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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...


03/09/2012

VIA CON ME - Mallorca and Ibiza 2012

From Mallorca I went with some guests to Ibiza. If youlike to mooring in the bay of Espalmador/Formentera, you have to book inadvance a buoy. Follow the instruction from (http://www.balearslifeposidonia.eu/index.php?register_vars[lang]=ale).  The webpage is in Spanish, English, German andFrench.   Ibiza is a wonderful place and has kept his originalcharmed landscape. Still they have trees left, not so in Mallorca. A lot offorest has gone, because of the touris and also affected of fire. The wholecoast from Ibiza has beautiful bays where you can anchoring free. This is whatwe have done. Palma de Mallorca is also a sightseeing worth.  So we enjoy the stay here in one of the bays. Sometimestogether with other sailors, sometime alone.   Beside sailing. read more...


28/07/2012

Glamorous Galah

Day 5 of our xing to Aus saw us pass through a predicted front @ dawn.2/3rds there! Bet the fleet enjoyed the barbie in Mackay last night. To see their progress, click here http://yb.tl/glamorousgalahTeam GG. read more...


27/05/2012

Time Bandit - Time Bandit - Highs and Lows

38 10N 38 58W 21:00 27th MayThe highs, the crests that is, have been about 4 metres higher than the lows, the troughs.It's been a pretty rough day, this, our penultimate day at sea. The wind built steadily all day yesterday and we went from motoring in a slop to running reefed in the dark in just a few hours.Over night, we saw only the second yacht as a red masthead quite close to us. As we thought this could be another single hander, snug asleep in their bunk we let out a reef and scooted off into the night leaving him in our wake with his light receding to a pinprick then nothing.Dawn came, much like Anne's sister visiting from a sunless, winter Aberdeen.... grey and cold. The winds had risen to 256 knots and built all day as the sun came out to give a sleigh ride in a steady 30 knots,. read more...


09/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

TUESDAY 8th  MARCH, 2011  We got a few midgit bites during the night, these blooming tiny things are so small they cannot be seen. a real nuisance. It was a dull morning and the first thing this morning was to seal up the bung hole on the Rib with duck tape. Having lost the bung last night. Did we mention that we got a mention in " Yachting World"   the March Issue,  The article has written by Sue Mackay ( Voyaguer )about the repairs and spares for boats doing a round the world trips.  Later, as we went ashore to do our provisioning, we noticed that " Cheshire Cat's " dingy was locked to the marina, we thought this was soooo funny, these are the guys who took " Brown Eyed Girls " rib a few nights ago from the marina, late at night, without permission,. read more...


13/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 12th January 2009

Monday12th January 2009   CROSSING THE GREENWICHMERIDIAN   We are all excited on board the good shipQuasar.  We are about 450 miles awayfrom St Helena and the yachts are starting to converge close to the rhumbline.  Whilst we?ve lost sight ofPrivateer, Viva has appeared on the horizon, as has Windflower III and we?vebeen in VHF contact with both of them. We?ve been at see now for 9 days and for most of that time we haven?tseen any other yachts; just one sighting of a ship 8 miles away!  Radio contact is twice daily on the SSB,a high frequency radio, which enables us to chat to the other boats, even theones 400 miles up ahead.  The VHFonly has a range of roughly 25 miles so you can see why we?ve become a littleexcitable having spoken to other boats on the VHF.   In the throes of. read more...


08/03/2011

Ariane - Recife - Geschmackssache...

Recife - Geschmackssache...Hallo liebe SegelfreundeDas sieht ja aus wie Benidorm - war der erste Eindruck während der Einfahrt in den Cabanga-Hafen. Nähere Erkundungen verbesserten das Bild: Es gibt neben den Hochhäusern auch historische Gebäude und schöne alte Kirchen. Schade nur, dass die Altstadt nicht separiert ist wie etwa in Salvador. Das Ganze ist mitten unter den Wolkenkratzern... In den alten Gassen findet man sehr einfache und aber dafür wirklich günstige Kleinrestaurants. Da also speisen die Einheimischen und bezahlen viermal weniger als in den "normalen" Restaurants üblich.Recife wurde eigentlich angelaufen, um den Carneval miterleben zu können. Nun erfuhren wir aber, dass es drei total verschiedene Arten von Carnevals gibt: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador und Recife. Um. read more...


