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21/07/2012

BRIZO - 22 July 2012

The Rally departed Port Vila on Thursday as scheduled. Our time in Port Vila was short but action-packed! The first day was spent on an around-the-island bus tour which lasted all day, quite a lot to see and a very large island! The second day was spent abseiling which, if you don't know, involves climbing and coasting through waterfalls. The location was a national park with an elaborate series of cascading natural waterfalls which were in themselves quite interesting to see, even more so up close as we entered the cold water.The weather forecast was for very light winds the first couple of days underway and then moderate southeasterlies. The winds were certainly very light at the start (the first time ever that we motored over the start line for a race!) but filled in sooner than. read more...


26/05/2012

Hanami II - Petite surprise du matin.

Samedi 26 mai 2012;       19:48 UTC 37 41,08 N 36 56. 07 W Cap au 95, vitesse 6N   Depuis cette nuit, lee vent va et vient entre NE, N et entre 10 et 15 ou 18N. Au pres il nous faut au moins 15N pour maintenir 5 ou 6N  de moyenne avec la gite et les vagues de travers. Pour voir comment garder ces 6N de moyenne afin d' arriver aux Acores avant la depression de mardi nous avons voulu tester le moteur en appui des voiles, au cas ou,  mais impossible de le demarrer! Pas bon ca! Le demarreur tourne, le moteur tousse mais ne demarre pas... Controles donc: huile Ok, tuyaux tous branches, reservoirs bien ouverts ou fermes (nous tournons sur le reservoir tribord a demi plein, l'autre est vide), donc ca ne peut etre qu'une panne d'alimentation. read more...


05/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World (Presently in Recife, Brazil)

Saturday, 5th March 2011   Ohhh my goodness, it was piddling rain when we woke up, and to think of all the clothes we have hanging on the rails, anyway, they will dry out during the day. A poor start for the Carnival, but, that blooming but again, it eventually stopped and Skipper along with Aileen (first mate) slipped ashore in the semiridgit and decided to walk the 4 km to Recife centre where we could view the Carnival proceedings.  We walked along the boardwalk beside the river, which was on our right hand side, the tide was flat out, so lots of mud with hundreds of birds foraging for worms and other little creatures that live in these conditions. Step by step, along we go, side by side and. read more...


11/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 8 - Rapping in the South Atlantic

Sorry, folks, I've spelt it wrong - it should be "Wrapping" - there's no beat to pick up here Yesterday's optimism and eulogising the spinnaker - pride coming before a fall - was totally misplaced.  Yesterday's Despatch (old fashioned term for "Blog", Will - Ed) having been put to bed along with another tranche of e-mails, the skipper was gently musing on all that was good in the world.  He had plenty of scope for his imagination, apart from the financial outcomes of the efforts of the Blair/Brown team.  The sun was shining, the sails full, the crew happy and Cleone bowling along nicely.  All of a sudden, the voice of doom came from the cockpit.  "Er, Skipper, could you come on deck, I think there's a problem with the spinnaker".  Think?  Think?  The blessed thing had wrapt itself more. read more...


11/01/2009

La Boheme - 11 January 2009 - Sunday

Yesterday we discovered some problems with our generator. It cuts itself off and is overheating, so we are careful with usage of electricity and water as we are still 4 days to St Helena. The wind is gentle, up to 18 knots from behind (SE), and we are doing 7-8 knots on poled out twin genoas - brilliant Amel's invention. The weather forecast is more or less the same and our ETA at St. Helena is Thursday morning (15/01). We are looking forward to visiting this remote island and eating out at its famous restaurant (at Ann's).La Boheme. read more...


05/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the world

Friday, 4th March 2011  A slow start today. We met Eldon (a local who can speak english or american) early, we all piled into a taxi and headed off to collect 2 new batteries for starting the engine, we dropped Aileen off at Carrefour supermarket on the way. The battery shop had a great selection of 12v batteries, so skipper selected 2 which were 75ah each,  we returned to the boat and installed the batteries and they worked, great, except the alternator light is on when the engine is running, another problem to be sorted out somewhere.  Later, Aileen made her way back to the boat and we spent most of the afternoon sitting beside and in the swimming pool, chatting to the other sailors, and generally having a relaxed time.  All sorts of arrangements were. read more...


