSW F3.  We motored at 5.5kts for 3 hrs when the wind veered and allowed us set a course of 189 degrees under sail at 6.5kts.  By midnight the wind dropped again and we had to revert to the donkey for the next 14hrs in pond-like conditions.As forecast the wind returned from the east and we reached across Biscay at an average of 6.5kts over the next two days.  Approaching NW Spain the wind went forward forcing us to again use the motor into CAMARINAS  at 1300hrs UT on Mon 10th Sept (exactly 4 Days and 550nm).Working the “Mother Watch” proved acceptable to the 4 crew who were not overly-tasked as the auto-helm performed impeccably.  The. read more...


28/05/2012

Time Bandit - Waiting for the Fat Lady

38 29N 29 28W, 20:00, 28th May As they say, "It's Not Over Till The fat lady Sings" however, we're within 50 miles of Horta, almost in sight of land and certainly well within helicopter rescue range........ so we're feeling quite relaxed!!We had been beginning to think the the "Azores High" was actually the "Azores Hi" and was merely how the locals greeted each other. However, while it once again dawned cold and grey, about lunchtime it cleared up and we've had a good downwind day in the sun and 15 - 20 knots. Crossed fingers this carries all the way to the finish.We're in whale watching territory and also prime game fishing waters so maybe, after hundreds of miles of trawling we'll maybe catch something.Many of the other boats have been hauling them in daily but as usual,. read more...


11/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 11

Our position @ 1432UTC 4 52.S 34 56.WYesterday we had the start of the last leg of this World Arc Rally,'10-'11. It was a fine start with light winds and a few boats seemed to go over the line quite closely. There was a little banter between OJ and CH but the captains settled down and gave each other a smile and a wave. Everyone had some good words to say in our departure over the radio to Paul and Suzanna for making our stay in Brazil so nice. We on Crazy Horse do appreciate all their work to make our stay a pleasant and exciting one. They even herded us into taxis when the buses got delayed in all the traffic of the carnaval. It had to be a challenge to keep us all safe and accounted for. But they did a grand job!So we have been having a wonderful sail this whole time since the start. read more...


18/01/2009

Kasuje - Escape from another Paradise..!!

Hi from Skipper SteveWell...!!! we just managed to escape from the throbbing metropolis which is St Helena, (more on that in a moment..!!) weighing anchor at 15.00GMT yesterday, and are now safely under way in slight seas and a very light breeze on the 1914nm passage to Salvador. The anticipated passage time, could be anything between 12 and 15 days. The current weather prediction is for light winds, so a slow passage is anticipated but the silver lining, is that for the moment, we have very little chance of any severe weather conditions. All is well on board both with man and machine so it's time to settle down, catch up on our reading, computer work, and sail Kasuje as well as these conditions will allow.Back to our stopover in St Helena.Yet another island paradise, but not the. read more...


17/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 - Arrival in St Helana

Cleone anchored off Jamestown at 0430 on 16 January 2009.   We've not yet convinced the Skipper that No, the capital of St Helena wasnot named after him as it's much older (would you believe) even than heis.  We're working on it, and will report later on how far we havesucceeded in disillusioning him.   The last few miles, as ever, seemed to take ages.  In a way we missedout not making a landfall during daylight, but in the bright moon-light it wasimpressive to see the mountains looming closer and closer, and finally to beable to make out the swell crashing against the cliffs as we made our way aroundthe North of the Island and into the Bay.   We will report further later.  We acquire a new crew member here,Mandy Parker, the World ARC events manager; she will be with us untilSalvador.  . read more...


12/09/2012

Morpion - Préparatifs...

Un premier message pour voir si le système fonctionne... Avec une petite image tirée de la préparation de nos repas mis en bocaux... Merci à Julien et Alice, nos cuisiniers de luxe. repas 003. read more...


03/08/2012

Anastasia - Trip to Sydney

The new sails were delayed in transit so we had a couple of days to kill in Mackay.  Andrea and I decided to fly down to Sydney for a short visit.  It felt weird being back in a major city after visiting the villages and towns of the Pacific islands.   We were only in Sydney for a couple of days so it was a push to cram all the "must sees" into our time there.  On day 1 we visited the Aquarium, Harbour Bridge and Opera House.  On day 2 we did the Skywalk on the revolving tower, took a ferry trip to Manly Beach and then spent a couple of hours at the Sydney Boat Show (which just happened to be on during our visit). We got a good view of the bridge and opera house as we came in to land C65View of George St from our hotel room C66The. read more...


28/05/2012

Ninfea - Arrival!