27/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 4 - Sat 26 - Shooting Star

Weather is still quiet. Morning shift started with a really bright & long lasting shooting star. Amazing in the dark skys of a moonless Atlantic. Yes breakfast saw fish cakes - Had to be really after our success yesterday!!! The continuous number of sea birds currently unidentified (petrols?) White & brown web feet and smiley faces cos were feeding them excess fish! Check on fuel consumption by refilling main tank saw us using about 0.35 US gal per hour (1.3 Litres/hr) so still have much more fuel than we thought. Engine running very frugal 13-1500 rpm. Averaging 100 nm /day. Current position 19:15 BST 36 04.7N 58 05.6 W Grant, Mark, Marisa & Jorge. read more...


02/09/2012

Moulin Rouge - Moulin Rouge is on its way

MoulinRouge set off today from Lymington for the delivery trip to Las Palmas. It won’tbe a direct voyage as Philip likes to pop into Portugal for “R&R”. It alsoallows for a crew change en-route. Moulin Rouge did the ARC in 2010 so is nonewcomer to the open ocean ... and 3 of the crew are the same for the ARC2012.. read more...


26/07/2012

Glamorous Galah

Day 4 of our passage to Coffs Harb. Bob Mc's weather is so accurate! No fish only an albartross for company. Have enjoyed listening to the fleet.To see their progress, click here http://yb.tl/glamorousgalahTeam GG. read more...


13/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 10 - Lines of Latitude and Longitude

We're back in the Western Hemisphere.   Unlike crossing the Equator, we slipped quietly across the GreewichMeridian and back into the Western Hemisphere without anyone reallynoticing.  It was approximately 0330 hours (GMT, of course), half an hourafter Graham and the Skipper had taken over.  It's the timewhen one's body clock is at its daily low, so it's not surprising theymissed the precise moment, but Graham, on the helm at the time, swears inretrospect that he did feel a distinct bump as we hit the meridian and then slidacross it.  Actually, this happens every time you cross a line either oflatitude or of longitude, but unless you are expecting it, it's easy tomiss.  These lines (shown, accurately, in black on charts and maps, are themassive cables that hold the globe together; every. read more...


08/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

 Monday, 7th March 2011  We are here a week today, and thinking back over the week, it must be said that Rally Control had a difficult time, trying to organise things around here is difficult and as said before, time means nothing. We have said before that we think Paul & Suzana have done a great job for the World ARC and generally have made life very easy for the fleet, especially when entering and leaving Ports, organising parties and tours, not to mention all the paperwork. Still the week was different and enjoyable and we are ready to go now, however "go" is next Thursday when we leave for Grenada. It is the last leg of the trip, and a distance of more than 2,000 miles. Early, as skipper was typing the blog, Herman called to A Lady and explained. read more...


25/07/2012

Glamorous Galah - heading to Australia

We are into day 4, finally making direct for Coffs. 1/3 done. It's lonely without the fleet. Lovely roast morale boosting dinner. Report tommorrow.Team GG. read more...


02/09/2012

Arctic Queen - Meet the Arctic Queen

Hello!The Arctic Queen is a Lagoon 560 luxurious sailing catamaran that is currently being chartered in Croatia. This fall she will embark on an adventure to sail from Split, Croatia to Las Palmas on the Canary Islands from where she will join the ARC Rally to cross the Atlantic and finish in Santa Lucia. After the crossing, she will spend the winter cruising the Caribbean from her base on the British Virgin Islands, where she will also be available for charter.You are all invited to join our skipper and deck hand on this luxurious yet exciting journey and become members of the Arctic Queen Crew on her way from the Adriatic to the Caribbean Sea. Spacious cabins are available for booking for the entire journey or just a part of it.Check out our photo gallery and dare imagine sailing this. read more...