25/05/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 7 The "mess" deck!

23/24 May Our eighth day at sea and into our third day of motoring, sitting as we are right on top of a high pressure system. But there is a glimmer of hope. A new low is developing and we know that a south westerly air stream is forecast. We are impatient for it to arrive. Last night at dusk a band of thick grey cloud sat on the horizon straight ahead of us. I raced towards it but could not get under it. It must have been moving at the same speed. Daylight brought a welcome and unwelcome gift. The whole of the foredeck is splattered with squid ink, impossible to remove with ordinary liquid soaps. We will have to let nature, sea and sun do its work for us. Judging by the area covered it must have been very large, they can grow to enormous lengths. The antidote to that was a visitation. read more...


21/07/2012

Anastasia - En route to Australia

17:39.3S 164:06.2E  250 miles covered, 800 to go   We left Vanuatu two days ago, drifting across the start line using our asymmetric spinnaker.  This was the first time we have used the spinnaker since it was patched up in Port Denerau and it worked fine, if looking a bit ugly with the jagged seam across the top.  We get a new blue and white spinnaker (and a new genoa) in Mackay.   Once we got out of Mele bay the wind picked up and we had a good sail for the first day.  This was an unexpected bonus because the prediction was for light winds for the first two days.  The light winds arrived yesterday afternoon and we spent 12 hours overnight just drifting around waiting for the wind to come back.  The majority of the fleet was motoring. read more...


19/08/2012

Poco Loco - Vakantiegevoel in El Rompido

Zaterdag 18 Augustus 2012 door Margo We hebben al dagen nauwelijks tot geen wind en ook vrijdag is het niet anders. In een werkelijk spiegelgladde zee motoren we 2 uurtjes (12 Miles) naar de Ria de las Piedras. Onderweg, enkele miles voor de monding van de rivier, zien we in de verte enorme zandbanken. Verrekijker erbij... ja kunnen we hier wel varen, vragen we ons af. Het is een paar uur voor hoog water, misschien zijn we nog te vroeg. De dieptemeter geeft echter nog steeds 9 meter aan en we varen er langzaam naar toe. Het is heel raar, het blijken een soort zandwolken te zijn maar dan onder water. Voorzichtig varen we door tot we de in de betonning komen van de ingang. Vanavond even vragen wat dat nou precies is. In de rivier liggen wel 1000-den bootjes. Het gaat maar door.. read more...


18/08/2012

VIA CON ME - Provisioning for the ARC

For me, it is the 4th time with the ARC. I like to giveyou skippers and crew the advice to organize early the provisioning for thepassage.   I made good experiences with   asking the sailors, what they are eat, what they aredon't eat ask what they prefer for drinking (water with/withoutgas, orange juice, tea, coffee etc.) do a plan for the menus you want to cook buy net to hang up the vegetables, fruits account for 26 / 30 days (cruisers) take instead of milk in a can milk powder install a water maker (e.g. 5-6 L p/hours) take instant tea and coffee with you and last but not least: before you take the things onboard, be sure, that you do not bring any carton with you and washeverything  before you storage it   And now, here a menu you can cook easily:  . read more...


20/07/2012

BRIZO - 9 July 2012

Sorry for the lapse in reporting, we'll try to keep up with things on a more current basis! When we last reported we still had a short way to go before reaching Fiji. We were able to arrive in Suva harbor by lunchtime on Friday, thus avoiding the possibility of not clearing customs before the officials left for the weekend. We were able to complete all of our quarantine, immigration and customs formalities by 3:00 but were unable to get our cruising permit until Monday morning and consequently had to stay in Suva for the weekend. Suva is a relatively large city and we stayed at the Royal Suva yacht Club. The Club itself does not quite live up to its grand-sounding name as far as its facilities, however everyone at the Club, staff and members alike, were very friendly and helpful. We had. read more...


26/05/2012

Wild Goose - Wherever we are, we are never alone (Finally, a post by Mike Taber!)