Arrival!Sunday 27 at 7.26 in the morning Ninfea arrived in the marina of Horta after 10 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes from our departure from Bermuda. A difficult crossing by many standard particularly at the beginning and the end of the journey. The first night was particularly difficult because the waves were coming from three different directions which made interesting (meaning difficult) the business of standing in any position in the boat. After that the wind settled on a 70 degrees tack which lasted several days, I believe the longest I have been on a single tack that was not downwind. After that we had a little bit of everything, motoring, downwind, close hauled, etc. which was reflecting the rapid passing of low pressure fronts. The last two days winds surged to an uncomfortable. read more...


11/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 256 - Goodbye Brazil!

10 March 2011Yesterday was our last day in Brazil. David is such a fantastic planner. There is never a last minute panic. All our preparations for leaving just fall nicely into place. After the skippers briefing we shared a taxi to Carrefour with Irene and Dick and as usual bought far too much stuff. We have melon, passion fruit, apples, oranges, kiwi fruit, papaya, limes, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, aubergine, courgette, cabbage, cucumber, lettuce, spring onions. The greatest challenge to me will be making sure that none of this will be thrown overboard. I do so hate waste. We had a last lunch in the yacht club, a last swim in the pool and said goodbye to Sylvia and Hermann from Destiny who are returning to Germany.. read more...


11/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

THURSDAY  10th  MARCH  2011  06.00hrs, the other yachts began to arrive down from the Marina, Voyaguer just kept going  having decided not to wait around for the start. Kallopie on the other hand took off around the same time for Paradise Island, about 300 miles to the NE of Brazil, and Wild Tigress is well on its way to Granada at this stage. We slipped our lines from " Grand Filou " and made our way to the starting line just outside the harbour, The wind was ENE 15knots and our course for the first 180 miles or so is just east of N. The sea state was good and conditions generally were excellent.  09.00hrs   The  START of leg 24, the final leg of this around the World trip, and a distance of just over 2,000 miles. We are in no. read more...


10/09/2012

Poco Loco - Lanzarote, Puerto Calero - Rubicon, ever so slowly getting there... :-)

Maandag 10 September 2012 door Margo We liggen 2 dagen in de schattige marina van Puerto Calero. We hebben een polyester-klusje (iets met de opbouw van de koelkast) dat we niet zelf kunnen doen en gelukkig is de "polyester-man" nog aanwezig op vrijdag. We regelen dat hij maandag om 11 uur naar Rubicon komt, het zuidelijkste puntje van Lanzarote. Ons andere klusje dat we willen regelen heeft met onze TV te maken. Toen we de boot kochten en er een Track Vision satelliet TV ontvanger opzat, vonden we dat maar overdreven en dachten we dat we die toch niet gingen gebruiken. Maar eerlijk is eerlijk, hoe heerlijk is het om s 'avonds even naar het journaal te kijken, of de verkiezingsdebatten te volgen. Toch weer een spannende tijd. En ja dus... sinds we op de Canarische Eilanden. read more...


01/08/2012

Glamorous Galah - Landfall for Galah

This morning we all shouted 'land ho' when Cape Byron came into view. The seas have calmed down and we are short tacking down the coast. Plenty of waves peeling along the points at Byron, Broken and Lennox Head. It's a magnificent site seeing this part of our coast from the sea, especially after over 10000 nautical miles!We intend to clear in at Coffs Harbour on Friday. There's a chance of a celebratory drink or two!Ted. read more...


28/05/2012

Zingara - Fw: Zingara auf Reisen

    Noch zwei Tage bis Horta, liebe Leute, dann ist auch dieses Atlantikabenteuerfast vorbei. Ca 1.500 nm liegen nun zwischen unserem Startpunkt Bermuda undder momentanen Schiffsposition. Cirka deshalb, weil wir ja nach einer einwöchigenAzoren-Inseltour noch weiter bis Lagos / Portugal zu segeln haben. Wir können jetzt schon sagen, dass dieser Rücktörn nach Europa ebensolchen Spaßbereitet, wie die Passatroute im vergangenen November nach St Lucia. Unterschiedlich sind natürlich die Klimaverhältnisse, achten wir jetzt darauf, am Nachmittag bereits alle Luken zu schließen, um die nächtliche Feuchtigkeit auszusperren, wurde auf der Passatroute ab Nachmittag gelüftet, wenn die große Hitze abklang. So, gerade haben wir unsere. read more...


16/01/2009

Windflower III - Gelungener Segelauftakt ins neue Jahr

Wir sind wieder unterwegs.Am Samstag dem 03.Januar verliessen wir als Teilnehmer der Heinecken Regatta"Cape to Bahia" Kapstadt und sind bei besten Bedingungen inzwischen nach etwa der Haelfte der Strecke auf St.Helena angekommen.Im Gegensatz zu Napoleon,der gezwungenermassen fast 6 Jahre bis zu seinem Tod auf der Insel verbrachte ,wollen wir nur einen kurzen Zwischenstopp von 72 Std einlegen,um unsere Wasservorraete zu ergaenzen,aber auch,um Napoleons letztes Domizil zu besuchen.Am Samstag werden wir uns dannauf die naechsten 1900 sm nach Salvador de Bahia begeben,welches wir bis Ende des Monats erreichen wollen.Bis dahin Viele liebe Gruesse Die WindflowercrewPS : Als besonderes Ereignis der Etappe gibt es noch zu berichten,dass sich unter unserem Kiel ein Fischernetz verfangen hatte. read more...