26/05/2012

Scolamanzi - Day 4-6 : The Quiet Windless Days has its own charm:

Day 4-6 : The Quiet Windless Days has its own charm: Allow me this lyrical moment: There is more to those windless days than frustration when the iron sails have to do more than we wish for. It gives me time to enjoy the things around me that the eye seems to miss in wild winds with seas and sails flapping all over the show or bulging and racing away from time - not to mention how hard it is to see anything (never mind the aesthetics) when healing at 30-40 degree or banging your guts out with stuff flying all over the floor!I probably sound like a guest on board rather than the captain?s first mate, but I do love to take time to enjoy and appreciate the smaller things in life. The little things on quiet days.The early morning colours ? Breaking Dawn brings the first silver of the day.. read more...


13/01/2009

La Boheme - 13 January 2009 - unexpected rescue operation

Two days ago, we heard that one of the yachts taking part in the Governor's Cup (Cape to St Helena) got demasted somewhere 300 miles from St Helena. At the time we were quite far from the spot. Yesterday afternoon, we have learned that the yacht "Running with Scissors" is still drifting without assistance, and any yacht in the vicinity should help. We were only 30 miles away and after altering our course, we were 4 hours from the distressed vessel. Around midnight, we managed to make contact on VHF channel 16 with Lionel (an injured single handed sailor)and he has given us hisamended position (19deg 03'S, 001deg41'W). Greg discussed with Lionel our rescue strategy. We spotted "Running with Scissors" on our radar 7 miles away and saw his light 1 mile away. After circling several times. read more...


13/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - talulah's tales

We are now only 180 miles from St. Helena.It has been a frustrating 10 days with very little wind,but our position in the race is good.Our biggest headache has been the spinnaker,4 broken halyards,resulting in the sail ending up in the sea,with all hands needed to retrieve it.Not much fun in the night when you've just gone off watch!Then someone has to go up the mast to do repairs,this job seems to have fallen on Nick,who has galliantly climbed up 4 times in rolling seas.We think we have finally solved the problem for now and are trucking along again flying the spinnacker at 8 knots.The weather is getting much hotter ,so lots of sunbathing ,book reading ,and I have even repaired the ensign (is it going to last) Bernar has caught his first ever fish,a tasty Dorada.We have now crossed from. read more...


29/08/2012

Persephone of London - THURSDAY 23RD - SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST

We spent the morning exploring the town of Bayona, a bustling lively place with plenty of restaurants which indeed did tempt us to have a splendid paella for lunch.   Later on we wandered around the perimeter of the old castle walls which extend around most of the town.      Before supper we had a drink in the Monte Real Yacht Club, a charming old world club complete with leather sofas making this  is an ideal place to sit over a glass of wine or two watching the world go by around the beach and harbour.Friday - not much to say here except RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!Saturday saw the sunshine back  but very little breeze but we decided to sail further south about 34 miles to Viana Do Castello.    Unfortunately we had to motor sail for about 4 hours. read more...


25/07/2012

Samsara - Almost at the finish line!

July 25It's 7pm Vanuatu time and we're within 5 miles of the finish. Then we go through the pass and travel 100 miles to Mackay. We'll be very happy to arrive there!Since the last entry we have had a lot of wind and waves. We'd be sailing along at 7 knots or so then the wind would pipe up significantly and we'd hit 10 or sometimes 11 knots of speed for a brief period - that's pretty fast for this boat. Oh, and it's cold at night too. We're in the southern hemisphere and it's winter here so we've had to break out the fleece for night watches. Today we were all in the cockpit and as the waves were coming along Sarah spotted dolphins swimming "at" us. Because the waves were fairly large the dolphins were right at eye level swimming at the boat. So we all ran to the bow and we had 20 or 30. read more...