One of the less desirable aspects of crewing? I would say the tasks the captain/skipper requires of you that you just don't ordinarily do. But a vessel on the sea is not a democracy, and I who rarely write a letter have been commanded to contribute to this blog of the Wild Goose. On a seagoing vessel, the captain commands...and receives in measure.Of course I'm being tongue-in-cheek about this. Skipper Linda Moore and her husband Hugh could not be finer people to sail with! Competent, prepared, easy-going and prone to embrace the wonder and joy in our travels, without unnecessary drama (most all "drama" such as acted-out anxiety is unnecessary at sea). They are the influential nucleus of a comfortable team of 4 with overall high morale. So far, we've been fortunate to escape/avoid. read more...


05/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 5

It is only Saturday here in Recife and carnaval has been going on for quite a few days. The official start is really supposed to be the 5th-8th. There has been all the practicing by the bands, fireworks, decorations in place, stages set up, singing, dancing and kids being off school to get into the whole spirit of things.The day we went on our city tour the young people 14-25yrs were having their parade through Olinda. They are the kids who are being trained by the government and the convent to have a skill and work in an occupation. Sylvia told us after they complete the program they must contribute their time each week to help other kids in the program. These kids were having a ball dancing, playing the drums, all in costumes, and it was organized chaos in general. Jutta and I even. read more...


10/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log for 9th January 2009

Friday 9th January 2009   HAVING A SWELLTIME   Morning folks. After a chilly start to the morning, the sun soon broke free of thehorizon and thicket of low-lying clouds and by 10am it was a gloriouslyhot day.  The spinnaker beckoned asthe notoriously inconsistent trade winds found a little consistency and swept infrom the south-east.  The only downside to this otherwise perfect sail was a persistent south westerly swell buttoday it was accompanied by a south easterly swell ? no doubt developed by thetrade winds picking up.  So you canimagine it?s been a little uncomfortable.   Dueto the unpleasant swell, little motivation could be garnered from the crew tocarry out small jobs.  Ian hasadmitted to having a rather lazy day, Lindsey has been wrestling with aheadache, Sam has given up on the. read more...


17/08/2012

VIA CON ME - On the way to LPA

We are at the moment in Mallorca, enjoying the beautifulbays, the really hot weather and the smooth wind. The Marinas are very expensivehere, so look, that you can anchoring somewhere in a bay. If you stay longer,some Marinas give you discounted prices. E.g. Club Nautico S'Arenal or Real ClubNautico in Palma. Be sure, that you do some reservation in advance.   Mallorca offers a lot things to do: swimming,snorkeling, diving, sailing, parasailing, wind surfing, sightseeing tours. Palmais a wonderful old city you should explore, and do not forget to see the cuevasdel drach or Arta.  I wish you all a nice day   Marina, Skipper VIA CON ME www.viaconme.eu      8C27 - alone in the bay. read more...


19/07/2012

12Moons - Vanuatu

VanuatuTanna – die UnfassbareMit wenig Wind gehen wir Richtung Vanuatu als 1. über die Startlinie – Stefan cool wie immer! Es entwickelt sich ein harter Fight mit der Gunvör schon im Innen-Riff. Draußen brist es dann bis 25 Knoten auf bei mal wieder kappeliger See. Es wird gekämpft immer in Sichtweite mit der Gunvör. Und dann ist es wieder da, das nervige Piepen, das wir ja schon kennen: Zuerst fällt der Autopilot aus, dann GPS und am Ende ist das ganze Netzwerk tot. Zum Glück haben wir ja unsere beiden iPads als Back Up. Ab jetzt wird handgesteuert, es ist ja nicht mehr so weit. Mit Hilfe von Wegpunkten laufen wir in der Bucht von Port Resolution ein. Die Ankertiefe wird uns von der Gunvör zugerufen, leider ist ja auch unser. read more...


