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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...


18/01/2009

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...


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...


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...


09/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 255 -The last leg....

9 March 2011David has done his calculations and from here to Grenada is a sailing distance of 2100nm. I am in two minds. Yes, I am more than ready to move on but it is a mega long way and David reckons on at least a fourteen to fifteen day passage. The grib files show lots of rain and light winds, no surprises there, we will after all be at the Equator. The only thing in our favour is a favourable current. This has been confirmed by the WARC American weather forecaster. And....the pilot book agrees. We are optimistic. I am planning a big present for Neptune to see us on our way and feel confident that he will look kindly upon us, on this our last and lengthy leg spurring us on towards our final goal, Grenada. Strictly speaking it is not an ocean passage but will, by its very distance. 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 continuing carnage we have 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, even in the dog-eat-dog, chaotic world of Neptune's 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 eachother 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. read more...


29/07/2012

Glamorous Galah

Galah team is having a slow boisterous passage into a pretty fresh souwester. We are making better progress today and are hopeful of land fall by thurs. To see their progress, click here http://yb.tl/glamorousgalahTed. read more...


28/05/2012

Irena - Dan 13

Do Horte imamo se 293 milj jadranja. Po nasi povprecni hitrosti bomo tam v sredo dopoldan. Dovolj zgodaj, vsaj upam, da se ognemo hladni fronti ki prihaja od severozahoda in se bo formirala nekje v blizini azorskih otokov. Vceaj smo imeli cel dan jadranje z vetrom v valovih visine do 4 metre. To so bili dolgi vendat kar zahtevni valovi. Ko so zajeli jadrnico, so jo kar ponesli s seboj in smo vcasih prav posrfali navzdor. Jadrali smo do 8 vozlov hitrosti. Veter je v enem trenutku dopoldan dosegel hitrost 37 vozlov. Okoli 30 v0zlov pa smo imeli kar dobro uro. Popoldan se je zacel umirajti in ponoci je pihal do 17 vozlov. To je mocno znizalo naso povprecno hitrost in upanje, da bomo v Horti ze v torek ponoci.Sedaj bolj kaze na sredo zgodaj zjutraj. Danes so za kosilo naredili kiri. Prvic. read more...


06/09/2012

Satika - Ist noch nicht da!

SATIKA ist noch in Malle im Club de Mar! Sie kommt nächste Woche ausdem Wasser zum Unterwasser reinigen! Vom 26. bis zum 29. Septembersegeln wir noch die Oysterregatta in Palma und dann machen wir unslangsam auf den Weg!Oyster_111001pm_0121. read more...


09/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 254 - Countdown to the Caribbean

7 March 2011David and I are partied out. We have now only three days until our departure for the Caribbean and have to get to grips with the jobs list. The generator was due a service with an impeller change. Paul brought our repaired B&G masthead unit back from the UK and at the same time when David was up the mast he replaced the steaming light which has gone yet again! We had to set the alarm for 06.30 am as it is really impossible for me to winch him atop in the searing heat and just as uncomfortable for poor David to be up there to fry like a chop on a skewer. Then, I just so happened to put my head under my galley floor locker and got a very nasty surprise indeed. My potatoes were lying in a pool of putrefying mush. Ugh! The heat has clearly been too much for them as well. We. read more...


04/09/2012

Sam III - - ist schon da.

  Nach einer wunderbaren Überfahrt von La Rochellenach Las Palmas (1400 sm) ist die Crew und SAM III bereit. Es könntelosgehen.. read more...


28/05/2012

First Edition lll - getting there

Rocked about this afternoon under sunny skies. 20 knot NW winds drive us northeasterly at more than 6 kts, while 4+ meter waves from the north rock us to and fro. Otto, our invisible crew member at the helm corrects course as each wave passes. Loose items within the cabin have migrated to the starboard side floor. We are happy to have the winds as they move us more quickly toward safe harbor, hot showers, intoxicating beverages and the company of fellow sailors.. read more...


28/07/2012

Samsara - We're in Mackay - and we saw whales on the way in!

July 28We motorsailed the 100 miles into Mackay - and saw whales in the distance a number of times. Once we got to see them fairly close up - close enough that we could see how incredibly large they are. This scared the heck out of the girls - they were yelling "turn away, turn away" "it might be a mom with a baby - and you know how mothers are with their babies - she'll sink us!!!" Lee and I weren't worried but the girls sure were. Afterward we read that they aren't here for calving but for mating, so there weren't any babies to be concerned about. Anyway, it was exciting.We've had a few social events, happy hour on Anastasia the first night and a barbeque at the Mackay Yacht Club last night. Both lots of fun. Today we went to the mall, which is huge, and I indulged my desire for many. read more...


13/01/2009

Kasuje - St Helena. What will we find ?

Hi from SkipperSteve. We are now just 24 hrs from St Helena after a slowbut very comfortable passage. The trade winds did not fill until yesterdaymorning and so we have experienced slight winds with Kasuje being seriouslyunderpowered. This has placed us to the rear of the fleet but the compensationis many hours of undisturbed sleep and a bruiseless cruise.! All is well on board, Bruce, Angela and Nick are ingood spirits especially as we are now making good time under a muchstronger breeze. Bruce was getting particularly concerned at one stage, that wewouldn't make St Helena for Easter.!!! Nikko, as yet, has not managed to poison us, but his latest offering offried flying fish wings ,sautéed in tooth paste came close..!!  Angela iskeeping us all sane and keeps "her boys" in tight order. read more...


09/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 253 - Carnival Olinda

6 March 2011We were hoping of much better things to come of the carnival in Olinda. It is considered to be the most authentic, the most beautiful and the most spontaneous of its kind. This is what I was really looking forward to. This was my opportunity to 'let my hair down' and dance..... and dance. Everyone knows how I love to dance! But on this occasion I have to admit that I was flagging. Certainly this carnival was different. No ghetto blasting floats, Olinda's streets too steep and narrow for such things. But the music inside the hall was still ear splittingly loud. At least we all had a seat, most importantly in the shade. Again we were given our condoms. According to the gospel of Google Brazil was handing out 55 million of them throughout the country during Carnival! We were. read more...



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