26/05/2012

Kinship - Day 10

Day 10--No moon, no stars, no discernible horizon--just black like the insides of a dog.In the middle of the night, 3 hours seem like forever and one does, in fact, feel like a dog.We usually sleep well on our off-watches, but a couple nights ago, when we had lumpy seas, it was hard to sleep on a roller coaster bounding through blackness.And with the waves punching Kinship in the stomach, it was almost sickening as she shuddered and then climbed the next wave after wave after wave.Wecan't but admire the strength and stamina of our little sailboat... hour after hour, day after day, she as laid her broad shoulder to the sea and plowed bravely ahead, like a running back taking the ball over the line.. read more...


08/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 252 - CARNIVAL RECIFE......

CARNIVAL RECIFE.....Been there, done it, got the T shirt. We rose at 06.30am and along with Irene and Dick, Jenny and John walked a long walk into where it was all at. Even at 07.30 am it was already hot and sticky. The humidity here can be as high as 87%. There was no question of not knowing where to go one just followed one's nose. As we passed through the barrier we were issued with a condom. What a good idea. Not for us I hasten to add but for the younger generation! Even at that time in the morning the streets were mobbed. I really take my hat off to the Brazilians. They really know how to party. We had come here to see the 'Galo da Madrugada', the "Rooster of the Early Hours", a parade that does a complete tour of the city centre. The floats were hugely disappointing. They were far. read more...


12/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 11th January 2009

Sunday 11th January 2009 MOONLIGHTING  When I awoke this morning, I idly read through the ship?s logbook to read the entries from last night.  The logbook is a navigation notebook.  The information it contains enables us to navigate safely to our destination in the event of a total failure of all navigation equipment, by reference to the previous entries.  Such entries include: course steered, log reading, wind, barometer, sea state, current, the boat?s position, etc and of course any additional entries you consider relevant.  We complete the log every 2 ? 4 hours. Last nights entries read: 00:00 hours: ?Quiet moonlit night?02:00 hours: ?Sailing in the moonlight?04:05 hours: ?Incredibly light night sky?05:30 hours: ?Bright moonlit night? These entries were completed by each of the crew. read more...


27/05/2012

Common Sense - The Best Laid Plans …

37° 9.3’N 43° 0’W Well it doesn’t do to get too complacent, does it? There we were,finally making some reasonable time and distance, enjoying the good wind conditions  and planning to be in Horta not too far behind the rest of the ARC fleet –  hopefully still on our target of the 31st. The sea gods thought otherwise.  Friday night saw strong squalls from the east, combined with the problem of not being able to furl our headsail (we’d had to replace a frayed furling line with a spare spinnaker halyard that wasn’t really right for the job)and we were forced to run south for the whole night. It’s painful to go backwards, losing those hard-won miles, but it’s even worse under such horrible conditions, with big swells. read more...


25/07/2012

BRIZO - Crossed the finish line for leg 7

We got underway for leg 7 from Port Vila, Vanuatu to Mackay, Australia on Thursday, July 19th. We had better winds than expected and will arrive a day earlier than anticipated. The crew was a little under the weather for the first 3-4 days but managed to rally for the last two days. We crossed the finish line at 12:00pm and making our way through the barrier reef to Mackay. This portion of the passage is just over 100nm and should arrive to the marina in the early hours tomorrow morning.At the moment, Kathryn and Audrey are watching "Finding Nemo", which you may know takes place in the Australian barrier reefs. We haven't seen the Nemo or Dory yet but we're still looking. It would be great to see Crush cruising along, too!Lew will travel back to Cleveland for a couple of weeks on Sunday. read more...


24/08/2012

Mad Fish - La Coruna

After a bit of R and R in sunny Salcombe, Mad Fish and her crew finally left from Falmouth on Saturday 18th August. The breeze did not fill as forcast and the result was 55 engine hours before a welcome northerly breeze sprang up in the early hours of Tuesday 21st which was just as well as we were running low on fuel at this point!There followed some champagne sailing under blue skies, joined by what felt like the entire Bay of Biscay's population of Dolphins! our boys Oli (10) and Ethan (8) were awestruck by them and sat up on the bow with their feet over the side with the dophins splashing them while the building northerly breeze swelled the kite and drove Mad Fish at over 8 knots towards the now in sight Spanish coast. Its a landfull that I will remember for a long time to come.Right. read more...