26/05/2012

Time Bandit - Social Networking - Never Too Old

37 50N 36 39W 12:30 26th May At work I watch with amazement the rush to Social Networking to the abandonment of proven marketing and am as yet to be convinced of the value of "Follow us on Facebook" or "Tweet Us Your Response". However, inexorably we are drawn into this world, even when 1000 miles from land as the SSB "Social Network" is the glue that binds the fleet while we all wind our way to the next port of call, seemingly alone yet, through the SSB airwaves in company with our own ARC social and support network.Some might even say it's a form on Internet dating. Slowly, each boat gets to know a little bit more about the others and bit by bit, day by day, little snippets of information are exchanged as confidences grow. Arrangements are made to meet in bars, to have a session on the. read more...


09/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 8.1.09

Thursday 8th January 2009  FAT BOYS BRUNCH AND THE EFFECTS THEREOF A beautiful calm, clear morning. The rising of the sun brought with it a warm, golden hue, which spilled in to the cabin.  Winds were light, seas calm and the sky was sporting a few fair weather cumulus clouds.  We were on a NNW heading which wasn't particularly ideal but it was the nearest course we could steer to our destination, under sail. Change swept through around lunchtime - indeed on many levels!!  The wind picked up and backed and by mid afternoon we were heading pretty much towards St Helena.  Yippeee, the wind had freed us.  The sailing was perfect, with us on a close hauled port tack.  We trimmed the sails and Quasar V steered herself, without the auto helm or human assistance.  She found her groove and off. read more...


04/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 3

We made it in to Cabanga Yacht Club at 0300 yesterday. Paul and Suzana and their crew from the club were there to greet us and properly get us to the dock. Every time we think we know how we will berth us there is another way of getting secured to the dock. We are next to Voyaguer , tied to them with a bow line to the dock, and an aft line tied to a mooring line behind us. We have certainly had to adapt to different ways of docking during this trip. But we are safe at the dock though somewhat aground at low tides. This is a very shallow area and we had to wait until hi high tide  to get in here. It is a couple of miles after reaching the breakwater and then slowly making ones way through some red and green sticks set up in the marsh. But once we went ashore we were greeted with our. read more...


08/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22 Day 5 - The One That Got Away

We lost a massive Albacore today.  Repercussions expected to be serious. And in case you did not know (and I did not), an Albacore is a type of Tuna.  Ours was huge, estimated at forty pounds or so, and in case you do not believe it, we do have some photos which we will show you in due course.  But I am jumping the gun here.  Picture the scene.  As usual, the line was out at the back of Cleone with a tempting lure flashing in the sunlight.  Shayne, hunter-gatherer-in-chief, was asleep after a tiring spell hunter-gathering (actually he had been on watch), Graham was at the wheel steadily steering, Jenni was in the shower and the Skipper sat peacefully at the chart table tapping away at an e-mail.  Suddenly the scream of the reel shattered the silence.  Graham gave a startled cry, and. read more...


26/05/2012

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Zingara auf Reisen Hallo ihr Lieben! Noch 90 nm bis horta, also wirds ne Nachtankunft. Es geht nun viel schneller als erwartet, auf Halbwindkurs schiebt uns der kraeftige Wind mit 8 bis 9 kts zum ziel, mit 40% gereffter Genua u nur 30% Gross-Segel. Ganz schoen holperig ist die Kreuzsee, garnicht karibisch! Mehr spaeter, ernsti u crew. read more...


15/08/2012

Persephone of London - SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY

After a good nights rest we set off to explore La Coruna.   This is a peculiar city, on one hand it is very picturesque as you enter the harbour with its rolling hills in the distance but the other picture is reminiscent of a Soviet Concrete Jungle built in the 70's.   The older part of town is a mixture of narrow streets lined with numerous restaurants with octopus in plentiful supply!   In the centre of town is a large square lined with more upmarket restaurants and a magnificent 18th(?) century building.  It reminded us of the old part of Toulouse.    On Monday Mike and Alex returned to the UK and France (Mike will be rejoining us in November down in Gran Caneria).    Meanwhile, the weather was beginning to change and all forecasts were advising. read more...