15/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 12 - Nearer to Freedom

Yesterday Cleone forces capture and killed the Big Yin in a pre-planned operation. It was a combined operation, of course.  Jenni provided the Intelligence: "The fridge is empty; there's no supper unless you catch him".  The Skipper sorted the logistics (right kit, right place, right time - Rod, Reel, Lure, Gaff, Hammer, Bucket, Rope, Knife, Chopping Board - you know the score), Shayne deployed an irresistible lure and wielded a skilful gaff and Graham, of course, spearheaded the assault.  We were all looking reflective as the prospect of another protein-less meal looked more and more certain, when the now-familiar whine of the reel unexpectedly interrupted us.  We had been fishing all day, with no result.  The Skipper was steering.  Shayne, in the fore-peak, woke from a deep sleep,. read more...


10/09/2012

Peter von Danzig - Noch knapp zwei Wochen bis zur Abfahrt

Am 22. September verlässt der "Peter von Danzig", Flaggschiff des Akademischen Segler-Vereins in Kiel e.V., seinen Heimathafen mit einer zwölfköpfigen Crew an Bord. Nach Crewwechseln in Brest, Lissabon und Las Palmas werden wir ab dem 17.11. in der Marina sein und abschließende Vorbereitungen treffen. Aktuell legen die Reiseteilnehmer noch letzte Hand an das Schiff.------------------------------On September 22nd "Peter von Danzig", flagship of the Academic Sailing Club in Kiel, will leave its homeport with a crew of 12. After swapping crew in Brest, Lisbon and Las Palmas we will be at Las Palmas marina from the 17th of November to conduct final preparations. Currently the crew members are working hard to get the boat ready for departure.. read more...


30/07/2012

Anastasia - Platypuses and Kookaburras

Today we went on a tour of the area around Mackay.  There was a lot of interesting stuff about the sugar cane farming (one of the primary exports of the region) but obviously it was the unique Australian scenery and wildlife that was most fascinating to us.  The platypus park was at the top of a maintain ridge where you could look back right to the coast. A1B Rather than risk allowing people to burn stuff in the national parks, the authorities provide these gas operated barbies. A1C The platypuses showed up on cue. A1D We also visited a beautiful waterfall. A1E And when we returned to the coach it was surrounded by Kookaburras that were sitting in the old gum trees.  They were much bigger than we expected, more like fluffy chickens than members of the kingfisher. read more...


28/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 5 - Sun 27 - Sun & Sailing!

Another quite day enjoying Dolphins & tame sea birds. engine on engine off engine on and finally of at 19:20. Sailed all night speeds vary 5-7 kts Traveled 97 nm. Current position 16:42 BST 36 42.7N 56 13.6 W Traveling slightly north to get more gentle ride as waves from port side. Chicken & rice ala Marko! but i think its going to be fish again tomorrow! Weather expected to liven up shortly so getting prepared!! Grant, Mark(o), Marisa & Jorge. read more...


10/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

WEDNESDAY  9th  MARCH  2011 09.00hrs   We had a skippers briefing ashore, this outlined the next leg to Granada which starts at 9pm tomorrow morning, plus who would the radio control each day and lots more besides. The " First Mate" did some Skyping, she has really taken control of this facility. This was followed by some swimming and relaxing around the pool. plus lots of chat.  Later, we , S & A  got the bus down town to Recife Shopping Mall to escape the heat and post the bundle of cards that have been building up over the last week or so. We had a pizza lunch in this posh Italian Restaurant before returning to the Marina , paying all the charges collecting the passports and clearance papers and motoring out to the boat. We are all. read more...


28/05/2012

Aniara II - May 27 and the week that follows

May 27   We have now safely arrived in Horta and will have our own internet connection for the next ten days. If you would like to follow Aniara with crew, please use our normal website during this period. When we are leaving the Azores and head for Portugal you will find more reports from us on this site. Please visit us at www.aniara.n.nu .. read more...


10/09/2012

Persephone of London - 9th September

It had been very foggy the last couple of mornings but today looked like an ideal day to head further south. We had a great breeze (more than originally expected) with few patches of sea mist but nothing too disturbing. It was great not having to put on the 'old iron donkey' and get a full days sailing under our belts again. We were now heading to the next destination of Nazare which we estimated would take us about 6 hours. The Nazare marina is run by an elderly English gentleman (ex Naval Officer) who called us up on the VHF as we approached the harbour walls. He was extremely efficient and gave us STRICT instructions on how we should moor up in the allocated slot (as only an ex Naval Officer can!)   He and his wife (who he charmingly referred to as 'No 1) were there at the. read more...