07/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 251 - Oficina de Ceramica Francisco Brennand

4 March 2011Francisco Brennand was not known to us but having read of his work in a tourist brochure we were keen to find out more. A visit to Oficina Brennand is not to be missed and for us the highlight of our stay here in Recife. But before that we went first to see his work at the Sculptures Park, a five minute ferry boat ride across the channel to the reef that separates the city from the sea. The main attraction here was a 32metre high column of concrete, clay, ceramic and bronze. This obelisk is a real landmark and can be seen from Marco Zero Square on the opposite bank and it was clear to see the influence that Gaudi had in this sculptor/artist's piece of sculpture. The park was opened in 2000 to celebrate the 500 years since the discovery of Brazil, but it really was a disgrace. read more...


24/08/2012

Divalee - ETA, Effective Timeof Arrival on august the 15th... and a lot of fun ;)

Hi there,  We finally turned the lines on the visitors pontoonof Las Palmas wednesday august the 15th at 22h30 local time,after 5 days of no wind, and a crual back ache which happened on the evening ofthe arrival... and which isn't over at this time...  Great people in the harbour' office, great peopleon the pontoon as well :)  Love this quiet ambiance... guess it won't be thatquiet in three months time :)Divale's kindly waiting for us at the Gpontoon. Back next month in Muelle Deportivo for the early final small things tobe done before november ;)   So, leaving on the 30th of july from Brittany, wehad : ... mainly wind against us : from west as we attended to escape from theChannel for 2 days.... south west on the end of Brittany, south west F6 forcingus down to. read more...


27/05/2012

Sookie - Leg 2 Day 10 Dryish Land

With just a few hours left to our destination Sookie was becoming very hard to steer and was being overpowered in the same winds she had coped with the previous few hours.  Hmmm? What appened waaas.  The tackline had come away from the bowsprit ( still attached) and our cruising chute was flying considerably higher a looser than before.  After dumping the chute we were back to whites and had a comfortable sail into Horta with a stiff breeze of around 20 knots and arrived at 0 Ships Log time 0610  UTC 0710 BST and 0310 Ships log time.  We were fortunate enough to have a dockside berth and be the start of a raft.  We are not going anywhere for a few days.  After tying up the beers were immediately opened and the rest is a blur.   Sookie Crew. read more...


23/07/2012

BRIZO - 24 July 2012

The passage to Australia is going much faster than we anticipated based on the weather forecast, we now expect to reach the offshore "finish line" for this leg Wednesday afternoon and then complete the passage through the Great Barrier Reef to Mackay by dawn Thursday. The stronger winds have brought higher seas and once again we have several crew members suffering from mild-to-moderate cases of sea sickness. This has impacted our plans to arrive in Australia with little or no food on board because Australia has very strict regulations on bringing most any types of food into the country. We will likely be forced to throw away food items which will not be permitted and which Lew's appetite could not devour!The BRIZO Crew. read more...


12/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 9 - Stress - Advice for Ministers

Sailor Gordon - how would he fare on Cleone? It's the bitten fingernails that give most cause for concern.  He is obviously permanently worried.  It's the Pound, it's Iraq, it's Afghanistan, it's the EU, it's the French (St Helena's still got plenty of space for a new nick, Gordy), it's the Americans (will Dubya like him as much as Tony?), it's Drugs (why do we have to pay so much), it's Law and Order, it's the Price of Petrol, it's the Polls, it's an Election.  But if he allows these things to get him down so much, what on earth would he be like on board Cleone?  Take yesterday; the sun shone all day - next thing we've a sunburn epidemic.  We've eaten fish for 3 days - should we put the line out today?  We are only making 4 knots - should we use the engine?  And what about trying the. read more...