18/07/2012

Glamorous Galah - Galahs and Serendipity

The Glamorous Galah team are enjoying the chic French atmosphere at Port Moselle Noumea. We caught up with Jaques from Ruby who visited for a few days. He assisted us with some ankle wounds which became infected in Tanna. Apparently it is a common skin complaint!Serendipity is here and we assisted David with removing the boom. We intend dining with him and Peter at petite cafe tonight.Yesterday we chartered a power boat and scoped out the surf on outer reefs. Great set ups but not quite doing it.We are waiting for the stubborn low in the Tasman to move on before making the passage to Oz. At this stage Monday is our likely departure day.Ted. read more...


18/07/2012

Sapphire II - 19th July, Sapphire's Farewell

Today the World ARC fleet set off from Vanuatu headed for Australia. We leave the rally here and plan to sail upwind to Fiji, where we will leave the boat for a couple of months, waiting for the weather to be favorable for the trek to New Zealand.Vanuatu has been the perfect last place to visit on this half-circumnavigation. Although the weather has been "iffy" (high winds and frequent rain), the abiding memory is of the charm of the people. They are extraordinarily pleasant , relaxed and welcoming. The villages are the poorest we've seen (rudimentary thatched huts with small vegetable gardens), but while they have no worldly goods they are hospitable, generous and charming. Vanuatu has been the perfect country to provide the last memories of our Pacific odyssey.My memory of the. read more...


26/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 3 - Friday 25 - We caught the big one

After another day in variable conditions with nothing to report we caught a massive 4ft wahahoo and saw our first freighter (at the same time) Great excitement getting the boy on board as it took three of us to boat it with a gaff. Needless to say chicken was put back in fridge, Marko was stood down for the night and Marisa took over to cook a great fish supper - very nice too. Our worry is that we may be eating it all the way to the Azores! Grant, Mark, Marisa & Jorge. read more...


03/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 249 - A mooring for a night.....

1 March 2011I could happily stay moored here. There is always an easterly sea breeze just over the sea wall and apart from keeping the boat nice and cool it keeps the mosquitoes away, although I have to say that even during our stay in the Terminal Nautico Marina we were never troubled, neither surprisingly enough when out on the rios, in spite of the fact that they were thickly lined with mangrove swamps. It was in the upper city of Pelourinho that they were troublesome. But we have been advised that there is no malaria here but there is dengue fever and that can be a nasty thing to catch too. Recife once had a reputation of being a very dangerous place but much has been done to make it a safer place for visiting yachtsmen. All evening, as we sat in the cockpit, small canoes fished the. read more...


15/08/2012

Persephone of London - Leg 1 part 2

We left Cherbourg on Tuesday 7th August just after lunch and headed west close to the coast.  Fantastic ride on the tide through Alderney Race achieving at times 12.5 knots.  We passed between the Casquets and Les Hanois before the wind died. We then had to resort to motor sailing for 3 or 4 hours and by 6 am on Wednesday we were  finally clearly of the Channel Islands. We then headed south and at around 12.45 we launched the kite on the new breeze.  So off we went across Biscay on Wednesday, having taken a vote to continue sailing and not stop off in other French ports. The weather window was too good to miss and we were afforded 'champagne' sailing conditions with sunshine and kind seas. The days and nights sped by  (this was always something Karen was. read more...


08/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar v's log 7.1.09

Wednesday 7th January 2009  SAMWISE GANGEE Yesterday evening we had lots of activity on the boat after a rather lethargic day probing along with gentle winds.  We just about maintained an average speed of 5 knots with the spinnaker up; possibly the most tranquil sail we've ever had with flat seas and clear skies. Anyway, I digress, Malcolm and I were having a cheeky gin and tonic in the cockpit philosophising about the wonders of life, whilst the others were having a snooze.  Suddenly the tranquillity of the early evening was interrupted with the fishing reel spinning out furiously alerting us to the rather wonderful fact that we'd caught a fish.  Everyone clambered on deck rushing around, grabbing gloves, life jackets, brandy, lines anything really (the half empty gin and tonics went. read more...