30/07/2012

Serendipity - Blogging Off!

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14/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 13.1.09

Tuesday 13th January 2009 MUSCLING IN Winds have increased and the waters are unsettled and choppy.  We've managed to keep Viva to our stern and have decided to keep up the Twistle rig given the strengthening winds. Lindsey is still smarting over Malcolm's insult last night and is even more concerned about the issue in the cold light of day. Indeed, it has appeared that our crew numbers have increased by 8, overnight; seven flying fish were found on the deck and one in the galley, no doubt volunteering to be the new deckhands and galley slave.  Will the flying fish prove to be stronger and more nimble with the spinnaker than Lindsey?  Certainly, the one in the galley will cook foods more to Malcolm's liking, for they certainly won't cook the tuna!   Let me digress briefly; several nights. read more...


10/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 10

Today was a busy day getting the boat ready for the next and last leg of this rally. A group of us girls went to the mall today to help Annie pick out her wedding dress. She was successful and says she feels like a princess in her wedding dress. There are pictures in the Jeannius blog of the dresses that were not chosen if anyone cares to view them. Of course the chosen one will not be available for viewing until the wedding. I will have to make sure my dress, as a bridesmaid will be acceptable to the bride. We will have to wait for Grenada for selection of the bridesmaid dresses. The wedding will be held on the island of Mayreau in the Grenadines. It was an exciting day and we topped it all off with lunch at a local restaurant. After a day at the local mall I think we girls are ready. read more...


14/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 11 - The Fish Strike Back

Flying Fish; the SAS of the undersea world. The Skipper knew it was only a matter of time.  The carnage we had wrought amongst the Mahi Mahi population (and we had another this morning - we don't take prisoners on Cleone) was bound to cause a back-lash, and even in the dog-eat-dog, chaotic world of Neptunes Kingdom.  The Administration is corrupt; assassination squads roam freely and beneath the surface of the sea there is a veritable cauldron of different factions, all preying on each other and all of them, even the mightly whales, likely to become prey themselves of the greatest of all predators; man.  But occasionally, these disparate groups manage, either individually or collectively, to strike back.  And I am afraid last night it was our turn.  Naturally, tiny little desert outposts. read more...


29/07/2012

Anastasia - Arrived in Mackay

21:06.67S 149:13.66E   We got to the pass through the barrier reef at about 8:30 pm.  The lights at the entrance were clear and bright, which was helpful because it was dark and we could not see the reef, so going through on GPS alone would have been daunting.  As it was, we rounded the marker buoy into the pass and discovered that the 25 knot wind in our face and the 6 knot tide from behind (ie classic wind over tide conditions) made for some very unpleasant waves which persisted for the first 20 miles of the pass.  We have been through a lot stronger winds before, but never having to crash through such short waves, continually blinded by the spray coming over the bows.   My initial plan had been to sail down the. read more...


19/05/2012

Zingara - Zingara auf Reisen

Hallo, wir sind noch da,....die Technik fordert einiges an Geduld ab, mein mailasail - service läuft leider nicht so, wie erwartet. Egal, es geht trotzdem weiter. Zwischenzeitlich haben wir unseren NO-Kurs Richtung O geändert, in der Hoffnung, die windarme Zone des Hochruckzentrums, nun querab von uns, im Norden umsegel zu können. Damit würden wir eine nette Rückenwindkomponente mitnehmen können. Ein beachtlicher Teilunserer Mitstreiter ist dem Großkreis gefolgt und wird wohl demnächst unter Windmangel leiden. Was gab es sonst noch ? Unser geplantes Steak-Essen gestern mußten wir erneut streichen. hatten wir doch tatsächlich wieder einen Fisch an der Angel. Soetwas delikates. read more...


06/09/2012

Persephone of London - TUESDAY 28TH AUGUST - 29TH AUGUST

In order to get the best tides to get out of Vianna do Castello and enter Porto we needed to have our first early start of the trip.  We therefore had to leave by 6.45am BST.    We had previously been unsure that we could get into Porto as the harbour entrance has a large sand bar and the beginning of the River Douro is  quite shallow.   However, we had been told by Hannu (our Finnish friend from sailing yacht Siiri) that there was now a new marina at Porto called the Douro Marina, just situated inside the river entrance, which had  only opened in February.   Hannu had gone to the trouble of phoning the marina in advance to enquire that we could in fact get in there, especially as Persephone's draft is 2.1m and all the charts showed depths  of. read more...



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