07/03/2011

Tucanon - Carnival

The passage up the coast to Recife was uncomfortable and the best we could do was to motor-sail on a close haul. The first three days were not pleasant  but during the night of the 27th/28th, the sea had gone down and we were able to motor-sail on a close reach. Surprisingly, we made up quite a bit of time during the night which enabled us to arrive at Recife around 4pm.Voyageur arrived just before us but because they needed to come into the marina at high tide, picked up a buoy just outside of a marina, further up the river from Catanga Yacht club, our destination. They arrived lunchtime next day. At low tide, along with the rest of the fleet, Tucanon sits on the mud, despite drawing only 1.3metres. Not all of the boats have access to a pontoon on which to step ashore, probably. read more...


07/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 7

Here we are after two days of carnaval in Recife and Olinda. Bill and I are getting too old to keep up with all the energy, excitement, dancing, chaos that is part of carnaval. It is a once in a lifetime experience for us. I don't think I could do this every year. It is wild, fun, crazy, and loud. The music on each of the floats is beyond loud. They seem to have special famous people on each of the floats who play their own kind of music. The people are proud of these stars and their country of Brazil. They know all the words which everyone sings out loud with lots of emotion. We even got tothe point when we heard them so often we could sing along as well. The excitement is contagious. You can feel the beat in your chest and must close your ears when they pass bye. The number of. read more...


12/01/2009

Andante of Mersey - All to do with Wind

I hope you all read Bobs excellent blog re leaving Cape Town and starting the Heinekin Cape to Bahia race on www.worldcruising/worldarc.net, because since then, over the passed week, our only concern has been the strength and direction of the wind.  This leg to Bahia de Salvador, with an up to 36 hr stop in St Helena, was portrayed as the idyllic cruising leg with the worlds most constant trade winds ie 12-18kts from the SE blowing us along whilst the crew lounged around on the aft deck, sudocoing, fishing in these plentiful waters or just dozing in the sun.  Well that was before the World Arc Rally joined in.  True to form weatherwise the nice things didnt happen.  Two days out the wind swung round to the NW and stayed there for 3 days.  As its a race, usage of the engine is penalised. read more...


23/08/2012

Persephone of London - SUNDAY 19TH - TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST

Sunday we sailed down to  Ria de Camarinas (approximately 19 miles further west).  We had steady breezes most of the way but with HEAVY RAIN!  (Yuk, that wasn't in the brochure!)  But it was an enjoyable sail just the same.  Karen helmed the full 4 hours and was soaked to the skin!     Camarinas is another small fishing port/holiday resort with a small marina run by the yacht club.  We had a walk into town to pick up some supplies.  Odd little town with a canning fish factory on the seafront.Monday's weather was overcast for most of the day with mist rolling over the hills - you would have thought we were anchored in a loch in Scotland or Norway.  It was still very pretty despite the lack of sunshine.We ventured back into town that. read more...


27/05/2012

Sookie - Leg 2 Day 10 Engine off and back to the Elements

Oops almost forgot .  Well I did forget to mention we caught another fish yesterday and we wanted to weigh this one but had no scales. So Andy and I formulated a novel way of weighing it with boat hook, buckets, string and sea water by volume managed to make a balance . Not easy when you are rolling around on a sailing boat.  Any how our catch was a ten pound Albacore.  Feisty little so an so he was too. Today At last the wind has returned an we are back under sail for the homeward stretch.  The following wing wind has us sailing with the main and cruising chute at around 9 knots.  We have seen and passed a few yachts travelling in the same direction as us but we don't believe they are ARC yachts.  It looks like the marina is going to be a. read more...