15/08/2012

Persephone of London - 1st Leg of Trip South

Monday 5th August - The crew of Persephone, Nigel, Karen, Mike Alex set sail at 12.50pm.  George, Nick and Anna casted us off and waved us a cheery goodbye in a torrential rain storm!It began to brighten up as we left the Solent leaving the dark black clouds behind us.  However, the sea state was NOT good, very choppy all the way down to the Needles. Once out of the Solent the sea state was extremely rough and it wasn't much longer before the mal de mer set in. Karen was feeling a little queasy and was sent down below to rest.   Not long after Alex was struck down with terrible sea sickness and needed to be put in his bunk (not that he was able to stay there very long.  Poor chap spent most of the time in the heads! (toilet for you non-sailors out there). Later that. read more...


18/07/2012

Anastasia - Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

17:44.87S 168:18.65E   We left Tanna on 14th July.  Looking back there were big clouds of smoke from Mount Yasur, the volcano we visited.  Now we hear that the authorities are warning about increased activity and the danger of visiting the volcano.  We only just got to see it in time.   We are only in Port Vila for a few days so it has been a challenge to pack everything in.  On our first day we went on a tour of the island.  Our second day was abseiling down a waterfall.  Today we did not have any excursions, but since we set off for Australia tomorrow we have spent the day tidying the boat and shopping for the 6 day trip.  The Australian authorities are very careful about boats harbouring non-native species so we have to make sure. read more...


03/03/2011

Tucanon - Rio Paraguacu

Monday morning we caught a bus to the Barra supermarket and stocked up on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as some Serrano style ham and cottage cheese. I would have replenished my supply of chocolate snacks but there wasn’t a mars bar or snicker to be found.We checked out of Salvador during the afternoon, giving us 72 hours to leave. All the paperwork was dealt with by the local agent retained by World ARC, although we did have to pay the agent 30R$ for his time. He also should have collected any marina fees due but although we subsequently found out that he had retained money from other boats for the berthing fees, he didn’t ask us for any extra. Not wishing to defraud the local marina, after it had so kindly provided us with free berthing for 15days, Graham, from Eowyn,. read more...


26/05/2012

Luna - Log 16 - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Vinden er som Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde! Efter en rolig dag med stabil vind og god fart, blev der pludselig helt vindstille et kort øjeblik, vi mistede styringen, og så kom vinden kraftigt fra en helt anden retning. Søerne rejste sig, og regnen væltede ned over os. Det var som nat og dag (eller rettere dag og nat, da det skete i skumringen...) skiftede på få sekunder. Natten igennem har vi så rullet en del pga. bølgernes retning.Dagen i går bød ikke på stort andet end lidt afslapning under det grå og triste skydække, som solen dog fra tid til anden formåede at snige et solstrejf igennem.Vi holder humøret højt og tænker positivt: vi er kommet tættere på Azorerne, og ikke. read more...


07/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Notes from Talulah Ruby

I am sitting on my watch at 5.30am. reflecting on our time in South Africa,whilst watching an amazingly bright orange sunrise coming up over the stern of the boat.What a hectic Christmas and New Year,with lots of ARC parties,plus six of our family living on board.We did get to 2 Game Reserves,both of which were absolutely fantastic,and drove down the garden route,staying in National Parks and spectacular bays along the coast.We met some great people and have millions of photos and wonderful memories.Now its back to sailing and on with our journey,next is St.Helena on the Cape to Bahia race.We are doing well but the wind has died completely,so we are now forced to motor.We have 2 new crew on board,both friends from Lanzarote,Bernar and Nick (probably why we are doing so well) as they are. read more...


18/07/2012

Samsara - Getting ready for Australia

July 18We've been in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a few days. Yesterday we went abseiling down a 50 meter waterfall (in 2 increments) - we had a blast! The girls did it too. Sam and Sarah had a guide go along side them but they managed it very well. The park where the waterfalls are is just gorgeous. The setting was stunning, pictures to follow......Now we're doing the provisioning/fueling for the trip to Mackay, Australia. It's probably going to be an 8 day leg (more or less.....). We are working on using up all the meat....on board as Australia is very strict on quarentine items.While here we had a first - the girls found a seahorse near the dingy dock at the end of the seawall where the boats are moored. We were all so excited to sea a seahorse in the wild - we've only seen them in. read more...


