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11/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells

After a day off touring Bornholm and the north western harbour villages, we knuckled down to practise our splicing - ending up with all sorts of odd shaped bits of rope in the cockpit. More usefully, some springers were completed and the dinghy hoist shackle ropes finished.With the dinghy having to be lowered anyway, the boys took the engine for a spin around the harbour before our next leg. In theory we should be heading off to Visby in Gotland today, but that's been delayed because of the easterlies. And finally it's arrivederci to Mario, who's been with Andy through the launch, set up and shakedown of Hanse Sailor. We all enjoyed his farewell drinks last night, and the "Working on a Dream" team stopping by. Mario headed off this morning to catch the midday ferry to Malmo. Buon. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 5 - Chores and farewells
11/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 187; Abseiling (almost) Free Fall at Mele Cascades Waterfalls; Friday, July 11, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM to go rappelling at the Mele Cascades waterfalls. Coffee and breakfast at 8:00 AM. Scrambled eggs, lamb breakfast sausage and fruit cocktail. Chet washed the dishes, as he's done every day since joining the crew. Joel and I dropped off our laundry at 8:30 AM at the marina office. We were promised to have it back by 4:00 PM today. At 8:55 AM we boarded a van sent to pick us up for the waterfall excursion. Five minutes later I realized that we were in the wrong van. The driver took us back and a few minutes later the correct van picked us up. It seems everyone in Port Vila has a van and act as taxi drivers even though they don't have a taxi sign on the top of their vehicle. In the van were 11 other persons going on the same tour as us - all from Australia. We arrived at the. read more...


11/07/2014

Aislig Bheag - 7th July – 10th July Lagos, Portugal to Quinta De Lorde, Madeira

John and I spent seven days in Lagos catching up in boat work and even some relaxation!  Megan and Tony left for home on the 2nd July early in the morning with plans to join us again later at some point inthe trip. Megan has probably clocked up more nautical miles in her first passage in the past two weeks than many sailors have in a life time!  We all agreed that she is an absolute natural sailor and a great crew member. The story of the toilet seat was not over yet.  We managed to order one in the Chandlery in Lagos on Thursday and paid the carriage for a next day delivery.  We had moved to anchor in Portimao a few miles along the coastand returned to collect it on Saturday to find them closed at lunch time so we had to delay our departure until the Monday morning. read more...


11/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 186; Sailing to and Arrival at Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu; Thursday, July 10, 2014

At 12:15 AM I rolled up the mainsail because the wind was on the nose and the sail was flapping. Joel was on watch from 12:30 AM to 3:00 AM. During his watch he saw one boat, which was the only vessel we'd see the entire 18 hour passage. And while passing by the island of Erromango to our east during his shift, we encountered a 2 knot head current which reduced our boat speed to 5.5 knots. Chet came on watch from 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM. I relieved Chet early at 5:45 AM. The sky was overcast, again. The boat was rocking 20 degrees left and right due to the waves. The island of Erromango was still visible off the starboard, aft quarter. Very mountainous. The seas were 3-4 feet; the wind was 13/14 knots and our boat speed 7.8 knots. It looked like rain was a good possibility. At 6:23 AM a. read more...


31/07/2014

Jumbuck - ARC Baltic Leg 6 - St Petersburg Russia to Helsinki Finland

We slid out of the Central River Yacht Club at 0800 Sunday, one of the first boats to stagger our departure on the voyage back westward to Finland.Wending out way out of the Neva River, and across the deep water channels towards Kronstadts gateway out to the Gulf of Finland, the light early morning breeze felt really fresh and despite again setting sail under blazing sun, it was nicely cooler than it had ever felt in St Petersburg.Clearing out at Kronstadt involves a visit to the customs police in their office upstairs, completion of a declaration that we were exporting our boat from Russia along with other exit documents, then a visit to the boat by two immigration officers who checked every locker, even the engine, before they too wanted another declaration signed stating we were not. read more...


American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - Yasur Volcano
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The welcom dance of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - Making fire Vanuatu style
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - The village of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - Cooking in the Hot Springs of Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
American Spirit II - How to make make-up in Vanuatu
11/07/2014

Jubilare - Bornholm Tour

We departed from the dockside in two coaches everyone in good spirits and looking forward to exploring the island. The lead crew had certainly done their homework by providing us with handouts of information on places we were going to visit. The first stop was Hammershus Europe's largest medieval fortification. This is situated on the north western tip of Bornholm what a stunning position and presented wonderful photo opportunities. We then went on to Madsebakke to see beautiful rock carvings which are reminder of the islands older inhabitants dating back to 1100BC. We then stopped for lunch in a picturesque fishing village of Gudhjem. While there was attracted to a beautiful shop selling the famous glass and bought a piece as a reminder of the island. We were then taken to Nylars church. read more...


10/07/2014

Jennie B - ARC Baltic Day 4 - The Wind still blows

We and the rest of the rally crews filled our fourth day on the rally with a tour by coach of some of Bornholm's cultural and social attractions.We visited several harbours on Bornholm's East coast including Svaenke, our original destination on Bornholm.Having looked at the seas pounding the shore and the narrow harbour entrances we were very happy to be in Rønne. Svaenke is a very pretty town and has the added attraction of Bornholm's only, and very good, brewery.We started the day with a visit to the massive and imposing ruins of Hammershus castle. After a few more stops many crew had worked up a good thirst so a visit to the bar at the Svaenke brewery was a top priority.Which did mean that several people had a few zzzz's on the bus or, if not then, when they got back on their boats.. read more...