23/07/2012

Anastasia - A new personal best

18:43.3S 154:27.6E  813 miles covered, 248 miles to go   The wind strengthened and backed exactly as predicted and yesterday we managed to cover 244 miles in one day, a new personal best for Anastasia.  We would have liked to take some of the credit ourselves, but to be quite honest 99% of the helming has been done by the autopilot, set to maintain an optimum wind angle.   The good wind has meant we that we have managed to make up for being becalmed for six hours at the start of the race and moved back up through the fleet to second place.  If we continue at 10 knots then our ETA at the entrance to the reef is about 9pm tomorrow night.  We then have another 110 miles through the barrier reef to reach Mackay sometime Wednesday. read more...


12/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah Ruby @ sea

The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:P1000989.JPGP1000989. read more...


27/05/2012

Irena - Dan 12

Po prejsnji noci, je bil danasni dan pravi balzam za jadralsko duso. Eden najlepsih jadralskih dnevov tega popotovanja. Majhni valovi, do 15 vozlov vetra z 90 stopinj. Sli smo med 6 in 7 vozlov.Ponoci se je veter obrnil bolj na zahod in imamo sedaj spet veter bolj od zadaj. Ko se zdani bomo nastavili metuljcka (glavno jadro na eno stran, sprednje vecje pa na drugo stran). Sedaj je malo nevarno, saj je s evedno tema. Veter piha do 20 vozlov. Imamo se 449 milje do Horte.. read more...


23/08/2012

Persephone of London - THURSDAY 16TH - SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST

Well we didn't leave yesterday as planned, still too windy so we hope to get a way today but no chance!   So off we went to futher explore La Coruna  and saw a little more around the orginal harbour.  This area was more stylish than the other side of town already explored.      This evening was also the first time we had been able to eat out on deck without the fear of losing  your supper off its plate as a mighty gust came through!  A pleasant warm evening, so it was looking hopeful for tomorrow.Friday morning, we are finally off!  Sunshine and light breezes greeted us as we ate breakfast and we set of at 9.45 BST and headed for our destination of "Ria de Lax".   Complete opposite today, very light winds averaging 6 to 8 knots when we. read more...


23/07/2012

Samsara - 1/2 way to Australia

July 22We have been sailing for 3 days toward Australia - as of 4pm we have 545 miles to go to the finish line, then another 100 miles to go inside the reef to Mackay.We have had good wind so far, only ran the engine for a few hours. We flew the spinnaker for one whole day but since then the wind has been too far forward for the chute.Sam has finished her 3rd grade work and now both girls are working on a summer activity book to keep in the swing of things. I've read a few novels and Lee is making progress on his magazine pile.Speaking of magazines that's something I'm really looking forward to in Australia. We haven't seen any magazines since Tahiti and I refused to spend $26 for a single copy of a magazine!Pauline. read more...


07/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 250 - Party, party.....

2 March 2011Cabanga Yacht Club hosted a welcome party for the fleet of eleven boats that have now berthed here. We have often noticed that those with the least have the most to give. The drinks flowed all evening long, indeed there were so many waiting staff that our glasses never got the chance to empty. The appetisers were simply delicious and then followed a lovely two course dinner. I really think it was the best spread of the entire rally. Local dancers entertained us and were very happy and enthusiastic to invite all of us to dance along with them. I think they loved the fact that so many of us were willing to join in. We received amazing presents too. Shoulder bags and tee shirts from the yacht club and then there were our 'carnival' goody bags. This included another tee shirt,. read more...


23/08/2012

Persephone of London - SUNDAY 19TH - TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST

Sunday we sailed down to  Ria de Camarinas (approximately 19 miles further west).  We had steady breezes most of the way but with HEAVY RAIN!  (Yuk, that wasn't in the brochure!)  But it was an enjoyable sail just the same.  Karen helmed the full 4 hours and was soaked to the skin!     Camarinas is another small fishing port/holiday resort with a small marina run by the yacht club.  We had a walk into town to pick up some supplies.  Odd little town with a canning fish factory on the seafront.Monday's weather was overcast for most of the day with mist rolling over the hills - you would have thought we were anchored in a loch in Scotland or Norway.  It was still very pretty despite the lack of sunshine.We ventured back into town that. read more...



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