14/08/2012

INNcredible Sea Lodge - The INNcredible journey has already begun

Our brand new catamaran left Les Sables, France in early June and we've sailed the Atlantic coasts of France, the Basque country, Cantabria, Austurias, Galicia and Portugal. I have posted snipits of this INNcredible journey on our blog www.sailblogs.com/sealodge . Check it out and go back through all its entries, I'm sure you'll enjoy. I'll continue to add posting here and in the aforementioned blog for your enjoyment.meet big blue. read more...


26/05/2012

Irena - Dan 11

Vceraj cez smo imeli prijeten zahodnik, ki nas je poganjal skoraj direktno v smeri Horte. Proti veceru pa je pritisk padel na 1017 in okoli nas so se zaceli nabirati oblaki. V zelo krtkem obdobju se je veter obrnil na vzhod in pihal z hitrostjo 20 do 25 vozlov skoraj celo noc. Pricelo je tudi dezevati in postalo je precej hladno. Jadramo zelo v veter, valove mece cez kljun in precej smo nagnjeni. Se vedno je pritisk 1017, temeperatura je 18 stopinj. Veter se je obrnil bolj na NE tako, da lahko jadramo priblizno v smeri Horte. Do tja imamo se 556 milj. Stanje na barki OK.. read more...


03/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 Recife, is the capital of Pernambuco, a region or county on the NE side of Brazil. Recife has a population of 1.8 million people and is a very important City in Brazil and especially for the annual Carnivals. It has fantastic beaches, covered with thousands of scantily clad girls and guys, strutting around showing off their assets, the only trouble with these wonderful beaches is that you are not encouraged to swim, yes, no swimming, that's unless you want to be eaten by sharks,  07.45hrs We joined most of the other sailors at the Yacht Club and headed off in a big comfortable a/c coach for a tour of Recife and its adjoining older city of Olinda. Olinda is a very pretty and colourful city, and was originally the centre of business in. read more...


02/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Tuesday, 1st March 2011 Aileen took off early to one of the worlds biggest shopping centres in Recife and Skipper spent the day, tending to boat matters.18.00hrs The World ARC had a party at the Yacht Club and it was an excellent evening, dancing, music, and a great choice of food and drink. As the blog is typed one day behind and today, Wednesday, we are off on a tour of the city very early...So that's it, Signed :- Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper ). read more...


26/05/2012

Hanami II - Un mois depuis Ste Lucie

Samedi 26 may 2012      04:56 UTC   02:56 UTC   37 40.2 N 38 46.3 W Cap  97 Vitesse 6N reste a parcourir 484 miles   Voila maintenant un mois que nous avons quitte Ste Lucie, Le parcours a inclu: Ste Lucie, La Martinique (2 arrets), Les Saintes (Guadeloupe), Monserat, St Kitts, St Barth, Tortola, les Bermudes et maintenant dans 3 jours Horta aux Acores. Cela fait 2620 miles et il en reste encore 1800 a peu pres pour arriver aux Sables: autant que pour faire Bermudes - Acores.   Cette nuit nous avons eu du vent: de WSW puis NE et il devrait tourner NW dans la journee puis revenir W et nous pousser vers Horta. Si cela se verifie, il aura fait quasiement un tour complet en 24h. Avec du vent de NE, pour la premiere fois nous gitons sur. read more...


07/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Christmas chaos on Talulah

World ARC Disc 8 (565). read more...


13/08/2012

Ladore - Blog aufgeschaltet...

Hallo zusammenEndlich haben wir unseren eigenen Blog und werden diesen bald mit News ergänzen. Crew LADORE. read more...


13/08/2012

VIA CON ME - Get slowely ready for ARC 2012

Lagos on my way to the Mallorca was one of the bestMarinas I saw. The staff is very helpfull and the discount you get as aparticipant of the ARC 2012 is great! One night free, the others with discount.You find every what you need there. Make a stop here!   Marina, Skipper VIA CON MED320. read more...


25/05/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 2 - Thursday 24 - All quite on the high seas

Difficult days sailing with very little wind. Engine on at 1500 rpm all day. Weather reports collected from Buoyweather suggested the northern route for better winds later Sun/Mon so we have committed to that.Expecting very light winds for next few days. Excellent evening meal enjoyed by all : Pork & oregano alla Marko our Chief chef followed by fresh melon & the best Isle of Wight Bristot Coffee as supplied by Colin of IoW-espresso.co.uk Much thanks Grant, Mark, Marisa & Jorge. read more...