10/07/2014

Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria

The Lighthouse that smokes! Heart attack hill as Rob called it. Zoonie is left of the one with her foresail out. Parallel parking Azorean style! He spend two whole days on that net, for this his fishing boat. Joao the marina manager m_001 m_011 m_012 m_015 m_032 m_063 m_064 m_065 m_068. read more...


Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
Zoonie - Final approach and Santa Maria
10/07/2014

Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W

The last of Lagos and the start of our trip to the Azores m_001 m_006 m_007 m_021 m_025 m_055 m_056 m_059 m_060 m_071 m_084 m_093. read more...


Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
21/07/2014

Jumbuck - Baltic Rally Leg 5 - Tallinn a Estonia to St Petersburg Russia

Long tiring passage, over 200 miles and a need to concentrate the whole way.We left around 1030 Monday along with some of the bigger yachts, knowing it was going to take us 36 odd hours, and not wanting two nights at sea.When we left it was into fresh easterly weather. Again hot hot sun. Jumbuck revelled in the flat water conditions as we beat to windward making close to 7 knots, taking three and a bit long boards out from the Estonian coast and into the commercial shipping lanes that bisect the gulf between us and Finland.Around 5pm the wind offshore began to moderate and back to the north, so we had a period surging east under Code 0. Sad to say it didn't last, and within the hour we had engine on fast tick over to help the sails to take advantage of the lighter breeze, as we shaped up. read more...


Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
Zoonie - Vila do Porto, Santa Maria 36;56.58N 25:08.87W
10/07/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - So long, farewell, auf wuedersien, adiue..........'til the next time, perhaps...........

........well nearly - this will be the last blogposting to the ARC Europe Website, though we we shall continue to post to theAndromeda bog at mailasail.  Well we made it to Lagos some 25 days after thelast ARC party and prize giving, no drink to be had though, so we think its timeto say farewell to ARC Europe as we think about what to do for the nextyear.   Our last night at sea was dark and we had upto 35 knots of wind from the NW most of the time. We were double reefed on genoaand main, with mizzen stowed, so felt reasonable comfortable, though it waspretty cold, and were steering 104 then 112 Magnetic, as part of the last bit ofthe route from the Azores, with the wind mostly on the port sternquarter.   We did have a very close encounter with a verylarge container. read more...


10/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef

Skipper Andy cooks up a storm with his Thai chicken curry, while we sit out easterly gales in the port of Ronne on the western side of Bornholm. photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 3 - Skipper/chef
10/07/2014

American Spirit II - Day 185; Hello to Gloria, Volcanic Ash on Foredeck, Snorkeling, Village & Volcano Tour and Heading to Efate; Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First off I want to say Hello to Gloria, mother of Tracey from Folie a Deux. Tracey advised me at dinner last night that she is another avid follower of the American Spirit II logs. You're going to enjoy the log today, Gloria!We found out this morning that at 1:00 AM there were two 6.3 earthquakes northeast of the island of Efate, an island we're going to Thursday. We found this out via a text sent to Joel. Up at 6:45 AM. Cloudy, but not as overcast as the day before. Some blue sky visible and the wind had died to 15 knots. A number of dinghies were seen heading to shore at 7:00 AM to watch the soccer world cup semi-finals. Germany versus Brasil. Germany won 7-1. A lot of happy sailors in the fleet. Angela was up early at 8:01 AM; and found some volcanic ash on the foredeck. She was. read more...


09/07/2014

Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne

Meanwhile we had a nice and friendly BBQ on the docks of Ronne (south harbour of the isle of Bornholm, Danmark), the colours and incredible shapes of the sky, scattered the BBQ participants, frightened by the coming gale. The wind blew strongly for 15 minutes, then stopped. No rain ! Gérard, S/Y BoisbarbuIMG_1214 IMG_1218. read more...


Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
Boisbarbu - Pot luck BBQ in Ronne
09/07/2014

Jubilare - ARC Baltic first leg to Ronne

After a superb first crew dinner we left earlier than planned at 22.00hrs from Schilksee bound for Ronne on the Danish Island of Bornholm. To begin with sea state was short and a little uncomfortable then after a couple of hours out things settled with wind behind. Experienced a large sausage shape cloud approaching boat at speed from behind so decided to reef which we were pleased about as the wind increased from 15 to 25 kts in seconds. Saw little of the moon as it was low in the sky but three hours out from Ronne experienced the tail end of a large electrical storm followed by heavy rain .Should have put all electrical appliances such as hand held GPS into a Faraday Cage eg the oven. After some brilliant sailing arrived in Ronne at 1.30 am and berthed alongside wall.Ronne is the. read more...


09/07/2014

Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne

The last 24 hours have thrown a little bit of everything at us. Sun, rain, busy shipping lanes, wind farms, tall ships, criss-crossing ferries. Winds varied from light 4 knots in the early morning, through a couple of ideal conditions to make the most of the Jennaker, to a strong north-westerly gusting 22 knots which even though “it’s not a race” gave us a respectable 9.5 knots.Mario’s been hard at work preparing Pesce al Succo (fish stew), which will fortify us for our second lot of night shifts. All going well, we’ll hit Ronne around 1am Tuesday morning – hopefully not literally.photo. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne
Hanse Sailor - Log Day 1- Kiel to Ronne

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