15/07/2012

BRIZO - 16 July 2012

We arrived in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, late Sunday afternoon. The trip was bouncy with fairly large seas and wind, also a few cases of mild sea sickness on board. We have only three full days here to complete some small boat projects and re provision before heading to Mackay on Thursday. Although we have not had time yet to explore the city, it appears to be fairly large with a waterfront developed for both commercial and tourism uses. We understand that because of it's French history there are some fine dining opportunities ashore and we hope to have time to find out about these. World Cruising has organized an island tour today and most of us will go on the tour. BRIZO Crew. read more...


01/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

Monday, 28th February 2011 RECIFE  :  BRAZIL  This is a big city and the skyscrapers stretch for miles along the coast, as we approached the harbour entrance, we could see Tzigane a few miles behind. We had some chat with them on the radio as we rounded the corner and then headed south down the canal inside the barrier or sea wall. It is great the way that cities like this, which basically have no natural harbour, build these huge breakwaters to form a safe harbour inside. We passed all along these old warehouses on our starboard side (R.H. side), and eventually picked up a mooring outside the Pernambuco Yacht Club with the help of an employee of the YC in a row boat.  We decided to wait here until it was almost high before heading upto Cabanga. read more...


07/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah's New Crew

World ARC Disc 8 (569). read more...


07/01/2009

Cleone - Leg 22 Day 4 - No Tuna*

The line has been out, the lure is spinning enticingly, but the cupboard is still bare. Actually, it is the fridge that is still not full of tuna, but you can see where I am coming from.  And that's not all.  We have been grimly motoring for the last few hours because Bruce's forecast has been depressingly but predictably accurate.  To be fair, though, we kept kept sailing for long after it was clear that we were going not very far not very fast, even though it meant watching Viva - again - disappearing over the horizon.  At least this time she must have been motoring, and she did not just sail away from us!  The plus side to all of this was that we have had a wonderful and relaxing day.  A lazy lunch, with a beer for the Skipper punctuated a wonderful sunny day.  Once we had put the. read more...


01/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 1

We are motoring up the coast right now about 152 miles from Recife. We have had the wind on our nose the whole way. We have tried to sail, motorsail, and combinations. The wind is just not cooperating with our course. Hopefully when we all take off for the next leg the wind will improve. Thought we were supposed to have SE winds for this time of year. We are getting them from the north.Chessie is about 7 miles inshore of us. We have been staying in contact with them by VHF or SSB the whole way. So far we have not seen any fishing vessels. I did however, see a fishing buoy out here and I am not sure it doesn't have some net attached to it. So we are keeping our eyes open for nets, vessels, and ships. This seems to be the same issue we had off the coast of Ecuador but those fishermen were. read more...


15/07/2012

12Moons - in Fiji

FIJI – ein ParadiesWir starten in Tonga mit unserem Lieblingssegel, dem orangen Genacker. Es geht voran, nachts muss der Motor helfen, am Morgen wird die Genua ausgebaumt. Plötzlich ein Geräusch am Hydrogenerator: Ein Monsterfisch schnappt nach dem Propeller. Er ist 150 cm lang, bräunlich und - das ist ganz besonders verwunderlich – er hat neon – blaue Flossen wie ein Riff-Fisch; das bei dieser Größe! Versuche später heraus zu finden, was es gewesen sein könnte, aber das Internet kann nicht weiterhelfen. Vielleicht handelt es sich ja um eine einmalige Mutation? Er folgt dem Hydrogenerator, den er anscheinend für Beute hält, bestimmt eine halbe Stunde. Er ist sehr schnell, so wie wir ;-)! In der folgenden Nacht ist die. read more...


12/08/2012

Ladore - vorbereitungen

Erste vorbereitungen sind getroffen:Wasser an bordParasailor ausprobiertStugeron aufgestocktVorfreude täglich mehrWir sind reif für die insel!!!!! image001. read more...



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